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  1. In between the clouds, rain and moonlight I managed to capture about an hour of 1 minute exposures at ISO 800. with my Canon 600d DSLR and EF zoom lens 90-300.  all mounted on a Star Adventurer. I thought I would get my last gasp glimpse of the summer 'Swan' before I start hitting the 'Gluhwein'. Added a pretend diffraction spike to Deneb for fun!

  2. The above image created from the SDO 'Sun Today' (composite 171,211 and 304 angstrom filters) 
    Credit for base data "Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams."

    I really like this image as it appears to show Mercury within the corona.

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  3. This isn't a brilliant image of the transit of Mercury 11-11-2019 but the weather was terrible. This image was taken between clouds just before sunset with a white light filter and my Altair Astro 66mm doublet with 2.5x Barlow and Canon 600d DSLR. The unusual bit being, it was taken by me hand holding this ungainly telescopic lens combo whilst leaning, well past my natural angle of repose and well outside my first floor bedroom window.

  4. Grim weather here on the UK's  east coast. Last night I noticed that upper atmosphere ice crystals had given the full Moon a '22 degree halo' Snapped this with a hand held Canon IXUS 160 compact camera. - Even optical artefacts may be beautiful.

  5. As Jupiter this year, never got high enough for me to point my pier mounted scope at it,  I was delighted to find out that I could 'play' with Juno Cam images. I thought this image really shows the GRS 'unravelling' at the edges. Credit: NASA JUNO.

  6. Comet W2 AFRICANO in the constellation Andromeda - Altair Astro Lightwave 66mm. Doublet Refractor with 0.6x focal reducer and field flattener and Canon 600d DSLR all on a Star Adventurer equatorial mount. Crop of a stack of 15x60sec lights at ISO1600. Not the greatest of images but there was a lot of high level cloud and some moonlight. Pleased to find this without goto on this little scope and mount - nearby bright stars delta and epsilon Andromeda were a great help.

  7. Not many Perseids visible in the early hours of the 13th August 2019.  The RH in our backyard was +80% so the lenses on my cameras kept dewing up. Have ordered some resistors to make a couple of 'dew zappers'. Lots of stars, Pegasus, the Double Cluster and the Andromeda Galaxy all visible.  Canon 600D DSLR, EFS 18-55mm at f=18mm. 20x30sec lights at ISO1600. Camera on homemade dual camera rig on a Star Adventurer mount.

  8. Just after midnight this morning a camera on my 'meteor rig' snapped this Perseid shooting past Cassiopeia. Canon 400d -EFS 18-55mm lens at f=18mm - ISO 1600.  - All on a Star Adventurer mount. 

    Star field - 20x30 sec stacked lights layered with frame containing Perseid.

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  9. The rain has come back with a vengeance here in Lowestoft - so have spent some time mucking about stacking images captured with my new meteor rig. Canon 600D DSLR EFS 18-55 mm lens. 60x 30 sec lights ISO 1600 - Star Adventurer mount. So many stars!

  10. On 18/06/2019 at 17:54, astro_log said:

    Awesome shot! It is just unbelievable how much larger Jupiter actually is.

    I tried to do a similar shot but didn't get a good image, yet.

    Thank you for your kind comment! It is a shame Jupiter and Saturn are so low in the sky this year. I cannot use my big refractor on its pier to get  close up video of either planet. My neighbour's roofs get in the way. I might try with my 90mm Mak on a Star Adventurer mount. Less aperture but more mobility may win the day!

    Best regards George.

  11. "One of these is very large and a long way away, the other is much smaller but nearby" 

    "No I'm still not getting it Ted"

    Composite of two images at different exposures to accommodate the wide dynamic range of luminosity of the two bodies. Canon 600D Canon camera with an EOS 90-300mm. telephoto lens at f=300mm.  on a fixed tripod.

  12. Not to be out done by the Event Horizon Array  my take on M 87 in Virgo with an enlargement to show the plasma jet.   127mm Meade Apo refractor - 0.8x focal reducer and field flattener - Canon 600D DSLR - 20 x 2 min Lights at approx f=750mm - ISO1600. Early morning 13th of April 2019. Terrible night with lots of low level cloud and too much moonlight. Mr Canon does make exceedingly good cameras!

  13. A Globular Star Cluster further out than the Magellanic Clouds.  Gaia estimate - at least 65,000 light years.  Fancied having ago at this for some time. Thought the Robotic Telescope on  Mount Teide gave me the best chance of resolving dimmer stars. Credit: COAST robotic telescope - telescope.org - Open University. BVR filter set - one 3 minute exposure taken on 28th February 2019

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    Combination of two images taken January 2018, with the PIRATE and COAST Robotic Telescopes, BVR filters, on Mount Teide Credit: telescope.org Open University.

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