Mallee sky an Observatory at Wunkar in the Riverland of South Australia
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Photos 1 to 5 were taken freehand against a 35mm plossle eyepiece of a 90mm refractor telescope equipped with a 'baader film' solar filter. The orange coloured frames are using an orange filter in the light path. Camera is a 14mpx Sony digital camera. The telescope was mounted "piggyback" on a Celstron CGE1400 mount.

A full 6 hours of relatively clear viewing, from 7.45am to approx 2,00pm on 6th June 2012.

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Photos 6 and 7 taken with a Sony cybershot 4.1 Mpx digital camera solidly mounted on a 42mm x 2" eyepiece on a Celestron CGE1400 cassagrain telescope. Baader film used, one frame with red filter in the light path. The image of Venus is not exactly oriented correctly because the camera position was skewed. Any exterraneous spots on the sun's image (not sunspots) was dirt on the star diagonal mirror.

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The telescope setup for the transit happening. The 90mm refractor telescope is mounted on the far side of the 14" scope.

 

Left: The smiling face in the western sky after sundown on 1-12-2008. The brightest 'eye' is the planet Venus, the other is Jupiter. The moon is at crescent phase.

Picture was taken with a Sony Cybershot 4.1 Mpx camera, tripod mounted.

 
Image of Jupiter with its moon 'lo' transiting the planet. Note the shadow of lo and the image of this moon (approx 30mm to the right of its shadow). Photo was processed with the software program 'registax' from a 30 second file from a Celestron c.c.d. camera mounted on the focusser of the Celestron CGE 1400 CLT telescope on 20th July 2008.
   

Left: This series of 3 photos shows the eclipse on Tuesday, 28th August 2007. The photos were taken over 2.5 hours.

Taken with a 4.1Mpx digital camera, freehanded to the eyepiece of a F6.3 (stopped down from F10) of a Celestron CGE 1400 telescope, and a time exposure of 8 seconds.

The Mercury transit occurred on the early morning (just at sunrise) on 9th November 2006. The photo at left shows the planet Mercury between earth and the sun. There are 2 spots on the face of the Sun. Mercury is the smallest of the 2.
Left: A view of the nucleus and coma of Comet C/2006 P1 McNaught. This photo was taken on 22nd January 2007 on a Sony Cybershot digital camera with an 8 second lapsed shutter release, hard mounted on the 42mm x 2" eyepiece of the 14" telescope.
Left: The latest addition to the observatory is a Celestron CGE 1400 Cassagrain telescope on a German equatorial mount with computerised "GO-TO" facilities. This means that celestial objects can be found by the telescope on the command of a keyed in number or name of the object to view. This can be a Messier catalogue number, a NGC number etc..
The above images were taken on February 27th, 2005 where there was an occultaion
of the planet Jupiter by the near full moon. The first photo was taken at 9.42pm (daylight saving time).
At the latitude in SA, we weren't treated to a total occulation,
probably 2/3rds of the planet was blocked out by the moon. By 10.30pm, Jupiter
was once again fully in view. Click on images for an enlarged view.


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Venus Transit - 8th June 2004
Taken without an orange filter early in the transit at around 3pm


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Venus Transit - Taken about 3.45pm


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Venus Transit - approx 4.30pm
* The Venus Transit photos were taken on a Sony Digital camera. The telescope was a 60mm refractor, with a solar filter attached.


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Venus Transit - Later again
The sun set before Venus had
traversed the total width


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MOON

This photo of the moon was taken with a Sony DSC-S85 4.1 megapixel digital camera, hand held.


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PLANET JUPITER
imaged with a celestron ccd camera mounted on the CGE 1400 telescope on  5th. June 2007. Dr. George Palteglou was the officer in charge

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SATURN
Saturn, captured with a Sony Cybershot 4.1Mpx camera close coupled to a Celestron CGE 1400 telescope, with a magnification of 560X. January 2007.
The planet was 1,400,000,000Kms
from us at the time


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Solar Eclipse photographed
December 4th 2002.
Viewed through 12xMAG Finderscope



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Sola Eclipse 10 minutes earlier than
previous photo. Note cloud and
sun spots.



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Time exposure by nephew
Nigel Zimmermann.
South Celestial Pole above
observatory dome.
The latest visitor to our farm is
a 'Southern Boobook' owl.
 

As our photography expertise improves, we will update the gallery of images!

 

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