About Astrojohn

I am a science geek! Interests Astronomy, Skiing, Philosophy, basically any form of technology including writing automation software for my observatory. I will also share this with others using the same EQMOD/Astroart tool set.


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Star trails looking for Meteor shower?


This is a 2 hour exposure with the star trails but no meteors??

11th August 2016 10:30 to 12:30

NE Meteor watch

North East at 45deg

Last night M51 -Bit windy so not quite round stars.

Not bad image considering the gusty wind.  Just 3 X 300sec per colour


First images from the new observatory- Full Moon -some thin cloud.

M51 Galaxy


M51 Monochrome

Monochrome Veil Nebula.

3 x 650sec SXVR-H18

Veil Nebula.


Next step is to get focus automated.  Just need script..


New Version of Observation Manager for AA6 – Now controls PHD2 also!

OK, I now have the controlPHD.exe and the AA6 script to control PHD2 from Observation manager scripts.
Tested and now working on getting the new site up and running.  Woodland Observatory – Selsey .
Build the top of the observatory first 11ft square brick built.

Hope to get operational again in a month!!


Heart Nebula – AA5 Observation Manager 9.06 – 80mm Skywatcher..

I started trying to get a colour version of the Heart nebula but the cloud rolled in at about 01:00 and I only got the red channel.

So here it is 4 X 500sec plus 2 darks and Master red flat.


However, not as good as the other nights image?


Image of Supernova in M82 on 13 April 2014

Mag 13.051 V filter at 30 sec



Still quite visible and measurable even with full moon.


Image of M51 taken this month.

Notice the nice dust lanes in the spiral arms.

Taken 10 March 2014

Supernova in M82 – Image between rain and wind!

Hi all,


Just thought I would grab a quick image.  30 sec Vfilter 10 Feb 2014.


M33 next to 30% moon.

Managed to get M33 as it was a clear but very bright night.


The Veil – 3 Sept 2013

Veil Nebula 3 Sept 2013

Veil Nebula 3 Sept 2013


Only part of a much larger nebular area.  The most popular being the ‘ Witches Broom’