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Venus from 06/26/2018

Hi all I managed to get a shot of Venus before it vanished out of view.I thought I would share but is nothing special.Thanks for looking.

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sunspot 2715

Hi all I took a couple of shots of the sun today with my 80mm refractor as the sunspot 2715 was still visible,but was quite trick to find as it was a bit small.The first image is just without any barlow and the second is with the 3x barlow and modified the colour on the image.Thanks for looking and thought I would share.

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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.
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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.

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.

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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