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Lenses: what’s in a brand (35mm F3.5 M42 lenses)?

There are so many different 35mm F3.5 lenses available out there. Even within the same stable of lenses in a company, you can see different designs which were clearly bought from different manufacturers and then rebadged. Some companies are well known for doing this, such as Prinzgalaxy and Soligor. I thought it was time for another comparison test. Continue reading Lenses: what’s in a brand (35mm F3.5 M42 lenses)?

Rudbeckia hirta Irish eyes

This is another variety of Rudbeckia I have growing in my garden. It had popped up a little while ago but then seemed to have vanished before I had a chance to photograph it. Now that it has reappeared, I thought I should shoot it before it disappears again. Images were stacked with Helicon focus. Continue reading Rudbeckia hirta Irish eyes

Skywatcher ED80 – solar and bird imaging

I own a Skywatcher ED80 refractor, which is an 80mm F7.5 telescope with a focal length of 600mm; effective focal length is 1200mm on the Micro 4/3rds system. I bought this as a guide scope for my main astrophotography system. But I normally use this telescope for solar or moon imaging, as it is very easy to set up.  Continue reading Skywatcher ED80 – solar and bird imaging

IDS2e – more images

I was in the garden shooting some new flowers which had bloomed. While there, I noticed a garden spider on its web and thought it would be a good idea to shoot it in UV (using ambient light) to see what it looked like. Then it dawned on me, why not shoot insects and various other things using IDS2e, which lets through UV and the limited visible light spectrum that insects see the world and themselves in? Continue reading IDS2e – more images


These tall bottle-brush like flowers growing along tall thin stems have been popping up in my back garden, from seeds sown in spring by my daughter. As these are tall and sway a lot in the wind, I have not really had a chance to take photos of it. But I took the opportunity while shooting the IDS2e video, when the wind was calm to photograph this flower as well. Continue reading Liatris