Friday, September 02, 2005
A night of open clusters and double stars
On Tuesday 30th of August 2005 I got the 8-inch TAL 200K out around 20.30 hrs UT. The sky wasn't as clear as on the last two nights, but for observing some open clusters and a few double stars it would be OK. I also had a go at Mars and M77, and I did a little test comparing my two broadband filters, the Baader Skyglow and the Lumicon Deepsky filters. Are they of any use visually?


PART 1: OPEN CLUSTERS IN CASSIOPEIA
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Monday, August 15, 2005
Navigating the night sky
The Sky-Watcher EQ-6 mount and the Argo Navis Digital Telescope Computer

About a year ago I decided to get a new mount for my TAL 200K. The main reason was that I wanted a mount that could be equipped with some sort of go-to system or digital setting circles. I had been suffering from serious back-problems for quite some time, and I was fed up with kneeling down and crouching under my telescope to locate my favourite deep sky objects, especially in the cold winter period.

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Friday, August 12, 2005
Enjoy the Perseids
Tonight I hope to enjoy my favourite (and one of the best known) meteor showers of the year, the Perseids. I enjoy meteor showers most just sitting in a reclining chair and try to see a few bright ones. I don't really count them, but then I'm not a really serious meteor watcher. On nights like these I like to behave a little like a tourist, strolling along the night sky with a pair of low power binoculars and enjoy the overall naked eye-view. If your out tonight and have your (preferably low power) binoculars with you, be sure to have a look at one of the most beautiful star associations for binoculars, Melotte 20 or the Alpha Persei Association.

Even with 50mm binoculars you should be able to count between 30 and 40 stars of various magnitudes. Under real good conditions you can see as many as 50. The map below should give you an idea where to look tonight for Melotte 20 and the Perseid meteor shower. Click on the image to enlarge.


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Image from SkyTools 2 by CapellaSoft


Good luck with the weather! The sky is clearing around here, so maybe I can see a few Perseids tonight.

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Sunday, July 31, 2005
Large prominence
At the moment there is a big prominence visible as well as the active region AR 792. Here are some images from some two hours ago (click to enlarge!)


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Enjoy the images for now. Details on the images will follow within the next few days. I will keep you updated.

Clear skies
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Friday, July 29, 2005
First H-Alpha pics!
Yesterday morning the seeing seemed to be good. The Sun revealed a great number of details in the PST. There where filaments, prominences, plage's, and active regions visible. I also had a chance to use a wide array of eyepieces ranging from 20mm to 5mm (all Vixen Lanthanums. The different views were fascinating. I also shot some images with the Nikon Coolpix 4500, which I include in this observing report. I also fiddled around with adjusting the images in different colour channels. It produced some interesting results that form a base for future improvements.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Deepsky Top-100 (16): Beautiful Albireo
In my list of favourite deepsky objects for suburban backyards you will find only a few galaxies. Because of the severe light pollution these delicate structures with low surface brightness visually loose almost all detail or, even worse, aren't visible at all through my 8-inch telescope. I compensate this by adding some beautiful stars, double stars and multiple stars to my Deepsky Top-100.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Observing the Sun in H-Alpha
Observing the Sun in H Alpha


If you are a beginning solar observer like me, or you consider becoming one, you maybe asking yourself: what can I see on the Sun when observing in H-Alpha with a special telescope like for instance the Coronado PST. I found this wonderful article by David Knisely, Observing the Sun in H-Alpha, on the web last week. In this article, David not only shows some great images that let you see what to expect when observing the Sun in H-Alpha, he also explains all the different features like prominences, filaments, active regions, flare's, plage's and others you might observe. follow this link to read David's article.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Apple OS X Tiger
Today I installed the new operating system on my iMac, OS X Tiger. The new features are just fantastic, especially the dashboard with all its free widgets you can download from the Internet. Of course there are already some widgets for amateur astronomers: NASA breaking News, from ESA/NASA live sunspots, lunar phases, clear sky clock. There are added widgets to the Apple site every day, so if your an Apple addict like me, follow this link and start downloading and installing all those nice little programs! The image below (click to enlarge) should give you an idea what the widgets look like. It is a screen dump from my I-mac.

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Apple rules.... rasberry


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