Monday, September 3, 2018

September 2018

September 23rd 2130 GMT

The Moon was nearly full and had cleared our house, as seen from the back garden. I started off with a few dozen exposures with my Mak and DSLR. I used 1.54m focal length, ISO 100 and 1/1000 second exposure.

I took a few runs with my Mak and Bresser Electrronic Eyepiece, then turned my attention to Mars. I could clearly see it on my laptop screen! I saw what looked like some albedo features and an ice cap, then my PC crashed.

I restarted my PC and did a few imaging runs of Mars and seemed to catch something. Although the disc was small, I caught some albedo features, with the third effort being the best.

I then revisited the Moon until my laptop froze and I was starting to freeze myself. I decided to quite while I was ahead.

September 21st 0925 GMT

There was some moving cloud but the forecast for later was worse. Therefore, I grabbed a shot of the Sun, even though it was (again!) quiet.

September 17th 2025 GMT

The sky was clear but I had an early start the next day. I took some snaps of the Moon with Saturn then some of the Moon alone. 

I combined the two to get this.


September 17th 1455 GMT

I had some rare clear sky, so snapped the Sun in hydrogen alpha light. There appeared to be some shading.

September 15th 0820 GMT

The weather forecast for later was bad, so I did an early solar hydrogen alpha shoot. I could not see any detail visually, so I hoped that my camera might reveal something. It took some time but managed to catch a nice filament.

September 13th 1945 GMT

I popped out to have a look and found that the Moon was too low for telescopic photography but I could snap it using a hand-held DSLR. Unfortunately, none of the shots worked.

I then re-tried the pole shot from the night before. I managed to hit the right spot.

September 12th 2015 GMT

I decided to have another go at the polar regions. I used ISO 6400, 300mm focal length and 10 seconds exposure. I started off with some dark frames.

I missed Polaris but caught a meteor on film.

... and another one.

I stacked the first hundred photos but had to use Microsoft ICE, as Deep Sky Stacker did not like my images.

I was convinced that one trail was a satellite, rather than a meteor but I was not sure what this was.

I managed to stack the last 51 images to get a deep image of the region.

September 12th 2006 GMT

I was surveying the sky, looking for potential targets when I saw a meteor in the corner of my eye. It was in the Cygnus/Aquila area, so may have been a Kappa Cygnid.

September 9th

It was nice to have some clear sky again but the Sun was still quiet.

September 7th 0650 GMT

The Sun had cleared the trees but was still quiet.

September 7th 0545 GMT

I snapped a thin crescent moon with my DSLR.

September 6th 0505 GMT

I did a dawn raid on the Moon with my DSLR.

September 3rd 1100 GMT

At last some clear sky when I was at home!

The Sun was quiet yet again, even in hydrogen alpha light.

I also took some snaps of the Moon with my DSLR, although there was a lot of haze. It took a lot of processing to get any detail at all.