2016-05-14, Jupiter

First movie with the Canon 80D, Televue Powermate 4x and Celestron Edge HD1400. Best images selected from a two minute movie, 25 fps, ISO1600. Movie converted with PIPP and processed in Images Plus.

Canon EOS 80D, Televue Powermate 4x, Celestron Edge HD1400.

Canon EOS 80D, Televue Powermate 4x, Celestron Edge HD1400.

2016-05-09, Mercury transit.

Observed the Mercury transit from Public Observatory Bussloo together with volunteers and visitors. Even though the wind was strong from time to time with a less than mediocre seeing, we enjoyed the transit. After a couple of hours, clouds started to hamper observations more and more but after a dinner break, the skies cleared again and we were given a last look at the Sun and Mercury.

2016-04-06, comet 252P/LINEAR.

I decided to bring a tripod and a Vixen Polaris travel mount on a 1 week trip to the south of Portugal (São Brás de Alportel, 37°9’8.8″N, 7°56’27.4″W, alt=236m). Managed to observe comet 252P/LINEAR on a number of occasions. Below image was from the first night, april 6th, when the comet was near the globular cluster M14. On the night of april 7th, the comet was visible to the naked eye. I estimated it’s brightness at +5.7 using 8.5×42 binoculars, with a coma diameter of 45′ and DC=3.

Comet 252P, 20160406, 0241UT, Canon EOS 60D, EF 135mm/2L at F2.5, ISO1600, 14x29s, Vixen Polari.

Comet 252P, 20160406, 0241UT, Canon EOS 60D, EF 135mm/2L at F2.5, ISO1600, 14x29s.

20160115, C/2013 US10 (Catalina)

Minutes after parking the telescope and closing down the observatory, the skies cleared. Quickly opened up the observatory again, piggybacked the Canon 60D and 200mm on the mount and took some 1 minute shots. Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) was easily visible in 8.5×42 binoculars.

20160115, 2232UT, Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF200/28.L at F/3.2, 8x1ms, ISO800.

20160115, 2232UT, Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina), Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF200/28.L at F/3.2, 8x1ms, ISO800.

20151208, comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina)

Accidently woke up early, took a shower and looking at my alarmclock realized it was only 3.30 a.m.  The skies were clear so I decided to head out to my observing site and have a go at comet Catalina. The comet was clearly visible with 8.5×42 binoculairs.

20151208, 0432UT - Comet C/2013US10 (Catalina) Sigma 50mm, F1.8, 25x4s, ISO2000

20151208, 0432UT – Comet C/2013US10 (Catalina), Canon EOS 60D,  Sigma 50mm, F1.8, 25x4s (no guiding) ISO2000.

2015-12-04, C/2014 S2 (PanSTARRS)

Comet C/2014 S2 (PanSTARRS) is still visible in the northern hemisphere. Despite the stormy conditions I managed to take a number of 1 minute unguided shots with the William Optics Star 71 pggybacked on the observatories’ AP 1100GTO.

William Optics Star71, f=348mm, Canon EOS 60D, 19x1min, ISO800.

William Optics Star71, f=348mm, Canon EOS 60D, 19x1min, ISO800.