Shot the North America nebula from the city center (Bortle scale 8/9) despite high clouds and humidity. I used a Borg 125 SD (f=480mm) combined with a STC astro duo narrow band filter. Camera was a Canon EOS Ra, 10x5min at ISO1600, Rainbow Astro RST135 mount, guiding through Staraid. Due to the terrible seeiing the stars are a bit bigger than usual.
The weather forecast was unclear until the last minute. This week all records were broken with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius for several days. However, the predicted thunderstorms cleared and we were only bothered by patches of (high) clouds. After moonrise, the sky background became a bit lighter, but nevertheless we saw some beautiful meteors.
With the comet fading and getting lower in the sky ervery day, the nearly full moon and high clouds, it is getting more and more difficult to photograph. This was shot from Public Observatory Bussloo.
Moonlight, strong light pollution and a low position made a naked eye observation impossible. A pair of binoculars is required to watch the comet.
It had been a week since I had seen the comet. So in spite of the circumstances (high clouds, moonlight and heavy light pollution) I made an attempt to observe the comet. The comet was no longer visible to the naked eye, but this was mainly due to the quality of the sky (even M31 was not visible).
Conditions were very poor. Therefore I decided to stay at home and shoot this short timelapse through my bedroomwindow.
Another very windy but mostly clear night. The comet is slowly beginning to dim, but is still very well visible to the naked eye.
Another very windy session with an occasional cloud, some cirrus, turbulent seeiing and lots of light pollution.Continue reading