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M3 globular cluster in Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). 10.4Kpc (33,900 light years) distant. 90 light years across. 500,000 stars weighing in at 245,000 solar masses. Taken through GRAS03 in New Mexico, USA.

M3 globular cluster in Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). 10.4Kpc (33,900 light years) distant. 90 light years across. 500,000 stars weighing in at 245,000 solar masses. Taken through GRAS03 in New Mexico, USA.

An Aquila 90mm achromatic refractor. Have had one of these for about 6 years. Very sturdily built, good solid focuser and surprisingly good optics. Better than your average achromat. A nice scope if you're looking for a reasonably priced visual scope. Coupled with a semi-apo filter and you're going to be happy enough. But, if you can get a hold of a chroma-corr, you'll be laughing.

An Aquila 90mm achromatic refractor. Have had one of these for about 6 years. Very sturdily built, good solid focuser and surprisingly good optics. Better than your average achromat. A nice scope if you're looking for a reasonably priced visual scope. Coupled with a semi-apo filter and you're going to be happy enough. But, if you can get a hold of a chroma-corr, you'll be laughing.

Latest shot of the centre of the galaxy, Taken a few weeks back out at the TAG (Townsville Astronomy Group) dark site at Donnington Airfield. Unfortunately, there was some cloud and haze about, which got into the photo. Had to push the processing a bit to try and minimise it. Pentax K-s1,18-55mm @ 18mm, f/3.5, ISO 3200, 20sec.

Latest shot of the centre of the galaxy, Taken a few weeks back out at the TAG (Townsville Astronomy Group) dark site at Donnington Airfield. Unfortunately, there was some cloud and haze about, which got into the photo. Had to push the processing a bit to try and minimise it. Pentax K-s1,18-55mm @ 18mm, f/3.5, ISO 3200, 20sec.

Shot of Orion and parts of other constellations through the LP. Nikon D90, 18-105mm @ 24mm, ISO200, F/4, 20sec.

Shot of Orion and parts of other constellations through the LP. Nikon D90, 18-105mm @ 24mm, ISO200, F/4, 20sec.

The Great Christmas Comet, Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) of 2011. Taken 24/12/2011 at 4:21am with a Nikon D3000 w 18-105mm @ 18mm, ISO1600, F3.5, 59.5sec

The Great Christmas Comet, Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) of 2011. Taken 24/12/2011 at 4:21am with a Nikon D3000 w 18-105mm @ 18mm, ISO1600, F3.5, 59.5sec

Wider angle, pre eclipse photo than the last two, with more of the foreshore included. As well as that, you can see more of the Port too. The moonlight on the water also looks somewhat more intense in this shot, due to the smaller image scale. Nikon D90 18-105mm @ 24mm, ISO200, 1sec F/3.8

Wider angle, pre eclipse photo than the last two, with more of the foreshore included. As well as that, you can see more of the Port too. The moonlight on the water also looks somewhat more intense in this shot, due to the smaller image scale. Nikon D90 18-105mm @ 24mm, ISO200, 1sec F/3.8

Photo looking out into Cleveland Bay towards Cape Cleveland. Nice, pre eclipse Full Moon over the water and Cape. Off to the side you can see part of the Port and towards the middle, the Magnetic Island Barge going out to the island. Nikon D90 18-105mm @ 48mm, ISO200, 2sec, F/4.8

Photo looking out into Cleveland Bay towards Cape Cleveland. Nice, pre eclipse Full Moon over the water and Cape. Off to the side you can see part of the Port and towards the middle, the Magnetic Island Barge going out to the island. Nikon D90 18-105mm @ 48mm, ISO200, 2sec, F/4.8

The present Mars-Saturn apparition, along with the star Zubenelgenubi (Alpha Librae). Nice little inverted triangle. Mars (left) and Saturn (right) are about 6-8 degrees apart. Nikon D90, 55-200mm @ 105mm, ISO1600, F4.5, 4 sec  If you look at Zubenelgenubi, you'll see it's a double star. They're actually physically associated in space and move together. The pair are separated by 5400AU and the whole system is 77 light years from Earth.

