IC 5067 (Pelican Nebula) in Ha

First image of the new astro season, IC 5067 region of the Pelican Nebula in the Cygnus constellation. Hydrogen-Alpha filter used, 12 x 900 second exposures, combined and processed in PixInsight.
IC 5067 in Pelican Nebula

Solar Eclipse 2015

Cloudy Solar Eclipse 2015The weather didn’t look like it would be kind for the 2015 Solar Eclipse and it was pretty much the expected ‘cloud-out’ in Norfolk, UK.

However… I was fully set up for any opportunities that did arise and despite the cloud I did get 3 or 4 gaps where despite thin cloud the eclipse was visible enough to image.

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Cone Nebula and Fox Fur Nebula Ha:sG:OIII

NGC 2264 Cone and Fox FurNGC 2264 Cone Nebula, Christmas Tree cluster, and Fox Fur Nebula in Ha (Red), synthetic Green, and OIII (Blue).

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Right Angle Finder for Polar Scopes

Polar alignment is a bit of a pain in the neck – literally… With the HEQ5 Pro mount, you have to kneel down by the telescope and look through the polar-scope with your neck at an unnatural angle, while adjusting the altitude and azimuth controls to get the mount polar aligned. But there is a solution… a right angle finder as used on DSLR viewfinders! This can then be attached to the end of the polar scope and allows a more natural viewing angle.

I found this one on eBay for £31.90:

Polar alignment right angle finder

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Cone Nebula and Fox Fur Nebula

Cone Nebula in Ha Cone Nebula and Fox Fur Nebula in Hydrogen Alpha. Started out as a test run as was having problems achieving round stars at 1200s sub-exposure times.  The first one was good, and the sky stayed clear so carried on and got 5 subs before the moon rose and started to affect contrast.

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Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy animation

Animation of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy on January 15th 2015. Comprised of 9 frames taken with luminance filter around 5 minutes apart.

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Fixing Sky-Watcher Equinox 80 Pro focuser wobble

A recent imaging session with my SkyWatcher Equinox 80 Pro refractor had resulted in some unusual star shapes!

Rectangle stars…

Rectangular stars from focuser wobble

And in the previous sub, we have ‘binary stars’…

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Fitting Sky-Watcher Autofocuser to Equinox 80 Pro

Firstly remove the ‘focus lock’ screw, as 1) it will interfere with the bracket, 2) it doesn’t work very well (adjusting the focuser tension is more worthwhile), and 3) if you are automating an imaging set-up then you don’t want to have to keep locking and unlocking the screw before and after each focus change…

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