Monthly Archive: January 2014


The Heart Nebula – 25/01/2014

This is the Heart Nebula, also known as IC 1805, imaged on the evening of 25th January 2014.  It’s an emission nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia, which is a counterpart of the nearby...


The Rosette Nebula (Caldwell 49) – 23/01/2014

This is my first image of another of the finest objects in the sky.  This is the object known as Caldwell 49, or more descriptively, the Rosette nebula.  It is an emission nebula in...


My First Supernova!

The first is always the best! on 23rd January 2014, I captured an image of Supernova J2014 in M82 (the Cigar Galaxy) in Ursa Major.  It appeared a few days before, and shows up...


Horsehead and Flame Nebulae in Orion – 04/01/2014

I’ve finally got my first image of my favourite set of objects in the entire sky – the Horsehead nebula (IC 434) and Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) complex in Orion.   These objects are...


Planning an Imaging session with SkySafari

During last night’s imaging session, I got to try out a feature that I’ve wondered about since I started using SkySafari. One thing i always had trouble with previously was visualising exactly what I...


What’s a Telrad? – A Short Introduction

A question I’ve been asked quite a few times when at public astro society events concerns the black box that is perennially attached to the side of my 200P Newtonian.  I’ve also been surprised...


M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy – 06/04/2013

Let me start by saying this is one of my favourite objects in the entire sky.  Its one target that I’d never actually been able to see, and hence became one of my first...


Zipping through Saturn’s Ring Plane

One thing I’ve always found fascinating about astronomy is the fact you’re looking at the universe as it is (or as it was when the light left whatever you’re currently looking at anyway!).  The...


Mare Crisium 26/05/2013

This is an image of Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises) on the moon’s terminator on 26th May 2013.  It was taken using the Toucam 740k through the Skywatcher 200P f6, and then stacked in...


Widefield Orion Image

A quick 30 second exposure of the Orion region of the sky, taken 16th Dec 2012, at 65mm zoom, ISO 1600, with the camera piggybacked on the HEQ5 mount. This is from my back...


Jupiter imaging progress

A post showing my progress on imaging Jupiter over the course of a few months at the end of 2012 / beginning of 2013.