v.187 uploaded    1st January 2015
Sharnbrook Observatory

Welcome to my web site!

This version includes images of a Geminid meteor streaking past the Orion Nebula, several new deep sky images
and new images of the Moon, Sun and Mars.

All of the images on this site are my own, taken using amateur telescopes and equipment.

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





Beautiful nebulae in Auriga


 


(Lower) IC405 'The Flaming Star Nebula' with  the 'runaway star' AE Aurigae embedded in it.
(Upper) IC410 and open cluster NGC1893
The three 'bright' stars near centre are 19 Aur (mag. 5.05), IQ Aur (mag. 5.35) and 16 Aur (mag. 4.50).





The images above were obtained on the nights of 19/20 December 2014 and 24/25 December 2014.
Telescope: 80mm Megrez apo refractor with x0.8 focal reducer giving F4.8.
Camera: SXVR-H18 CCD at -30C. Filters: Baader 7nm H-alpha 4h 15m of data made of 17 x 15 min subs;
Baader 8.5 nm OIII 4h 30m of data made of 18 x 15 min subs. The final image was an H-Alpha:OIII:OIII combination.




Orion, the hunter



Barnard's loop shows up well as does the diminuitive Horsehead Nebula. Very surprisingly, the Witch Head
nebula is vaery faintly visible to the right of Rigel (lower right). This all despite having to contend with
significant extra light pollution due to the ultra invasive site lighting where Network Rail are locally upgrading
bridges for electrification of the line. Additionally, I cold not reach focus with the CLS filter in place so had to
improvise and crudely blu tack it to the front of the lens, losing about a quarter of the light due to
obscuration by the filter! No flats, bias or darks used!
Canon EOS 450D; Astronomik CLS-CCD filter; 13 x 8 mins plus 5 x 2 mins from the night of the Geminids used
to show the Orion Nebula without it being 'blown out'.



Closer look at the Horsehead.







M33, the Triangulum Galaxy


The image above were obtained on the nights of 24 November 2014, 13/14 December 2014 and 19/20 December 2014.
Telescope: 80mm Megrez apo refractor with x0.8 focal reducer giving F4.8.
Camera: SXVR-H18 CCD at -30C. Filters: Baader UV/IR rejection filter with Trutek Type 1 L, R, G and B filters.
LRGB: L = 6h 45m in 15 min subs; R = 6 x 10 mins 2x2 binned, G = 7 x 10 mins 2x2 binned, B = 6 x 10 mins 2x2 binned.





Luminance data only.


Below are slightly differently processed versions that emphasise different aspects of M33.








A nice dsiplay of the Geminids
13-14 December 2014




A 2nd magnitude Geminid streaked by the Orion Nebula. I saw it visually and luckily it was caught
with my Canon EOS 450D.






Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy

The comet may be spied as a small green/blue ball near tree branches to the lower right in southern Lepus.
A tricky image to obtain given the low altitude and moonlight.
Canon EOS 450D, 50mm lens @ F4, Astronomik CLS-CCD filter, 4 x 1mins





Jupiter

31.12.14 01:35:27 UTC
Great Red Spot with unusually dark f. collar
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Astronomik IR > 742nm filter






31.12.14 01:49:17 UTC
Great Red Spot with dark f. collar
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Trutek Type 1 G filter with Baader UV/IR rejection filter








31.12.14 02:17.8 UTC
Great Red Spot at edge
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Trutek Type 1 R filter with Baader UV/IR rejection filter
Winjupos de-rorated combination of two video sequences





Crude RGB combination   02:14.3 UTC






The Moon on 29th November 2014

Although low in the sky, there were some pleasing landscapes to image wih my C14 @ F11.




Hyginus and Triesnecker Rilles





Stofler and Maurolycus





Hyginus and Manilius






Hipparchus and sunrise over Herschel





Sinus Medii with Triesnecker upper right and Herschel lower left





Towards the south pole
Vertically flipped to give a better 3D depth effect with the crater Boussingault






Meton and the north pole






The 'bay' Gartner and crater Democritus feature below centre





Aristoteles and Eudoxus





The prominence below had been awesome an hour or two prior to this image, but alas it was cloudy here
so I only caught the remnants of the blast!!!



09.11.14   12:19 and 12:25 UTC mozaic
Prominences: barely showing fainter background proms
Coronado SM40 single stack filter on Orion ED f=600mm refractor
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader UV/IR rejection filter








09.11.14   12:17 UTC
Prominences: showing fainter background shell from the faded mega-prom
Coronado SM40 single stack filter on Orion ED f=600mm refractor
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader UV/IR rejection filter






Mars revisited: some reprocessing

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







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

wunderground.com weather models to assess likely seeing conditions

Uk astro imaging forum

UK IR satellite cloud cover





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