v.185 uploaded   12th August 2014
Sharnbrook Observatory

Welcome to my web site!

This version includes some scanned transparencies, negatives and prints from the days when I used film. The originals
were grainy and often of poor quality, with scratches and a host of other annoying defects. Using image processing
techniques borrowed from my digital imaging, I was able to salvage enough for them to be of some aesthetic value.
Although not as high perhaps in quality I hope these images give some insight into the wonderful events of that era.

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










03.08.14   10:49 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5














03.08.14   10:41 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5













03.08.14   10:39 UTC
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











06.07.14   14:48 - 15:09 UTC mozaic
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter









06.07.14   15:27 - 15:35 UTC mozaic
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









AR 2108  area approx. 800 micro hemisphere
16:03 UTC  20cm Meade LX200 SCT





AR 2109  area approx. 600 micro hemisphere
15:58 UTC 20cm Meade LX200 SCT









12.06.14   17:50 UTC
M1 flare in AR 2085
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter






Remnants of eruptive prominence that was coincident with the M1 flare: 17:53 UTC










08.06.14   11:10 - 11:20 UTC
Nice pair of sunspot groups with granulation: AR2080 & AR2085
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, Baader Photographic ND 3.8 astrosolar film
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader Solar Continuum and UV/IR rejection filters, x1.5 drizzled









08.06.14   10:09 - 10:28 UTC mozaic
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







08.06.14   09:53 - 10:04 UTC mozaic
Coronado SM40 DOUBLE STACKED FILTER on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter












01.06.14   10:46 UTC
Big 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







01.06.14   12:20 UTC
One and a half hours later
Coronado SM40 solo filter on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled







01.06.14   14:52 UTC
Two and a half hours later
Coronado SM40 solo filter on Orion 80mm ED apo refractor f = 600mm
PGR Flea 3 CCD, Baader UV/IR rejection filter, x1.5 drizzled






A look back at some sunspots from solar cycle 21





10.11.79  12:00 UTC
Drawing on the day when the international relative sunspot number hit 302: the highest in my lifetime.
Not far behind the all time record on 24th and 25th December 1957 of 355, 4 years before I was born.
222mm Newtonian x50, x150 hand drawn via projection method onto large sheet of white paper
Cloud 1/8; seeing variable with some good moments; transparency mainly quite good.








01.04.79
Giant sunspot group







Some key events from solar cycle 23



20.07.00  06:45 UTC
Solar Maximum!
30cm Meade LX200 SCT stopped down to 10cm aperture @ F30
100 ASA Fuji Superia Reala film









21.07.00  06:45 UTC
Jolly spotty!
30cm Meade LX200 SCT stopped down to 10cm aperture @ F30
100 ASA Fuji Superia Reala film






Giant sunspot of September 2000





20.09.00  15:15 UTC
30cm Meade LX200 SCT stopped down to 10cm aperture @ F30
100 ASA Fuji Superia Reala film








22.09.00  10:45 - 11:05 UTC
30cm Meade LX200 SCT stopped down to 10cm aperture @ F30
100 ASA Fuji Superia Reala film









22.09.00   10:45 - 11:05 UTC
Monster sunspot group had an area >2000 micro hemispheres
100 ASA Fuji Superia Reala film; OM10; 30cm Meade LX200 SCT stopped down to 10cm aperture @ F30






23.09.00  10:50 - 11:00 UTC
30cm Meade LX200 SCT stopped down to 10cm aperture @ F30
100 ASA Fuji Superia Reala film









23.09.00   10:50 - 11:00 UTC
Monster sunspot group in close-up (crude photo)
100 ASA Fuji Superia Reala film; OM10; 30cm Meade LX200 SCT stopped down to 10cm aperture; 26mm eyepiece projection








23.10.03   15:05 - 15:10 UTC
AR 484 near centre and AR 486 emerging at E. limb
Total sunspot area 2930-3000 micro hemispheres (NOAA)
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, TP2415 film, 0.002s exposure, seeing IV-V (poor/very poor)







25.10.03   09:15 UTC
AR 484 right of centre and AR 486 lower left
Total sunspot area 4060-3770 micro hemispheres (NOAA)
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, TP2415 film, 0.002s exposure







26.10.03   09:50 - 10:00 UTC
AR 484 right of centre and AR 486 lower left
Total sunspot area 3770-4270 micro hemispheres (NOAA)
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, TP2415 film, 0.002s exposure











27.10.03   10:00 - 10:45 UTC
AR 484 towards right; AR 486 below centre; AR 488 just left of centre has suddenly emerged
Total sunspot area 4270-4520 micro hemispheres (NOAA)
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, TP2415 film, 0.002s and 0.004s  exposures







