03
OCT
2022
Andromeda Galaxy100-400mm Tamron lens

Andromeda Galaxy

As summer turns to autumn, one of the jewels of the northern skies moves directly overhead in the evening hours, making it the perfect target. The great galaxy in Andromeda almost fills the entire frame at 400mm with the Tamron lens and the D5500’S crop sensor. With polar...
01
OCT
2022

The Pleiades

Yet another big improvement on my old attempt at capturing the cluster, way back in 2014. It’s encouraging how well the AstroTrac performs at longer focal lengths without the need for autoguiding. The ability to capture two minute sub exposures at 400mm gives a huge jump in...
17
SEP
2022
North America Nebula 180mm 2.8

Revisiting an old favourite

Inspired by the new editing techniques, I decided to revisit some of my old favourite images. It’s amazing how much more usable detail can be pulled out using modern techniques and software. The image above is a reworking of my original North America Nebula image from 2013,...
14
SEP
2022

Old data, new techniques

Astro imaging has come a long way since I started this blog many years ago. Equipment and software has improved to the point where galleries on sites like astrobin are beyond incredible! I haven’t been very active with imaging recently, to say the least. But I still have a...
21
JUL
2020

Seeing the light – comet NEOWISE

Comets have been seen as bad omens and harbingers of doom throughout much of history. Our understanding of the universe has certainly improved since then, but with the 2020 global pandemic turning out the way is has, perhaps the old tales have some merit after all. Captured at...
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

Comet Neowise C/2020 F3 taken last night at 1:45am local time. I haven’t seen such an amazing, naked-eye comet since the great comet Hale Bopp in 1997! Image details: Nikon D5500, Nikon 180mm f2.8 @ 180mm/f2.8. Total of 13 minutes exposure time (39 x 20 seconds) at iso 200....