AstrophotographyThis section will deal with my attempts to image various celestial objects. I started out with our Solar system (see figure 1). Starting from 9 June 2018 images have been taken of the Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
On 2 November 2018, with the assistance of Rob Musquetier and Caspar Tielemans, the first deep-sky object was imaged from InFINNity Deck. Using the SkyWatcher Esprit 150ED and a ZWO1600MM Cool camera pictures with 60 and 120 seconds were taken of M13 (see figure 2), better known as Hercules globular cluster. In the same frame galaxy NGC6207 is visible as are bright stars HIP 81848 and HIP 81673. The images were taken at around 9pm UTC with the cluster at approximately 15 degrees altitude, which is quite low for proper imaging, but setting up equipment and sequences and waiting for cloud cover to open made M13 drop lower than anticipated. Nevertheless I think we done rather well for a first attempt under challenging conditions.
More examples can be found in the Deep Sky section.
Sky conditionsThe sky conditions at InFINNity Deck for the coming 70 hours: