12th Novemberngc7635 Bubble Nebula
20x10 minutes in Ha
16x10 minutes of SII added to make a bicolour image
Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 is accessible in the early morning.
This is a sequence of 40x60 second images, stacked on the comet.
The elongated tail is easy to see.
The mount was directed to follow the comet, not the stars, so in this video the comet can be seen in a
fixed position while the stars move. (The video loops 10 times)
Comet Ison C/2012 S1 rises just before dawn, but a neighbour's tree is right in the way.
The observatory scope cannot be used, so I took an image from the loft window
with the Canon 350D and a Sigma telephoto lens.
The comet was very hard to see, even with 10x80 binoculars, but the green colour in the inset is clearly visible.
(The bright star at top right is Spica, and Mercury is the orange 'star' below the clouds).
Bubble Nebula ngc 7635
I managed to collect 14x10 minutes in OIII before the clouds came over to complete a Hubble pallette image.
More data collected
Total now 250 minutes Ha, 240 mins SII, 310 mins OIII
Dennis over at PAIG gave Robert Gendler's bubble image as something to aim for,
so I tried to convert the yellow colour to red.
I think the result worked out OK.
The Gendler image for comparison
M31 Andromeda galaxy
Last year's attempt at M31 was not successful. The Williams Optics refractor
had problems with a nearby star which cause bad flaring.
The 10" reflector does not have this problem, and as M31 is well placed now, I have made a start
on a new image.
8x10 minutes in Luminance