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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sunspots nikon D7000
18
AUG
2013

Sunspots

The current solar maximum is on track to become the weakest in over 100 years. That is pretty disappointing news (and slightly worrisome!) if you’re a fan of auroras, solar flares and sunspots. But despite the low activity, I have put the bargain £12 sigma and 2x...
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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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lightning selby north yorkshire
05
AUG
2013

Night storm

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We only get a hand full of night time lightning storms each year, so I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to test out the new Nikon D7000 on one of my favourite low light subjects. It turned out to be a spectacular storm and some of my best lightning shots to date. Click...
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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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