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Solar prominences from the eclipse

M31 400mm Sigma150-600 with 6D iso3200 3min subs

IC1396 Elephant Trunk nebula complex

So i had wanted to try this for some time but the time has just slipped by. The Sigma Lens at 500mm should have been able to pick out the complete system but the whole setup was not very stable that night and all that was achievable was a 1 min sub frames -- how ever i managed to take 240 of them at ISO 12800 -- maybe a little too high ! So here is the result -- its faint but the level of the dark nebulae is amazing   the elephant trunk is visible as shown in the this crop 

M13 with a near full moon and a cold night !

Images of M13 taken on the same night and with the same setup just double integration in the second series of the images

image taken with 5 min sub exposures and 5 images taken

image taken with 10 min sub exposures and 10 images taken

  The images are of really good quality with very sharp focusing. this was somewhat a surprise as the quality of the sky was very poor with high levels of moisture present. a zoomed region of the core shows the complexity as well as the colours of the different stars present.

Quiet Time

The splendour of a total solar eclipse is something that everybody should enjoy. Photographs and video do not do justice of the event  

Wide Field M8 and M20

SO i picked up a small iEQ30Pro to manage the 6D and Sigma 150-600mm lens. The mount is beautiful and works well even if second hand. It mounts the camera flawlessly and also is able to run for 3-5 mins unguided !  

The lagoon and triffid at 500mm on 6D iso 1600 - 10 x 3 min exposures unguided

 

So it takes lot of coincidences to make the most of the weather !

IT HAD TO BE CLEAR! There needed to enough dark and enough time without work! and there had to be a small moon (although it is at 1st Quarter.)   When all of those items come together then its Telescope time !!! If only the bugs knew to remember this fact Image a couple of objects here is the first on this is a 25 min combination of the Lagoon M8. A series of 5 min Subs were used and stacked in Pixinsight etc.        

NGC7000 new mount and big lens

so here is a quick shot of NGC7000 from last night. 5 x 3 min at 300mm f5

Aurora and moving skies !

here is a very long time lapse from last night 22nd April 2017      

Twin Quasar close to NGC3079

some 9.1 billion light years away this is one of the farthest objects i have imaged. -- Not really sure if i could image this but it is present and split in the image although faint.   This was just 10 x 10 mins of images and really needed more to smooth out the noise in the background.  
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