Thursday, 30 September 2010

Total Eclipse of August 11th 1999


I cannot believe it's already more than a decade since this eclipse. Seem like yesterday.

Cloud cover was persistent throughout the event.

Kept running in and out of the house to see the eclipse images on the television. Taken from an RAF bomber as I remember.

Most people missed the totality due to this blanket of cloud over the British Isles. I caught fleeting glimpses of it.
These were the images I captured.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Hello old friend.



This is the constellation, or I should say asterism that started it all.

Taking the dog for a walk my uncle and I couldn't help but notice the starry skies. I must have been about eight years old.

My uncle pointed out the Plough and I was hooked.

It was mid winter and Orion was the next to be netted. Followed by the bright twinkling star Sirius.

All the constellations hold precious memories for me, the Plough though is at the top of the list.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Lady in the Moon.



Once I found the Lady in the Moon, I couldn't get the image out of my head.

Each time I look at a picture of a full moon...there she is!....

This is slightly disconcerting to someone brought up with the Man in the Moon.

Or am I being fussy? :0)

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Basilicos, Cor Leonis, Stella Regina, Regulus

Regulus...what a poetic star.

Here is a poem I found recently by the Greek astronomer-poet Theodore Stephanides....

"I teach Man with the atom of his brain to weigh a flaming sun in wisdom's scales, to gauge the Galaxy from pole to pole, to read the secret of each starry train; and in the Infinite's unwinding trails, to lose mortality and find the soul."

Such poetry and dreaming these stars do bring.

No Sodium Glare

How many times to you actually take a picture of the night sky. and have no sodium glow.....

I thought so. I live in the heart of Pembrokeshire, but still most of my night photos have some form of light pollution in them. In some parts of the world I'm told that Sagittarius and Scorpius are so bright that they cast shadows........

PLEASE SWITCH OFF UNWANTED LIGHTS....

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Orion Nebula ...First Attempt



Imaged using 150mm f8 achromatic refractor....
hand guided with Nikon D50 25 seconds ISO 1600.

First attempt at a nebula....... apologies for the "wiggly" stars...:0)