Archive for September, 2017

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.
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