Third clear night in a week!

A text message from Stuart Atkinson alerted me to look at the forecast for the night of 26 April, and at half past ten that night we drove out to the Tebay Road under partly cloudy skies.  As forecast, they cleared and we managed a good four hours of observing and astrophotography.  Stuart has written up the session here, so I’ll stick to my photos.

First up, of course, the new standard photo of Comet C/2012 K1 which was almost exactly at zenith (directly overhead) at midnight.

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Then right next door, also at the zenith, the Pinwheel Galaxy M101.

26 April 2014: M101 "The Pinwheel Galaxy" from Tebay Road. Altair Wave 115/805, ISO 1250, 20 minutes. 20 frames of 1minute.

26 April 2014: M101 “The Pinwheel Galaxy” (Mag 7.9) from Tebay Road.
Altair Wave 115/805, ISO 1250, 20 minutes.
20 frames of 1minute.

Then I took the camera off, popped in an eyepiece and just had fun looking at stars, star clusters, galaxies, planets, minor planets and all the other stuff that’s in the sky.  Much of the time we were just gazing without the telescopes. Happy times!

Here’s Stuart’s great shot of my scope set up behind the car against a wonderful sky.

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