Bright Camelopardalid

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Canon EOS5DII and EF8-14/4L @F4, 8mm. ISO1600. 2014-05-24, 01.01.32-01.02.01UT.

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.

 

M31, Andromeda nebula

Finally started processing some of photos shot a my last summer holiday 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.

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Canon EOS 5Dii, FSQ106 (f=530mm), 5x3m, ISO1250, Fornax 51 mount.
Stacking and digital development was done in ImagesPlus,
gradient removal with Fitswork4 and finishing touches with PaintShopPro.

 

Nova Del 2013, 2013-08-15.

Nova Del 2013 was easily visible with the naked eye at magnitude 5.0, notwithstanding moonlight and high clouds. Humidity was extreme; within 10 minutes of setting up, dew started to build up on the outside of the hood.

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22.25UT, Canon EOS 5DII(mod.), EF135/2L @F2.8, ISO1250, 8x30s, Vixen Polarie.

21.38UT, Canon EOS 5DII, EF135/2L @F2.8, ISO1000, 4x30s, Vixen Polarie.

21.38UT, Canon EOS 5DII, EF135/2L @F2.8, ISO1000, 4x30s, Vixen Polarie.

Tivoli, Namibia, 2013, first week.

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.

20130629, M7.

20130629, M7.

 

20130630, M8 & M20.

20130630, M8 & M20.

 

20130701, Dark doodad & NGC4372.

20130701, Dark doodad & NGC4372.

 

20130701, Helix.

20130701, Helix.

 

20130702, Allsky & Astrotel

20130702, Allsky & Astrotel

 

20130704, IC4592.

20130704, IC4592.

20130705, M83.

20130705, M83.

 

20130705, NGC6188.

20130705, NGC6188.

20130705, Running chicken.

20130705, Running chicken.

20130707, dawn over Fornax observatory.

20130707, dawn over Fornax observatory.

 

 

 

NLC’s, 2013-06-04.

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.

2013-06-04, 22.41UT, Canon EOS 5Dii, EF 135mm/2L @ 3.2, 5 sec, ISO1250

2013-06-04, 22.41UT, Canon EOS 5Dii, EF 135mm/2L @ 3.2, 5 sec, ISO1250

C/2011L4 (PanSTARRS), 2013-05-27.

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.

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C/2011L4 (PanSTARRS), 2013-04-02.

It continues to be unusually cold and windy for the time of year. Used my car as a wind-blocker, but the wind still managed to unplug the powercable for the Polarie! The lightpollution of Amsterdam seemed worse than ever. This caused a nasty gradient on the images that took my 2 nights trying to figure out how to get rid of it. In the end Fitswork did the trick.

2013-04-02, 20.14UT, Canon EOS 5Dii, EF135mm/2L @F2.8, ISO1250, 15x30sec, Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.

2013-04-02, 20.14UT, Canon EOS 5Dii, EF135mm/2L @F2.8, ISO1250, 15x30sec, Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.

Same picture as above, heavily stretched

Same picture as above, heavily stretched