Been waiting all week long to catch a glimpse of giant sunspot AR2192. Managed to take 2 shots on Saturday before clouds moved in again.
We set out, at the public observatory Bussloo, to observe a possible meteorstorm from comet 209P/Linear. However, only one possible meteor from comet 209P/Linear was identified and photographed. Nevertheless we had a great night of observing and photographing various objects with different telescopes and lenses.
Finally started processing some of the photos shot during my last summer holiday (2013) at the Tivoli Southern Sky guest farm. Just for fun I made a quick stack of M31. Although M31 was only at 15 degrees altitude, this stack of 5 x 3 min. at ISO1250 shows some real potential.
Finally time to upload some quickly stacked and processed images. Will add more information and details later. Equipment used: Takahashi FSQ-106 ED on Fornax 51 mount, Canon EOS 5DII, Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 8-15mm/F4L, Canon EF 135mm/2L, Canon EF 35mm/1.4L.
During a Panstarrs session I noticed a faint white glow low on the northern horizon. Barely visible to the naked eye, but no problem for the camera with 135mm telelens.
The skies cleared after weeks of bad weather and with the moon rising just after midnight I had a go at the comet again although it doesn’t get really dark this time of year. I was able to take a sufficient number of shots between 21.45-22.00 (UT) before cirrus clouds started to drift across the field of view.
Below is a quick, negative converted, jpg-stack of 25 x 45s.
Equipment used: Canon 5Dii and EF135mm/2L at F3.2, ISO800, tracked with Vixen Polarie star tracker. Polaris is to the lower left.
Will try a proper stack (raw + flat + gradient removed) this weekend.
Another cold and windy session. The comet is fading slowly but seems easier to spot now that it’s rising.