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Saturday, March 21, 2015

 

2% Waxing, crescent Moon in a twilight sky

A tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom was used to image the 2% waxing, crescent Moon. The camera was set to intelligent, auto mode, This mode set ISO-100 and 1/640s exposure at f/5.9. 14 images, were precisely cropped in Nicola Mackin's AstroCrop software and were stacked and wavelet processed in Registax 5:



Steve Wainwright

Crescent Moon at Sunset with a Windows smartphone camera. Click on the image to get a larger view:


Phillip John

Friday, March 20, 2015

 

Partial solar eclipse from the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea and an evening Star party

A static tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom, fitted with a Baader solar filter, was used to image the partial eclipse of the Sun. The camera was set to burst mode, ISO-100 and 1/800s exposure at f/5.9. Images were captured in bursts of three. Batches of 10 images were stacked in Registax. Click on an image to get a larger view:








Image below taken with a compact camera with a solar viewer held in front of the lens

Steve Wainwright

A Nikon D50 DSLR, modified by having the IR cut filter removed was attached to a Solarmax 60 ll, BF 15 H-alpha scope mounted on a driven equatorial mount. Below is a preliminary processed image captured at maximum eclipse:
Notice the prominences visible on the limb of the Sun. 

Nicola Mackin

Images of the progression of the eclipse taken by staff and pupils at Newton Primary School

Sandra Stewart



Anne Startup

A Canon EOS 1000D 10.5 MP DSLR with a Kood Pro Series Effects Filter Solar Eclipse JESFFSE fitted to a Canon 55-250mm Lens via a Cokin Filter System Manual Focus, was mounted on a static tripod to capture the image.


Jo Rosney Lee

The National Waterfront Museum hosted an eclipse breakfast for members of the public. The event was attended to capacity. Members of the Swansea Astronomical Society showed visitors safe ways of viewing the Sun and photographing the Sun:
Projecting the Sun






Pinhole Projection

Smartphone afocal image through a H-alpha scope

Photographing the Sun






Using special, safe solar binoculars







School children


Sculptor and artist Chris Williams put on an exhibition of astronomical art at the event in the morning and evening:










The Evening Star Party










South Wales Evening Post covered the event in this video

The event was a huge success. 

More to follow

Thursday, March 19, 2015

 

AR 2303 moving across the solar disk while AR 2297 disappears around the limb.

A static tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom, fitted with a Baader solar filter, was used to image the Sun. The camera was set to burst mode, ISO-100 and 1/800s exposure at f/5.9. Images were captured in bursts of three. 59 images, precisely cropped and registered in Nicola Mackin's AstroCrop software were stacked and wavelet processed in Registax 5. Click on the image to get a larger view:


Steve Wainwright

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 

Jupiter

Celestron 9.25 SCT AVX, 2xTelevue Barlow, Philips SPC900NC webcam, 1800 frames captured in WxAstrocapture at 10fps and 1/25 sec, 50% aligned and stacked in AutoStakkert!2 and wavelets in Registax 6, then cropped and saved in Adobe Elements 11.


Colin Miles
 

New sunspots coming around the limb

A static tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom, fitted with a Baader solar filter, was used to image the Sun. The camera was set to burst mode, ISO-100 and 1/800s exposure at f/5.9. Images were captured in bursts of three. 60 images, precisely cropped and registered in Nicola Mackin's AstroCrop software were stacked and wavelet processed in Registax 5. Click on the image to get a larger view:


Steve Wainwright

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

Few sunspots but an interesting transit

A static tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom, fitted with a Baader solar filter, was used to image the Sun. The camera was set to burst mode, ISO-100 and 1/800s exposure at f/5.9. Images were captured in bursts of three. 58 images, precisely cropped and registered in Nicola Mackin's AstroCrop software were stacked and wavelet processed in Registax 5. Click on the image to get a larger view:


An avian transit provided added interest:


Steve Wainwright

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