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Viewing Report: 11 July – First light with Evostar 80ED

I returned home from work yesterday just to meet the delivery driver at the door, to receive my new Skywatcher 80ED telescope. Unboxing it I felt like a child at Christmas, slowly taking pieces out of their protective bags and looking at them wondering what each bit did and what goes where. I first mounted…

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Andromeda Galaxies

Andromeda is the closest galaxy to our own, and is getting closer. Eventually the two galaxies will collide and become one great galaxy (we’re talking billions of years however). It’s a good target for any astronomer, and on a clear night is visible with the naked eye. Currently it isn’t in an ideal part of…

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M13 Cluster in Hercules

M13 is a globular cluster within the Hercules constellation, formed of about 300,000 stars. This was one of my first target with my new tracking mount, as it’s a little fainter than other targets but still visible with a pair of binoculars. Having set the mount to find the cluster, I took a few shots…

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How to: Capture Star Trails

Meteor on the right Star trails have been something I’ve wanted to photograph since I first became aware of them around a year ago. The patience of spending all night in the garden with your camera in the freezing cold put me off slightly, but lately due to a clear window and some clear skies,…

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Saturn on a Dobsonian

Saturn is definitely a favourite planet among stargazers. It was always my favourite planet as a kid, even having never seen it in the sky. There was just something damned cool about having rings around it, being different from all the other planets in our solar system. Using BackyardEOS to capture images through the Dob’…

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Viewing Report: 20 June – Hunting the Milky Way

Having never actually captured the Milky Way (that big ol’ galaxy of ours) I went on an adventure last week and took advantage of a relatively clear evening. I drove over to the Isle of Sheppey, in order to find as darker skies as I could within a reasonable distance. A 25 minute drive saw…

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An adventure into space

My first lunar capture (September 2008)1/200, f3.5, ISO 64, 303mm I’m not quite sure how to begin, it feels as though I should be all excited and enthusiastic about this new journey into the realms of astrophotography. But in truth, I’ve been doing astrophotography longer than I have been into photography. The photo on the…