February 29th 0900 GMT
February 28th 2100 GMTA hazy day gave way to a quite decent evening, although there was still some haze around, especially to the north. I took two sets of frames, both at ISO 6400. The first was at 70mm and 8 seconds’ exposure and was aimed at:
- Perseus Double Cluster and surrounding area
- Melotte 20 and surrounding area
- Melotte 111
- Jupiter with moons
- Beehive (M44)
- Pleiades (M45)
- NGC 1647 near Aldebaran
The second shot was composed of 11 light and 11 dark frames. I was particularly pleased with it.
I found the Melotte 20 shot interesting in widefield, as I usually photograph it at 200mm or 300mm focal length.
OK, confession time! I didn't get Melotte 111 but some area of space nearby. I thought it was worth processing anyway and it showed a close double star to the upper right.
My shots of Jupiter with moons did not stack, so I processed a single image. 3 moons were very close together and one was partially obscured by the planet.
The Beehive (M44) shot was slightly out of focus but looked better when shrunk.
The Pleiades (M45) shot was also slightly out of focus and I made the same fix.
I missed NGC 1647 but caught part of the Hyades near Aldebaran.
February 28th 1130 GMT
February 28th 1050 GMT
February 27th 1050 GMTI bin scanned the Sun though cloud and did not see any sunspots.
February 24th 1215 GMT
February 24th 0830 GMT
February 23rd 2210 GMT
I stacked 7 frames of the Moon with Jupiter to get this.
I processed 11 frames and 10 darks, of which 9 stacked to get Jupiter with its moons.
... and finally, the three put together for the final result.
February 19th 1150 GMT
February 19th 0845 GMT
As the day before, just a solitary sunspot was on display.
February 18th 1600 GMT
February 18th 1250 GMT
February 16th 1205 GMT
One prominence was visible in the third image.
February 15th 1200 GMT
I checked the Sun in hydrogen alpha light with my PST. The disc looked rather bland, except for some detail near the sunspot. I could make out a plage structure and there were two small prominences nearby. I took some full-disc shots and some close-ups of the region of interest.
February 15th 0845 GMTA solar bin scan revealed a single sunspot about to rotate off.
February 14th 1900 GMTThe Moon was about 6 days past new. Owing to disc space, I needed to do two stacking runs before combining the results of both stacks. I took 73 images of the Moon with my Mak and DSLR at ISO 800 and 1/1000 second exposure and stacked all except one.
February 14th 1515 GMTAt the third attempt, I saw a sunspot near the solar limb through thin cloud.
February 12th 0855 GMT
I bin scanned the Sun. Maybe it was the low altitude but I could not see any sunspots.
February 11th 2115
I stacked 8 frames of Orion.
Seven of Perseus.
February 11th 1720 GMT
February 11th 1200 GMTThe sky was clear, so I did a white light shoot with my Mak and DSLR. I followed up straight away with my PST.
I even got a set of close-ups to stack!
This was just a single frame.
The last one was a single frame. I attempted a stack but it didn't work. It caught the plages.
February 10th 2140 GMT
I combined the two to get a final image.
February 10th 1830 GMT
Unfortunately, the Earthshine photo was too fuzzy to use.
February 10th 1535 GMT
February 9th 1005 GMT
February 8thI reprocessed a couple of Jupiter shots, combining them into a single image.
February 8th 1130 GMT
February 7th 1220 GMT
February 7th 0030 GMT
February 3rd 2100 GMTI was multi-tasking with the washing up and took a set of 6 frames overhead at ISO 1600, 18mm focal length and 30 seconds exposure. I took a single frame of Orion and 11 darks, many of which were shot successfully indoors!
February 2nd 2020 GMT
February 2nd 1205 GMT
A solar bin scan in good conditions showed a very elongated sunspot close to rotating off.