Monthly Archives: November 2007

Aldebaran and the Hyades Cluster – Taurus

The Hyades is a beautiful open cluster of about 150 – 200 stars located in the constellation of Taurus. The cluster is named after the daughters of Atlas & Aethra,who were therefore half sisters to the Pleiades. Aldebaran or Alpha Tauri is the brightest star in Taurus, it is...

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Comet 17P/Holmes – Deep Image

Now that 17P/Holmes is developing something of a tail, I’ve been keen to get a deeper image than that of a few nights ago (that showed the core & initial coma only). Whilst having our Guy Faulkes night bonfire, the skies cleared out. So after some family comet viewing through...

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Comet 17P/Holmes

On 24th October this year (2007), Comet 17P/Holmes showed a rapid increase in magnitude. Often quoted as a mag 17 object, this comet brightened to magnitude 7 during the one night. By the end of October the comet was quoted as magnitude 2.5. Throughout that time the clouds at...

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California Nebula – widefield

It’s still cloudy outside & likely to be so for some days yet, so here’s one I prepared earlier! In between imaging Orion (in October), I took a quick widefield shot of the California Nebula. Taken at 200mm whilst waiting for my main target of the night to rise...

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