21
JUL
2020

Seeing the light – comet NEOWISE

Throughout much of history comets have been seen as bad omens and harbingers of doom. I can imagine around the time this church was being built that this was the case. Thankfully our understanding of the universe has improved since then. But with 2020 turning out the way is has,...
18
JUL
2020

Clear skies for NEOWISE

Comets like NEOWISE don’t come along often, so it’s worth making the extra effort to get a better view. My views to the north are hampered by the bright city lights of York, so set off at midnight to my nearest dark sky site in the Yorkshire Wolds. The elevated view...
16
JUL
2020

Awesome comet NEOWISE

Details: Nikon D5500, Nikon 180mm f2.8 @ 180mm/f2.8. Total of 13 minutes exposure time (39 x 20 seconds) at iso 200. Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker and tracked with AstroTrac TT320X-AG Comet Neowise C/2020 F3 taken last night at 1:45am local time. I haven’t seen such an...
26
APR
2020

Bode’s galaxy M81 & M82

Living in northern Europe has some serious disadvantages for astrophotography. We mostly miss out on seeing the galactic core, with all its incredible sights. Light pollution is pretty bad. We’re also forced to down tools as twilight veils the night sky for a couple of...
16
APR
2020

Back under the stars

With the whole world battling through the coronavirus pandemic, most nations are in lockdown mode. If you’re reading this now, maybe you’ve found yourself with some free time on your hands. Time to do things other than work. More time to indulge in old pastimes. More...
17
JAN
2016
Comet Catalina and M101 the pinwheel galaxy

Comet Catalina – C/2013 US10

I finally had a chance to photograph Comet Catalina after what seems like a solid month of cloud. By chance this happened to be a night when the comet passed close to the Pinwheel galaxy (M101) forming a brief but beautiful conjunction. Catalina is already an attractive comet,...
18
NOV
2015
Orion over Helvellyn

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Orion rises over the jagged slopes of Helvellyn in the Lake District. The figure standing in silhouette on England’s third highest mountain is dwarfed by the constellation. Taken from the lower slopes of Striding Edge, a friend wilfully volunteered to stand on the edge of a...
08
NOV
2015
pacman nebula

Pacman nebula

The Pacman nebula is named after the classic 80’s arcade game character, but to me it looks much more like an angler fish! The little nebula (officially named NGC 281) sits alongside the bright yellow star Scheder, inside the familiar W constellation of Cassiopeia. A...
06
OCT
2015
veil nebula in cygnus

Blast from the past: supernova remnants

The ragged remains of a 7000 year old supernova explosion make up the Veil nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. A 72 minute exposure (144 x 30 seconds) over two nights was enough to pick up some of the intricate details of this huge and complex structure. The Western Veil or...