The present Mars-Saturn apparition, along with the star Zubenelgenubi (Alpha Librae). Nice little inverted triangle. Mars (left) and Saturn (right) are about 6-8 degrees apart. Nikon D90, 55-200mm @ 105mm, ISO1600, F4.5, 4 sec If you look at Zubenelgenubi, you'll see it's a double star. They're actually physically associated in space and move together. The pair are separated by 5400AU and the whole system is 77 light years from Earth.

Crop of the last photo...not so great but you can make out the "Pillars of Creation" a.k.a. "the eagle" part of the nebula.

Crop of the last photo...not so great but you can make out the "Pillars of Creation" a.k.a. "the eagle" part of the nebula.

Similar specs as per last photo, except this time of M16, the Eagle Nebula.

Similar specs as per last photo, except this time of M16, the Eagle Nebula.


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M92 globular cluster in Hercules. 8.2Kpc (26,700 light years) distant. 109 light years across. 330,000 solar masses. Taken through GRAS03 in New Mexico, USA.

M92 globular cluster in Hercules. 8.2Kpc (26,700 light years) distant. 109 light years across. 330,000 solar masses. Taken through GRAS03 in New Mexico, USA.

A not so good shot of M63, the Sunflower Galaxy, in Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs. At 37 million light years its angular size of 12'.6 (arcmin) gives a diameter of 135,612 light years. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain on June 14, 1779. Taken on the same night, under full moon conditions, as M3 and M92 using GRAS03 in New Mexico, USA. Has had some image processing to enhance the spiral structure and correct the colour.

A not so good shot of M63, the Sunflower Galaxy, in Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs. At 37 million light years its angular size of 12'.6 (arcmin) gives a diameter of 135,612 light years. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain on June 14, 1779. Taken on the same night, under full moon conditions, as M3 and M92 using GRAS03 in New Mexico, USA. Has had some image processing to enhance the spiral structure and correct the colour.

Daytime shot of the Moon (5/10/2014). 25% crop from original image. Nikon D90, 55-200mm @ 200mm, ISO200, F5.6, 1/500sec.

Daytime shot of the Moon (5/10/2014). 25% crop from original image. Nikon D90, 55-200mm @ 200mm, ISO200, F5.6, 1/500sec.

M3 globular cluster in Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). 10.4Kpc (33,900 light years) distant. 90 light years across. 500,000 stars weighing in at 245,000 solar masses. Taken through GRAS03 in New Mexico, USA.

M3 globular cluster in Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). 10.4Kpc (33,900 light years) distant. 90 light years across. 500,000 stars weighing in at 245,000 solar masses. Taken through GRAS03 in New Mexico, USA.

Quite happy with this one. No processing except for cropping from the original shot. Nikon D90 w 55-200mm @ 200mm, ISO800, F10, 1/640sec.

Quite happy with this one. No processing except for cropping from the original shot. Nikon D90 w 55-200mm @ 200mm, ISO800, F10, 1/640sec.

Probably my best shot to date through the LP. Trailed a bit but then again I only have a normal tripod...no tracking mount. Would look much better if taken in a darker sky...less noise. Done in Picasa then the GIMP with auto colour correction and then a couple of curves mods done. Nikon D90, 18-105mm @ 25mm, ISO640, F4.5, 40sec.

Probably my best shot to date through the LP. Trailed a bit but then again I only have a normal tripod...no tracking mount. Would look much better if taken in a darker sky...less noise. Done in Picasa then the GIMP with auto colour correction and then a couple of curves mods done. Nikon D90, 18-105mm @ 25mm, ISO640, F4.5, 40sec.

Used "daylight" white balance on this shot to get the sodium lamp glow off the LP. Did a bit of curves and levels to get the deep amber colour in the clouds. Nikon D90 w 18-105mm @ 18mm, ISO640, F3.5, 40sec

Used "daylight" white balance on this shot to get the sodium lamp glow off the LP. Did a bit of curves and levels to get the deep amber colour in the clouds. Nikon D90 w 18-105mm @ 18mm, ISO640, F3.5, 40sec

Moon shot taken from a friend's place a few months back...Nikon D90, 55-200mm @ 200mm, ISO400, F5.6, 1/640sec. Cropped from the original and no processing.

Moon shot taken from a friend's place a few months back...Nikon D90, 55-200mm @ 200mm, ISO400, F5.6, 1/640sec. Cropped from the original and no processing.

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