Category Archives: Deep-Sky Imaging

Pulsar Observatories dome for the mini-WASP parallel imaging array

Gary & Dave of Pulsar Observatories Ltd. delivered and fitted the fibreglass dome for the new mini-WASP imaging array soon to be operational at the New Forest Observatory. The mini-WASP array details can be followed on the New Forest Observatory web site – but in a nutshell – the mini-WASP borrows the idea of using multiple imaging scopes and cameras from the SUPERWASP project – basically to get the most data downloaded in the shortest possible time.  When fully kitted out and operational this will be the most powerful amateur deep-sky imaging facility on the planet 🙂

Parker/Carboni do a wide-field of the Whale & Hockey Stick (galaxies) region of Coma Berenices

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 🙂


M53 and NGC5053 in Coma Berenices

We had an unexpectedly clear night last night and I managed to get a full 3 and a half hours total imaging time on the M53 region with the Sky 90/M25C.  There’s a bonus of another globular cluster at the top of the image.  200-second sub-exposures, and 63 of them in total produced this deep-sky image of the area.  I did the processing on the version shown here – Noel will do a much better job on the data when he gets round to looking at it 🙂

Jupiter and Mercury

I took this image of Jupiter close to Mercury over the Forest tonight, just after sunset.  Jupiter is the brighter planet at the top, Mercury is the red planet at the lower right.

Noel Carboni (Florida, U.S.A.) did some clean up processing on this one before sending back to me – so this image has already been once around the planet 🙂  Canon 5D with 100-400mm zoom and x1.4 converter, ISO 400, 3-seconds, f#18.

I think that Jupiter and Mercury will be at their closest in 3-days time.  If you do want to see them – DO NOT – scan across the West with telescopes or binoculars until the Sun has FULLY set!!!!

M109 and friends

Managed to get 4 and a half hours worth of imaging time on Phecda (star), M109 and at least 25 other galaxies in Ursa Major last night.  Should turn out to be a very nice image with ultra bright (blue) Phecda contrasting with all the faint fuzzies (galaxies) in the region.  Reasonably good seeing too – we’ve been very lucky with the skies at the beginning of this month – I think it is due to end soon according to the forecasts.