Monday, October 2, 2017

October


Oct 20th 0950 GMT


The Sun appeared through a gap in the clouds, so I managed to take one full disc shot with my PST before cloud rolled in again.
 
Unfortunately, my only image caught cloud and I could not be sure whether any "features" were real.


Oct 17th 0755 GMT


The Sun was low down and in haze. I checked it with my PST but the image was faint. I took full disc images only.



Oct 17th 0630


I took a few frames of the waning crescent moon with my DSLR at 300mm focal length, 1/4000 second exposure and ISO 800.
 
 

Oct 16th 1940 GMT


The storm called Ophelia was grabbing the headlines but there were some clear patches. To go with the Pegasus shots I took, I used the same settings as usual and aimed at Andromeda. Unfortunately, Deep Sky Stacker produced the dreaded vertical lines, so I stacked 16 images using Microsoft ICE.
 
 
I moved to Aquila. Unfortunately, the lens had misted and really needed a clean. I stacked 11 light frames and 18 dark frames but cropped out Aquila, Dephinus and Vulpecula as separate images.



 
 

October 16th 1405 GMT


After a cloudy and hazy morning, thin cloud was moving across the Sun in the afternoon. I tried my luck with my PST and took full disc and close-up frames.
 
 


Oct 15th 1515 GMT


It finally cleared in the afternoon but the Sun was already low down. I checked the Sun with my PST but I could not see any detail and the image was faint. I took some full disc shots only.
 
 

October 14th 1950 GMT


I set a camera aimed to the north of Pegasus at 18mm focal length, 30 seconds exposure and ISO 800.
 
I caught a sporadic meteor at 2004 GMT.
 

I used 30 light frames and 18 dark frames to get this image of Pegasus and its surroundings.

 
At 2030 GMT I moved the camera to Perseus. I only managed 6 frames before cloud rolled in. Although I caught the main stars of Perseus and Cassiopeia, it was hardy a classic.

 
I aimed the camera at Aquila but did not get anything, due to cloud.

October 12th 2045 GMT


I took a few darks then set my camera at 18mm focal length, ISO 800 and 30 seconds exposure and aimed it at the north polar regions. I took 4 dark frames and used 9 light frames (later ones being clouded out). I cropped out a lot of skyglow and ended up with Cassiopeia, with the Perseus Double Cluster to the bottom right.
 
 


October 11th 2015 GMT


I left a camera out aimed at Draco in the unlikely hope of catching a Draconid meteor. My settings were ISO 6400, 18mm focal length and 2 seconds exposure.
 
I didn't catch so much as an aircraft trail but I stacked 399 images 50 at a time (49 on the last one) and stacked the eight stacks. I ended up with most of Draco and Ursa Minor.
 


Oct 7th 1520 GMT


I had another look at the Sun through my Coronado PST. Although the solar disc was bland, I saw some shading but still considered the level of activity too low to take close-ups. I caught my first prominence for ages, though!
 
 

October 7th 0930 GMT

 
I checked the Sun in hydrogen alpha light with my PST. The solar disc looked bland, so just took some full disc shots.



October 6th 1115 GMT


I checked the Sun with my Mak and DSLR at 1540mm focal length, ISO 400 and 1/4000 second exposure.
 
 

Oct 6th 0815 GMT



I checked the Sun in hydrogen alpha light with my PST. The solar disc was bland, apart from the sunspot was about to rotate off. I took some full disc frames plus some close-ups of the region surrounding the sunspot.



October 5th 2010 GMT


The Moon was full and I went out with my DSLR and Mak. I took 124 frames at 1540mm focal length, ISO 400 and 1/4000 second exposure.

 

October 5th 1210 GMT


I bin scanned the Sun in a clear sky and could only see one large sunspot.
 

 

Oct 2nd 1950 GMT


There was a lot of cloud around but some clear patches to the north. I set up my DSLR and intervalometer to take multiple exposures to the north east at ISO 800 18mm focal length and 40 seconds exposure. I stacked 33 images to catch Perseus rising and the surrounding constellations.
 
 


Oct 2nd 1950 GMT


There was a lot of cloud around but some clear patches to the north. I set up my DSLR and intervalometer to take multiple exposures to the north east at ISO 800 18mm focal length and 40 seconds exposure.