v.184 uploaded   25th May 2014
Sharnbrook Observatory

Welcome to my web site!

This version includes recently processed additional images of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and the Sun. All of
the images on this site are my own, taken using amateur telescopes and equipment on a limited budget.

As ever, I hope this encourages you to get out there and enjoy the treasures of our universe at first hand.

Best Wishes,  

Peter Garbett



Galleries...


African Skies     Mars                Venus            Equipment          Comets          Sun



The Aurora          Deep Sky       Moon          Jupiter             Saturn            NLC








The Rosette Nebula: NGC 2244

9th, 11th and 19th January 2014
SXVR-H18 CCD, 80mm Megrez apo refractor with x0.8 reducer/flattener giving F4.8.
Autoguided by Lodestar through 20cm Meade LX200 with 0.33x reducer.
Baader H-alpha filter 4h from 20 min and 10 min subs, OIII 4h 20m from 20 min subs, H-beta 3h 40m from 20 min subs.

H-alpha view shown below ...















The Pleiades: M45

30th December 2013 in quite poor and deteriorating transparency
SXVR-H18 CCD, 80mm Megrez apo refractor with x0.8 reducer/flattener giving F4.8.
Autoguided by Lodestar through 20cm Meade LX200 with 0.33x reducer.
Baader UV/IR rejection filter only 25 x 10 mins = 4h 10m.



















The California Nebula: NGC 1499

22nd and 28th December 2013
SXVR-H18 CCD, 80mm Megrez apo refractor with x0.8 reducer/flattener giving F4.8.
Autoguided by Lodestar through 20cm Meade LX200 with 0.33x reducer.
Baader H-alpha filter 46 x 10 mins = 7h 40m.







Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy



2nd January 2014  05:58 - 06:41 UTC
Comet C/2013 Lovejoy R1
SXVR-H18 CCD;  80mm Megrez apo refractor @ F4.8;
Baader UV/IR rejection filter; 8 x 5 minute exposures.






20th December 2013  05:55 - 06:42 UTC
Comet C/2013 Lovejoy R1
Strong moonlight and breezy.
SXVR-H18 CCD;  80mm Megrez apo refractor @ F4.8;
Baader UV/IR rejection filter; 5 x 5 minute exposures.





Saturn 2014

17.05.14  Saturn through a red filter
Altitude 18 - 20 degrees only!
Trutek Type 1  R filter; 21:35:22 - 22:02:35 UTC (27 mins 13 secs video at 10fps)
C14 with x2.5 power mate; ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector;  PGR Flea 3 CCD






Mars 2014


Mars in Virgo
22nd March 2014
Lovely colour contrast between Mars and Spica
Canon EOS 450D (modded); 28mm lens; 30s exposure








               


17.05.14  Mare Acidalium, Mare Erythraeum and morning mist
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
C14 with x2.5 power mate; ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
IGB centred on 21:21.5 UTC: I=21:21.6 UTC; G=21:23.7 UTC; B=21:19.3 UTC
WinJupos de-rotated images. I = WinJupos combination of 2 videos





    



    

16.05.14  Mare Acidalium, Mare Erythraeum and volcanoes emerging from morning mist
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
C14 with x2.5 power mate; ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
IGB centred on 22:20.5 UTC: I=22:16.2UTC; G=22:25.2 UTC; B=22:20.2 UTC
WinJupos de-rotated images
Separate B and G channels  shown below the colour images. B shows clouds especially well



         
28.04.14  Syrtis Major blue cloud (at 8 o'clock); orographic cloud over Elysium (near centre)
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
C14 with x2.5 power mate; ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector;  PGR Flea 3 CCD (doubled size of image)
IGB: I=22:38 UTC; G=22:32 UTC; B=22:26 UTC
Separate IR, G and B channels  shown below the colour images




                 

18.04.14  Syrtis Major with dazzling cloud in the giant impact basin, Hellas above
A spiral of cloud around North Polar Cap, perhaps seen in B image?
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector
IGB: I=22:21UTC; G=22:30 UTC; B=22:26 UTC; C14 with x2.5 power mate;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Separate IR, G and B channels and north-at-the-top  colour image shown below south-at-the-top colour image


         

                   

18.04.14  Syrtis Major and Sinus Sabaeus, with morning mist over Chryse
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
C14 with x2.5 power mate; ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
IGB centred on 23:06.3 UTC: I=23:07.3UTC; G=23:10.4 UTC; B=23:01.1 UTC.
WinJupos de-rotated images from four IR, three B and two G video sequences
Separate IR, G and B channels  shown below the colour images


IR 23:11 UTC     IR 23:53 UTC








         
17.04.14  Syrtis Major near limb plus lots of mist
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector
C14 with x2.5 power mate;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
IGB: I=23:14UTC; G=23:22 UTC; B=23:18 UTC



         

          


15.04.14  Syrtis Major with cloud at extreme right (evening) edge;
Sinus Sabaeus and Mare Acidalium well shown with slight morning mist
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
C14 with x2.5 power mate; ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
IGB centred on 23:26.9 UTC: I=23:27.7UTC; G=23:28.5 UTC; B=23:24.4 UTC.
WinJupos de-rotated images from three IR, two B and two G video sequences
Separate IR, G and B channels  shown below the colour images




     
15.04.14  Mare Acidalium
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector
IGB: I=00:23 UTC; G=00:31 UTC; B=00:26 UTC
C14 with x2.5 power mate;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Separate IR, G and B channels shown below colour image.







