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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 is estimated to be approximately 23 million light years away.  It is interacting with its smaller companion galaxy, NGC 5195, which is just above and to the left of it in this image. To the center right of the image a much more distant galaxy IC4263 can be seen, approximately 144 million light years away. […]

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Solar Prominence Animation

Monster Prominence 3.5 Hour Animation (Ha)

My biggest animation yet, with a 100,000km prominence: Scope: Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT, 2x Barlow Camera: ZWO ASI174MM, FireCapture Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6, EQMod Processing: AutoStakkert! 2, PixInsight 1.8, best 25% of 500 frames, 174 frames, 30s intervals. Date: 11th September 2016, 09:52 –  13:17BST (08:52 – 12:17UT)

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Prominence Animation Ha 3rd September 2016

Prominence Animation Ha 3rd September 2016

Animation of prominences with solar disk masked: Scope: Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT, 2x Barlow Camera: ZWO ASI174MM, FireCapture Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6, EQMod Processing: AutoStakkert! 2, PixInsight 1.8, best 25% of 500 frames, 41 frames, 30s intervals. Date: 3rd September 2016, 09:52 – 10:45BST (08:52 – 09:45UT)

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Animation of AR12585 Ha 3rd September 2016

Animation of AR12585 Ha 3rd September 2016

Animation of AR2585, plus filament and prominences. Scope: Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT, 2x Barlow Camera: ZWO ASI174MM, FireCapture Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6, EQMod Processing: AutoStakkert! 2, PixInsight 1.8, best 25% of 500 frames, 31 frames, 30s intervals. Date: 3rd September 2016, 08:34 – 09:19BST (07:34 – 08:19UT)

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Another Mercury Transit Image

Another Mercury Transit Image

Another Mercury transit image.  I’ve adjusted my processing routine to add MLT to the process, and trying out a different false colour scheme. Scope: Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT Camera: ZWO ASI174MM, FireCapture Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6, EQMod Processing: AutoStakkert! 2, PixInsight 1.8, best 75% of 500 frames Date: 9th May 2016, 13:48BST (13:48UT)

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Transit of Mercury, 9th May 2016

Transit of Mercury, 9th May 2016

Mercury begins its transit across the face of the sun. Scope: Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT Camera: ZWO ASI174MM, FireCapture Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6, EQMod Processing: AutoStakkert! 2, PixInsight 1.8, best 25% of 500 frames Date: 9th May 2016, 12:14BST (11:14UT)

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AR12541/42/43 Ha 8th May 2016

AR12541/42/43 Ha 8th May 2016

Detail from yesterday. Scope: Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT, 2x Barlow Camera: ZWO ASI174MM, FireCapture Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6, EQMod Processing: AutoStakkert! 2, PixInsight 1.8, best 25% of 1,000 frames Date: 8th May 2016, 09:31BST (08:31UT)

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Blackwater Skies

Solar UFO (Or maybe just a balloon!)

I caught a UFO crossing the sun on Saturday. Taken at 08:38BST, 30th April 2016.  It was moving fairly fast so I had trouble tracking it as it took me by surprise. No satellites were predicted to transit the Sun from my location at that time.  Sadly upon aligning, stacking and processing multiple frames from […]

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