After excitedly writing about my new project, the Somerset Towers, I got off to a few weekends ago by visiting five churches. I chose some of the easiest ones to begin with, and started near Bristol. One of my first visits was the Church of St Mary and St Peter, Winford. I was lucky enough […]Read more "Church of St Mary and St Peter, Winford"
This article is about exploring the world of light our eyes cannot see, using a modified digital SLR camera. I have a physics degree but I’m still finding my way with the practical applications of infrared and ultraviolet, so this article is mostly written from a theoretical point of view. Take everything I say with […]Read more "Full spectrum camera conversion"
After a successful first attempt with my new telescope, I decided to book a day off work, spent all night in Somerset and all day sleeping it off. I had lots of fun and I learnt an enormous amount – even if it did get quite chilly by 2am. I was paying more attention to […]Read more "More deep-sky astrophotography"
Last weekend, while I was out and about in Somerset photographing churches for my project, I saw this arched bridge over a ford in Chew Stoke. No further explanation necessary; it’s a pretty scene! Horseman 980 camera with 65mm f/5.6 lens. Exposure 1/15 at f/11 on Ilford FP4+ with orange filter.Read more "Chew Stoke"
This morning I published a picture of the Andromeda galaxy, with some notes about my method a vow to improve my technique. I pondered the image processing and decided to have another go this afternoon. This is the same dataset, but different processing. It’s a colour image and unfortunately shows some light pollution, although I […]Read more "First light part 2"
Hot on the heels of my recent post about telescopes for imaging, in this post I’d like to share with you the very first image taken with my new GSO 6″ f/5 imaging Newtonian – which was funded by selling my two previous telescopes and a couple of camera lenses. Tonight was the first clear […]Read more "First light: GSO imaging Newtonian telescope"