Thursday, October 17, 2019

Lunar Imaging Session - October 17, 2019

The sky this evening is clear and seeing condition is fair. I mounted my Borg 76ED refractor on my Celestron Nexstar mount and use the ZWO ASI120MM webcam to capture the Waning Gibbous Moon as well as Tycho, Copernicus and Mare Serenitatis Region.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Lunar Imaging Session - October 13, 2019

The sky this evening is clear and the beautiful Full Moon is hard for me to resist imaging it with my Borg 76ED refractor with Canon EOS M6 Mirror less Camera mounted on a Vixen Porta mount. Exposure of 1/1000sec exposure at ISO 100 was used to image it.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Solar Imaging Session - October 11, 2019

The sky this afternoon is clear but seeing condition is fair. There is a large hedgerow prominence visible in the NE limb. Aside from this, the Sun is awfully quiet. Zero sunspot as well.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Lunar Imaging Session - October 7, 2019

The sky this evening is clear so I just brought out my telescope to image the Waxing Gibbous Moon using Borg 76ED refractor with Canon EOS M6 Mirror less Camera on Vixen Porta mount with exposure of 1/320sec exposure at ISO 100.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Solar Imaging Session - October 3, 2019

It's almost past 3 months since I was able to do any solar imaging session due to bad weather and hectic work schedule. Nevertheless, the sky this afternoon is partly clear for me to do a short imaging session as I forgot to recharge my laptop battery thus only have a few minutes of imaging time for me to explore the Sun more. Seeing condition is not that good but I'm happy to break the imaging dry spell. There is a small AR2749 Sunspot Group in the SE quadrant but has already decayed but still slightly visible in Ha wavelength. Also got to capture a faint large eruptive prominence in the NW limb.

Friday, September 13, 2019

September 14, 2019 Micro Full Moon

The weather has been very bad the past few months and I was hungry to get even a simple lunar inage to get things going. Around midnight, my son and I went to our roofdeck to try to image the Micro Full Moon, the small Full Moon for the year 2019, using my Canon EOS M6 mirrorless camera with Borg 76ED refractor at prime focus mounted on Vixen Porta mount. Exposure of 1/1000sec at ISO 200 was used to image the Moon through passing clouds.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Lunar Imaging Session - August 10, 2019

It's almost a month already since I was able to do any astro imaging due to bad weather so when this evening is partly cloudy, I tried to break my astro jinx by imaging the Waxing Gibbous Moon through my portable Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Camera with Borg 76ED refractor mounted on a sturdy Vixen Porta mount. Exposure of 1/160sec at ISO 200 was used. I also experimented this session with using the dual speed focuser that is mounted on the Meade 8 inch SCT and mounted it on the Borg instead of the original 7835 helical focuser to get a better feel on the focus. Need to slide the dovetail rack to its end to balance the system :) LOL

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019 Lunar Imaging Session

The sky this evening is partly clear but mostly just fast passing clouds. I set up the Celestron C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain together with Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Camera mounted on Vixen Porta II mount to image tonight's Waxing Gibbous Moon with my son at the roof deck of our residence.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Solar Imaging Session - June 25, 2019

The sky this afternoon is clear but seeing condition is fair only. There is a new pore like sunspot group, designated as AR2743 Sunspot Group visible near the western limb. At least this will break the zero sunspot group drought spell together with another small pore group AR2742, which was visible yesterday but now gone.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Solar Imaging Session - June 16, 2019

The sky this morning is clear but seeing condition is poor. Not much contrast on the solar limb as well as surface. There is a large prominence that resembles a tree in the NE limb but the tree leaves area is quite faint and hard to see due to poor seeing condition. Its a bit noticeable in the mono image rather than the colorize version of the image.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Solar Imaging Session - June 14, 2019

The sky this afternoon is cloudy and again very windy. Seeing condition is also not that good. Not much solar activity this afternoon except for a large group of faint eruptive prominences in the western limb.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lunar Imaging Session - June 13, 2019

The sky this evening is cloudy again and I was able to image the waxing gibbous moon through cloud opening using Borg 76ED refractor with Televue Zoom 8-24mm set at 16mm coupled afocally on Celestron NexYZ smartphone adapter with Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone at Pro mode set at 1/1000sec at ISO 50 mounted on Vixen Porta II mount. Image processed using Huawei P20 Pro internal image editor.

Solar Imaging Session - June 13, 2019

The sky this afternoon is cloudy and very windy. I find it hard to image as its shaking my light setup. I was only able to image the NW limb of of prominence before I got clouded out.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Solar Imaging Session - June 9, 2019

The sky this morning is partly clear and seeing condition is ok. Wake up late so I had to setup quickly before the Sun gets blocked by parking area ceiling. Not much solar activity again on the Sun except for a large prominence group in the NW limb and the long dark filament near the central meridian. The long filament is the remnant of previous day's V-shaped dark filament.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Solar Imaging Session - June 7, 2019

The sky this late afternoon is partly cloudy and seeing condition is fair. I opted to use only my Canon EF100-400mm L lens set at 400mm this afternoon as I wasn't expecting much solar activity. Not much solar activity this week except for 2 slightly active areas near the central meridian. One V-shaped dark filament is of point of interest for this session only. No sunspot groups as well.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Solar Imaging Session - May 20, 2019

The sky this afternoon is very hazy and seeing condition is poor. Since there is a huge Hedgerow prominence visible in the SW limb, i still proceeded to image it despite the condition using a modest smaller scope Borg 76ED refractor instead of our regular TV-101 refractor.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Lunar Imaging Session - May 19, 2019

The sky this evening is cloudy and I was able to image the Full Moon or Flower Moon with my son before clouds covered up the entire sky and brought in rain as well. Image was taken using Canon EOS M6 Mirror less Camera on Borg 76ED refractor at prime focus mounted on a Vixen Porta II mount at 1/1000sec exposure at ISO 200.