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mgavin at ntlworld dot com
2008 April 7/ 2010 Nov 2
Spectroscopy - general
'players' in spectroscopy
spectro for beginners
lo-res stellar spectra
   session spectra
hi-res stellar spectra
  refraction & spectra
  full colour spectra [sun]
planetary spectra
PNe spectra
  cometary spectra
Papers published papers
Atmospheric phenomena
rainbows & arcs
Equipment designs & reviews 
SBIG spectrometer
Rainbow Optics grating
  WPO spectrograph
 WPO prism spectrograph
Sivo spectrograph
 spectra without optics!
 lo-res lunar spectrograph
  Ebert solar spectrograph
  digicam lo-res grism
  digicam filter tester

Observations
main session spectra
Cool stars 
T Cep series
M-Type spectra
    Rho Cas 2003
Hot stars
Wolf-Rayet stars
Cygnus Wolf-Rayets
    more WR in colour
emission line stars
mid-res emission stars
PNe spectra
   WZ Sge rare outburst
SS433 - 'lawn sprinkler'
Explosive events -novae
Nova 1917=CI Aql
Nova Aql 1999 #1
Nova Aql 1999 #2
Nova Aql 2001
Nova Cyg 2001 #2 
Nova Cyg 2001 #1
Nova Sgr 2001 #3 
Nova Sgr 2001 #2
Nova Sco 2001
Nova? Mon 2002
Nova Oph 2002
Nova Sgr 2002 # 2
Nova Sgr 2002 # 3
V838 Mon [nova]
Nova Cen 2002 
Nova Sgr 2003#2
Nova Sct 2003
Nova Oph 2003
Nova Oph 2004
Nova Sco 2004 #1
Nova Sco 2004 #2
Nova V1663 Aql05
Nova V2362 Cyg06
Extra-galactic
Supernovae
  SN 2001bg in NGC 2608
  Hypernova SN2002ap
  SN2004dj in NGC2403
  SN2005cf NCG-3-39-1
  SN2005cs M51 CVn
Quasars + their redshifts
  BL Lac outburst


I have a long-standing interest in spectroscopy and it thus dominates my website.  Most of the equipment, other than prisms and gratings, has been home-made and building the various devices was great fun.  It is very rewarding to capture spectrograms of stars and planets showing the gases and various elements in their atmospheres.
An early Vega spectrogram below taken on Kodak 2475 [my favourite spectro film in pre CCDs days] via OG prism. Print 'snapped' with Kodak DC40 camera and image reworked via Paintshop Pro. Film has better penetration than CCDs into UV [recording the hydrogen Balmer series to ~370nm] but only just beyond Ha at 656.3nm in red. The Balmer 'head' converges [H# = infinity] at 364.56nm in UV.
Partial colour spectrum of variable star XY Lyrae [north of Vega] via MX5c one-shot colour CCD and WPO spectrograph.coupled to 0.3m Meade LX200
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