Deep Sky

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NGC 6888 The Crescent Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 13 x 1200 sec. 3nm Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar. First light with new Astrodon 3nm Ha filter

Fair seeing, average transparency, full Moon

10/05/17 Click here for a larger version

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M1 - The Crab Nebula

SXVF-M25C one shot colour camera on SW Esprit 150 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 21 x 1200 sec. stacked in Maxim DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Poor seeing, poor transparency, session closed by fog!

20/01/17 Click here for a larger version

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M78 - Diffuse Reflection Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on SW Esprit 150 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 15 x 1200 sec. Luminance subframes and 6 x 1200 second R and B subframes and 2 x 1200 G subframes (RGB binned 2 x 2 ) stacked in Maxim DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Poor seeing, average transparency

03/12/16 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 281 The Pacman Nebula (SW Esprit 150 First Light image)

QSI 683 WSG on SW Esprit 150 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 13 x 1200 sec. Ha binned 2 x 2 subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing,below average transparency

02/10/16 Click here for a larger version

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IC 5070 The Pelican Nebula

This image was awarded Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) at NASA on 19/11/16

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 20 x 600 sec. Ha plus 37x 900 and 1200 sec. OIII subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing, poor transparency, (65% Moon)

10/10/16 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 281 The Pacman Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 18 x 1200 sec. Ha plus just 4 x 1200 sec. OIII subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing,below average transparency

01/10/16 Click here for a larger version

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The Wizard Nebula (surrounding cluster NGC 7380)

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 11 x 1200 sec. Ha with completely false colours, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing, very poor transparency (nearly full Moon)

12/09/16 Click here for a larger version

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Witches Broom and Pickering's Triangle

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 16 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing, average transparency

13/08/16 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 7000 The North America Nebula ('The Wall' region)

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 19 x 600 sec. Ha plus 19 x 900 sec. OIII subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing, poor transparency

06/08/16 Click here for a larger version

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IC 5070 The Pelican Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 20 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar. Captured remotely during a Full Moon

Fair seeing, very poor transparency

21/07/16 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 7000 The North America Nebula ('The Wall' region)

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 19 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar. Captured remotely during a 95% Moon

Fair seeing, average transparency

19/07/16 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 6888 The Crescent Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 12 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar. Captured remotely during a brief respite from apalling weather!

Fair seeing, poor transparency

04/07/16 Click here for a larger version

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M3 Globular Cluster in Luminance only with hand coloured stars

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 7 x 300 sec. L subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar. Captured remotely while I suffered inside with real debilitating flu!

Fair seeing, average transparency

09/04/16 Click here for a larger version

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Mono autofocus test image of M44 - The Beehive Cluster

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount.4 x 300 sec. Luminance subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar. The new focus settings working great!

Good seeing, average transparency

06/03/16 Click here for a larger version

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The Horse Head Nebula in Ha only with totally false colours

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 11 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing, average transparency

12/02/16 Click here for a larger version

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Mono test image of the bright star Aldebaran

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount.6 x 600 sec. Luminance subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and Altair Astro 60mm finder-guider.

Fair seeing, average transparency, full Moon

24/01/16 Click here for a larger version

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The Leo Trio of Galaxies

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount.18 x 600 sec. Luminance, 6 x 600 sec. binned 2 x 2 R, G and B subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing, average transparency

17/02/16 Click here for a larger version

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The Horse Head Nebula in Ha (cropped from portrait)

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount.11 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar.

Fair seeing, average transparency

12/02/16 Click here for a larger version

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The Monkey Head Nebula in Ha only with totally false colours

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount.16 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and Altair Astro 60mm finder-guider.

Fair seeing, average transparency, full Moon

25/01/16 Click here for a larger version

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The Rosette Nebula in Ha only with totally false colours

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount.21 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and Altair Astro 60mm finder-guider.

