Archive | September 2011

Trifid Nebula – M20

M20 – the Trifid Nebula is an H II region located in Sagittarius – (2x30s BRV taken at Wast Hills)
Trifid Nebula

Observatories: Arecibo

The 305m [Arecibo telescope] is the largest single dish telescope in the world. Its just awesome. I’ve had the prillage of using this for a project I’m part of, GALFACTS, and its an amazing sight and pretty scary up at the reciever platform.
Arecibo Dish
platform shadow
looking down on arecibo receiver dome

U band Moon

A very short exposure of the Moon in the U band with a 14inch telescope…
Moon in the u band 2

M87 with the BRT

Messier 87 (also known as M87, Virgo A or NGC 4486) is a supergiant elliptical galaxy. It can be seen in the centre of this Bradford Robotic Telescope image (a short 120second exposure in the R band).
M87 with the BRT

Saturn’s Spectra

Low resolution spectra of Saturn, clearly visible on the extremities is the spectra of the rings – showing a difference to the central region which is the planet:

Observatories: Effelsberg

The [Effelsberg radio telescope] is one of the largest telescopes on the Earth. It has a diameter of 100m and is fully steerable, a very impressive sight to see.

Observatories: Grubb Telescope

The on-campus [University of Birmingham Astronomical Society’s] Grubb telescope. Along with a team from the Physics workshop I refurbished this wonderful telescope. I’m very proud of that and the optics form 1910 are still pretty epic.
Grubb Telescope completed

NGC 891

An edge on spiral galaxy taken with the Faulkes Telescope…
NGC 891

Observatories: Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope

The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in India is one of the worlds best radio interferometers and one of the most powerful telescopes on the planet. I’ve had the privellage of using it for something like 500 hours of observing. It always been fun and an interesting place to visit.
Men at work on a GMRT Antenna
GMRT Sunset

My first comet – Comet Garrard

I’ve finally managed to take a picture of a comet, something I’ve been hoping todo for a number of years but in the past have been thwarted by a number of things… anyway here we go
Comet C/2009 P1 Garrard:
Comet Garrard C/2009 P1