M51 whirlpool galaxy
19
APR
2014

Whirlpool galaxy & comet PANSTARRS

Spring is a great time to for viewing galaxies in the northern hemisphere. The Virgo supercluster arches overhead in a vast swathe through the constellations of Virgo, Leo, Coma Berenices and Canes Venatici. Many famous and recognisable galaxies occupy this region, but none may...
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comet lovejoy barn door tracker
08
NOV
2013

Comet Lovejoy – C/2013 R1

I managed to grab a few shots of comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) as it flew past the Beehive cluster (M44) in the constellation of Cancer. Lovejoy is one of four bright comets currently visible in the early morning sky, including the much anticipated ISON. Unfortunately I don’t...
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Perseid meteor and Andromeda galaxy
13
AUG
2013

Perseid meteors & Andromeda

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It’s been many years since we last had clear skies for the peak night of the Perseid Meteor shower. Thankfully that run came to an end last night, when skies were as clear as the come around these parts. Making use of the D7000’s ability to take a long series photos...
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panstarrs and andromeda
04
APR
2013

Comet PANSTARRS & Andromeda

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At the mercy of the weather for the last couple of weeks, I finally managed to grab a shot of comet PANSTARRS C/2011 L4 with a clear sky. Luckily for me, the clear night coincided with the comet gliding past the Andromeda galaxy. Still quite low on the horizon, it was only just...
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comet holmes 2007
20
NOV
2007

Comet Holmes

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Comet Holmes was an unusual looking comet, with its huge coma making it look almost jellyfish like. Although I only had my Nikon D70 and a static tripod back in 2007, the comet was bright enough (and big enough!) to take some single photographs as it passed overhead during...
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Comet McNaught
10
JAN
2007

Comet McNaught – C/2006 P1

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Images taken on the afternoon of the 10th of January 2007 at around 4.30pm, half an hour after sunset, with the comet at a magnitude of -2.2. Comet McNaught went on to become a stunning comet which lit up the skies of the southern hemisphere. Becoming one of the greatest comets...
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