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orion nebula M42 barn door tracker 180mm f2.8
30
OCT
2013

Orion

Orion is one of the most recognisable and celebrated sights in the winter sky. The constellation has been documented, worshipped and woven into fable and legend for thousands of years. The supergiant stars Betelgeuse and Rigel are two of the brightest in the sky, and the vast...
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light the way shreburn in elmet church
28
OCT
2013

Light the way

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An eerie scene for Halloween as the Milky Way stretches over All Saints church in the town of Sherburn in Elmet, Yorkshire.
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triangulum galaxy barn door tracker
26
OCT
2013

Triangulum Galaxy

Since testing out the new Nikkor 180mm f2.8 lens on the Andromeda galaxy, we’ve been cursed with almost 3 solid weeks of cloud and moonlit nights. This is pretty typical, as anybody who’s just bought some new equipment will tell you. The stars finally came out for an...
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Andromeda galaxy M31 Nikon D7000
08
OCT
2013

Andromeda Galaxy

First attempt at imaging the Andromeda galaxy with the new Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED Ai-s lens. I was able to grab just 2.5 minutes of exposure time before the clouds rolled in, but the resulting image stacked in Deep Sky Stacker blew me away! The lens is incredible. It can be shot...
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jet black whitby
30
SEP
2013

Jet black

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A moonlit night in Whitby, as the Milky Way shines through the gloom on Yorkshire’s Jurassic coastline.
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Sagittarius from menorca
26
SEP
2013

Sagittarius from Menorca

A recent trip to the Spanish island of Menorca gave me an chance to see Sagittarius at the heart of the Milky Way, a rich region of sky not easily seen from the UK. Despite a full moon, and Sagittarius hanging low above the Mediterranean, on the final day I couldn’t resist...
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Cygnus with didymium (red enhancing) filter north american nebula, pelecan nebula, butterfly nebula
04
SEP
2013

Cygnus nebulae

This is easily the best astro shot I’ve managed to date. Taken using a combination of the cross filter and the new didymium / red enhancing filter which really draws out the nebulosity in Cygnus. The North America nebula, Pelican nebula and Butterfly nebula can all be seen...
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deneb
03
SEP
2013

Deneb & Sadr

Rummaging through some old camera gear, I found a neglected looking cross filter from back in my old film camera days. I guess it’s more of a novelty effect filter, but I was intrigued as to what it might do to my star shots. It polished up nicely with a microfibre cloth,...
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M13 Globular Cluster in Hercules
30
AUG
2013

Testing out the barn door tracker

Looking to test the newly improved ‘barn door’ tracker to its limit, I dusted off my old Sigma 75-200mm/f3.8 with 2x tele-converter. But with a hefty 600mm 35mm equivalent focal length, I was prepared for the worst. After less than a minute of polar alignment, and...
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milky way tokina 11-16mm f2.8 190sec iso1600 at f4
28
AUG
2013

The Milky Way

First attempt at shooting with the home made ‘barn door/scotch mount’ star tracker – I’m amazed how well it works! This single 3 minute exposure was taken using a borrowed Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens in the amazingly clear skies of the North York Moors. The...
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