Posts Categorized: Misc

Europa “overpassed” the Io

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Jari Juutilainen observed Europa and Io, moons of Jupiter, 7.2.2015 18:30-01:14 when Europa “overpassed” the Io. Jari used a normal digital SLR camera for his observations. In Jari’s blog you can see the GIF animation and a bit more story about the overpass (in Finnish): http://www.pimennysmatkaaja.fi/2015/02/08/europa-peittaa-ion/. Jari is a member of the THO research team.

All Sky Camera returns from the summer break

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Taurus Hill Observatory’s All Sky Camera has returned from the summer break! The summertime in Finland is way too bright for astronomical observations and even the shortest possible exposure in the camera’s software burns the image all white. Now summer is coming to the end and the sky is getting darker every night. We are […]

Earth’s shadow photographed in THO

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When it is bright and clear summer night, it is possible to spot the Earth’s shadow in the evening just after the sunset. Here is Earth’s shadow photographed in Taurus Hill Observatory 5.7.2014 23:56 (Finnish time)  

All Sky -camera live in THO web page

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Taurus Hill Observatory bought Starlight Xpress Oculus All Sky -camera in 2013. Now there is a possibility to see the latest picture taken by the camera directly in THO web pages. The direct link to the camera page is http://www.kassiopeia.net/taivaskamera/. Note that camera doesn’t take pictures 24/7. The reason for this that the camera doesn’t […]

Taurus Hill Observatory in EPSC 2013, London 9.-13.9.2013.

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Taurus Hill Observatory will presents its research work in European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) in London on Thursday 12 September 17:45–19:15 (EPSC Poster Area). The poster will be set up already on Wednesday, so it is possible to preview it before the poster session. This time THO’s title of the poster is “Pro-Amateur Observatories as a […]

New CCD camera for Taurus Hill Observatory.

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The new CCD camera of the Taurus Hill Observatory has arrived. Camera is the latest SBIG model STT-8300M that includes self guiding filter wheel. In this filter wheel there are eight slots for 1,25″ sized filters. The filter wheel is very precise so when changing the filter, you don’t have to refocus the telescope and […]

Sun photographed with Lunt LS60 h-alpha solar telescope.

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THO research team rehearsed the photographing of the Sun with 2.4″ Lunt LS60 h-alpha solar telescope owned by the observatory. Team managed to photograph the Sun with different exposure times and different h-alpha settings on two days (17.5 and 19.5.). Below are some of the photographs that team managed to take during the rehearsals. Photos: […]

Taurus Hill Observatory main telescope out of order.

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THO’s Paramount ME mount is now out of order for the time being. The main printed circuit board of the mount is broken and it takes some time to fix the board or order a new one. Observatory will use other telescopes for public star shows, but photographing isn’t possible at the moment. We will […]