Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sirius, video

Sirius in Canis major is a very bright, flashy star, and I wanted to show this in a video, so I defocussed the telescope at 44x.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Orion nebula

Saw the Orion nebula through the scope at 44x. When I saw it I had to go get the kids. They couldn't get down quick enough! Grey fuzzy patch, like cotton wool with stars in the middle. This photo, taken with my phone to the eyepiece, shows a little colour!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

New year, new scope

Well I got a new scope (very early Father's Day pressie). Its an Orion GoScope III Travelscope, and it all goes in that back pack! Its a 400mmfl/70mm objective scope, f5.7, and comes with 2 Orion Kellner eyepieces, 20mm and 9mm and a star diagonal. The finderscope is 5x24, inverted image(of course) with a cross hair. Not had a proper chance to try it yet but I have aligned it with a tree, seems to work ok. The lenscap is weird, comes in 2 parts, a small cap in the centre and a large overall cap. Strangely it works with the little cap still on, doesn't seem to vignette. Anyway here it is.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Moon and Jupiter

Took this at the end of February,  full moon in clouds, Jupiter to the left.
Taken on my Canon IXUS in night mode, handheld.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Moon and Jupiter above my street

I took this photo last night in the front garden. The moon, nearly full, had risen recently and I knew Jupiter would be visible too so I set off out into the evening air with camera on tripod.

Canon 30D, 19-35 zoom, 13 seconds at f8, ISO 800

Sunday, December 9, 2012

RIP Sir Patrick Moore!

I just found out he died aged 89, in his own home.
I've been watching The Sky At Night for as long as I can remember-he inspired me to go out even with just  binoculars, no matter how cold it was.
He will be sadly missed!

Sir Patrick Moore dies

Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, CBE, FRS, FRAS (4 March 1923 – 9 December 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jupiter above our street

After a few nice views of Jupiter in my small scope at 27x I tried to get shots thru the eyepiece with my phone-it just wasnt having any of it.

Instead I put the camera phone (Samsung Galaxy S2) in Night mode and made a photo of the street with jupiter in the top right corner.
Not bad for a handheld night shot on a phone!