the pleiades

What a struggle. Halos, reflections, coma correctors, collimation... Here's my second go. Still a long way off. And so is the cluster.

Known since ancient times. And it's in the Bible. Yes, I've gone all...
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,Or loose the cords of Orion? Job 38:31
cluster m45 in taurus the pleiades
canon 700d + bresser nt150s    30x120s @ iso800


Back to the 80s, 9500 light years away. Getting used to the reflector at last. Well, getting used to pulling it apart and putting it back together at least.

nebula ngc281 pacman and cluster ic1590 in cassiopeia
canon 700d with bresser nt150s 31x120s @ iso800

equestrian astro

Tell me 10 years ago I'd get anywhere near this and I'd have... Well, despite Alnitak's insistence on ruining the snap, I even managed to record it's double. If that's not beginners luck, I don't know...
nebulae ngc2024 the flame and barnard 33 the horsehead in orion
bresser nt150s 31 x 120s @ ISO800

the double cluster

Hey, a gap in the clouds on Friday.

Getting used to it. Can't see how reflectors could ever be called low maintenance. Screwdriver, collimate, laser, cap, adjust, change screwdriver, rinse, repeat...

Nice colours though.

 l tongc884 and ngc869 the double cluster  in perseus
bresser nt150s 20x90s @ ISO800


m45 pleiades

6" reflector,1973

I never thought I'd go this far back, but the lure of 6"of aperture that didn't weigh over 10 kilos brought another round of nostalgia, this time from the early 70s when I got my first serious telescope. Second hand from a swap-shop in the even then, seen-better-days part of Sheffield;  Attercliffe. It was a Charles Frank 6" reflector. I saw the rings of Saturn and the subject of this post for the first time; hooked. It had an equatorial mount set at an always freezing cold 52ºN. 45 years later, but with a warmer 38ºN, here's the 6" reflector revisited. Still the same nightmare to align the mirrors, but oh the memories...
open cluster m45 the pleiades in taurus
bresser 150/750  10 x 120s @ ISO800

6" reflector 2016


ngc884 and ngc869 the double cluster in perseus
canon 700d with 150nt 5 x 90s @ ISO 800
Then a gap of 10 cloudy nights when I adjusted abused the focuser. Managed only 5 snaps on 1st. December before the clouds rolled in. Again. Seems to have worked though.

¡Feliz Navidad!


andromeda IV

Having convinced myself that there was a free lunch to be had and with dew, haze and high cloud not withstanding, I had to concede to the SGL members that more data was more betterer. So just to make absolutely sure I needed more snaps to add to the 36 or so from last time, out we go again. Same target, same telescope. Getting on for 2 hours now. Big thanks to Ivo at APT for the software to make this possible. His PointCraft plate solver got me to within 8 pixels of where I was before. The same set of flat frames served despite having fiddled wit the camera in between times.

galaxies m31 m32 and m110 in andromeda
700d + ar80s 56 x 150s @ ISO800


super moon

Rain at moon-rise on 14th Nov. Here's the first glimpse at around 21:00. Alas now too high to do much with. I'll have another go in 2034...