A night at the observatory

On Saturday night I took astrosoc out to the Wast Hills observatory… the idea was to use the new 14″ telescope to take some images but alas the camera was not working, we however rectified this and managed to do some observing (a few pics are below). Since it was clear, almost the new moon, it was perfect conditions for observing the Leonids… and indeed we saw some. I saw probably the two most spectucalar meteors I have ever seen. One that looked like a fireball went through Orion causing a huge streak across the sky and the other on the opposite sky but travelling towards Leo. Wow! I also saw a couple of less spectacular but wonderful meteors. I have never seen anything from the Leonids before, so after about 10 years of trying this was a welcome sight. Yay!

Here are a few images we took:

The Horsehead nebula in Orion, 60secs exposure with an out of focus 14″ meade,

M31, the Andromeda Galaxy… a 60 second exposure throught a bg20 filter, hoping to get much better in the future. The dust lane is quite seeable.

60 seconds exposure of the Crabb nebula in Green… using a 14″ meade, better to come, I hope!

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