CODY Astronomical Society

 

Pictures and drawings by observatory coordinator Gordon Lloyd

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Moon

Taken on the 2nd April with the 6" Zeiss club refractor and my Celestron Neximage 5 solar system camera at its prime focus (f15).

I used its full 5 MB sensor area

 

M57 Ring Nebula - November 2015

Combined 22 frames, each 30 seconds, at ISO 800, using my Canon EOS 450D at the focal plane of my 250mm Orion Newtonian (f4.8).


 
Total Lunar Eclipse - September 28th 2015

Members were out in the early hours of monday September 28th to observe the total lunar eclipse. 

 

  Jupiter Venus Occultation - June 30th and July 1st, 2015

Jupiter and Venus came very close to each other, just 20' apart on 30th June, which is about 2/3rds the diameter of the moon.

Crescent Moon and Earthshine

Canon DSLR, 300mm lens

 

Comet q2 Lovejoy 2014 - January 2015

Comet Lovejoy was a good object in the sky right and has exceeded expectations on brightness, getting to magnitude 4. It showed a lovely green nucleus with a very faint ion tail, the latter only visible in images.

 

M67

Open cluster in Cancer. Canon DSLR and 250mm Newtonian.

Mars - April 2014

See left for an image of Mars by Gordon. His image was taken with his 10" Newtonian and a Celestron Neximage 5 at f14.4.

Jupiter - March 2014

Jupiter is high in the sky and members have been imaging with a range of scopes and cameras. See left for images by Gordon Lloyd (showing a double shadow transit).

Werner's X - March 2014

The images to the left are photos of Werner's X, taken by Gordon Lloyd with his new Celestron camera, on 8th March at 1938 and 1942 GMT, when the Sun's Selenographic Colongitude was 358.5 and 358.6 degrees. Werner's X is a lunar feature that appears for a very short time at a specific lighting condition on the moon. It is of course just a quirk of the lighting, being the illuminated tops of crater walls, but under the specific lighting conditions captured in these images it is a striking artifact.

Some New Lunar Drawings - January 2014

Gordon Lloyd has recently completed some excellent new lunar drawings from observations through the society's Zeiss telescope. Click on the links left to see them in all their glory.

This link gives some information on how to draw the moon.

