First time for me this year. Just before going to sleep I glanced out of the bedroom window: noctilucent clouds. Quickly grabbed the camera and took a couple of shots with the 135mm through the window.
Public Observatory Bussloo received over 500 visitors at the National Stargazing days in the weekend of 23-24 february 2018. Despite the cold eastern wind a lot of families with children visited the observatory to attend short presentations on various astronomical topics or to look through a telescope at the Moon.
Observed the 2017 return of the Geminids from Athos Centro Astronómico at La Palma. Although Europe was severely hampered by the storm Ana we managed to succesfully observe the Geminids in the nights 13/14 and 14/15 december.
During a clear spell at public observatory Bussloo I took a number of shots with my new Canon EOS 6D mark ii. A Canon EF 8-15mm fisheye zoom was used at 15mm. Stack of 10 x 20 seconds at F4 and ISO6400, piggybacked at the observatories AP1100 mount.
After months of little to no activity a nice group of sunspots (AR2674) appeared. In poor seeiing I captured a 1/125s shot from my balcony (overlooking a big tin roof) with a William Optics 61mm, f=360mm telescope and Canon 6Dii ati ISO800.
Although the weather looked bad, meteorologists predicted clear spells during the Perseid maximum night 12/13 august. We gathered at public observatory Bussloo at 22.00 preparing for a very humid night waiting for the skies to clear. Around 22.45 most camera’s started imaging a partly cloudy sky. The first meteors were seen. At midnight most of the clouds had disappeared but instead the moon started to rise and illuminate the skies. Between 01.30 and 02.30 we were completely clouded out, but then the clouds finally gave way and we were able to continu well into dawn. Highlight of the night was a -6 Perseid fireball right in my field of view with a persisting train that was visible in binoculars for over 1 minute.