Interested in Astronomy since an early age and now a keen long-term member of the Highlands Astronomical Society. Mostly a visual observer and a total scopaholic. His website is here.
Nearly Full Moon 15/11/05
My first moonshot, taken on 15th November, a couple of hours before it reached full phase. Taken afocally through my ED100 f9 APO refractor, using a 32mm Plossl eyepiece and Nikon 4300 digital camera. Image processed in Photoshop Elements and CS (thanks for tips, Eric).
Moon and Mars 08/01/06
Taken at about 7pm on 8th January, showing Mars passing within half a degree of the eight day old Moon. Seeing was poor and it was very cold at Culloden!
Used ED100 refractor, Nikon Coolpix 4300 digital camera, and Meade 32mm Plossl (afocal projection). Sharpened and contrast adjusted in Photoshop Elements 2.0
Full Moon setting 03/02/07
Taken on my way to work on Sat 3rd Feb 2007, looking over to the west across the Cromarty Firth at about 8am. The full Moon was setting, and the sky was lit up by red and purplish clouds. Used my Nikon Coolpix 4300 to snap this, and tweaked it slightly in Photoshop Elements 2 to bring out the pastel colours.
Moon in conjunction with Venus - and Streetlight 21/02/07
Snapped this on 21/02/07 at 6.10pm on my way home from work. Stopped in Bruce Gardens and took a chance. Used a very specialised and sophisticated piece of astronomical photographic equipment - my mobile phone!
The crescent Moon is obvious, Venus is below and to right, and below that is the streetlight. Taken with Samsung Z400V phone (2megapixel camera at 1280 x 1024 pixels). No modifications made to image, only resized using Photoshop!
Rupes Recta 13/05/08
Taken on evening of 13th May using 8" f6 Dobsonian, 9mm Orthoscopic eyepiece and Nikon Coolpix 4300 digital camera (afocal projection).
Rupes Recta (also known as the The Straight Wall or The Straight Fault) is a 110km long escarpment between the crater Birt (above it in this image) and the triple crater formation, Thebit, below. Despite the stark shadow in this image the escarpment is not actually very steep, but is rather a shallow rise.
ISO100, f2.8, exp time 1/13 sec. Image converted to grayscale and tweaked for contrast and brightness using Photoshop Elements 2.0 .
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