AstronomyBlogs.comAstronomyBlogs.comhttp:// http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post84.htm Another Once in a lifetime Comet. C/2014 E2 Jacques We have been treated to a few bright comets over the last year and once again treated to another dance across the heavens. A possible collision event somewhere deep in the Oort cloud has sent another cosmic interloper to grace our skies. Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques is a long period comet of approx... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post84.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post83.htm perigee-syzygy I am trying to refain from using the term Supermoon, as it seems to inspire some strange questions from those whom think my interest in Selenology is being a member of the Celine Dion fan club.No it wont start earthquakes.No it wont cause a Tsunami.No the world will not... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post83.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post82.htm M27. After capturing some swan nebula data. I refocussed and aimed high to the ever enigmatic Dumbell nebula. 5 x 20 sub frames, calibrated in axim DL and photoshop processed has produced a nice image with good colour. Unfortunatly I do not have full dome automation and closed the shutter and went... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post82.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post81.htm M17 The swan Nebula It has been a very long time since we have had a decent run of good weather here. Plus I have just started 2 weeks holiday with some clear skies so things are really looking up for us astronomers literally !!We all know how low the constellation of Sagittarius is from the UK, I can... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post81.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post80.htm The dogs go hunting. As mentioned in the previous post this was the first time in a month the kit had been powered up. A fellow Breckland AS member has emailed an alert stating a new type II supernova has been discovered near the core of the barred spiral galaxy M106 in Canes Venatici (the hunting dogs). A quick set up ... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post80.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post79.htm M13 A test of the set up was required. So I rebalanced and ran PHD of a target much lower in declination than M106. I wanted something bright and easy so M13 was an easy choice to make rising nicely in the North east. I ran the guide programme for 5 minutes with no issues. Fingers were crossed and I... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post79.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post77.htm Camelopardalids Apologies for the lack of posts. Me, like the rest of the UK has suffered for a month now with the dreaded cloudouts. However excitement and tension across the astronomical world had reached a pinnacle last night with a new meteor shower called the Camelopardalids. We knew the peak would hit about... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post77.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post76.htm Mars This must have been the 4th Tuesday in a row for me to get over to the Observatory at Great Ellingham. A great opportunity was taken with good seeing I set about to image Mars. I was not happy with the images taken the previous week, Seeing was very poor and f20 offered no... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post76.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post75.htm A bay of rainbows Without a doubt my favourite area on the lunar surface. Every capture of the bay of rainbows I try to tease out a little more detail. Not the most favourable of seeing as I ran 3000 frames. Processed in registax with my favoured wavelets setting. I think this is the most detail I have managed. My... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post75.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post74.htm Deep, Deep,Very Deep My previous post of M97 & M108 required further inspection as I could see numerous faint fuzzies about 20 in all. I have highlighted the brightest in boxes and spent a great deal of time finding a desiganation for them. trawling through known to me and some obscure catalogues like MCG ... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post74.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post73.htm M97 & M108  First of all this will be my 200th post and I just want to thank all those who are new and regular visitors to my blog.               Despite being circumpolar for us in the UK and visually through the scope an easily... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post73.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post72.htm M88 Between 50 to 60 million light years away lies M88 a member of the virgo cluster of galaxies. An Sbc galaxy inclined by 64 degrees to our line of sight. My 3 hour 20 minute image shows some nice structure in some tightly wound spiral arms.  A dozen plus more Ngc &... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post72.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post70.htm More Mosaic fun Taken 8th March with my home set up using the FLT-110 and the ASI 120MC.This was the first test and I had set the gain to 0. It has made the capture lack detail and contrast and also underexposed. So a little experimentation will be required to increase the level of details captured during... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post70.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post69.htm For The Record At the end of my last post I mentioned a few things you should list in your logbook when observing open clusters so you could reference the information later and compare it to a more recent observation of the same object. That sparked an idea for this post and, as I thought more about it, I... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post69.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post68.htm Celestron C9.25 Tuesday night was a good night with reasonable seeing. We that is Myself and fellow BAS Member Richard Harmon had a second opportunity to have an imaging session with his Celestron C9.25. Using the societies new Ioptrom IEQ45 mount (same as my own)We tested and were happy with the balance /... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post68.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post67.htm Jason and the Argonauts Another one of my all time favorite movies tells the tale of a legendary Greek hero who leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. Their ship, the Argo, was once represented by a large constellation in the southern sky call Argo Navis and was only one... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post67.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post66.htm Lunar 100 Objects in the Lunar 100 are arranged from the easiest to view to the most difficult. This is more systematic than the haphazard approach that produced the Messier list. Indeed, just by knowing a features Lunar 100 number, you have some idea of how easy or challenging it will be to see. For... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post66.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post65.htm Fire in the sky. Came home from work to a starry sky above. Whilst eating my tea weather forecast came on. Look out for tonight Aurora they said seen as far down as Devon.I am quite lucky to have fields behind my house and a un polluted sky. So I grabbed the camera and took these. My first Aurora from Norfolk.Taken ... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post65.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post63.htm A duo of galaxies & a supernova Still shining bright supernova 2014j looks amazing.  Weather forecast for the next week or so pretty shocking again. I would love to capture it 1 morre time as it fades into the background. I am very happy with the depth of detail captured. http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post63.htm http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post62.htm Amateur Astrophotography Ezine         We are all aware of the way social media platforms have changed communication around the world. So many different ways in which we can bring our hobby not only to your own towns / clubs & societies but to the world. This has been done recently by... http://www.astronomyblogs.com/post62.htm