Space Shuttle and International Space Station together

Looks like the Space Shuttle had already docked a few hours before it was possible to image them together directly (annoying) this evening (10th). However I've taken last nights images (9th of August), and merged the two together. You'll notice how much the Shuttle's orbit was slightly off compared to that of the ISS. These two photos are seperated by about 5 minutes, and as such the stars are all doubled up....

Saturday, 11 August 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Space Station and Space Shuttle alert

For those in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and France, etc. The ISS and the Space Shuttle are currently visible in the evening. The ISS will pass over the UK and Ireland tonight at around 22:30 (BST), the Shuttle a few minutes earlier at around 22:20, in both cases they'll take 3 or 4 minutes to cross the sky. They'll be moving west to east. If you miss it tonight they'll (assuming the Shuttle hasn't landed) be visible for the next couple of weeks....

Thursday, 9 August 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Close encounter between Saturn and the Moon

Yesterday evening I managed to snap Saturn and the Moon at an extremely close encounter, I would of got out earlier and taken some photos of them even closer, but I was busy trying to retrofit my Canon T-ring, with the thread from my Pentax T-ring, which was successful so I have pretty decent focus now when using my 350D at prime focus on my 6 inch TAL 2M reflector, it did delay me by about half an hour though....

Tuesday, 22 May 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Close encounter between Venus and the Moon

On Saturday, Venus and the Moon made a pretty close approach, we didn't get it as close in Europe as people did in the Americans, but it was a pretty close encounter nevertheless. I've got the high resolution (3456x2304) versions of these in the gallery.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith


Here's an image of Venus I took on Wednesday evening. This was taken with a 6 inch TAL 2M reflector and a Philips Toucam Pro II webcam. Image is the result of approximately 400 frames. You'll notice it has phases; this was one of the evidences for a Sun centred solar system. If Venus's orbit was outside that of the Earth, yet inside the Sun, you would expect Venus to maintain a very slim crescent....

Sunday, 6 May 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Venus close to the Moon followup

Here's the followup picture from my previous post. We can use the Sun to help highlight the geography of the Moon, as the Sun slowly rises other the lunar surface light flood into vallerys and crators, or vast shadows are cast by mountain ranges. You can see this on the closeup below, the terminator isn't smooth, its all bumpy, even over the space of a few hours you can often see quite dramatic changes along the terminator as the Sun floods into areas of shadow....

Thursday, 22 March 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Venus close to the Moon

If you go outside right now (even if its daylight), Venus is a few degrees south of the Moon. That makes Venus possible to spot in daylight assuming you've got really transparent skies. You'll probably need binoculars but its possible. It also means the Moon is hanging around near Venus in the evening sky, here's a photo I took yesterday. I've got high-resolution versions and close ups of the Moon on my gallery....

Wednesday, 21 March 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Lunar eclipse

I managed to take a few images of the lunar eclipse last week, I only used my camera with the standard 55mm lens. I was feeling too weak to drag the telescope outside and set it up. :) There's two more photos and the rest of my astrophotographs on my gallery.

Saturday, 10 March 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1)

Managed get a few images of Comet McNaught yesterday evening, but only just as its now so close to the Sun and its been cloudy the last month. This was taken with a Canon EOS 350D with a 55mm lens, ISO400 with an exposure of 1/3rd of a second. Gamma tweaked in Paintshop Pro. I'll probably post some more images on my gallery over the next week or so.

Thursday, 11 January 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Waiting for better weather

About a month ago I ordered a T-ring so I could attach my Canon 350D to my telescope. In typical fashion we've had a month of terrible weather, we had a few clear nights which were dominated by the Moon, preventing me from imaging the Orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy which is what I was going to test everything out on. But the cloud does produce some nice images - sometimes....

Thursday, 4 January 2007 · 1 min · Paul Smith