Archive for May, 2014


A Triplet of Worlds – Jupiter, Saturn and Mars on Show – 17/05/2014

On 17th May 2014, SEKAS (South East Kent Astronomical Society –, the astro society of which I am a member, held a public observing session at Western Heights in Dover.  It was an opportunity for the public to come along and see some fantastic astronomical sights, from solar observing during the day to some […]

Red Moon - 17/05/2014

Red Moon Rising – 17/05/2014

The other night, I was privileged to see one of the most incredible moon rises I’ve ever cast eyes upon. A few astronomer friends and I were at Western Heights in Dover at the tail end of a really good public observing evening arranged by the society. We had a clear view over the English […]


Saturn and Mars – 14/05/2014

Had a pretty good planetary imaging session last night.  I managed to grab my first Saturn of the year.  Despite still being fairly low down in the sky at the time it was visible to me (i.e. not behind trees etc), I am still quite pleased with the image I managed to get.  When planets are […]

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Firecapture – An Introduction

I’ve been asked recently to help a few people who are new to imaging get their heads around planetary capture.  As a result, I’ve decided to produce my first screencast – an introduction and discussion of the main features of the planetary capture program ‘FireCapture’.  This little program is compatible with many of the planetary […]

The Moon - 6/05/2014

The Lunar X and V – 06/05/2014

Here is a lunar image I captured using my Starwave 102ED, and the Canon 1100D on 6th May.  This shot is unusual in that it shows two optical illusions that only appear for a few hours each month.  The Werner (or Lunar) X, and the Lunar V, are patterns that appear when the raking sunlight […]

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