I wasn’t going to image this evening. My health hasn’t been the best recently, two of my kids have Covid, and my head just isn’t in it. But in the end, it turned out I couldn’t sleep anyway, so I setup in the end and put some more time in on the Iris Nebula and… Read More Shooting Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARS)
This will be a very busy night for me. First off I’ll be imaging a number of things; Oiii data on NGC 6888, and on the same rig (the kids portable setup), I’ve underslung the modded 450D to the front of the dovetail so that Sam can get some widefield (18mm) on Cygnus, and hopefully… Read More Shooting Comet C/2020 F3 (Neowise)
Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas) was detected at the end of 2019 by the Asteroid Terrestrial impact Last Alert System (ATLAS.) It was forecast to reach peak brightness at the end of May 2020, but due to a major fragmentation event in early April it is now not known if this will occur. It was previously… Read More Shooting Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas)
With Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas) approaching peak brightness (estimated around magnitude -5) next month, it’s very much on the minds of a lot of astronomers, amateur and professional alike. It’s predicted that C/2019 Y4 will become very much a naked eye comet, and is being hailed as one of THE astronomical events of 2020. And… Read More How to add comets in stellarium
At last, after several attempts, a couple of weeks, bad skies, equipment damage (down to my own clumsiness) and malfunctions, I’ve finally managed to capture Comet 46P / Wirtanen on camera. I’d been sitting down to watch one of the Star Wars movies (Rogue One), and I figured I’d go out and have a smoke… Read More Comet 46P / Wirtanen…FINALLY!
Last night I had intermittent cloud with some nice clear patches so I figured that I’d have a crack at capturing comet 46P / Wirtanen as it’s only a couple of days away from it’s closest approach to Earth. 46P is a small short period comet, with an orbital period of 5.4 years, and was… Read More Comet 46P First Attempt