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From Alan Piggott on 13/12/2015.
|Venus November 28th 2015 at 8-10 am. Phase increasing as it starts its journey heading round behind the sun.||Venus. 22nd August 2015 at 1-22pm. A week after the (Aug 15th 2015) inferior conjunction. ||Taken a week before the 15th August inferior conjunction. |
From Dilip Sharan on 09/11/2015.
|View of Jupiter and Venus at dawn on 9th Nov 2015. The waning Crescent Moon can be seen at the bottom of the frame. The cloudy conditions mean that Mars is not visible. This marks the tail end of the conjunction of the planets Venus, Jupiter and Mars in Leo that began in Sept 2015|
From Dilip Sharan on 19/10/2015.
|Imaged during the Oct 2015 MKAS weekend to Lower Dinchope in Shropshire - 11 Oct 2015|
From John Knight on 31/07/2015.
|The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter over three days at the end of June 2015|
From Alan Piggott on 09/10/2014.
|Three gravitationally interacting galaxies form the Leo Triplet or Leo Trio.
Top is NGC 3628, left is Messier 66 right is Messier 65. Also in this picture (but not related) is NGC 3593 lower far
right. These can be found in Leo's back leg. The distance from NGC 3628 to M66 is about 500 thousand light-years at the
trio's estimated distance of 30 million light-years. Canon 450d on tracking mount."
||Found in Ursa Major. This is a fairly bright and easy to find spiral galaxy. Its distance from earth is estimated to be
about 22 to 25 million light years. There are several other much fainter galaxies recorded in this picture.
Canon 450d on tracking mount.
This is a curved chain of galaxies in the constellation of Virgo. Messier 84, 86 and 88 plus several
IC (Index Catalogue) galaxies make up the chain. This is an area of sky rich in galaxies. I have counted 36 in this
picture but a deeper image would show many more. See the labelled version. Canon 450d on tracking mount.
Moon, waxing gibbous.
The main detail can be seen close to the edge of the shadow (terminator). Visible top left is the Bay Of Rainbows
(Sinus Iridium). Head to the right and follow the edge of the "sea" Mare Imbrium around to the crater Plato. Crater
Copernicus is centre left and is displaying its rays. Prominent at bottom left is crater Tycho with a nice central peak.
The ejecta from Tycho created the rays that are so visible at full moon and starting to show at this phase.
Nikon D300 on 150mm astrograph. Single frame.
|Moon Crater Plato.
This image was taken using a converted web camera connected to a telescope. The resultant video file is processed by
computer software to pick out the sharpest frames and produce the final still image. The large crater on the left of the
picture is called Plato and has a diameter of 61 miles. Follow the Alpine Mountains to the right to the Alpine Valley.
This feature is 79 miles long by 7 miles wide. Normal binoculars will show nice detail on the moon. Best time is when
it's not full as the best details are brought out by the shadows.
This is a web cam image taken 08/06/2014. The Cassini division, a gap between the inner and outer rings, is visible in
the rings to the sides of the planet. A shadow from the rings is visible on the surface of the planet and above that a
cloud band. The dark separation of the planet from the rings at the back is the planet casting its shadow onto the rings.
From Alan Piggott on 15/01/2014.
|10th Nov 2013. 8-09pm. 150mm F9 Astrograph. 100th sec.iso400 (Nikon) p1||16 Oct 2013 8.25pm. 150mm F9 Astrograph. 400th sec.iso250(Nikon). Note how the surface brightness increases as the phase increases||Auriga with M36, M38 and various New General Catalogue (NGC) objects. 50mm. f4.iso800(Astro modified Canon)||Comet Lovejoy. 5.07 to 7.23 am 5th Dec 2013. 300mm.f5.6.iso800.92x45sec(Astro modified Canon)||M13 (Messier 13) Globular cluster in the Hercules keystone asterism. M13 is about 145LY across and 25,100LY away.
Also note the faint fuzzy galaxy NGC 6207 up and left from M13.
From Alan Piggott on 14/10/2013.
|Crescent Moon||M42 The Great Orion Nebula||North America Nebula in the constellation of Cygnus||Packman Nebula in Cassiopeia||Startrails centred on Polaris|
From Nick Evetts on 14/10/2013.
|Comet Grigg-Skjellerup (26P)||Comet Lemmon C 2012 F6||PANSTARRS C 2011 L4||The Moon on June 19th 2013|
From John Bell on 26/12/2012.
|The Moon and Jupiter imaged by John Bell 26 Dec 2012. (Colour saturation adjusted to show the mineralogical features on the moon)|
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