Comet 2011 L4 Panstarrs under the Earth lit crescent Moon on March 13th at Gros Cap, ON, taken by Lyndsay Santry.

Venus transiting the Sun taken with an Olympus Pen with a WO66 scope. Hard to believe that eight years have gone by.

At times, the clouds on our Sun made the view look like a picture of Jupiter with a satellite in transit.

The view of the setting Sun during the transit from Salmon Point on Point Petre.

Venus transiting the Sun taken with a Canon A70 through a 35 Pan Optic with a 20cm f6 scope.

During final contact. Notice the colours on the rim of Venus. Taken with a 10mm Radian.

Some lovely spots on the Sun these days! Get out and have a look. This at two metres stopped down using an aperture mask to make the scope an f22 taken with E200 and a Badder visual filter.

Same specs, three days later.

The sunset eclipse of June 10th. We had a natural solar filter for the event which started less than a half hour before sunset.

Ikeya-Zhang taken on March 16th just after sunset. This is two images on E200 combined. Each exposure was about 20 minutes. I used the focal reducer on the one metre scope to give about a 700mm f5.6 exposure. I manually guided on the comet's nucleus because I did not have time to set up the autoguider before the comet would set.

M45. This is two shots 45 minutes in length that have been scanned by me and stacked by Steve Barnes. What a difference this makes!

Comet S4 Linear. This shot was manually guided with the ST4 on our guide scope. I framed the comet as best I could in the camera and centred the comet on the chip. Then I manually guided the scope using the Track mode under the find and focus menu in CCDTrack. You can see some minor guiding errors in the stars, but overall, this is a very successful 45 minute exposure on E200.

I have finally built a guide scope so I can use the focal reducer for our scope (see equip.htm). This turns our f8 into an effective f5 or so. This is a 45 minute exposure on E200 showing most of the North America Nebula and a piece of the Pelican.

The California Nebula .

A little better for the double cluster and nearby nebulosity.

For a retrospective on comet Hale Bopp, you know what to do.

If you should have any experience or tips for scanning slides and negatives, please send email to the address below, I would be glad to hear from you. Getting a good four meg file, to say nothing of a 100K Jpeg, from a nice slide is not an easy task and the learning curve seems to be steep.

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