seyfert1234 Astronomy Photos
This website puts together some of the photos Ive taken over the years and thought not good enough to do anything with.
Finally I decided I need to put them somewhere!
With a little bit of patience you can do a lot
Sometimes though you go so far to see something and you dont quite get to see what you expected!
Scroll to the end of this web site to see what I mean
Simply click on the topic list below..
Ive made many many trips back to it over the years, from "detours" on caving weekends to the Mendips in my student days to meeting my second wife for the first time ( if you get what I mean)
Sunsets are never boring in Cayman just how many you can stare at without going blind Ive no idea.
Ive discovered the best sunsets have cloud, it doesnt have to be perfect skies to see the elusive green flash either. The trick is tog et the flash on film!
I guess this is one of the photos I took in April 2005 on our first vist to the Island that pursuaded me to stay a little longer!
I moved to the Cayman Islands in July 2005 and am a member of the Cayman Islands Astronomical Society. See the Webpages here.........http://caymanastronomy.blogspot.com/
In 1988 I purchased an 8inch Newtonian from Orion Optics (UK) based in Crewe. In 2000 I had the mirror resilvered and in 2004 resurrected the 'scope with a Meade Equatorial Mount and a Magellan GOTO all in a Childs Play House! I completed the project just in time to move from Worcstershire UK to the Cayman Islands, ( Jan 2005) so then had to take the whole thing apart.....
Buying the scope in 1988 was a pretty basic setup- no tube cap was included, but aging. Computer buffs might recognise the substitute... a magnetic tape case. As for the observatories location I was stuck I had to put the whole thing near a large hedge to avoid lights.
In 1999 I bought a Meade ETX 90 RA Model.. only recently upgraded to the GOTO version in 2006. This scope has been very successfull and has travelled with me extensively. No damage apart from the tripod which always travelled in aircraft holds, the scope is always hand luggage!
Heres a picture of the ETX in action for the Transit Of Venus in 2004. Aslo seen in the background is the "observatory". The background shows the River Severn Valley just North Of Bewdley, Worcestershire
In 2005 due to the move Overseas from eBay I bought a small refractor- short focus but very reasonable it included an EQ1 equatorial mount and RA drive too!
Cameras : An old Olympus OM-1 which worked really well with the ETX RA, less so with the newer model ( better in Polar Mount settings)
For the telescope itself I have also used
Electronic Eyepiece : The "cheap" Meade Monochromatic one.
Webcam Tu U Cam Pro
This shows the ETX and site , remember we are now South of the Equator...
to the extreme right are the rest rooms
Here my eldest son as a teenager revising for his exams finally rises from his bed to view Venus using eyepiece projection, on my 2 year old's telescope bought on EBay!!
you can just about see venus....
seyfert1234 astronomy photos
Photo here is N. Scotland at Dawn May 31st 2003. The sun is rising out of the sea and is in full annular eclipse ..