ARCHIVE 2008


Nebula Sh2-264 - 29 December 2008

Weather, weather, weather. Almost three months was the situation awful. I was nervous and I felt discontinuation symptoms. All changed at the end of the year. Sky was clear and I had good conditions for astronomy. I decided to improve quality of picture with Barnad's loop (Sh2-276) and nebula Sh2-264 in constellation of Orion. But in the end I captured only part because (yes – you guessed) of the weather. End of the last year was not good astronomy in this locality. This is picture with faint nebula Sh2-264.

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Iridescent clouds - 20 October 2008

During my lunch break there were nice iridiscent clouds in the sky. The colours of the clouds persuaded me to take a few pictures. So I decided to finish my lunch earlier, took my camera and made this picture.

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The exhibition of photographs - 18 September 2008

In this month you can see next exbibition of amateur astronomical photographs. It is installed at library in town of Zilina.

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Nebula IC 1805 (Heart) & IC 1848 (Soul) - 05 September 2008

These two nebulas are known as double nebula. The shape of heard gave a name to larger one. The other is called Soul.

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Review - Canon EF 200/2,8 L II USM - 04 September 2008

I have tested next lens - short 200mm teleobjective.

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Nebula IC 1848 (Soul) - 01 September 2008

There are two faint nebulas between constellation Cassiopeiae and Persei. They called Soul and Heart. Here is the first of them.

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Planetary nebula M27 (Dumbbell) - 31 August 2008

Almost accurately after three years I tried again to take picture of this great planetary nebula. The result is amazing.

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Nebula IC 5070 (Pelican) - 01 August 2008

The Pelican nebula is next to North America Nebula. It is smaller. Both nebulas are beautiful. This is an image of first one.

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Total Sun eclipse - 01 August 2008

At first I have to say the weather was perfect. No clouds in the sky in front of sun during eclipse. On the other hand I could observe just partial eclipse because of my location.

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The Tery's chalet - 02 July 2008

Some night photos from my short two-days trip in High Tatras mountains.

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Rainbow - 1 July 2008

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Noctilucent clouds - 29 May 2008

Yesterday evening I caught these very faint noctilucent coulds. To tell the truth - only one could.

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Sun 22° halo - 17 May 2008

There were perfect clouds in the sky and sun halo.

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Sun 22° halo - 07 May 2008

When I was going home for the lunch I looked at the sun and saw nice halo.

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Nebula NGC 7000 (North America) - 04 May 2008

This is probably the best known nebula. It is very beautiful object.

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Effect of astronomical filters - 02 May 2008

Test picture of NGC 7000 - no filter, UHC-S filter(Baader) and H alfa pass filter (Baader). This is result.

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Globular cluster M13 - 04 April 2008

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Sun 22° halo - 04 April 2008

I saw this sun halo at my visit of observatory Vartovka.

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Added RSS feed - 21 March 2008

There are two RSS feeds in this web portal. So you can read news in your RSS favorite reader. You could find both links on left side under news box.

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Asteroid 739 Mandeville - 07 March 2008

When I was taking picture of M44, I have catched movement of asteroid 739 Mandeville too. This is video.

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Open cluster M44 (Beehive) - 07 March 2008

My second try. I tried new objective and the difference is big.

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Canon EF 300 F4 L USM - 05 March 2008

My equipment has a new member - 300mm Canon lenses. It is an older model - without image stabilizer.

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Total Lunar Eclipse - 21 February 2008

Meteorological models predicted clouds after beginning of this total Moon eclipse. Unfortunately they were true.

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Sun pillar - 11 February 2008

There was a sunset with little sun pillar.

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Nebula Sh2-276 (The Barnard's loop) - 09 February 2008

Red loop around Orion's belt - this one of the largest emission nebula in the sky. I tried my modified camera on it. Look at the result ...

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Filter modification of Canon 350D - 09 February 2008

I want to capture emission nebulas. All digital cameras have IR-cut filter in front of the CCD chip. But problem is in this filter. It is not suitable for capturing emission nebulas beacuse it cuts wanted light wave length. The solution is to exchange it.

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Shutter timer for DSLR - 08 February 2008

An external shutter is necessary for taking pictures with exposure time over 30s (bulb). Electronical programmable shutter is very useful accessory for astronomical photography.

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Filter Baader UHC-S - 02 February 2008

There is a new filter in my equipment - filter for light pollution reduction.

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Nebula IC 434 and Orion's belt - 04 January 2008

Constellation Orion is full of wonderful objects. Here is a picture of nebula IC 434.

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Comet 17P/Holmes - 03 January 2008

Great comet Holmes is still increasing. It is really big.

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