2017 Retrospective

This takes a look back at 2017. During the course of the year, it will be updated monthly. It is part of Phil's Scribblings.


February turned out to be even worse than January or, indeed, any month for about the last ten years.
The only activity was one solar hydrogen alpha shoot, one Moon photo and two solar drawings.

Click here to see the full February report.
Click here to see a video of the February photos.


If I thought 2017 would be much different to 2016, I would have been badly disappointed. The pattern of manflu and cloudy weather continued. Fortunately, I had a new weapon in my armoury - an intervalometer! This allowed me to leave my DSLR snapping away in the back garden while I was inside. I also had a Bresser "electronic eyepiece", in other words a new webcam. I only got to try it once under very unhelpful conditions with an image of Venus doing impressions of John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever".
On the days that it showed, the Sun was active, even in white light. I also managed some solar hydrogen alpha shots at weekends.

I did not neglect the Moon. I only took one with the telescope and Mak, a thin crescent. I managed a half decent shot of a gibbous moon with my DSLR alone.

My Venus shots were less than convincing but I managed some nice shots of Venus and Mars close together, joined by the Moon earlier in the month.

Although I was only able to use two light frames, I was pleased with my shot of Polaris, showing the Engagement Ring asterism.
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Click here to see the full January report.
Click here to see a video of the January photos.

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