v.182 uploaded   28th December 2013
Sharnbrook Observatory

Welcome to my web site!

A wide range of subjects shown in this version from the solar system to deep space.

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







Sirius



Sirius with a possible faint meteor.
Open cluster M41 visible below Sirius at about "7 o'clock" position.
02.04.13; Canon EOS 450D with IR blocker removed
800 ASA, 50mm lens @ f4



Comet C/2013 Lovejoy R1





14th December 2013
Comet C/2013 Lovejoy R1 in Hercules
Modded Canon EOS 450D DSLR, 50mm Olympus OM lens @ F2.8; Astronomik CLS CCD filter.
Unguided: 19 x 10s exposures



Andromeda Galaxy, M31




Andromeda Galaxy, M31
4th, 7th-9th November 2013
Modded Canon EOS 450D DSLR, 80mm Orion ED apo refractor with x0.8 reducer/flattener giving F6; Astronomik CLS CCD filter.
Autoguided by Lodestar through 20cm Meade LX200 with 0.33x reducer.
Total exposure: 4h 55m 59s made from 59 x 301s subs.












The Lagoon Nebula, M20








The Helix Nebula, NGC 7293








M83







The Pillars of Creation, M16










The Eagle Nebula, M16








Eta Carinae







The Southern Cross






The Jewel Box








The Gem cluster






Jupiter 2013-14


11.12.13
Oval BA (little red spot)
C14 @ f/26; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 3-4/10
Trutek Type 1  R, B filters (Baader UV/IR blocker on B)
ASH atmospheric dispersion corrector
R[G]B centred on 00:25.8 UTC
De-rotated in WinJupos



30.10.13
Oval BA (little red spot) at 2 o'clock
C14 @ f/26; PGR Flea 3 CCD; seeing 3-4/10
Trutek Type 1  R filter, Baader UV/IR blocker filter
R = 04:51 UTC






The Sun




07.12.13   11:36 UTC
Coronado SM40 solo filter on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5






07.12.13   11:48 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










10.11.13   11:23 UTC
Large sunspot group
20cm Meade LX200, f=2,000mm; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Baader Astrosolar film (photo version), Baader Solar Continuum filter, Baader UV/IR rejection filter












27.10.13   09:56 - 10:16 UTC
One of the most active days on the Sun in 2013.
Note the isolated small blobs of polar faculae in both polar regions.
Baader Astrosolar film (visual) on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
Starlight Xpress SXV-H9 CCD; 100 x 22-25ms exposures; Baader solar continuun filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter


The version below is a x2 drizzled version using 98 frames, reduced then to two-thirds size. The contrast has been pushed to reveal the faculae and
pores more clearly.










13.5.13 amazing eruptive prominence
re-stacked using Starry Dave's DVS software










25.05.13 08:54 - 09:06 UTC
See if you can spot the subtle changes in this 12 minute solar H-alpha
sequence!







Eastern Veil: NGC 6995 and NGC 6992


Bi-colour


Eastern Veil: NGC 6995 and NGC 6992

5th and 6th October 2013
SXV-H9 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 18 x 10 mins = 3 hrs; Baader OIII filter 21 x 10 mins = 3.5 hrs.
HA[g]OIII composite.









Perseus Double Cluster: NGC 884 and NGC 869

30th September 2013
Modded Canon EOS 450D, 80mm Megrez apo refractor with x0.8 reducer/flattener giving F4.8; Atronomik CLS CCD filter.
Autoguided by Lodestar through 20cm Meade LX200 with 0.33x reducer.
Total exposure: 59m 53s, made from 3 - 6 minute subs.
No dark frame applied: just flat and bias!







As above, but showing the central portion in more detail.








North America (NGC 7000) and Pelican Nebula (IC 5070)
14th-15th September 2013
Modded Canon EOS 450D, 80mm Megrez apo refractor with x0.8 reducer/flattener giving F4.8; Astronomik CLS CCD filter.
Autoguided by Lodestar through 20cm Meade LX200 with 0.33x reducer.
Total exposure: 2h 55m 20s, made from 5 - 10 minute subs.
No dark frame applied: just flat and bias!










M13 and the galaxy NGC 6207
9th September 2013
Modded Canon EOS 450D, 80mm Orion ED apo refractor @ F7.5.
Autoguided by Lodestar through 20cm Meade LX200 with 0.33x reducer.
Total exposure just 26.5 mins, mainly of 1 min subs.
No darks, flats or bias used!







First night testing Lodestar autoguider


I was amazed that the Lodestar worked at my very first attempt: no issues, just worked immediately from default settings with the PHD software.



06.09.13
M27 'The Dumbbell Nebula'
Modded Canon EOS 450D, 20cm Meade LX200 x0.63 focal reducer; just 3 x 5 mins
Autoguided by Lodestar through Orion 80mm f=600mm refractor piggy-backed
on the Meade.







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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