21
JUL
2020

Seeing the light – comet NEOWISE

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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Comet Catalina and M101 the pinwheel galaxy
17
JAN
2016

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,...
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15
AUG
2015

Perseid fireball

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This year saw perfect conditions for the annual Perseid meteor shower. With the Moon out of the way, and clear skies for the main event. The aim was to do better than last year, and if possible capture a rare fireball. I used the super wide angle Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 to give...
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26
MAR
2015

Comet Lovejoy, Owl Cluster & Dolphin Nebula

Comet Lovejoy continues to shine as it journeys through the Solar System. Early last week the comet passed the Owl Cluster in Cassiopeia, making for another great photo opportunity. With one of Cassiopeia’s brightest stars ‘Ruchbah‘ (right of shot) guiding the...
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Nikon 180mm f2.8 D810a
15
FEB
2015

Evolution of comet Lovejoy

Despite being chilled to the bone on more than one occasion, tracking comet Lovejoy over the past month has been a great experience. It was, and still is, a stunning comet. Shooting Lovejoy on a total of 10 occasions over the last month with varying levels of success, I’ve...
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18
JAN
2015

A colourful conjunction

Comet Lovejoy continues to impress as it swiftly passes through the winter sky. A conjunction with the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters in Taurus set up a beautiful wide-angle photo opportunity last night for which I was lucky enough to have clear skies. The intensely green...
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Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 2015 star tracker nikon d7000 180mm f2.8
14
JAN
2015

Comet Lovejoy – C/2014 Q2

Ever since hearing about newly discovered comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 in the Autumn of last year, I’ve been eagerly anticipating its arrival. Even splashing out on a new lens for the occasion. Unfortunately the weather has scuppered any plans I had to capture the comet in early...
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