Saturday, September 25, 2010

Looking good



The above are my shots of the moon. I'm still getting used to the equipment but after a bit of jiggery pokery on the PC, Tycho is clearly visible and I'm pretty confident that they actually look like the moon! The top picture is taken with a Celestron 80mm spotting scope + Lumix compact camera using a 10mm eye piece and the second is the same set up but using a 20mm eyepeice.
Al

Friday, September 24, 2010

We are there!





















At last!

After cloudy nights for almost a month tonight gave us a glimpse of what to expect this Autumn/Winter. Not the best of nights for anything but the moon to the south, but was good to get out in the chilly air and try the new scope out properly for the first time. (I have "misplaced" my camera remote so had a little trouble getting the images stable enough). The image of the moon here really shows you the ejecta over some of the larger crater floors, but also from the craters themselves - crater Tycho is very prominent. Jupiter was splendid in the scope with the main cloud bands clearly visible. The image here shows Ganymede, Callisto and Europa - Io had just set behind as I got the camera ready!
So, I guess we've done it. Our patience has paid off and we look forward to further posts.

MJ

Thursday, September 23, 2010

We're Almost There!

Whereas this blog was set up to discuss our musings and coffee during our many, intended, night time astral activities, apart from the 2 photos by Matt we haven't really lived up to our original remit.

That, however, is about to change. After a correct setting up of my telescope and the iminent setting up of Matts scope in the Peak District we are almost at a stage when we can put regular photographic content onto the page. (My adapter, to attach my compact camera to my scope, should arrive in the next few days.)

Although we will have the technical kit and set up though there is still the problem of the weather. I witnessed Jupiter at it's closest point to Earth on Monday night, a fine sight but no camera to evidence this. Since this date there has not been a clear evening to view anything else so please bear with us.

Al.

Monday, September 13, 2010

What I nearly saw!

The last two evenings have proven to be fine nights for sightings and now, at last, the telescope is out in Sheffield. I say out, I still need some fine adjustments between finder and spotter scope but it's outside and looking at the stars. Now then, maybe that last bit needs to be amended, it's more a case of looking for the stars!

My first sighting was, what I thought to be Jupiter, It filled the eyepiece and I was patting myself on the back when looking at the direction it was in it actually turned out to be Capella. Don't get me wrong it was a great sight but I did think it was Jupiter. I was suprised to read that Capella is actually a binary star. It certainly looked like just one object in my scope. I'm starting to doubt it was Capella now!

When I turned the scope around for a look at Arcturus I couldn't find it in the telescope anywhere. What the evening proved was it is just not feasible to hurriedly set up a telescope and expect to be able to find things. It needs a lot more preparation than I gave it to get the results I was expecting. The next fine afternoon I shall be pacing my garden and marking out North with a large stick or marker pen and will hopefully have a more rewarding night.

Al.