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The Noctilucent Clouds are Back

In summer I always take a brief look north, just in case the noctilucent clouds appear. Most times I'm disappointed. However tonight (24th June) there was brief, rather dim display, but it is always worth a mention. They started to appear at about 10:10pm local time, and got to their brightest at 10:30pm, after which they faded away. As you can see, on this occasion, they are rather confused, and lack any interesting structure, but ...
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Jupiter taken on 06/15/2018

Hi all I took these images and I only got 20 images and used autostakkert to stack, before the clouds rolled in again.I used a 3xbarlow with my skywatcher 80 ed refractor.Thanks for looking.
Andy
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Jupiter due south

Jupiter is at its best right now - which this year isn't saying a lot. However there is still a fair amount of detail, and with Jupiter being so bright at the moment it is worth trying a little higher magnification. The Great Red Spot was right on the meridian as I started observing, although it had moved off by the time I took this photo. The North Equatorial Belt is somewhat thinner and darker ...
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Day Star

Capturing stars during broad daylight is a little tricky, but the brightest ones can be seen. I tried for Betelgeuse, but it is too near the sun in the sky at the moment. I then went for Regulus in Leo, and I was more successful. This is a composite of 7 sharp images.
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The Sombrero Galaxy.

This is the best season to bag galaxies, so I thought I would have a go at the 'Sombrero' in Virgo. (M104) I managed to tweak the mount to track slightly better. 11 x 45second exposures were stacked to give this image.
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I have viewed this galaxy previously as a 'fuzzy', but I've not tried to image it before. It is easily visible in a 4" telescope, and even in binoculars. What you tend ...
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The Leo Triplet

Leo is high in the south as it gets dark now. It is home to 3 relatively bright galaxies quite close together. I've had to reset my equatorial wedge, and its taking time to get it tweaked for long exposures, but I managed 11x30sec exposures of each of them.
The first is M65, which looks like a elongated strip of light.
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The second is M66, which to me looks like a mottled disk.
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The 5 moons of Jupiter !!

Jupiter normally only shows 4 of its moons to the average binoculars or telescope but at a few minutes to local midnight on 2nd May, I observed several 'moon-like' objects near to Jupiter. I took a photo through the telescope which showed 5 such objects. The 'photobomber' is actually nu librae, a 5th magnitude star. (the one on the bottom right) The others starting at the planet are Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.

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Piccolomini

On 18th April, the large crescent moon was looking good
Through the telescope a few features stood out in particular.
The tops of the Altai Scarp was catching the sunlight well into the dark side. The crater at the end (or beginning!) of the scarp is Piccolomini. That makes it really easy to identify. It is known for its split central peak, and deep landslips inside the crater wall.

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