May 14th 2110 GMT
It was a bit hazy but I had a go at the Moon anyway. I used my DSLR at 300mm focal length, ISO 100 and 1/800 second exposure.
May 14th 0550 GMT
The Sun was low, so I increased the exposure time to 1/1600 second when I did my DSLR shot. Unfortunately, I did not detect any sunspots.
May 13th 2105 GMT
It was hazy but the Moon was high in the sky. I took some frames at 300mm focal length, ISO 100 and 1/800 second exposure.
May 13th 1120 GMT
I repeated the solar shoot with my DSLR and filters.
May 13th 2315 GMT
I took some Moon shots with my DSLR and Mak at 1.54m focal length, ISO 100 1/100 seconds exposure. Then I took close-ups at 4.62m with exposures of 1/10 then 1/6 seconds exposure.
May 12th 2115 GMT
I repeated the Moon shot but with ISO setting of 100.
May 12th 1715 GMT
May 12th 1210 GMT
I managed to capture the large sunspot "on film" with my DSLR 300mm focal length, ISO 100 and 1/4000 second exposure. I also used my Baader filter.
May 11th 2210 GMT
The Moon was almost at first quarter and I repeated the shot from the evening before.
May 11th 1230 GMT
I bin scanned the Sun through a gap in the clouds and noted that the sunspot had rotated.
May 10th 2230 GMT
May 10th 1000 GMT
Conditions were poor, with lots of moving cloud of various thicknesses. I bin scanned the Sun but only saw one of the sunspots that I had seen on the Big Bear and Learmonth observatory images.
May 6th 0940 GMT
I used my DSLR and solar filter to capture the Sun. Focal length was 300mm, brightness ISO 100 and 1/4000 second exposure.
Unfortunately, my focus was slightly off and I only saw a faint hint of the sunspot on the images.
May 5th 2215 GMT
I had a rather fortunate short session as the weather and forecast had been bad all day. There was cloud and haze, so I decided to do some visuals with my 15x70 binoculars. Obviously, I went straight for the Beehive (M44). It never ceases to amaze me photographically or visually. M35 was lost in the murk (no surprises there either!). Melotte 20 was as badly placed as it gets from the UK but was still a pleasant sight. I was also delighted to see both globular clusters in Hercules: M13 and M92. I tried to catch M29 in Cygnus but haze and distinction stopped it. Thin and thick cloud started to encroach from both east and west, so that was that.
May 4th 2130 GMT
My first image was the Beehive (M44).
I didn't get M35, despite two attempts to aim my camera at it. It expect it to be the last opportunity of the spring, as it was getting really close to the Sun. However, the attempt was not a total waste of time, as I captured some nice star fields in the Milky Way.
Melotte 20 showed well, as usual.
Naturally, I was pleased with Lyra.
I didn't catch M29 but caught a few stars in the area.
There was also a meteor in one of the last set of frames.
May 4th 1640 GMT
There was some clear sky. The Sun looked quiet in hydrogen alpha light but I had a go anyway with my PST and DSLR.
May 3rd 2300 GMT
I had an unexpected clear spell for a while. Without any whole constellations on show, I did a shot of Melotte 111 with my DSLR at 70mm, ISO 6400 and 8 seconds exposure. I managed to get a few frames in before cloud moved in. Rather than inwardly moaning, I was glad to manage anything at all on a poor night. I kept half an eye open for Scorpiid and late Lyrid meteors, The odds were against it and I did not notice any sporadic meteors either.