         

This pair of IGB images from 11.04.14 were taken about 25 minutes apart.
If you cross your eyes and merge the two images you'll get a 3D effect!



    

This pair of IR images from 11.04.14 were taken 27 minutes apart.
If you cross your eyes and merge the two images you'll get a 3D effect!






09.04.14  Mare Acidalium
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector
IGB: I=23:25.8 UTC; G=23:21.1 UTC; B=23:28.4 UTC
C14 with x2.5 power mate;  PGR Flea 3 CCD


 
       
05.04.14  A series of equatorial clouds including orographic clouds
around giant extinct volcano Olympus Mons
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector
IGB: I=00:35.6 UTC; G=00:31.9 UTC; B=00:28.8 UTC
C14 with x2.5 power mate;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Separate IR, G and B channels shown below colour image.




     

05.04.14  A series of equatorial clouds including orographic clouds
around giant extinct volcano Olympus Mons
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector
IGB: I=00:05.3 UTC; G=00:12.1 UTC; B=00:09.0 UTC
C14 with x2.5 power mate;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Separate IR, G and B channels shown below colour image.


04.04.14  Valles Marineris (just right and below centre)
and the North Polar Cap near the top of the image
Astronomik IR > 742nm filter
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector
C14 with x2.5 power mate;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
IR = 23.52.4 UTC from de-rotated combination of 4 video sequences in WinJupos




                      

Three differently processed colour images. The far left version emphasises the clouds more and shows the blue
equatorial cloud band very distinctly above Syrtis Major. The white patch of cloud left of centre are orographic
clouds above the Elysium volcanoes.

         

23.03.14  Syrtis Major and equatorial cloud band (poor seeing)
Notice how Syrtis Major disappears beneath the equatorial cloud band
as one progresses to G and B filters!
Trutek Type 1  G, B filters  with Baader UV/IR rejection filter; Astronomik IR filter
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector deployed
IGB: I=01:40 UTC; G=01:43 UTC; B=01:46 UTC
C14 with x2.5 power mate;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Separate IR, G and B channels shown below colour images.








Jupiter 2013-14

13.03.14
Great Red Spot far left and lovely EZ swirls
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 5-6/10
Trutek Type 1  R  filter
R =  20:16.2 UTC derotation of three video sequences in WinJupos









    
12.03.14
Oval BA lower right
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 5/10
Upper colour image is a WinJupos de-rotated combination centred on 20:13.9 UTC
Lower pair of images: Trutek Type 1  R filter 20:12 UTC








         
11.03.14
Great Red Spot
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 5/10
Trutek Type 1  R, G, B filters (Baader UV/IR blocker on G and B)
R =  20:55.6 UTC de-rotation of three video sequences in WinJupos; G = 20:51.9 UTC; B = 20:50.0 UTC
RGB de-rotated combination and R de-rotation shown above.



    




04.03.14
GRS approaching evening terminator
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 7/10
Trutek Type 1  R, G, B filters (Baader UV/IR blocker on G and B)
RGB centred on 20:53.0 UTC;  4R, 3G, 3B videos combined in WinJUPOS,
spanning the period from 20:45 - 21:01 UTC.
Separate R, G and B shown beneath: centred on R = 20:53.3 UTC; G = 20:52.1 UTC; B = 20:53.7 UTC.






         


04.03.14
GRS close to evening terminator; Oval BA rotating into view
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 6/10
Trutek Type 1  R, G, B filters (Baader UV/IR blocker on G and B)
RGB centred on 21:17.4 UTC;  6R, 4G, 5B videos combined in WinJUPOS,
spanning the period from 21:02 - 21:32 UTC.






     

20.01.14
'Unorthodox' view with N. at top and p. to right as featured on 05.03.14 BBC 'The One Show'
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 6+/10
Trutek Type 1  R, G, B filters (Baader UV/IR blocker on G and B)
RGB centred on 01:17.4 UTC;  5R, 4G, 4B videos combined in WinJUPOS
spanning the period from 01:09:25 - 01:26:46 UTC







                  




                     


20.01.14
A little more heavily processed version
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 6+/10
Trutek Type 1  R, G, B filters (Baader UV/IR blocker on G and B)
RGB centred on 01:17.4 UTC;  5R 01:17.9 UTC (2 versions shown), 4G 01:16.7 UTC, 4B 01:17.7 UTC
combined in WinJUPOS spanning the period from 01:09:25 - 01:26:46 UTC






            
                  

05.01.14
Great Red Spot
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 4/10
Trutek Type 1  R, B filters (Baader UV/IR blocker on B)
R[G]B centred on 00:45.1 UTC; R (00:46.2 UTC), B (00:44.8 UTC)
and R (01:01 UTC) shown too.






