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May 2003

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The Solar Eclipse of 31st May 2003 was the first I have ever seen with the naked eye. Unfortunately, I was only able to get pictures with my camera, not the telescope but they turned out quite well. Through the binoculars, I could see clearly a large sunspot on the opposite side to the moon and it was clearly visible throughout the eclipse. I only wish I could have used the scope. I was in the Isle of Man on Saturday and so didn't have scope with me.



June 2003

More sunspot images taken on 24th June 2003.

The first pinky image is taken with a Minolta Dimage 7, Scopetronix MaxView 40mm, 12 images @ 1/20 F3.5 ISO100, cropped, stacked in K3CCDTools and processed in Registax.

Sunspots 387 and 391 taken with Minolta Dimage 7

The second image is taken with a TouCam 740 unmodified, 1/1000 shutter, 5fps, gamma at zero, 225 images stacked and processed in Registax. Seeing the laptop screen was difficult so next time we'll get a towel :-)

Sunspots 387 and 391 taken with TouCam Pro

Digicam night
On Tuesday 10th June, the forecast was looking good and I called up John McConnell, EAAS chairman, to see if he was interested in a night's observing at Castle Espie, Comber. I did manage to limit the phone call to under one hour so that left time for the night's observing! John and David Goudy arrived around 2330hrs, around the right time for the sky is just getting dark at this time of year. We packed the 10" SCT and accessories into the car and headed down the road for some observing. First stop was the moon and we got quite a nice image of Sinus Iridium, Plato, the Alpine Valley and the rainbow craters, one of which is called Pythagoras. (The set of 3 craters on the northern end of the terminator.)

Wide field of NW surface of moon Taken by David Goudy at Digicam night

Next stop was some deep sky and while we could just make out the arms of