Managed to bag today’s Earth Science Picture of the day with an extreme wide-field image of the Altair region showing Alshain, Tarazed and the dark nebula Barnard’s “E”.

That is EPOD number 62 :)  Thank you Jim for continuing to publish our work.

 

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The Hyperstar III was dis-assembled while I ran some experiments on the 200mm Canon DSLR lens which I piggy-backed on the C11.  Now the experiments have been run I removed the kludge from the back of the C11 and have re-commissioned the Hyperstar III.  All the software/hardware is running and talking to each other and all I need to do now is focus train and collimate the Hyperstar III, it looks pretty close as it is and won’t need a great deal of tweaking :)

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Last night I managed 16 x 5-minute subs on the Double Cluster region using the Canon 200mm lens with the M25C OSC and a 52mm IDAS filter on the front of the lens.  The filter stops the lens down to f#3.85 with the native lens diaphragm wide open – hence no 8-pointed diffraction spikes :)  Lots of water vapour in the air – but fortunately no Moon.

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One day after the actual Supermoon – I captured the Moon in colour here.

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Here  you can see a Canon 5D MkII plus Canon 200mm lens image of the Veil nebula region.  The actual Veil nebula also had data composited in from Hyperstar III data.

The huge field of view afforded by the imaging combo really puts the Veil nebula into perspective.  Most views do not show the dark nebula to the top right of the Veil.

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I managed to grab a few 5-minute subs of this comet as it passed close to Epsilon Cassiopeiae on the evening of 22/08/2014 and the morning of 23/08/2014.

Sky90/M26C on the mini-WASP array, 21 x 5-minute subs – processed and stacked using SUM.

The comet was rapidly approaching Caldwell 8 when these sub-exposures were taken.

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Last night was a very rare night.  Clear, Moonless, and the Milky Way like I’ve never seen it before from the New Forest Observatory – magic :)

I used the 200mm Canon lens with the M26C OSC CCD on the mini-WASP array to capture Kemble’s Cascade.

31 subs at 5-minutes per sub with a 52mm IDAS filter on the front of the 72mm lens (so the diffraction spikes are artificial).

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We’ve recently had  a few clear Moonless nights, rare events, great for imaging.

I piggy-backed a Canon 5D MkII DSLR and a Canon 200mm lens on the C11 and chose as my target the constellation Delphinus.  Reason – the imaging combo has a field of view of 10 x 7 degrees which will cover this small constellation.

29 sub exposures at 4-minutes per sub, ISO400 and f#4 were the parameters – below is the result :)

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I managed to get some imaging done a few nights ago.  Clear sky and no Moon :)  Used the south dome with the Canon 5D MkII and the Canon 200mm prime lens piggy-backed on the C11.  Captured the main stars of Aquila, Altair the bright one in the middle, Tarazed above it with the associated dark nebula Barnard’s “E”, and below Altair we have Alshain.  And all this with a stunning Milky Way background.

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“The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down 10-seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”

Know exactly what you mean Carl – and it’s not just America :(

 

 

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