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Mars - Jan 29 2010 - Damian Peach

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Damian Peach
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01/02/2010 - 14:00
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Damian writes: Here are some images obtained 3-4hrs past exact opposition with Mars 99 million km distant (twice as far as in 2003!.) Seeing was reasonably good at times. Regarding the CMO alert - there seems to be two localised dust areas on the NPC boundary, the primary one having moved south over Baltia, and hooking off in a north west direction. The second patch which is located just preceding the main one also shows some hints of a similar movement.

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Comet 17P/Holmes - Richard Miles

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Richard Miles
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27/01/2010 - 11:00
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A stacked image of the enigmatic comet 17P/Holmes as it appears at the moment a little over one month before opposition.  I have displayed the image in two ways to best bring out the features.  George Faillace and I have the comet under scrutiny once again, looking for periodic variations in the brightness of the pseudo-nucleus or further outbursts.  We have applied for and were recently granted observing time on the Liverpool Telescope: observations are due to begin next month.  Note that there still remains a significant diffuse coma possibly indicative of recurrent activity or the aftermath of the massive outburst of 2007 October.  Comet Holmes will reach aphelion in October at distance of 5.19 AU from the Sun after which it will head towards more southern declinations. Images taken with the 2.0m Faulkes Telescope North. Richard Miles.

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Annular Solar Eclipse from Bangladesh - Naimul Islam Opu

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Naimul Islam Opu
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18/01/2010 - 13:30
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St. Martins Island, Bangladesh
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The annular solar eclipse of 15th January 2010, imaged by Naimul Islam Opu from St. Martins Island, Bangladesh.

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Lunar Eclipse - 2009 December 31 - James Weightman

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James Weightman
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11/01/2010 - 14:15
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On the last day of the year, James Weightman from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, captured the partial lunar eclipse. ?

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Solstice Sunset - Ian Pass

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Ian Pass
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04/01/2010 - 22:00
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An image of the Sun setting over Stonehenge just before the winter solstice. Taken on the 19th december 2009 from the Heel stone at Stonehenge. The camera used was a Panasonic Lumix TZ7 set on a sunset mode.

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Moon - Alex Pratt

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Alex Pratt
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31/12/2009 - 14:04
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Mosaic of two images shows the rugged beauty of Earth's satellite. It was taken with a ToUcam webcam attached to a Takahashi TSA-102 f/8 apo refractor and processed in Registax. Seeing was not very steady. I estimated it to be Antoniadi III. Alex Pratt
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NGC 7822 - Gordon Rogers

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Gordon Rogers
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31/12/2009 - 14:04
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NGC 7822 in Cepheus. Imaged using an ST10 camera on a Takahashi FSQ piggybacked on a 16" RCOS with ST8 and AO8. Mapped colour, Hubble palette. 140 minutes H-Alpha, 280 minutes OIII and 320 minute SII.
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Nova Eridani - Maurice Gavin

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Maurice Gavin
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31/12/2009 - 14:04
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The nova was discovered on 2009 November 25th is 6.9 degress SW of Rigel and lies at right ascension 4h 47.9m, declination 10 11' (equinox 2000.0). Here's pic of Nova Edi from early this morning (2009 December 1) via my piggybacked Meade ETX-70 and superimposed its spectrum via my 0.3m SCT+ Rainbow Optics grating before the camera.  Hope you're observing this interesting and rare object for its location. Data: 1] 2009 Dec 1.021UT from Worcester Park Ob - Surrey  2] field of Nova Eri - Meade 70mm f/5 OTA + SX MX9 CCD; 400s exposure;  north up; 80' x 60' field of view. 3] inset spectrum - Meade 0.3m LX200+ Rainbow Optics grating + SX Lodestar CCD. Maurice Gavin
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NGC281 - Ian Pass

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Ian Pass
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31/12/2009 - 14:00
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An image of the emission nebula NGC281 taken from the Grifon Educational Observatory in El Bosque, Spain, over the weekend of October 24-25. The image was a first light full colour shot for this new observatory, and was captured using an Atik 4021 cooled CCD camera at F5 attached to a Televue 102 refractor, autoguided by a Skywatcher ED100 scope/Meade DSI Pro CCD, GPUSB and PHD guide version 1.11 I used a combination of Astronomik H-Alpha, OIII and SII filters on an Atik motorized filter wheel. the image was captured using Art Capture and then processed by Nick Howes using Maxim DL and Photoshop CS4 at the observatory. The Mount was an EQ6 Pro. Challenges on the night included some software issues, and the sheer quality of the sky, which made finding many objects difficult, due to the staggering number of stars visible. The Image is presented in narrowband, with H-Alpha used as the red channel, SII as green and OIII as blue. Ian Pass

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Aurora over Stenness - Grant Privett

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Grant Privett
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31/12/2009 - 14:00
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Image taken on the night of 28th September 2007 at the Stenness stone circle on the Orkney Mainland. Taken by Grant Privett using a Panasonic DMC-FZ7 (not a DSLR) using a tripod and 30s exposures. The moon was large gibbous and rose over the stones in a very dark sky. About halfway through the third moon-on-stones picture, the sky to the north displayed an aurora. First as a hint of greenish hue on the horizon. Then as a vague very low arc which hardened and brightened before developing bright nodes from which rays 10-40 degrees long flicked upward toward the zenith. The display did not last long and began to fade quickly. the whole thing lasting little more than 50 minutes. It would have been hard for me to take a bad picture.

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