Flaming Star nebula IC405 + IC410 – narrowband


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One of the objects I imaged a while back was the Flaming Star nebula, also known as IC405. I also managed to capture its neighbour IC410, all in narrowband (H-alpha, O-III and S-II). This image was processed with StarTools. Recently, my wife bought me Pixinsight for processing my astrophotos, and hence I will be reprocessing all my images with this, as soon as I relearn the workflow once more; it has been a while since I used Pixinsight with its free trial offer. Continue reading Flaming Star nebula IC405 + IC410 – narrowband

Honey mustard chicken


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One of the dinners I had recently looked so good that I just had to photograph it. And while food looking good is a great start, it all still boils down to the taste – and this definitely did taste great. Continue reading Honey mustard chicken

ZWO 60mm Guide scope


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Recently I wanted to get a second guide scope to allow for dual imaging with my 2 setups (Celestron CGEM with either my 8″ Ritchey Chretien or 12″ Orion Newtonian telescopes in my obsy, and a wide-field setup on my iOptron ZEQ25). With clear skies being so rare in England, it was worth considering doing imaging with 2 systems to get as much data to work with on those nights when imaging is not possible. Hence I had to look for another smallish scope. I settled on the ZWO 60mm F4.6 scope which has a 280mm focal length. This should allow me to guide my longer focal length setup. Continue reading ZWO 60mm Guide scope

Birthday food


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Recently my family celebrated my birthday with me. My wife took a day of leave from work and we spent a great day together. The weather was fantastic with clear blue skies and sun shining brightly. The feast started with a great lunch prepared by my wife. Continue reading Birthday food

Veggetti from JML


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A few months ago, I had noted a device called Veggetti from JML which is essentially a spiralizer which is able to slice certain vegetables into long thin strips to look almost like spaghetti. It is said to work well with cucumbers, courgette and carrots, and replaces the pasta in the spaghetti with vegetables – healthier and lower-caloried option. I mentioned this to my wife who immediately dismissed it. But as it happens, a few weeks later due to her becoming more health-conscious and for reasons mentioned before in a previous post, she decided that this was now a good idea. And of course the next time I came across this, I bought one for her. Continue reading Veggetti from JML

My Obsy update


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Previously I posted about my observatory, but there were still a few things outstanding which I needed to get done before I could say that it was finished. Now that these issues have been addressed, I can now post an update on my obsy. Continue reading My Obsy update

Sunspot AR2529 revisited – Baader Herschel Wedge


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With the appearance of that large sunspot end of last week AR2529, I have been looking for another opportunity to image it again – this time in white light using my Baader Herschel wedge. It finally came yesterday. Hence out came my scope for that short period of time. Continue reading Sunspot AR2529 revisited – Baader Herschel Wedge

EcoAir DD122FW-MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier


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With the decision to build an observatory to house my telescope and aid my astroimaging aspirations, I decided that I did need a dehumidifier to help protect my equipment from excess humidity. Having searched the internet, I finally decided to buy the EcoAir DD122FW-MK5, as it is a highly rated dehumidifier which is also happens to be a top seller on Amazon. Continue reading EcoAir DD122FW-MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier

Laksa cookies


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Recently I posted about the curry laksa, which is one of my favourite noodle dishes. It is an oriental dish with a little spiciness to it, but also packed with many other flavours. But today, I am posting about Laksa cookies. Continue reading Laksa cookies

California nebula – in narrowband


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A while back I had the opportunity to image the California nebula (NGC 1499) with my Astronomik narrowband filters. This nebula is so called, as it resembles the shape of the state of California as seen on a map. In fact, I have rotated the image so it corresponds to how California would look on the USA map. Continue reading California nebula – in narrowband