January 31, 2012

Plus ...

The blog now has it's own Google+ account, as part of the general upgrading and dealing with even more accounts to update!

Southern Skies in February

So, what to look forward to this month?

Straight up early in the month, the moon is full on the 8th, which unfortunately coincides with the peak night of the Centaurids meteor shower.

The moon then proceeds to last quarter on the 15th and is new again on the 22nd.

Early in the month, Both Jupiter and Venus will be visible in the west, during the early part of the evening. With Saturn and Mars rising later in the evenings, towards midnight.  These planets will continue their dance around the skies this month.

Orion is very visible this month, so some awesome M42 opportunities will be able to be had, 1200mm is thinking of a stack for that one, through the scope on AstroCam 2 :)

The Seven Sisters (Pleiades/Matariki) is also hanging around and is stunning even through a small pair of binoculars.

The 1200mm crew is planning our first star party of 2012 on February 8 to attempt to pierce the full moon's glare and see some Centaurids from the meteor shower.

And finally, there's another small meteor shower (Gamma Normids) starting up on the 25th of February, that will peak in March.

Clouds and Skies

Clouds and Skies by Astronomr

Clouds and Skies, a photo by Astronomr on Flickr.
Well last night rolled around, and after a very nice time just quietly stargazing with Jacqui, I charged up the gear and headed out to the Satellite Station road with The Hulses.  The more feminine part of the two had just taken delivery of a new Canon 5d mkII and wanted to give it a good hard testing, so I was only too happy to show them one of my favorite spots for Star shots.

January 26, 2012

‘Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth’ « Flickr Blog

‘Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth’ « Flickr Blog:

Pale Blue Dot indeed :D

'via Blog this'


Video: Aurora Australis from the Space Station - Boing Boing:

January 25, 2012

Just can't get enough of this:

or this

Star Party!

Ok, so looking to organise a little something for the Centaurids this year!

Facebook Event up here:

If you're not invited and would like to come along, email me :D

January 24, 2012

In praise of … stargazing | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian

In praise of … stargazing | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian:

Go go Prof. Brian!

January 23, 2012

Awesome Graffitti ...

Isaac Asimov by perreault
Isaac Asimov, a photo by perreault on Flickr.

is awesome

January 17, 2012

The Stars in the Cold Night

Robert Falcon Scott - LoC 10191u
Image via Wikipedia
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott reaching the south pole.  Imagine the stars and aurora australis he would have seen from there, on those cold, clear nights.

Capt. Scott was one of my heros growing up, and although this post isn't about stars or anything, I just wanted to salute the man's achievement.

On their return journey, Scott and his four comrades all perished from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold.
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January 15, 2012

Suddenly, Meteors!


Thanks to Earth and Sky for the link :D

Astronomy Illustrations of the 1800s

Pop over to Retronaut for the goodness.  Is as awesome as pirate monkeys!

Went out for a timelapse last night as it was clear(ish), lens promptly fogged up - my fault for not following my own procedures ... give that man a cone.  Will see what i can salvage and post.

Also, for a tickle.  Here's what happens to a Flickr account when The Bad Astronomer notices you :)

Click to visit the aforementioned Flickr account, the shot he noticed was here.  Of course I did tell him about it :D