In my article on the Dumbbell Nebula posted last year I explained that this was a planetary nebula that are typically small and not really ideal targets for a 4 inch refractor such as my William Optics Z103. Enter a new telescope, the 8 inch StellaLyra Ritchey-Chretien or ‘Stella’ as she is now known. Stella […]Read More Messier 97, Owl Nebula
I was thinking about which image to post this week and looking through my work for 2021 so far there are a few galaxies (but I posted a galaxy image last week) and I have lots of solar photos too (again, been there, done that recently too). Then I noticed I had only posted one […]Read More Great Globular Cluster
Messier 82 or the Cigar Galaxy as it is also known is an edge on galaxy 12 million light years away. In astronomical terms this is a relatively close object to us and has presented some good opportunities for astronomers to observe it. At 19:20 GMT on 21 January 2014, students at the University College […]Read More Messier 82, Cigar Galaxy
I had the 22nd and 23rd off from work and spent the night on the 22nd capturing Hydrogen Alpha images of the Cat’s Eye Nebula in Draco. Finishing at 3.30am the next morning I headed to bed for a few hours sleep then was up and outside again to capture some calibration frames. Having finished […]Read More The Sun – positioning, exposure and focus.
This was the first planetary nebula picture I took and up until this point I have not tried to take any pictures as the majority are quite small and a telescope much larger than my 4-inch refractor is needed to do them any real justice. So what is a planetary nebula? Well for a start […]Read More Messier 27 Dumbbell Nebula
I first came across the term ‘Solargraphy’ on the astronomy forum, Stargazers Lounge, and was directed to a website dedicated to the art of Solargraphy. Solargraphy is a very basic method of photography using a pinhole camera to capture extremely long exposures in order to record the path of the Sun as the year progresses. […]Read More Solargraphy
There are three constants when I take photographs of objects in the night sky. The equipment I am using, the sky is clear and the star, Polaris. Without aligning my telescope mount with Polaris, being able to follow the stars accurately around the night sky would be difficult and the stars would look at best […]Read More Caldwell 1 – The old cluster in the north
Weather conditions here in North Essex continued to be poor during the start of January 2021 which meant that any opportunity to get outside under the stars was very limited. Recently I have been trying to improve my chances of predicting clear skies by downloading astronomy weather apps from the Apple Store and so far […]Read More The Pinwheel and the Fly
In July I took this composite image of the Sun. It consists of two layers; the first captures the surface detail of the Chromosphere in H⍺ and the second is overexposed in order to reveal the prominences that you can see on the edge of the Sun’s disc. I was intrigued by the length of […]Read More Sol – How long’s your prom?
With only limited time again for imaging before the clouds and rain rolled in, I decided to keep to my recent trend of photographing open clusters and chose Caroline’s Rose. This collection of stars was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783 and is also known as ‘The White Rose Cluster’. It has a good concentration […]Read More NGC7789 Caroline’s Rose