humedad relativa

Día estraño con sensación térmica más alta que normal. Madrugadores cómo yo disfrutaremos de una humedad relativa de 100% a las 07:00 horas.


tulip equinox

With the equinox today at 16:21 CEST and 12 hours darkness to play with last night, what better time to enjoy the cooler nights than with a tulip. Humid with rocío but decided to persevere. With the sensor at its coolest since May, the patches in the background were less in evidence. Can't be bad.
sh2-101 the tulip in cygnus
canon 700d + 152s 25 x 150s @ ISO800


surreal sadr

I wonder if Joseph Turner ever looked through a telescope? Turneresque clouds surrounding the star Sadr. The haze from the full moon may have added to it.
ngc6888 the crescent and galactic clouds around sadr in cygnus
canon 700d + takumar 135 + 580 long-pass        23 x 120s @ ISO 800 


poor man's H-alpha

Quite pleased with this even if they do charge $20 to ship a $10 filter.
ngc7000 and the pelican in cygnus
canon 700d with porst 135 + red filter @  f5.6     17 x 120s @ ISO 800

red pass for Hα 656nm


bucle del cisne

Had a go at loading b and r channels and deconvoluting them separately in StarTools. b 2.8, r 1.5 then combined them with g. Not bad.
eastern and western veil in cygnus
canon 700d with opticstar ar80s 25 x 180s @ ISO 800


a dark nebula

Just about to give up on this one. Here's what I posted to SGL
After many epic failures in capturing a dark nebula, this finally fell out. After colour balance, this must rank among the most difficult bits of processing. Or far more likely, me being thick. I found by accident; the second stretch (or in StarTools speak develop) seems critical. So instead of using the big autodev hammer for a second time, I developed a few % at a time. Still a way to go: I've now lost a lot of the cute little bright nebula and the stars have lost colour. No surprise that the rest of the colour balance is not good either. Anyway, at last I got a dark nebula. Any comments positive or otherwise most welcome. 
bright nebula ic5146 the cocoon and dark nebula b168 in cygnus
canon 700d on an opticstar refractor 25 x 180s @ ISO800


velo este

Not quite Hubble, but at least the colours are realistic. Ooops, no. Can't say that. It suggests arrogance. €150 ex-demo telescopes with fingerprints on the lens indeed.
ncc6992 nebulosa del velo en el cisne
700d + 4" f6 refractor