v.191 uploaded    26th July 2015
Sharnbrook Observatory

Welcome to my web site!

This version includes new images of the beautiful close conjnction of Venus and Jupiter as well as the large sunspot
group AR2371.

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






The close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter




Venus and Jupiter only 19' (0.3 degree) apart
30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 135mm lens









30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 135mm lens











30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens













30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens












30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens











Moon, almost 'full', in the sky opposite the conjunction
30th June, 2015










29th June 2015
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens








29th June 2015
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 135mm lens











29th June 2015
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens








Recent solar images



21.06.15   17:26 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT with x2 Celestron Ultima Barlow lens
Flea 3 CCD; Baader ND 3.8 astrosolar film; Baader solar continuum filter; Baader UV/IR
rejection filter.






Naked-eye sunspot group, AR 2371 with granulation
Area = 1120 micro hemispheres at 0h and 1180 at 24h

21.06.15   17:12 UTC above 17:04 UTC below
20cm Meade LX200 SCT f = 2000mm.
Flea 3 CCD; Baader ND 3.8 astrosolar film; Baader solar continuum filter; Baader UV/IR
rejection filter.








Heralding the emergence of AR 2371 at the E.limb with bright chromospheric plasma

15.06.15   18:47 UTC above and 18:45 UTC below
Coronado SM40 double stack filter on Orion ED f=600mm refractor
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader UV/IR rejection filter










The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)




19th, 20th, 21st April 2015
Telescope: 20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F6.3. 61 x 5 minute exposures with SXV-H9 CCD binned 2x2;
Trutek Type 1 L filter, Baader UV/IR rejection filter.








Starwave Bahtinov Mask used on the star Alkaid to achieve critical focus for M51 imaging






Venus

23.06.15  21:05 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, x2.5 Power Mate
Flea 3 CCD; Astronomik IR > 742nm filter; poor seeing


23.06.15  20:28 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F10
Flea 3 CCD; Schuler UV filter; poor seeing







12.05.15  20:50 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT
Flea 3 CCD; Astronomik IR > 742nm filter; poor seeing




21.05.15  19:42 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT
Flea 3 CCD; Schuler UV filter; poor seeing



21.05.15  20:24 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT
Flea 3 CCD; Astronomik IR > 742nm filter; poor seeing








The crescent Moon and Venus two days after the solar eclipse






Different orientation ...   





Just as with the solar eclipse I used my Canon EOS 450D with a 300mm lens.






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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