Widefield Imaging

These images are heavily compressed to make them download more quickly - if you would like to see the full size hi-res version please visit my Flickr album or click on the images below.

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.

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.