 

04.01.14
Great Red Spot just rotating into view
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 4/10
Trutek Type 1  R  filter
R =  23:51 UTC







The Sun




04.05.14   14:49UTC
Fab prom!
Coronado SM40 solo filter on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled







04.05.14   15:00UTC
Close up!
Coronado SM40 solo filter on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm x2 Celestron Ultima Barlow
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter







04.05.14   15:16 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm  x2 Celestron Ultima Barlow
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter









03.05.14   13:32 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled





03.05.14   12:50 UTC
Coronado SM40 solo filter on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter







01.03.14   10:53 - 10:58 UTC
AR 1944 (now called AR 1990) just left of centre on its THIRD rotation!
Baader Astrosolar film (visual) on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader solar continuun filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter






01.03.14   11:06 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled









01.03.14   11:15 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm  x2 Celestron Ultima Barlow
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter










01.03.14   11:32 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm  x2 Celestron Ultima Barlow
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter















01.03.14   11:30 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm  x2 Celestron Ultima Barlow
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter














01.03.14   11:28 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm  x2 Celestron Ultima Barlow
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter













22.02.14   12:30 - 12:37 UTC
Weird large complex of spots near centre of visible solar disk.
Baader Astrosolar film (visual) on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader solar continuun filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter











22.02.14   12:44 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled














15.02.14   11:42 - 11:55 UTC
Large AR 1974, approaching W. limb (right), with an area around 990 micro hemispheres.
Counted about 200 umbrae within this group with 20cm Meade LX200 by eye.
Very challenging conditions with strong wind and intermittent rain.
Baader Astrosolar film (visual) on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader solar continuun filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter












15.02.14   12:01 - 12:12 UTC







08.02.14   10:27 - 10:35 UTC
Decaying AR 1944 now renumbered AR 1967 with AR 1946 (now called AR 1968)
on their second rotation, approaching the W. limb (right).
Baader Astrosolar film (visual) on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader solar continuun filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter







08.02.14   10:46 - 10:54 UTC










08.02.14   11:03UTC
Nice prominence
Coronado SM40 solo filter on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled







08.02.14   11:05UTC
Nice prominences
Coronado SM40 solo filter on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled







01.02.14   12:04 - 12:21 UTC
Giant AR 1944 now renumbered AR 1967 (area approx. 1400 micro hemispheres)
with AR 1946 (now called AR 1968) on their second rotation
Baader Astrosolar film (visual) on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader solar continuun filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter









07.01.14   11:47 - 11:50 UTC
Giant AR 1944 (area approx. 1500 micro hemispheres) with AR 1946
Baader Astrosolar film (visual) on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader solar continuun filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter









07.01.14   12:00 - 12:04 UTC
AR 1944 and AR 1946 in H-alpha!
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter










07.01.14   12:04 UTC
Lots going on around AR 1944 and AR 1946 in H-alpha!
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled










07.01.14   11:42 UTC
AR 1944
Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm x 2.5 power mate
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, Baader astrosolar film, Baader solar continuum filter









The Moon



Some views from the early hours of 20.01.14  (seeing not great) ...


















































































































Other sites of personal interest...


Amateurs                                                                          Commercial

Damian Peach's site                                                                Telescope House

Ian King's site                                                                         Coronado Hydrogen Alpha Filters

Jack Newton's site                                                                  Celestron U.K.

Nik Szymanek's site                                                                Meade

Rob Gendler's site                                                                  Starlight Xpress Ltd

Stefan Seip's site                                                                   True Technology Ltd

Steve Mandel's site                                                                Ian King Imaging

Thierry Legault's site                                                             Modern Astronomy

Brierley Hill Solar


Organisations/resources                                              Software

Astro buy/sell                                                                        Christian Buil's software      

American Meteor Society                                                       Registax for processing webcam images

Big Bear Solar Observatory latest images of the Sun                Firecapture software for Flea 3 etc

British Astronomical Association                                            Satellite predictions                

Cloud forecast for UK                                                            WinJUPOS

Cloudy Nights reviews                                                           Auto Stakkert!

Horace Dall, 1982  (video by Robin Scagell)                            Deep Sky Stacker

U.S. Naval Observatory Clock  UTC                                        GradientXTerminator

Luton Astronomical Society                                                   PHD autoguiding, DSLR shutter control etc                           

Observing Planets around other Stars via Transits!                Stellarium planetarium software

Periodic error test results for mounts                                    Starry Dave software e.g. solar animations
(Google translator from French)

Prince Albert (South Africa) site                                            Noel Carboni's software

Solar astronomer's library

Solar Influences Data Analysis Center (International sunspot numbers)

SpaceWeather.com for solar activity and far more!

Unisys Jet Stream Forecast to assess likely seeing conditions

Jet Stream Forecast

Uk astro imaging forum

UK IR satellite cloud cover





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