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  • My son wanted to attempt an image of Jupiter. Here is his first try. Planets are the hardest things to try and capture. So not bad at all!
  • M95 and M96 are a pair of spiral galaxies in the constellation of Leo. The are about 36 million light years away. I do like the central bar within M95. April  2016
  • Just near the Southern Cross is the Jewel Box star cluster. This type  of cluster is known as an open cluster. The region is also a rich star field. April 2016.
  • M83 has to be one of the best face on spiral galaxies. It is about 15 million light years away. This is a wide angle view using the research telescope. March 2016.
  • NGC 5128. Also called Centaurus A, it is a large galaxy currently merging with a spiral galaxy. The dark lane is gas from the spiral. Deep in the heart of NGC 5128 is an active black hole.
  • I recently re imaged and processed the M42 nebula to highlight the details (particularly in the darker parts of the nebula). I hope you enjoy.
  • Comet 252P/Linear, March 16th. This comet is going to pass by Earth fairly closely on March 21st. At a distance of 5.4 million km, there is no chance of hitting Earth, but it ranks as the 5th closest pass of a comet. It is a bit too faint to see without a telescope, and with a bright Moon, it will be even harder.
  • Omega Centauri rates as the best globular star cluster. Even with  the wide angle telescope, it takes up a lot of the view. It is a spherical ball of stars about 16,000 light years away. Mar 2016
  • Three galaxies (M 66, M65 and NGC 3628) form a nice triplet in the constellation of Leo. March 2016. They are about 35 million light years away. I Imaged these to test the new camera. I have found the software doesn't like the camera! A bit more tweaking required.
  • Nebula NGC 2174. This is located near Orion and is known as the Monkey Face nebula. At least I can make out this one! I also had a meeting this week to plan out some very exciting things for the observatory. I will announce more as they come up.
  • This is IC2948, a nebula near the Southern Cross. It is known as the "Running Chicken" nebula. I have looked at it a few times, and just can't see it myself! Feb 2016.
  • I had delayed posting this image. It is the horsehead nebula region in Orion. The bright star is the eastern most of Orion's belt. Just below this star is the Flame nebula. This was a test image with the F2 system on the research telescope.
  • A clear evening and a wonderful Moon. The Moon presents a nice easy target for imaging. 17th Feb 2016. The crater Copernicus is just emerging from the shadows of the Moon's terminator.
  • Large but faint. The Rosette Nebula is in the constellation of Monoceros near Orion. This is again a wide angle view.
  • Something I promised a few weeks ago is a wide angle view of the Eta Carina Nebula with the new F2 equipment.  Eta Carina would have to be one of the best nebula. Compare this wide angle view with the post from 16th Jan.
  • A clear night gave me the chance to try the research scope at wide angle. (Technically C14, at F2). Nebula M42 and M43 were the test targets. The wide angle equipment was purchased as part of the AMP Tomorrow Fund grant.
  • This is a close up part view of the Pleiades cluster. The wider angle telescope should fit them all in soon. They are sometimes called the seven sisters and quite prominent in the northern sky (Australia) after dark this time of year. To the eye they look like a tight cluster of stars surrounded by a haze.
  • Too big to fit in the research telescope's field of view, the eta carina nebula is a beautiful sight. The research telescope now has an adapter that will enable a much wider field of view. Eta Carina will be a great test object!
  • I have dug into my image archives due to a week of cloudy nights. This image from 2013 is part of a star cluster and nebula in the constellation of Monoceros. The nebula itself covers such a large area of sky that it doesn’t fit in the frame. I now have an attachment for the telescope that will enable a much wider field of view, perfect for such objects.
  • It has been a bit cloudy of late. I had hoped to give the new public telescopes a work out and learn how to use them!
  • The dog was bitten by a brown snake a week ago, and to pay for his vet bill, I am selling a few rare but spare meteorite pieces. This is a 41 gram slice of Seymchan Pallasite from Russia. It is about 93mm long, 35mm wide and 3mm thick. Pallasites are among the most beautiful of all meteorites. I am selling this slice very reluctantly for $750 (plus postage).
  • I was testing the new camera lens to image the Southern Cross, when I seem to have captured some sort of strange object. I wish to thank all the followers of the observatory and wish you all the best for Christmas and New Year.
  • The peak of the Geminid meteor shower has now past. At the observatory I noted mainly faint meteors with an occasional bright one. There was some cloud which made viewing hard, but I managed about 20 Geminids in an hour. Taking an image was hard, as the brighter ones always seem to occur where the camera wasn't pointed! Here is an image of one the 'average' ones cutting through Leo.
  • This is a previous image of M42 that is a highlight of Orion this time of year. As soon as I get the imaging telescope back on line, I will be posting a new (closer) image as a test of the new camera purchased from the AMP Tomorrow Fund Grant.
  • Wide field photo showing the whole constellation of Orion. Taken with just the camera on a tripod! Orion is promient rising due east this time of year. Note: to the centre right (in Orion's sword) you can even make out the pinkish cloud of the Great Orion Nebula, M42. This is pretty much how the eye see this constellation.
  • Almost full Moon. It is ususally a time I have a break from the telescope. Tonight though, I decided to image the Moon, as it is warm outside and a beautiful clear night.
  • A clear sky and a crescent Moon. Good to get out and just take  time away from everything. Image 16th Nov.
  • Blue, White and Red.
  • Dark, stormy skies mean no telescope time. However, the storms do create opportunities for weather images.
  • There are objects in the night sky that do not require telescopes. This image of the Large Magellanic Cloud (Galaxy) was imaged with just the DSLR camera on a tripod. The LMC is a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way and about 158,000 light years away. You can see it from a dark sky site with just your eyes this time of year.
  • It is that time of the year when some interesting galaxies are visible after dark. NGC 1365 is a barred spiral galaxy. Though this is a previous image, I plan to try and a new image of it again soon.
  • For some reason I had never imaged globular star cluster M15. So on the 15th of October I did! The Moon is waxing, so deep sky objects will have to wait a few weeks. I might image the moon in close up instead!
  • Another lecture coming up. These are done as fund raisers for the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst.
  • Side on spiral galaxy NGC253. I imaged this a few nights ago and debated to post it or not. NGC 253 is one of my favourite galaxies.
  • Globular star cluster NGC 104. This is one of the highlights of the southern sky at this time of year.
  • Comet Catalina has brightened a tiny bit (still too faint to see without a telescope), but getting hard to image as it gets lower in the western sky. Image 2nd Oct 2015.
  • Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is currently low in the SW sky from Australia just after sunset. It is too faint to see without a telescope, but developing a nice tail. This image is the first for the research telescope after the computer fully took over its control last night.
  • NGC300 is a large but faint spiral galaxy. The arms are hard to trace out. It takes some patience to record it in an image.

Photo Albums

Album: Lunar Eclipse images 8th October 2014<br />
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Album: Observatory Images<br />
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Album: April 2013 Images<br />
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