M42, Orion Nebula
Okay I have somekind of obsession when it comes to this object, this is close to 100th version already… It is my favorite Nebula and in my opinion, It is most hardest object to do post processing. So, of course I think it is great to see how much better you have come in image processing. What do you like?
Summer is here in Finland… That means we really dont’t have a decent night sky (It’s almost like in the daytime), but now the days are going to be shorter and night sky is coming slowly back to us.
But what Finnish amateur astronomers are doing in the summer? Taking a long nap? Answer is no! We have a lot different pheonomenon and other great things to observe, like Halos, rare clouds, rainbows, whirlwinds, hailstorms, lightnings, etc.
Now you may been thinking, that can we see any Aurora Borealis at the summer? Well, no we don’t… At least I haven’t seen them at summer, but closer to winter we start to see them as well again!
Then there is also a one thing worth of mentioning… In this year Finland got first satellite to space: Aalto-1. Many Finnish amateur astronomer loves also, amateur radio hobby, and they are listening Aalto-1 morse codes as we speak (check Naavis page)!!! I have been doing radio observing myself (meteor echoes 50Mhz frequency) and I’m going to do some experiments nearby future with the hydrogen line observations in 1420Mhz frequency, with my rtl-sdr dongle.
Here is some pictures what yo can observe in Finland at the summer:
Sun in Hydrogen alpha
Moon 4.4.2017 with I Phone7 and Celestron XLT C11
I wanted to try how my new I Phone 7 can manage in astrophotography. So I first tried to take some single exposures and they were pretty decent! Then i checked the formats of the videos and it came clear to me, that Autostakkert supports the format… So I took few seconds of video and stacked them together as a single image. This is the result of 1500 frames! Next time, I will try to take video of Jupiter.
This is my starting point, to make my own observatory! This is actually a grit box / sand dome and after few modifications it will be a observatory dome. The diameter is 180cm and it cost me only 100€! Nice, isn’t it?
M84 and M86
M51 and NGC 5195
It has been 15 years since I last time made an observational drawing. But now I have found this side of amateur astronomy again!
This is our local amateur astronomy clubs observatory in Ulvila, Finland (360 degree view)!
I managed to take 2h 11min total exposure, of this Messier catalogs first object (M1). I used Celestron 279/2800 mm f/10 C11 XLT Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and modified Canon Eos 1000d.