Eagleseye

Author Archive

Hydrogen Alpha Sun – 22nd May 2016

by on May.22, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

The day started out with clear blue skies and sunshine, so straight out I went to capture some Hydrogen Alpha images. There were only a few small prominences around the limb, so I did a few close ups of the naked eye sunspot AR 2546 and a full disk before clouds started building up and we went out for a walk.

I experimented with tuning the telescope to get some detail in the spot, but Newton’s Rings were awful.
AS_p60_Multi_Drizzle15_video0016 08-27-44_g3_b3_ap2247_stitch-WC
AS_p60_Multi_Drizzle15_video0026 08-50-56_g3_b3_ap4328-WSC

AS_p60_Multi_Drizzle15_video0021 08-34-53_g3_b3_ap810-WC-Crop

When we got back from our walk there were two layers of clouds, each moving in different directions making it extremely challenging.

However I did manage to get AR 2546 again and a white light image through my 80mm scope.

AS_p60_Multi_Drizzle15_video0037 13-53-05_g3_b3_ap843-2WSC

AS_p60_Multi_Drizzle15_video0032 13-11-10_g3_b3_ap536StitchWSC

Leave a Comment more...

After a rest, two talks this week. Leicester & Cambridge.

by on May.21, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

After a few weeks of rest, I start going round to astronomy clubs speaking yet again.

I have two outings this week:

On Tuesday the 24th of May, I am at Leicester Astronomical Society.
They meet at The National Space Centre, Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS.
Meeting starts at 7:30pm.
I will be speaking on Digitally Enhancing Astronomical Images.
If you’re in the area, come along and say “Hello”.

On Wednesday the 25th of May I will also be speaking to Cambridge Astronomical Association as part of their introduction evening at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.
I will be showing them how to obtain deeper wide angle images of the sky, using an un-tracked camera.

Will be good to meet up with these two clubs yet again.
Thanks to both for asking me back.

DDSMilkyWay

Leave a Comment more...

Astrophotography Workshop – 9th of April. Only two places left.

by on Mar.21, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

A repeat of my successful Astrophotography Workshop to be held on the 9th of April has just two places left.

Here’s what some of the last attendees said about the first workshop:

“I would recommend Dave’s new Astrophotography Workshop to all, he brings together knowledge and enthusiasm, passing it on to those of all skill levels.”

“I was so looking forward to this ‘hands- on’ course and it lived up to beyond my expectations – I was so enthused I carried on when I got home – thanks Dave you have the patience of a saint – can’t wait for the next one!”

“Thank you again for a well run workshop and I would be very interested in any other workshops you may have in the pipe line.. As you said a lot to take on. As I’m new to all of this but I come away from the workshop knowing a lot more than before.”

This second date is booking fast, and there are only two places left.

Picture saved with settings embedded.

Date: 9th April 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Venue – Chelveston Village Hall.
21 Water Lane, Chelveston, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 6AP
(There is plenty of parking. A map of the venue location is at the bottom of the page).

Please note: This workshop will use software that is predominantly Windows based.

Cost: £25.

The day is limited to 15 attendees. So first come, first served. Book using the Paypal button below now to reserve your place.




The area around Clavius

Workshop Outline
I will change and adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but this is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Basic Astrophotography theory. – How it works and why we get the problems we do.
Simple Astrophotography. – Taking un-driven wide-field constellation images.
Webcam imaging. – Lunar, Solar and planetary imaging.
Image processing techniques. – Startrails, Deep Sky Stacker, AstroStakkert!, Registax and various image processing techniques to get us over the many problems and bring out the best in your images.

I would encourage attendees to bring their own laptops in where possible for effective hands-on practice.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying a CD for everyone to take away which will contain all the software I will be demonstrating as well as all the images I will be using in the demonstrations.

If you can bring in some images of your own that we can work on, that would be even better.

As we are in a rural location you will need to bring your own packed lunch on the day.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cake will be available on the day to raise money for our local breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

20150808-3

Leave a Comment more...

Milton Keynes Astronomical Society – 18th March 2016.

by on Mar.13, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

On Friday the 18th of March I will be presenting my ever popular presentation, and let’s face it also my favourite presentation, Rosetta & Philae: From Concept To Reality to Milton Keynes Astronomical Society. 

Despite Philae now certainly lost, there is still a lot of information coming back from Rosetta before its finale of “hard landing” on the comet on the 29th of September. Comet 67P itself is still within reach of amateur instruments and will pass right through the Leo Triplet in April, so that will make a good imaging opportunity.

