just a little fun here — this is a single frame

ok so we sat there for about 3 hours and watched some amazing meteors. The lens i had attached covered about 110 degrees of sky and out of a number of frames which I took I only managed to find a single image with a meteor!!! below is a full frame — 2 min at ISO2500 and 14mm lens@ f2.8

Milky way ….. the planets to …..

So playing with the new lens the same that bounces…… so this is a composite of 5 x 2 min exposures tracked. The bright 2 objects at the bottom are Mars and Saturn. The image is from planets to north of Cygnus and beyond. 

image on the veil nebulae in somewhat wide field

not quiet full frame but zoomed in …. taken using 6D with Sigma 150-600mm lens this is on only 4 x 1 min had an issue with polar alignment

 

really need some dark skies and a long night !!

Have a new lens which is very very wide! works well with the 6D giving 110 degrees of view ! here is a quick 30s of the Milky was the sky was not dark and the moon was 40 mins away from rising ……Oh and keep an eye out for the meteor!!??!!

Moon Venus Conjunction

Couple of quick images from the conjunction of the moon and Venus. Taken with a lens at 450mm moon and 6D set to L ISO and 1/40th of a second exposure.

 

Auriga Region

Auriga region in 400mm 6D

So it seems that the only options i have at the moment is to use the long lens and the DSLR…. Maybe one day i will be able to get the telescope out again – thats if the weather ever lets up. So this shot is 180 30 second exposures taken with a 6D on a iEQ30Pro with a Sigma 150-600 @ 400mm and f5.6 The data was processed in Pixinsight with automatic processing.

Aurora in the early evening

So there does not need to a sun spot to generate an aurora here is a sequence of images from the feb 2018 click link for full size movie

aurora_feb2018

Final Orion for 2017-2018 Season.

So its been a really painful winter period. The cloud has been terrible and the skies just ….. After all of the winter i have managed to put together my final wide field for Orion and after processing it looks I have finally pulled out the Barnards loop. Hopefully its time to get the scope out and start on the galaxies which are high in the sky at the moment.

Finding Old Data and having fun.

just playing with processing settings for the last M13 run – I think that this data is about 4 months old

Wide field witch

So with so few nights in the last few months its been desperation time to get out 🙂 The last time out decided to hit the witch head nebulae. This is a diffuse region to the west of Rigel . Also known as NGC 1909 this is a reasonable size and a DSLR is likely the best option to catch it. Also the image which was a series of 3 min exposures will need more data likely step up to 5 mins and maybe increase ISO this was shot at ISO 800…..

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