Gordon's scope - Orion 250mm Newtonian, f4.8 on a Vixen Sphinx GOTO mounting
A fine rainbow we saw in the Swiss Alps this Summer. We were high up and looking down a steep slope. As a result, the whole of the (main) bow was below eye level! This is only possible if there is a long, steep slope.
Hand-held photo of the Moon and Jupiter (and maybe a star or two?). Olympus compact camera that I use for all my lunar and planet photos. The camera was set for maximum avoidance of camera shake. So it set itself to 1/20 second at f 2.8 and ISO 2500. Rather grainy but pretty good?
Saturn  210 frames, 1/10 sec, ISO400, “afocal” through a 15mm or 26mm eyepiece with x3 barlow lens into my Olympus Stylus 800 compact digital camera, 23/05/09 2315GMT
NGC2403, Spiral Gal.  30 x 30 secs, Canon EOS 450D camera, usually with an Orion 2” Skyglow filter, 08/01/11 2100GMT
Clavius  101 frames, 1/20 sec, ISO 400, “afocal” through a 15mm or 26mm eyepiece with x3 barlow lens into my Olympus Stylus 800 compact digital camera, 15/11/10 2121GMT
Copernicus, 99 frames, 1/20 sec, ISO 400, “afocal” through a 15mm or 26mm eyepiece with x3 barlow lens into my Olympus Stylus 800 compact digital camera,  15/11/10 1935GMT
Mare Nubium, 101 frames, 1/20 sec, ISO400, “afocal” through a 15mm or 26mm eyepiece with x3 barlow lens into my Olympus Stylus 800 compact digital camera, 15/11/10 1930GMT
M42  5 x 2.5 secs. 5 x 10 secs, 11 at 30 secs, Canon EOS 450D camera, usually with an Orion 2” Skyglow filter, 08/01/11 2200GMT
M37, 5 x 30 secs, ISO 800, Canon EOS 450D camera, usually with an Orion 2” Skyglow filter, 08/01/11, 21:30GMT
M13 cluster, 8 x 30 secs, ISO 800, Canon EOS 450D camera, usually with an Orion 2” Skyglow filter, 04/10/10 2215GMT
Clavius, 101 frames, Cody Zeiss telescope (6" refractor). Magnification x 260. Seeing fair. Transparency medium. Camera: Olympus compact digital using afocal focusing. 100 exposures of about a tenth of a second using ISO 400. About 50 stacked using Registax, then Photoshop. 22/04/10. On the first (left) at 1942 GMT, the tips of the peaks on the west wall are just catching the sunlight. On the second (right) at 2123 GMT, they are clearly in sunlight. Gordon Lloyd
M3 cluster, 3 x 50 secs, ISO 800, Canon EOS 450D camera, usually with an Orion 2” Skyglow filter, 17/04/10 2211GMT
Jupiter with Io and Europa, 85 frames, 1/20 sec, ISO 400, “afocal” through a 15mm or 26mm eyepiece with x3 barlow lens into my Olympus Stylus 800 compact digital camera, 15/11/10 2125GMT
M27 Dumbbell, 6 x 30 secs, ISO 800, Canon EOS 450D camera, usually with an Orion 2” Skyglow filter, 04/10/10 2235GMT
Jupiter, 250mm Orion Newtonian, Celestron Neximage Webcam, Focal length 3750mm. Average of 1000 images processed in Registax. April 2006. Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Total lunar eclipse, 250mm Orion Newtonian, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). 3rd March 2007. Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Lunar occultation of saturn. 22nd May 2007. 250mm Orion Newtonian, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Saturn, 250mm Orion Newtonian, Celestron Neximage Webcam, Focal length 3750mm. Average of 1000 images processed in Registax. March 2007. Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Moon, Theophilus to Fracastorius, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. November 2006, Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Moon, Hommel to the limb, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. April 2007, Image by Gordon Lloyd.
Moon, Clavius, 1st quarter, (Moon's colongitude 37degs) 250mm Newtonian, x3 Barlow, 17mm eyepiece, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. March 2007
Moon, Clavius, 1st quarter, (Moon's colongitude 21degs), Cody Zeiss 150mm refractor, x2 Barlow, 26mm eyepiece, Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel), Feb 2008
Moon, Clavius, 3rd quarter, (Moon's colongitude 169degs) 250mm Newtonian, x3 Barlow, 17mm eyepiece, afocal image with Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera (5M pixel). Effective focal length 5200mm. Aug 2007
Moon, Clavius, 1st quarter, (Moon's colongitude 21degs), 250mm Newtonian, x3 Barlow, Celestron Neximage Toucam webcam, Jan 2007
Moon, Posidonius, (Moon's colongitude 335degs), 250mm Newtonian, x3 Barlow, 17mm eyepiece, Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera, Apr 2007
Moon, Ptolemaus to Deslande. (Moon's colongitude 17degs), 250mm Newtonian, x3 Barlow, 26mm eyepiece, Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera, Jan 2008
Moon, Appenine mountains. (Moon's colongitude 17degs), 250mm Newtonian, x3 Barlow, 26mm eyepiece, Olympus compact microdigital 800 camera, Jan 2008
Moon, Aristarchus, Herodotus, Shroters valley (Moon's colongitude 63degs), 250mm Newtonian, x3 Barlow, Celestron Neximage Toucam webcam, Mar 2007
Mars, (central longitude 305degs), 250mm Newtonian, x5 Barlow, Celestron Neximage Toucam webcam, Dec 2007
Mars, (central longitude 7degs), 250mm Newtonian, x5 Barlow, Celestron Neximage Toucam webcam, Dec 2007