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James Adamson Astrophotography

 

Name

James Adamson
Location
Ballina County Mayo
Photo Title
Planet Uranus
Time and Date taken
15th September 2004 00:47BST
Equipment used
Celestron C8 f/10 SCT driven on an EQ5 mount, 8mm Radian eyepiece
Capturing device used
nikon coolpix4300
Technical details
 

single shot colour, ISO 200, 4 seconds at f3.7


 
I didn't bother to process the image until now, when I applyed an RGB shift and linear process in registax. Then I did an adjustment to contrast. I was very suprised with the end result. The finished result shows up the planets disk very well here!

Excellent work James, and not a cloud in sight! In a bizarre twist and on closer inspection, the suspected moons of Uranus turned out to be only hot pixels from the CCD chip of the camera. The fact that the camera was orientated in the telescope the right way, the placement of Uranus in the viewfinder, the positions of Uranus moons and the exact time of capture all summed up to make a false capture of Uranus' satellites - quite an amazing coincidence!!!


Sunspot 652

Name

James Adamson
Location
Ballina County Mayo
Photo Title
Sunspot 652
Time and Date taken
21st July 2004
Equipment used
Televue 85mm, 8mm Radian eyepiece
Capturing device used
nikon coolpix4300
Technical details
 

single shot colour, ISO 100, 1/60 sec at f3.5

The Sun finally broke through the clouds this afternoon to allow me my first glance of sunspot group 652, and what a lovely sight!!!  Seeing conditions were not ideal for imaging but i managed to run off a few shots. I'm hoping for a better chance as the weather is forecast to improve, fingers crossed.


Noctilucent Clouds

Name

James Adamson
Location
Ballina County Mayo
Photo Title
NLCs
Time and Date taken
2323hrs BST and 2347hrs BST 7th July 2004
Equipment used
Wide Angle Lens converter, Tripod
Capturing device used
nikon coolpix4300
Technical details
 

single shot colour, ISO 200, 2 sec at f2.8

single shot colour, ISO 100, 4 sec at f2.8

This was the brightest noctilucent clouds I have ever seen yet!  Very spectacular!!


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