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Sun Spots 12th August 2010

Managed a couple of images today, heard on twitter about the 1 sunspot splitting in 2, Nasa footage here: http://www.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/~lmg/sunspot_split.mov So I checked my data from 09:00 - 10:30 this morning, it was cloudy so I was in & Out. I found this, Enhanced up of course, I cannot compete with NASA :D Shows the sunspot just after the split plus a group of 3 others. Ray

RayGil

RayGil

Solar Imaging Between Clouds 5th August 2010

Clouds all Morning, but by 13:30 starting to clear up and more gaps were appearing. The scope was quickly set up from the now called "Solar Observing Hut", Laptop and CCD Camera set up. Finding the Sun is now getting a lot easier using the shadow method, and I decided to try the reducer lens for the NexImage camera, this has proved to work great on the Moon and gives a wider angle view. Focusing is still one of the main issues, but I think it's getting there, minute adjustments are difficult wi

RayGil

RayGil

Perseid Hunting 2010

Location: Birkrigg Common, Cumbria - Located Near Ulverston. Time: 23:00 - 02:15 Ray Gilchrist & Trina Gilchrist Between us we saw 64 Meteors, condition were very clear after the heavy rain, some cloud around but on the whole very good seeing condition. My images unfortunately suffer from Noise, and I did think I had cured this with experimentation. ISO/Exp/F Most were taken ISO 400, 15 Seconds at f/3.2 or f/2.7 Camera was a Canon s31S. Trying to photograph the Perseid shower is very di

RayGil

RayGil

Perseid Hunting

Thought I would try and capture a perseid meteor on Camera, but I'm struggling with finding a real Dark sky site in this location. Tried again last night but I am suffering light pollution creeping in. I have found the optimum setting for the Canon s31s camera, due to a lot of experimenting over the last month. 15 second exposures at f/3.2 with a wide 50mm lens gives a nice picture with background stars or in my case clouds :( 2 pictures showing what I mean. 1st is clouds, 2n is Perseid Meteor

RayGil

RayGil

Perseid Hunt 15th August 2010

15th August 2010 Last night of the Perseid Meteor Hunt. This was actually my first late shift back after 2 weeks off work, and I finished work at 23:15, drove home and collected my camera equipment, checked with The Francinian sky boy (Ged) to make sure he was still going up to the Dark Sky observation site. Quickly realised I needed petrol and off to the 24hr garage, topped up the tank and got a few supplies, set off for Birkrigg Common and at the traffic lights I saw Ged waiting patientl

RayGil

RayGil

Observing Session 9th August 2010

9th August 2010 Observing Session at Walney Island (Not the Normal Site). After weeks of cloudy weather I was eager to actually get out and use the Skywatcher 130p scope again. checked the cloud situation and decided that it was clear enough to make the effort and pack the car with all the gear, final sky check 21:00, very light cloud and slight wind. Drove to the site, the decision to go to Walney instead of Birkrigg (which is my normal site) was based on conditions at 21:00 and also the fact

RayGil

RayGil

Observing report 07/10/2010

Observation Session 07/10/2010 Arrived at the Obs Site at 19:10 and once polar aligned and balanced took approx 30 minutes to complete setup. Tried to 3 star test but handset kept coming up failed alignment? After checking over the scope and synscan unit, no problems were found, this continued for another 30 minutes and frustration was starting to set in, until I noticed the scope position, I turned the scope around and repositioned it with its tube rings, re polar aligned and continued with the

RayGil

RayGil

Observation Session 11/10/2010 - Cumbrian Skies

Observation Session 11/10/2010 Birkrigg Common – Cumbria. Arrived at my observing site at 19:27, Conditions already look very good, a few stars were already visible and Jupiter was already high about the horizon, seeing was going to be good, a cold, crisp night. Started to set up the telescope, polar aligned and balanced scope, set up the Synscan unit and got ready for alignment tests. Once alignment reported successful I swung the scope to the first test object to make sure it was located in

RayGil

RayGil

Observation Report for 3rd September 2010.