I will make sure I try to include as much of the new data and images as possible, as well as a screening of an ISS film linked to Tim Peake’s Pricipia Mission, which is now just over half way through.

So, if you’re in the area, come along, say “Hello” and enjoy my presentation.

Meeting starts at 8:00pm at:
Rectory Cottages,
Church Green Road,
Bletchley,
Milton Keynes,
MK3 6BJ.

RosettaTalk

Leave a Comment more...

Astrophotography Workshop – 9th of April. Last Few Places.

by on Mar.12, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

A repeat of my successful Astrophotography Workshop is almost fully booked.
This will be held on Saturday the 9th of April.

Here’s what some of the last attendees said:

“I would recommend Dave’s new Astrophotography Workshop to all, he brings together knowledge and enthusiasm, passing it on to those of all skill levels.”

“I was so looking forward to this ‘hands- on’ course and it lived up to beyond my expectations – I was so enthused I carried on when I got home – thanks Dave you have the patience of a saint – can’t wait for the next one!”

“Thank you again for a well run workshop and I would be very interested in any other workshops you may have in the pipe line.. As you said a lot to take on. As I’m new to all of this but I come away from the workshop knowing a lot more than before.”

This second date is booking up fast, but there are still a very few spaces left.

Picture saved with settings embedded.

Date: 9th April 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Venue – Chelveston Village Hall.
21 Water Lane, Chelveston, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 6AP
(There is plenty of parking. A map of the venue location is at the bottom of the page).

Please note: This workshop will use software that is predominantly Windows based.

Cost: £25.

The day is limited to 15 attendees. So first come, first served. Book using Paypal now to reserve your place.




Look out for more dates as these are announced.
If you know of a suitable venue closer to you where I could organise another workshop, please let me know.

The area around Clavius

Workshop Outline
I will change and adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but this is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Basic Astrophotography theory. – How it works and why we get the problems we do.
Simple Astrophotography. – Taking un-driven wide-field constellation images.
Webcam imaging. – Lunar, Solar and planetary imaging.
Image processing techniques. – Startrails, Deep Sky Stacker, AstroStakkert!, Registax and various image processing techniques to get us over the many problems and bring out the best in your images.

I would encourage attendees to bring their own laptops in where possible for effective hands-on practice.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying a CD for everyone to take away which will contain all the software I will be demonstrating as well as all the images I will be using in the demonstrations.

If you can bring in some images of your own that we can work on, that would be even better.

As we are in a rural location you will need to bring your own packed lunch on the day.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cake will be available on the day to raise money for our local breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

20150808-3

Leave a Comment more...

Sandy Astronomical Society – Thursday 10th March

by on Mar.05, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

On Thursday the 10th of March I will be giving my Introduction to Astrophotography Presentation to Sandy Astronomical Society.
astrophotography
The group meet in The Bell Public House, Station Rd, Sandy SG19 1AW

The meeting starts at 7:00pm. So if you’re in the area, come along and say “Hello”.

Leave a Comment more...

Astrophotography Workshop 9th April – Booking Fast.

by on Feb.26, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Only a few spaces left on the repeat of my Astrophotography Workshop, which will be held on the 9th of April.
Picture saved with settings embedded.

Date: 9th April 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Venue – Chelveston Village Hall.
21 Water Lane, Chelveston, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 6AP
(There is plenty of parking. A map of the venue location is at the bottom of the page).

Please note: This workshop will use software that is predominantly Windows based.

Cost: £25.

The day is limited to just 15 attendees. So first come, first served. Book by clicking the Paypal link below to secure your place.





Look out for more dates as these are announced.
If you know of a suitable venue closer to you where I could organise another workshop, please let me know.

The area around Clavius

Workshop Outline
I will change and adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but this is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Basic Astrophotography theory. – How it works and why we get the problems we do.
Simple Astrophotography. – Taking un-driven wide-field constellation images.
Webcam imaging. – Lunar, Solar and planetary imaging.
Image processing techniques. – Startrails, Deep Sky Stacker, AstroStakkert!, Registax and various image processing techniques to get us over the many problems and bring out the best in your images.

I would encourage attendees to bring their own laptops in where possible for effective hands-on practice.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying a CD for everyone to take away which will contain all the software I will be demonstrating as well as all the images I will be using in the demonstrations.

If you can bring in some images of your own that we can work on, that would be even better.

As we are in a rural location you will need to bring your own packed lunch on the day.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cake will be available on the day to raise money for our local breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

20150808-3

Thank you to everyone who attended my first astrophotography workshop on the 20th of February, judging from your feedback it was an outstanding success.
Here’s some comments I have already received from those who attended.

