If it is clear on Friday the 1st of March, there is a nice pass of the International Space Station. Head outside just before 8:54pm and look towards the SW. You will see the space station appear as a bright, moving star like object. It will continue to brighten and rise higher before passing almost overhead at 8:57pm. It will then fade into Earth's shadow at 8:58pm in the NE. (The weather forecast though isn't looking good!) ... See MoreSee Less
Some nights after a tour, I am too tired to connect the camera to the telescope, so I pop the camera on a spare tracking mount with just a 50mm lens. A few nights ago, I imaged the larger Magellanic galaxy. This is one of the stunning highlights of the southern skies!
I'll post March tour dates during the coming week, however, I do know March 1st is one of them! ... See MoreSee Less
Stephen Holland asked if I could image the International Space Station (as it passed on the evening of the 10th of Feb). I have not imaged the ISS for sometime as the telescope I use for it is large and heavy. After injuring my back a year ago, I haven't been able to lift it. With things much better, I decided that yes, I would set it up again for this pass. It was very windy, but the result is ok. ... See MoreSee Less
Don't forget I only have tours for the 16th and 17th this month (busy month!). The local astronomy club met at the observatory on the evening of the 9th. I kind of left the telescope to image on its own while we all talked astro stuff. The focus drifted a bit, but the telescope did manage to capture this image of nebula NGC 2174 during this time. ... See MoreSee Less
Can you photograph the ISS with your gear? It came over Cudal like car lights last night and will be brighter tonight -4.4. From Cudal it will pass close to Orion and Pleiades . Would make a great photo 🙂
I finally had a night in the observatory to do some imaging well beyond our solar system. On Friday 2nd Feb I imaged the rather eerie nebula M78 in Orion. After some time not needing the software that does all this, I found there were some issues I'll work on today, but luckily I have work arounds! (I hate when everything normally is just a click and and talks to each other. Last night one of the programs was like, "nup, I hate that telescope, I am not talking to it!")
I am not as available as I had thought this month!!! Tours in mid Feb (16th and 17th). ... See MoreSee Less
Great when something has worked fine for years and then it goes haywire because of an update in O/S. I use my phone to control my HEQ5Pro mount via Wifi using Synscan Pro and it looks like an update in the Android o/s is Again! 😑 causing problems as Android12 did some years (5-6) ago. I'm now using an Android emulator called Nox to run an older Android o/s and Synscan on a Windows Notebook, works fine. If i remember correctly it wasn't until Android 13 came out before i could go back to using the phone last time, that time i went back to the hand controller. Maybe your problem is simlar if not the same ?
78 is my lucky number, and this picture is Beautiful.
Not overly happy with tonight's image of Jupiter, but it has been a long time since I have been at the big scope. At present, Jupiter is low in the northern sky and that means a lot more turbulent atmosphere to image through (the lower something is, the more atmosphere to have to deal with!). Not the Io to the lower right. Calisto is also very faintly visible. ... See MoreSee Less
A haven't shared an image for a while, as it has been way too cloudy!!! So I dug into my archives just to keep you all interested. Enjoy the Running Chicken Nebula, from about two years ago!!! I'll have to do this one again soon! February tour dates will be posted late next week! ... See MoreSee Less