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Many people when seeing these images ask - 'what is it' - followed by 'how big is it' and 'how far away is it'. I have included some relevant information about each image.
All these images were taken from our back garden on the West Coast of Scotland over the last 3 years.
26th September 2020 - very faint Aurora.
Milky Way - 17th Sept 2020 - The Milky Way at the Nether Largie standing stones at Kilmartin. Started off well and the intention was to take a fair number of subs with the Star Adventurer then take a separate image of the foreground (standing stones) without tracking to be combined in post processing. Fog rolled in so the session was cut short. Canon 5D - Tokina 11 - 17 lens - ISO 1600 F2.8
The Moon - 31st May 2020 - 150 x 1/125 @ f5.6 ISO 100 photographs stacked and processed to reveal the true colours of the moon. Canon EOS 70D - Skywatcher ED72 Evostar - no tracking - just a sturdy tripod, remote release and mirror locked up. Processed in PIPP, Pixinsight and Photoshop.
The Moon - 28th May 2020 - 50 x 1/125 @ f5.6 ISO 100 photographs stacked and processed to reveal the true colours of the moon. Canon EOS 70D - Skywatcher ED72 Evostar - no tracking - just a sturdy tripod, remote release and mirror locked up. Processed in PIPP, Pixinsight and Photoshop.
12th April 2020 - a bit more progress with the 'All Sky' camera
I am trying to build an 'All Sky camera' - the idea is to take 45 second images from dusk until dawn then stitch the into a time-lapse. This should capture aurora, meteors, clouds, constellations and any visiting aliens ;-) It isn't quite right yet but I am getting there slowly! This is where I am up to. If you fancy a go the instructions are here. The code for a Raspberry Pi is here.
24th October 2019 - (Below) Well Aurora hunting didn't go well - it was very low to the horizon and we have a 2000' hill to the north so it has to be epic to rise above the hill. Seems a shame to dump 350 subs so I stacked them to make a star trail photo. Anyone still think the earth is flat ???
Above - Partial lunar eclipse 10th Feb 2017 - this was about a hour before the maximum eclipse. Taken with an iPhone held up to the eyepiece of a £90 scope - astro-imaging doesn't have to be expensive !!!
Timelapse of lunar eclipse
Timelapse of star movement
Aurora - Canon 1100d - Samyang 14mm - ISO 800 - 20 seconds exp.
Aurora from NYE 2015/16 Canon 70d - Samyang 14mm - ISO 800 - 20 sec. exp
Aurora with star trails - Canon 1100D - 50 x 20 sec exp - ISO800 - Samyang 14mm lens
Above and below - Comet Catalina - Canon 1100D - SW ED80 telescope
Mars - Canon 100d - SW ED80 telescope
Above and below - The Moon - Canon 1100D - Skywatcher ED80
Above - Aurora without and with star trails - Canon 70D - Samyang 14mm - ISO 1600 - 25 second exp. (x 30)
Jupiter and 3 of her moons. Canon 1100D - Skywatcher ED80
Above and below - Constellation of Orion - Canon 1100D - 14mm Samyang and lines pointing to comet Catalina - see above.
Our nearest star- by far !! The Sun. Canon 1100D - SW ED80 and Baader solar film.
The Milky Way - and a random shooting star!
Above - Star trails - showing how little Polaris moves (centre of the concentric circles)
Having some fun with friends on NYE 2015/16 - caught the Aurora by accident.