“I would recommend Dave’s new Astrophotography Workshop to all, he brings together knowledge and enthusiasm, passing it on to those of all skill levels.”

“I was so looking forward to this ‘hands- on’ course and it lived up to beyond my expectations – I was so enthused I carried on when I got home – thanks Dave you have the patience of a saint – can’t wait for the next one!”

“Thank you again for a well run workshop and I would be very interested in any other workshops you may have in the pipe line.. As you said a lot to take on.. As I’m new to all of this but I come away from the workshop knowing a lot more than before.”

Leave a Comment more...

Tonight – Rosetta & Philae – Luton Astronomical Society

by on Feb.25, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

This evening , the 25th of February I will be presenting my ever popular presentation
Rosetta & Philae: From Concept To Reality to Luton Astronomical Society. 

It’s a long time since I last visited Luton AS, so will be good to catch up with them again.

Despite Philae now certainly lost, there is still a lot of information coming back from Rosetta before its finale of “landing” on the comet on the 29th of September. Comet 67P itself is still within reach of amateur instruments.

I will make sure I try to include as much of the new data and images as possible.

So, if you’re in the area, come along, say “Hello” and enjoy my presentation.

Meeting starts at 7:30pm at:
University of Bedfordshire, Putteridge Bury, Near Luton.
LU2 8LE

RosettaTalk

Leave a Comment more...

Moon’s back, so let’s get webcamming.

by on Feb.14, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

It’s been a long time since I did some web-cam imaging. So the Moon’s back obliterating most of the fainter stuff, so let’s do the Moon then.

It was just before 1st quarter Moon, so a wide angle to get the whole disk in was called for.

Moon20160214 Just before I took this image, I took some webcam images using my DMK21 monochrome camera and a 2x Barlow lens.

The North Pole of the Moon.

MoonPole20160214The craters Theophilus, Cyrillus and Catherina.

Catharina The area around the Rupes Altai mountain range and crater Fracastorius.

RupesAltaiArea And last but not least, the area around the crater Julius Caesar showing small rilles on the lunar surface.JuliusCaesarArea20160214

 

 

 

Leave a Comment more...

Comets – Setting the bar very high!

by on Feb.13, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

The weather this winter might have been mild, but it’s been absolutely atrocious for doing astronomy. Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 has given us a great display. It hasn’t been quite as bright as originally expected (no great surprises there for a comet then!), but the behaviour in its ion tail have been quite incredible when I have been able to image it.

Animation of the Ion tail on the 21st of December 2015.

When the clouds did finally decided to part, the crescent Moon was back in the evening sky. It did look incredible though with the dark side lit up very nicely. I couldn’t resist taking a picture.Z75_3615Crop

Moon showing off the Earthshine very nicely.

On the 10th and the 11th of February I set myself a couple of real challenges. So I started straight away with catching Comet C/2013 X1 PANSTARRS. It’s now getting lower in the western sky after sunset and will soon be lost in the skyglow murk and twilight.

Picture saved with settings embedded.

Once I had captured this beauty, I set my attentions back onto Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina to see what was going on. It’s now fading somewhat and the two tails appear to be coming together.

Picture saved with settings embedded.

I then  waited until the Moon was almost gone out of the sky before my next more challenging targets.

Comet 81 P Wild is located within the horns of Taurus but is still quite faint. It is just visible as a small green “fuzz” on my image.

Picture saved with settings embedded.

Once I had bagged this Lepus had cleared the neighbours house, so I decided to have a go at picking up Comet 252P LINEAR, just to the East of Gamma Lepus. But nothing appeared in my images at all. 🙁

By this time the Moon was well out of the way and it was still clear.
My next extremely challenging target was much higher up.
Comet P/2010 V1 appears to have broken up into several different pieces. They are extremely faint, the brightest being about 17th magnitude and fading. My image “may” just show one of these fragments, but it is only just, if at all.

What with computer issues and failing to pick up two of my challenging targets, I decided to take in The Rosette Nebula in Monoceros.
Aimed at the star cluster, I hoped to be able to bring out some of the detail within it and carried on until the sky clouded over. It didn’t disappoint.Picture saved with settings embedded.

Another nice target taken on the 3rd of February was The Pleiades star cluster M45.
Glorious as always.

Picture saved with settings embedded.

Picture saved with settings embedded.

Considering my location and my surrounding light pollution, am I setting the bar far too high? Of course not. One of these days I will try a challenging object and it will be quite obvious in one of my images. So I will always continue to try to stretch the limits of my equipment and try punching through those limitations as many times as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment more...

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!