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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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Probably the most memorable line from the whole of the original series of Star Trek was the title of this post spoken by Captain Kirk.  It still brings a shiver down my spine – it is SO perfect.

The poem is “Sea Fever” by John Masefield.

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

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One of my water collision high-speed flash shots made today’s National Geographic “Daily Dozen”  :) :)

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/4000144/

 

 

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