A friend on Facebook pointed out that it was very clear outside tonight. I looked out of the window, and it was indeed – so I grabbed my telescope and decided to try harder at astrophotography (rather than plain old astronomy). In the past, stuff that has looked great through the eyepiece have been disappointing […]Read more "Solar System"
Well after last night’s astrophotography session with a 400mm f/5.6 lens, and 3× teleconverter, I decided to try again with an even longer optical system. I rummaged a 700mm f/11 telescope and used the same 3× teleconverter, for an effective focal length of 2.1m. This provided almost twice the magnification of last night’s setup, albeit […]Read more "Jupiter II"
Last night the sky was clear and I noticed that Jupiter was shining brightly. I decided to try and take a photo of it. Being so far away, and not having a proper telescope, this is the best I could manage. It’s blurry but it’s clearly recognisable as everyone’s second-favourite red planet 😉 If you […]Read more "Jupiter"
For ages, I’ve wanted to make a decent roundograph. I’ve tried on a couple of occasions in the past, but the result has always been pretty bad. On this occasion, I appear to have succeeded in making a decent planet. I will definitely revisit this, and endeavour to find a more interesting landscape than a […]Read more "My first (successful) roundograph"