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Ring Nebula

Another planetary nebula, but a lot smaller looking than the Dumbbell. The 'Ring Nebula' (M57) is located in Lyra.
Through a telescope it is a little grey ring, but even the humblest camera will bring out some colour.
This is just a single 30sec exposure with the Canon.
That star in the middle of the ring is the origin of the nebula.
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Neptune and Triton

Neptune is an 8th magnitude object, and Triton is 13th magnitude. Neptune, although large, because of its distance is only about 1/10th the diameter of Mars at its best. Neptune is fun to observe, as it is clearly a disk, and has a distinctive blue colour. Triton is never very far from Neptune, and can be seen with a 6 inch telescope in good conditions. A larger telescope is better.
This photo is a bit ...
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M13 with a trail

Hi all I took M13 the hercules cluster last week and managed to pick up a satelite trail in the first image.Then I stacked 30 images using deepskystacker at 10 seconds each,I used my skywatcher 80ed refractor with a 0.8 reducer.I used a gpcam290c camera for the images.Thanks for looking.

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m31 Andromeda galaxy

Hi all I had a first attempt with my 290c camera using my skywatcher ed80 refractor and managed to get 11 seconds on each image of 41.This is what I finished after 3 hours of editing using cs2 photoshop,I thought I would share,thanks for looking.

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Not Just the 'Apple Core' (M27)

On 12th September, the sky was particularly clear with none of that haze which has been hanging around for so long. I spent a few hours looking at various targets, which included M27 or sometimes known as the Dumbbell Nebula. It is a large looking planetary nebula, which is a cloud of gas blown off by a central star. M27 tends to have the appearence of an 'apple core', which is the brighter dust streaming ...
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August was poor for the Moon and planets, for me, but great for meteors.

Full report: http://sungazer127mak.blogspot.com/2018 ... -2018.html

Monthly summaries: http://www.philippughastronomer.com/201 ... ective.pdf

Video of photos with Nobody's Fault but mine by Led Zeppelin:

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The Sun

To be honest, I have seen much better solar hydrogen alpha shots than mine. I simply don't have the money to buy a larger hydrogen alpha telescope. However, I have made some progress by using a DSLR to capture the Sun through my PST.

Here's a few recent ones:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/philippug ... ed-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/philippug ... ed-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/philippug ... ed-public/ ...
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Perseids Meteor Shower 2018

Just seen my first Perseids meteor! Heading South West through the top of Bootes. It had a pinkish hue to it.
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July 2018

It was a shame that I missed the eclipse and planetary viewing was disappointing but I managed some nice Sun shots and some unusual constellation images.

The summary is here, as part of my 2018 retrospective:

http://www.philippughastronomer.com/201 ... ective.pdf

The full report is here:

http://sungazer127mak.blogspot.com/2018 ... -2018.html

The video is accompanied by "Going to California" by Robert Plant:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaFQ71tr3Mk ...
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Mars 2018

A few nights ago, I tried to look at Mars, but the top of a Leylandi got in the way. The next day I lopped a couple more inches off the top, and last night (23rd July) I was ready for it. Mars gets close to the earth about every 2 years, but the actual distance varies. This year is particularly close, but it is also very low down from the northern hemisphere. Mars came ...
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