Choisya


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There are choisya bushes(AKA Mexican Orange blossom) flowering at the moment all over Oxford. Hence I have been able to pick a few of these flowers back to photograph indoors. I am particularly interested to see what it looks like in UV-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF). Continue reading Choisya

Wagyu Sirloin Steak


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In the past I always had a very good impression of Aberdeen Angus beef, as it tastes really nice. But for a while I have been hearing about Wagyu beef and how good it was. The fact that Aldi and Asda supermarkets were also selling it, served to whet my appetite to buy it to try. Unfortunately I had not been able to find this locally, that is, until Monday. Whilst shopping in Asda after work, I chanced across some 28 days aged Wagyu sirloin steaks ( I would have preferred Rib-eye, but sirloin will do just as well). Continue reading Wagyu Sirloin Steak

Bose Soundtouch 30 Series II


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Now recently I was given the task to come up with a system for church use which could project a large image, integrate a sound system wirelessly and allow for ease of connection of different devices for streaming media for worship. The logical solution was to pair an Apple TV with a projector. But what about the sound system? The Sonos speakers do not allow for Airplay, and Airplay capable speakers were rather expensive. Then I came across the Bose Soundtouch 30 series II. Continue reading Bose Soundtouch 30 Series II

M51 and M101 from last few days


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Most of my nights in the last few weeks have been spent in the garden doing astrophotography. I have been up until 3am most nights trying to make full use of my leave, as this will not be possible when I go back to work. Continue reading M51 and M101 from last few days

Periwinkle


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Recently my daughters watched the Disney movie of Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings. It so happens that Tinkerbell who is a warm fairy, has a twin sister who is a winter fairy – called Periwinkle. Hence when I went to pick a periwinkle to photograph, my daughter immediately thought of the fairy. Anyway, here is one I’ve picked to photograph indoors. Continue reading Periwinkle

Orion thin off-axis guider


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Previously I had been imaging with a guide scope – my Skywatcher ED80 refractor, paired with the Lacerta MGEN auto guider. As I was not getting good results with this setup mounted on top of my Astrotech 8″ Ritchey Chretien telescope, I have finally taken the plunge and bought the Orion thin off-axis guider to improve the guiding. Continue reading Orion thin off-axis guider

Lacerta MGEN autoguider


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When astrophotography fever struck me many years ago, one of the things I bought was the Lacerta MGEN autoguider to use on my Skywatcher ED80 functioning as a guide scope. I wanted to be able to take longer subs with my telescope, and realised that with polar alignment that is not very true, I would need the guider to do a lot of work. Continue reading Lacerta MGEN autoguider

Millet’s Farm – Infrared


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I have finally had the time to post process the infrared photos I took at Millet’s Farm. These were taken with my Olympus E-M5, Olympus 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens with 680nm infrared filter. The images were post-processed with Raw Therapee, as this has a channel mixer to allow Red-Blue colour channel swap. Continue reading Millet’s Farm – Infrared

Fly meets JML 20x objective and Aico 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens


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Previously I had photographed the house fly using the Leica Focotar-II 50mm F4.5 lens. But I thought I would try and capture the housefly at even higher magnification. To do this, I enlisted the help of the JML 20x microscope objective and the Aico 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens. I used my Sony A6000, macro bellows and Stackshot to capture the images for stacking in Helicon Focus. Continue reading Fly meets JML 20x objective and Aico 35mm F3.5 enlarging lens

Birthday feast


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Last night, my family cooked a lovely meal for me to celebrate my birthday. My small contribution consists of the home-made coleslaw which went to make one of the dishes of the night. Continue reading Birthday feast