IC5146, Cocoon Nebula

IC5146 is a star cluster, emission and reflection nebula approximately 6,478 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. It is located near the open star cluster, Messier 39 which is also posted here on my blog. The Cocoon Nebula as it is also known is a stellar nursery. Inside are a number of developing stars. […]

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Sol in H⍺ – 14 August 2021

It was a hazy start to the morning with slow moving high cloud all over the place which meant there wasn’t much flow to the imaging session having to wait for clouds to move out of view. So, here is a selection of what was visible earlier today. Image 1 – The full solar disc. […]

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Sol in H⍺ – 11 August 2021

I recently acquired a 4x Tele Vue Powermate which has reduced the focal ratio of my Lunt 60mm combined with the ZWO ASI174mm down to a level more manageable in comparison with the 5x Powermate. With the latter I had slight over-sampling and it was difficult to process the images without introducing a lot of noise. […]

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Sol in H⍺ – 10 August 2021

The Sun had a couple of small active regions visible this morning. Notable areas were AR12852 and AR12853 plus some small prominences. Image 1 – A close up view of AR12853. Captured with the equipment detailed below and a TeleVue 4x Powermate. Image 2 – AR12852 near the South West limb and the nearby prominences. […]

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Sol in H⍺ – 3 August 2021

My grey phase! Still no decision on my part on the upgrades. I have been looking at the pricing and will need to have a chat with the decision maker of the house soon….just need to pick the right time. Image 1 – Solar disc. AR 12850 positioned on the lower right with a nice […]

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Messier 39

If you follow my blog then you will know that for the majority of this year I have been taking images of our Sun. With the Summer nights being short and a combination of poor night time weather, it has been very difficult to find a reasonable amount of time to take pictures of deep […]

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Sol in H⍺ – 24 June 2001

Having set up the scope, camera and laptop the imaging run started with me having to contend with a lot of cloud dodging. A quick look at the NSO site showed that AR12833 was now nearly out of view with little else visible on the solar disc apart from a few large filaments. However, there […]

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The Sun imaged in H⍺ – 23 June 2021

I always like to try different ways of imaging and processing and so this morning I was tinkering with the Binning on my ZWO ASI174mm, using 2×2 instead of 1×1 on the Barlow and Powermate shots. The pro’s were the frame rates using the x3 Barlow and x5 Powermate were much improved (in the low 100’s FPS) due to the lower exposure times […]

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