Yet another unexpected clear evening – these weather forecasters need to get their act together. I’m not complaining about the clear sky though as it meant more tests. Here’s the open cluster Messier 35. Continue reading
An unexpected clear evening (the weather forecasts are hopeless at present) meant a happy couple of hours testing the telescope drive for photography, with some success. The header image is the Orion nebula (M42), which can be compared with the previous version of this posted on 27 February. Continue reading
After playing around with odd astronomical photos over the last few years (lunar eclipse, comet Neowise, various planetary conjunctions) I decided that I needed to make things a bit easier.
Mars was passing fairly close to the Pleiades this year so a clear night gave an opportunity for a photograph, and a test of my new alt-az drive as a static camera mount. Continue reading
A nice clear night meant a chance to try out my nice new camera / telescope drive (alt-az) as a static mount. This photo was taken with a telephoto lens, 200mm fl, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec exposure, ISO 3200. I still need to do lots of playing around with settings to get the best results.
This is described in most places as the “Great Conjunction” because it doesn’t happen very often. The closest approach of Jupiter and Saturn in the sky (they’re a long way apart, but almost in the same direction) is today. It’s cloudy though, so here’s a photo from yesterday. They don’t get much closer.
This is amazing – they are getting so close to having this amazing vehicle working. Maybe SpaceX will be on the Moon before the planned NASA mission for 2024? OK, rapid unplanned disassembly at the end, but so nearly there. The manoeuvre from horizontal flight to vertical for landing is quite a shock!
At last there was a clear evening with a chance to take a photo of the comet. It’s not so easy from northern latitudes, even Edinburgh, as it doesn’t really get dark at this time of year. However at least I caught it – along with some noctilucent clouds (right of photo). Continue reading