Archive for January, 2015

First Light!

First Light Report – Explore Scientific 305mm Ultralight Dobsonian.

What is it about astro gear that it lends itself to snap decisions in regards to buying and selling…!? I made just such a decision the other day.  First a bit of background…  From when I started in astronomy at 8 years old, until December 2012, all of my astronomy was good old fashioned manual-style. […]

Comet Lovejoy - 16/01/2015

Comet Lovejoy – A Second Go…

I wasn’t happy with my first image of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy).  I had the chance to join several of my fellow SEKAS members up at our dark(ish) sky site at the Paddock, outside Canterbury (where the comet is a naked eye object), to hunt for and image this little beauty again.  This time, I didn’t make the […]

Comet Lovejoy - 06/01/2015

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 06/01/2015

First object of 2015! This is Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – more better known at the moment as Comet Lovejoy.  It’s currently a Magnitude 4(ish) object to the west of Orion.  It’s visible in binoculars and small scopes as a fuzzy blob, though I haven’t heard of anyone picking up it’s fairly faint tail as of yet. […]

Ikharos 70ED on Manfrotto Tripod

First Light – Ikharos 70ED Apo

This is a new acquisition to bring me back into wider-field imaging.  Since I sold my 80mm Revelation Semi-Apo, I’ve really missed being able to capture the larger objects, with less fussy guiding, and not much weight on the mount.  This little scope came up used, and so I went for it.  It’s one of the […]


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