Observation Report for 3rd September 2010. Location Birkrigg Common. I decided to attend the local FAS meeting, Furness Astronomical Society at 19:30, as this was the first meeting for the start of the year (Sept – May), it was a short meeting and it finished at roughly 20:30. I was going to pop into their observatory in Dalton but as the sky was clearing I decided to pack my scope and head off to Birkrigg for my own observing session. I arrived at Birkrigg at roughly 21:45 and started to set up

RayGil

RayGil

Observation Report for 25/10/10 Iphone Luna Report & Pictures

Observation Report for 25/10/10 Finished work at 23:20 and drove home and got my thermal clothes and collected all the gear and packed the car. Arrived at my observing site at 00:30, and quick scan of the sky pretty much same as last night, Orion rising in the East, Jupiter sat nicely in the South West. The Moon of course is dominating the night sky at present, very bright in dead, washing out almost everything in the sky, and making my dark sky site very light indeed. 00:40 – 01:10 Fully set

RayGil

RayGil

Observation Report 15th November 2010

Observation Report 15th November 2010 After nearly 2 weeks of poor skies and incompatible shift pattern I decided that a early morning start was required and the sky was clearing nicely. I set off to my dark sky site (Birkrigg Common) at 01:45 and arrived at 02:17, Birkrigg is a Moore on a fell side and trying to get to my usual place was proving very difficult, the grass was very wet and deep ruts in the mud. I tried for 10 minutes to reach my usual place but all I was doing was digging the c

RayGil

RayGil

Obervation Session 16/10/2010 00:00 – 02:30 Birkrigg Common Cumbria.

Obervation Session 16/10/2010 00:00 – 02:30 Birkrigg Common Cumbria. Arrived at Observation site at roughly 23:45 and started to set up, Hate setting up in the dark, with only the odd torch and my head lamp. Once the scope was set up, balanced and polar aligned I proceeded to set the Synscan unit up, using the 2 star alignments. A quick visual scan of the skies, Orion was just coming up nicely in the East, Jupiter was high in the South East and the Moon had already set. My first test object was

RayGil

RayGil

NLC picture in Daily Telegraph

One of my pics had made it into the broad sheets, so pleased: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8613894/Spectacular-display-of-space-clouds-illuminates-skies-across-Britain..html My NLC Images are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raygil/ Hope you like them. Ray

RayGil

RayGil

New Scope = More Cloud/Rain

Well the New Skywatcher 200p 8" Scope on a Sturdy EQ5 mount arrived on Saturday and although it's been set up and took out twice, suffered with cloud on both occasions. The EQ5 was chosen for it's build construction and it's ability to hold a large DSLR at the Eyepiece. The 8" scope should give a reasonable size object for the CCD Camera. Couple of photo's are with the DSLR inserted in the eyepiece with Zero magnification, Jupiter was very low in the Eastern dirty horizon and although did look f

RayGil

RayGil

Major NLC Event this Morning 01/07/2011

Birkrigg, Cumbria Pics taken with a Canon 350D 01:00-02:15 Brightest NLC so fat this year: Main images on Flick'r :http://www.flickr.com/photos/raygil/sets/72157627067912146/ But I like this one: Angels Wings NLC Thanks for looking: Ray

RayGil

RayGil

Main Target tonight was M51 The Whirlpool galaxy and the recent Supernova

Birkrigg, Ulverston Cumbria 3rd June 2011 Main Target tonight was M51 The Whirlpool galaxy and the recently discovered Supernova SN2011dh. Arrived at my main imaging site at aprox 22:25 arrived at Birkrigg, conditions were better than the previous night, only slight cloud drifting on the horizon. Set up the EQ5 and polar aligned, balanced the scope and fitted the canon 350D prime focus. Once 3 star alignment had been successful, I tried point it various test objects to make sure alignment was c

RayGil

RayGil

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