29.10.03   14:15 UTC
AR 484 at extreme W edge (2 o'clock); AR 486 and AR 488 dominating centre stage
Total sunspot area 5160-5690 micro hemispheres (NOAA)
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, TP2415 film, 0.004s exposure







30.10.03   09:10 - 09:35 UTC
Gigantic AR 486 below pretty big AR 488
Total sunspot area 5690-4420 micro hemispheres (NOAA)
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, TP2415 film, 0.004s exposure










30.10.03   09:10 - 09:35 UTC
Gigantic AR 486 below pretty big AR 488
Total sunspot area 5690-4420 micro hemispheres (NOAA)
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, TP2415 film, 0.002s exposure









01.11.03   11:00 UTC
AR 486 and AR 488 approaching W limb
AR 486 was to unleash a record breaking X28 flare on 04.11.03!
Total sunspot area 4170-4050 micro hemispheres (NOAA)
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, f = 2000mm, TP2415 film, 0.004s exposure





Photos from the great auroral display of 6th-7th April 2000

Photos were taken from 20:51 - 01:10 UTC, with OM10 SLR and mostly 1600 ASA Fuji Provia Film.
The display became so remarkable, the whole sky, including the south aspect was full of aurorae!





Cygnus up to Draco







Cygnus












Lyra and Cygnus













Bootes











































Corona Borealis and Hercules




































Auriga and Gemini (dodgy focus due to ill-fitting 28mm F2.8 lens!)
21:52 UTC; 1600 ASA Fuji Super HG film on OM10 SLR







1600 ASA Fuji Super HG film on OM10 SLR






Giant sunspot group of March 2001



28.03.01   15:43 - 16:50 UTC
Giant sunspot group of area 2240 micro hemispheres
A total of 16 active areas on the disk!
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F10; 50 ASA Fuji  Velvia




29.03.01   13:40 - 13:55 UTC
Giant sunspot group and a total of 17 active areas on the disk!
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F10; 50 ASA Fuji  Velvia









30.03.01   10:35 - 10:45 UTC
Huge AR 9393 right of centre
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F10; TP 2415 film developed 9 mins in D-76










30.03.01   10:35 - 10:45 UTC
Huge AR 9393 right of centre
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F10; TP 2415 film developed 9 mins in D-76
Average of 5 photos





30.03.01   10:35 - 10:45 UTC
Huge AR 9393 right of centre
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F10; TP 2415 film developed 9 mins in D-76






Photos of Comet Hale-Bopp



01.03.97
135mm F2.8 lens; 1600 Fuji Provia; 60s exposure







06.03.97   pre-dawn sky
Comet Hale-Bopp
The pseudo nucleus was about mag. 1.3 (equal to Deneb) but its integrated magnitude rivalled Vega.
The dust tail was about 2 degrees long and the fainter ion tail, 5 degrees by naked-eye.
28mm F2.5 lens on ancient Praktica Camera;  1600 ASA  Fuji Provia; approx. 1min  exposure









06.03.97
135mm F2.8 lens; 1600 ASA Fuji Provia; 2 mins exposure










20.03.97
28mm F2.5 lens; 1600 ASA Fuji Provia; 1 min




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20.03.97
28mm F2.5 lens; 1600 ASA Fuji Provia; 1 min







20.03.97
0.5m Newtonian at prime focus; 1600 ASA Fuji Provia approx. 10s exposure








20.03.97
135mm F2.8 lens; 1600 Fuji Provia; 90s exposure








              

03.04.97
58mm F2 lens; 1600 ASA Fuji Provia; 40s exposure










07.04.97
58mm F2 lens; 1600 Fuji Provia; 30s exposure










07.04.97
58mm F2 lens; 1600 Fuji Provia; 30s exposure









10.04.97
58mm F2 lens; 1600 ASA Fuji Provia; 12s exposure








Photos of Comet Hyakutake








27.03.96   04:40 UTC  (too late into twilight!)
Comet Hyakutake
The pseudo nucleus was about mag. 3 and the tail stretcvhed visually from near Polaris to almost the bowl of
the Great Bear (25 degrees: corresponding to 7,000,000 km with the comet only 15,000,000 above our North Pole)
28mm Lens on ancient Praktica Camera; 400 ASA  Ektachrome; approx. 30s exposure























17.04.96
Comet Hyakutake with naked-eye 4 degree tail
58mm lens @F2 on ancient Praktica Camera; 400 ASA  Fuji Provia colour reversal film;
approx. 3 mins exposure piggy-backed on 0.5m Newtonian









Orion Nebula photographed through my 0.5m Newtonian, c. autumn 1997















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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