The Green-Winged Orchids are now at their very best in the New Forest, and this particular specimen was photographed in a local garden using the Canon 5D MkII and Canon 100mm macro lens with ring-flash. Manual settings ISO100, f#22, 1/200 second, and ring-flash on +3. Bit breezy today was the main reason for using 1/200 second.
This will be the last one of these for a while – too much of a good thing and all that. This 4-minute crossing was captured at 9:30 p.m. on 25th April 2011 using the Canon 5D and the 15mm fisheye lens. ISO 100, f#8 and “bulb” exposure. Do continue looking up for the ISS however, it will be good (skies permitting) at least up until 5th May 2011.
I had watched the earlier 9:04 p.m. crossing of the ISS and this lasted nearly 5-minutes at almost the same elevation as the 10:39 p.m. crossing. So why was the 9:04 p.m. crossing 5-minutes long and the 10:39 p.m. crossing only 3-minutes long? The accompanying image tells the story. At 10:39 p.m. the Sun has set further, so the ISS is illuminated for less of its course across the sky. As you can see in the image – it barely makes Ursa Major before its lights out – fascinating!
Passing almost directly overhead (83 degees) on 22nd April 2011 were the automated Russian cargo vehicle Progress 41P and the International Space Station. Progress 41P first appeared in the West at 9:48 p.m. followed just one minute later by the International Space Station (ISS). Both disappeared from view in the ENE at an elevation of 25 degrees. In this image both tracks are overlaid as they were both in the same orbit. It was a fantastic sight with just a layer of thin high cloud preventing perfection (and preventing me from imaging).
Today’s EPOD is my Mercury and Jupiter twilight shot taken on 17th April 2011. Thank you Jim for publishing this one 🙂
This is my 29th EPOD to date.
Recently processed by Noel Carboni this data was acquired just a few days ago at the New Forest Observatory. This image shows the Whale & Hockey Stick galaxies in Coma Berenices, and to the lower/far left there are a pair of tiny interacting galaxies called “The Mice”. What would be an unbalanced frame gains balance between the bunch of bright stars at the bottom and the small galaxies at the top. Unfortunately it is not always possible to play this trick 🙂
Noel Carboni processed the Leo Trio data taken a few days ago (see post below) and added some old data of ours taken with the Hyperstar 1 and a little H9C one-shot colour camera. You can see the result here. The bright star bottom right is Chertan and North is to the right in this image.
Last night (4th April 2011) Simon Parkin showed the Leo Trio of galaxies as the weather picture on his weather slot on Meridian TV News and Weather. Video footage Copyright Meridian TV News and Weather. Please view the video here.