Summer is finally here! – My first true project

It’s been an entire month since I have been able to get out and do some astrophotography. May this year has been a complete washout, with the met office saying that by halfway through the month, some areas of the UK had already passed their predicted monthly rainfall! With the weather over the past week…

A Dream Not Without Fault

Once again, the UK weather has been dismal at best over the past month. We have had snow storms and constant cloud for three weeks straight, with no hint of a letup! If it has looked promising when I leave work at 5PM, by the time I get home it has completely clouded over again….

Messier 42 – Winter 20/21 Project

The first month of the new year can only be described as…drab. The weather in January has been one of constant cloud, wind, rain, snow and ice. Since my last post just before the end of last year, I can count on one hand the amount of clear nights that I have had! So I’ve…

A Christmas Eve Adventure

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse… All except maybe myself with my telescope, lugging the thing outside on a bitterly cold night! It was the first clear night in what seemed like ages, and it was the first night that I have…

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…

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…

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…