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.