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*Photo opportunity!* Garradd meets M15

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« on: August 04, 2011, 02:01:25 am »

LOL Anton & Richard - at least neither of you managed to doze off before setting up!!

I woke up again at about 2am by which time I, too was being greeted by some high cloud & misty conditions. Luckily I had already printed off a couple of star maps earlier on & managed to set up my AstroTrac & star hop to M15 within a few minutes. Neither M15 or the comet were visible in my 6X30 finderscope but M15 quickly showed up on a test shot as a fuzzy star - so I knew that I had got the right field of view!

Richard congratulations on getting some lovely colour in your shot. My comet looked very anemic (perhaps it, too, had only just woken up!) though the images were littered with colourful hot pixels due to the humid conditions here last night. Anyway I just managed to record both comet & M15 - though the comet is really faint and because I only used my 300mm zoom lens in the end, the glob looks pretty stellar (though it began to reveal itself as a glob when I zoomed into it on my DSLR's LCD screen). Anyway, for what it's worth, here's my shot from last night.

I thought that I would also try (but failed!) to see if I could do a short animation to show the slight movement of the comet. However I rather liked the 'twinkly star' effect when I turned the animation to greyscale; the twinkle having been caused by the random hot pixels in each frame due to the humid conditions.

Anton hope you had the lovely clear skies that I've enjoyed tonight - though I see on that the cloud bringing tomorrow's predicted slightly damp weather is now racing in towards me!!
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