The Great Conjunction

Well, 2020 has been a year and a half, hasn’t it? It’s been a decent year for astronomy though. The uptake of this hobby has gone through the roof during the COVID-19 lockdown, with stock levels dwindling in the run upto Christmas. Even back in May, ‘The Widescreen Centre’ reported a 50% incase in sales…

Going back to the 80’s!

It’s been around two weeks of constant clouds here in the UK, so it’s been really difficult to get out into the back garden. However, the cloud cleared the other night for a couple of hours! Since my last imaging session I’ve fine tuned my mount again. Completely removing the declination motor block gave me…

Guiding At Last! And a million more problems…

Well it’s been a while! Pretty much an entire month since my last post where I updated you about all my purchases…and my ever depleting wallet. As it turns out, the weather didn’t play ball after all. It’s been constant cloud and rain for almost the entire month, not giving me any chance to try…

Update – Where I am right now!

Hello folks! It’s been a while since I last posted anything on here – was all the way back on the 13th of September! Don’t worry, I’m not abandoning nor neglecting this blog, it’s jus that there has been a lot going on. This post is going to be quite a long one to be…

Another Quick Target – Crescent Nebula

I finally had another clear night on the 9th of this month! Was only a short clear spell, and it soon clouded over around half past midnight. However, the nights are closing in quite fast now, and astronomical darkness starts around 9PM, so managed to get over 2 hours of exposure. This shot was only…

Revisiting M81 & M82

Well, to start off, I’m breaking my statement from the end of my last post. I’m doing a target in one night and then moving on, and not spending an entire month on it. I have already shot this target way back in July when I first got my telescope, so I already have it…

Making Friends & Lousy Weather

Well, it’s been nearly the entire month since I last posted anything on here! It’s been an absolute diabolical month for astronomy; only one totally clear night at the beginning of the month. Other than that, it’s been drips & drabs dotted with cloud. Speaking of the beginning of the month, when I first started…

Rule No.1 In Practice

This is partly a follow-on post from my previous image of the Heart Nebula, or IC 1805 for those of us who use the correct designations. My previous nights image revealed most of the core of the nebula. This is what is most easily seen in a quick 60 second exposure, but the really faint…

IC 1805 – Heart Nebula

Now that I’ve purchased a full spectrum camera, I can now photograph any target that I want in the night sky, and not be hindered by the infrared filter cutoff in my DSLR camera. You can read about it while getting a quick science lesson on emission nebulas, here. IC 1805 is a Hydrogen-emission nebula…

New Camera – Full Spectrum Modified!

Ever since I’ve started astrophotography, I’ve been wanting to photograph nebulas. Probably the most well known nebula is the Eagle Nebula, beautifully represented in the iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ taken by the Hubble Telescope in 1995. Naturally, the pillars don’t have that green background and the pillars aren’t that rust-brown colour. This is a specially…