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.

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I am pretty impressed with the freezing power of the HSF “Ultra” units and the fantastic images they can give of water drop collisions.  BUT – the limitations of stills photography makes itself very apparent when you take high-speed video footage of the same water drop collision events.  In the following two HS videos Tony Allen of Panache Productions shows what can be done when you put a “Phantom” high-speed video camera in the right hands!

Video 1 Video 2

Check out my web site dedicated to high-speed flash photography.

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International Space Station

A first for me, and the first new image for the Scientific Artist 🙂  Managed to capture the International Space Station crossing my southern horizon last night – Sunday March 6th at 6:57 p.m.  There will be another crossing tonight at 7:23 p.m. try to see it if you can – it is an amazing sight!

Caught using the Canon 5D with the fish-eye lens and ISO100 at f#8, 3-minute exposure which was the time of the crossing (long one!).  Tonight’s crossing will also be a long 3-minute one as well.

So this has now whetted my appetite – I now want to image the station itself, which is a MUCH more difficult job.  I will put the 5D onto the Megrez 80mm refractor with a x5 Barlow lens.  Focusing and tracking are going to be very tough, but hey the Scientific Artist is up to the challenge.  Let’s see how many goes it takes for me to get this image 🙂

Click on the above image to get a bigger version where the trail is more visible.

 

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First Post on Scientific Artist :)

Big day for me today – this is my first post on my new web site – the Scientific Artist.

My name is Greg Parker and I took early retirement from the University of Southampton in September 2010, where I was Professor of Photonics, that is anything and everything to do with photons.

I continue working with photons while I develop new imaging systems which will bring the wonders of the Natural World to your computer screen.  The main technology I work with is photography, using different cameras for the different subjects, including DSLRs, custom-built cooled CCDs for astronomy, and video cameras.  These imagers are in turn coupled to specialist optical systems, such as research microscopes, refracting and reflecting telescopes, and high-power macro-lenses to bring you images that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Scientific Artist will show you the wonders of our Universe as if seen “Through God-Like Eyes”.

This site will develop rapidly over the next few months – please visit regularly to see how it progresses.

Web site created by Dave Parker of Invisage Design – nice job Dave 🙂

If you want to drop me an E-mail use greg@scientificartist.com

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