v.196 uploaded:  29th May 2016
Sharnbrook Observatory

Welcome to my web site!

This version includes images of the tranist of Mercury and a few additional lunar images.

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



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The Transit of Mercury: 9th May 2016

Substantial amounts of cloud on the 9th May plus having to wait until the end of the working day meant that prospects of seeing this event were
rather slimmer than I would have liked. Nevertheless I hurried up the lane with a colleague and friend from work, Dave, who had an ambition to
see the planet Mercury. Fortunately a break in the cloud on arrival home meant we got a lovely view both in white light with the 20cm Meade and
in H-alpha with the 40mm Coronado double stacked filter. Mercury looked like a black marble suspended in front of the mighty disk of the Sun.

Having achieved the principal goal, there looked like a chance of grabbing a few images before the clouds would inevitably end procedings.
I rushed to set up the necessary gear and managed a few brief video clips in H-alpha before the clouds spoiled attempts to get some white light
images. There was always some hazy cloud, so the images were not as well defined as I should have ideally liked.




09.05.16   16:13 UTC
Coronado SM40 double stack filter on Orion ED f=600mm refractor
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5







09.05.16   16:13:30 UTC
Coronado SM40 double stack filter on Orion ED f=600mm refractor
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader UV/IR rejection filter









09.05.16   16:15 UTC
Coronado SM40 double stack filter on Orion ED f=600mm refractor
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5









09.05.16   16:22 UTC
Coronado SM40 double stack filter on Orion ED f=600mm refractor
PGR Flea 3 CCD; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5





Our nearest neighbour in space





16.05.16  21:41 UTC
Copernicus and domes lower left and lower right
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5










14.05.16  21:10 UTC
Hadley Rille
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










14.05.16  21:06 UTC
Deslandres: a dramatic feature at sunrise
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.02.16  21:36 UTC
The dome zone! Near Copernicus (just off image towards the right)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter







18.02.16  21:41 UTC
Herigonius and the tricky to spot Herigonius Rille in centre of image
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.02.16  21:26 - 21:29 UTC
Sinus Iridum
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter







20.01.16  22:17 UTC
Kepler
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter












20.01.16  22:40 UTC
Gassendi on the edge of Mare Humorum
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  22:43 UTC
Kepler
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter











20.01.16  22:44 UTC
Prinz and its weird rilles
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter











20.01.16  22:46 UTC
J Herschel (huge battered enclosure on left side of image)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter











20.01.16  22:49 UTC
Philolaus (left of centre); Anaxagoras (near right edge of centre)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter











20.01.16  22:52 UTC
Plato
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter













20.01.16  22:53 UTC
Hippalus rilles (right edge of image); Doppelmayer (battered and part submerged left of centre)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  23:31 UTC
Schiller
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  23:45 UTC
Tycho in close-up
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  23:51 UTC
Copernicus in close-up
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter








21.01.16  00:00 UTC
Plato in close-up
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter












18.01.16  22:05 UTC
Straight Wall, Thebit, Arzachel
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.01.16  22:08 UTC
Alphonsus (118km diameter with dark ash deposits from volcanic eruptions), Arzachel
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.01.16  22:12 UTC
Gambart (lower part of image) and ejecta from Copernicus
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter








18.01.16  22:16 UTC
Copernicus and ejecta
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.01.16  22:19 UTC
Gambart (just below centre) and ejecta from Copernicus
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter








18.01.16  21:50 UTC
Davy's crater chain of 1-2km diameter craters (probably caused by an impact similar to the SL-9 impact on Jupiter in 1994)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter


Jupiter


         
28.03.16
Red spot junior (oval BA)
C14 @ f/27 with ADC; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Colour image is a WinJupos  RGB de-rotated combination centred on 23:09.7 UTC
Right image: Trutek Type 1  R filter 23:10.9 UTC







         

         
13.03.16
Great Red Spot rotating into view
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Colour image is a WinJupos  RGB de-rotated combination centred on 01:53.2 UTC
Upper right image: Trutek Type 1  R filter 01:09.2 UTC; lower left: Trutek Type 1 G
filter + Baader UV/IR rejection filter 01:55.9 UTC; lower right Trutek Type 1 B filter
+ Baader UV/IR rejection filter 01:53.1 UTC (all derotated combinations in WinJupos).





          
13.03.16
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Colour image is a WinJupos  RGB de-rotated combination centred on 01:10.3 UTC
Right image: Trutek Type 1  R filter 01:09.2 UTC









         

         

13.03.16
C14 @ f/27 with ADC; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Colour image is a WinJupos  RGB de-rotated combination centred on 00:08.4 UTC
Upper right image: Trutek Type 1  R filter 00:10.1 UTC; lower left: Trutek Type 1 G
filter + Baader UV/IR rejection filter 00:08.1 UTC; lower right Trutek Type 1 B filter
+ Baader UV/IR rejection filter 00:06.8 UTC (all derotated combinations in WinJupos).




21.01.16
Great Red Spot: crude early image at low altitude with declining seeing
C14 @ f/27; PGR Flea 3 CCD
Trutek Type 1  R filter 00:32 UTC








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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