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Got the November 7th 2016 Earth Science Picture of the Day with an image of the North America nebula region taken with the Canon 200mm prime lenses.

http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2016/11/north-america-and-pelican-nebulae.html

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work.

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Got today’s EPOD with an image of Carbon star La Superba.

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work.  This is EPOD number 83 for me.

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I used the research trinocular microscope and the Canon 5D MkII to grab a x20 focus-stacked image of the hornet’s eye which you can see HERE.

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A spectacular display of the Perseids this year!  I took 220 frames and 27 frames had a meteor – the colourful Perseid below was the best image of the evening.  The persistent thin high cloud miraculously cleared around 11 p.m. and then the Moon set at 12:30 a.m. to give a superb evening’s viewing.  Don’t get many nights like that one.

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Here is a warning to everyone in the UK just in case you didn’t already know. Rent a property rather than being a leaseholder/owner. It might “seem” to be a better deal to “own” your place rather than simply throwing the rental money away every month – but it isn’t!! Everything is loaded against the leaseholder in the freeholder’s favour and you will end up paying a LOT more per year “owning” your property rather than renting it. You have been warned.

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Most of the 6-minute pass at 11:11 p.m. last night.

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I have recently finished the Second Edition of the Springer publication “Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images” and it has been sent off to them to make bookworthy.  Springer then sends me back the draft (with all the page numbers) and I then have the final (mind-destroying) job of putting the Index together.  You will see the new 2nd Edition in the shops next year (I’ll let you know when) and if you have the 1st Edition, there’s enough new stuff in the 2nd Edition (including completely new chapters, and completely re-written old chapters) to warrant raiding your wallets for a second time.  The biggest change you will see on the front cover is the removal of the sub-title “Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and Software” – with a chapter dedicated to the New Forest Observatory mini-WASP Array – some of the equipment is now anything but affordable.

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Noel Carboni recently processed the 22-hours of Sky 90 mini-WASP data taken on the California nebula – result below 🙂

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Got today’s EPOD with a Winter Solstice 2015 to Summer Solstice 2016 Solargraph taken in the big 4″ diameter pinhole camera. I think I had the tilt angle a little too much towards the Zenith but the overall image came out O.K.

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work.

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I spent 7 hours behind a monitor yesterday downloading SDO data of the Mercury transit every 15-minutes.

I put all the images together to give this very short animation of the event.

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