Saturday, June 2, 2018

June 2018

June 15th 2300 GMT

I took some frames of Jupiter with its moons with my DSLR at the usual settings.

June 14th 1225 GMT

I started off with the wrong eyepiece but proceeded to take some shots anyway. I changed to the right one and took some full disc shots that showed some activity. I processed the best full disc shot first.

Some of the close-ups with the wrong eyepiece showed some interesting detail.

June 12th 2200 GMT

I took my DSLR and Mak out for a quick shoot before bedtime. It would have been better to use my Meade Electronic Eyepiece but I did not want a long session, as I had work the next day.

I snapped Venus at 1.54m focal length, ISO 100 and 1/200 second exposure.

I tried a slightly longer exposure of 1/100 second for Jupiter. It didn't work, as I didn't catch the cloud belts.

I tried a longer exposure of 2/3 second and ISO 6400 in an attempt to capture Jupiter’s moons. I liked the result.

June 11th 1535 GMT

I took a few frames of the Sun in hydrogen alpha light and found some activity.

June 10th 0000 GMT

I photographed Jupiter’s moons with my DSLR at the usual settings.

June 9th 0620 GMT

The Sun was low and conditions were hazy but I snapped the Sun in hydrogen alpha light with my PST, as the weather forecast for later was thick cloud.

I processed another frame later.

June 6th 0920 GMT

The Sun appeared slightly more active in hydrogen alpha light.

June 3rd 0935 GMT

I checked the Sun in hydrogen alpha light. Although it was quiet, I saw some albedo features.

June 2nd 2230 GMT

It was not a fantastically clear night but I went out, as I did not have work the next day. I started off with the camera at 300mm focal length, ISO 6400 and 2 seconds exposure. My targets were Jupiter and the area around Antares.

The Jupiter shot was slightly out of focus but showed the moons and background sky well.

The Antares shot suggested some background Milky Way stars.

I then adjusted the camera to 70mm focal length, ISO6400 and 8 seconds exposure. Targets were Albireo, the centre of the cross in Cygnus, Cassiopeia and another go at Antares.

Albireo was near the top of the frame.

Central Cygnus caught M29.

Cassiopeia turned out well, despite the conditions.

The Antares shot was swamped with cloud.

June 2nd 1640 GMT

The Sun seemed quiet in hydrogen alpha light.