On our recent holiday to dark skies in Devon, we were fortunate enough to be blessed with 6 beautiful, clear nights out of our 7-night break. The following images are the results of our work and were taken in the on-site observatory where we stayed.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
A large, dense cluster of stars in the constellation of Hercules. Taken from the home observatory.
Two faint nebulae in the constellation of Orion. Taken from the home observatory.
Close-up shot of the Moon, taken from the home observatory.
A large, bright galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda. Taken from home observatory.
Two large nebulae, located in the constellation of Orion. Taken from home observatory.
The planet Jupiter. Note the Great Red Spot on the lower half of the disk. Image taken from home observatory.
Image taken from home observatory. The Pleiades is an open star cluster, also known as the seven sisters.
Image taken from home observatory. Note the shadows in the craters along the terminator (the line between day and night on the Moon).
We are two amateur astronomers who have been studying and imaging the night sky for about five years. In our presentation, we have put together a basic introduction to astronomy. We have concentrated on some well-known constellations and the planets, as we feel that this is enough to take in at the moment. Our reason for doing this is that we have found there is very little help available for the novice stargazer. We hope that this presentation will give you some idea of what to look for in the night sky. Also, although we do recommend that you join an astronomical society to further your knowledge, we have found that a beginner can often find it quite frustrating to understand and navigate the night sky with no assistance to help them get started.