Fair seeing, average transparency, quarter Moon

16/01/16 Click here for a larger version

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The Rosette Nebula in Ha and OIII

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount.12 x 600 sec. Ha subframes and 24 x 600 sec. OIII subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and Altair Astro 60mm finder-guider.

Good seeing, average transparency

09/12/15 Click here for a larger version

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The Eastern Veil Nebula in Ha and OIII

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 24 x 600 sec. Ha subframes and 3 x 600 sec. OIII subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and Altair Astro 60mm finder-guider. This image uses the Ha from the image below combined with OIII from a second automated session that was interrupted by fog after just three subframes so it is a little noisy!.

Good seeing, poor transparency leading to whiteout

12/10/15 Click here for a larger version

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The Eastern Veil Nebula in Ha

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 24 x 600 sec. Ha subframes, stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and Altair Astro 60mm finder-guider. This was my first image captured using full observatory automation.

Good seeing, average transparency

09/10/15 Click here for a larger version

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The North America Nebula ('The Wall') - NGC 7000

Atik 4120EX (Review Equipment) on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 6 x 600 sec. subframes, each stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and Altair Astro 60mm finder-guider.

Average seeing, average transparency

06/09/15 Click here for a larger version

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The Soul Nebula (part of) - IC 1848

Atik 414EX (Review Equipment) on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 14 x 600 sec. Ha/OIII/SII subframes, each stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and Altair Astro 60mm finder-guider.

Poor seeing, poor transparency, quarter Moon

26/03/15 Click here for a larger version

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The Orion Nebula  - M42

SXVF-M25C on 100mm TS 100Q APO Refractor (Review Equipment), Mesu 200 Mount. 18 subframes of 300 secs. plus 11 subframes of 100 secs. each stacked in MaxIm DL. Guided.

Average seeing, average transparency

18/02/15 Click here for a larger version

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The Rosette Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 5 x 1200 sec. Ha subframes, 6 x 1200 sec. OIII subframes each stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and QSI OAG

Good seeing, poor transparency, quarter Moon

28/12/14 Click here for a larger version

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The Tadpoles (IC410)

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 5 x 1800 sec. Ha subframes each stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and QSI OAG

Good seeing, poor transparency

24/12/14 Click here for a larger version

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The Pleiades Star Cluster  - M45 (cropped)

SXVF-M25C on 72mm Altair Astro Lightwave APO Refractor (Review Equipment), Mesu 200 Mount. 45 subframes of 200 secs. plus 38 subframes of 100 secs. each stacked in MaxIm DL. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

13/12/14 Click here for a larger version

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The Butterfly Nebula in Cygnus

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 11 x 600 sec. Ha subframes each stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and QSI OAG

Good seeing, poor transparency

25/07/14 Click here for a larger version

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The Veil Nebula Complex in Cygnus (conventional colours)

QSI 683 WSG-8 on 100mm Vixen VSD 100 (f3.8) Refractor (Review Equipment), Mesu 200 Mount. Ha 8 subframes of 600 secs. OIII 5 subframes of 600 secs each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, below average transparency

01/07/14 Click here for a larger version

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The Veil Nebula Complex in Cygnus (enhanced false colours)

QSI 683 WSG-8 on 100mm Vixen VSD 100 (f3.8) Refractor (Review Equipment), Mesu 200 Mount. Ha 8 subframes of 600 secs. OIII 5 subframes of 600 secs each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, below average transparency

01/07/14 Click here for a larger version

M82_SN2014J_s.jpg (50348 bytes)

Supernova SN 2014J within Galaxy M82 (Galaxy on right is M81)

SXVF-M25C on 98mm WO APO Refractor, Mesu 200 Mount. 5 subframes of 300 secs. each stacked in MaxIm DL. Guided.

Average seeing, terribly poor transparency followed by whiteout

25/01/14 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 2237 - The Rosette Nebula - Test Image WO GTF 102

SXVF-M25C on WO GTF 102 APO (Review Equipment), Mesu 200 Mount. 13 x 600 sec. OSC subframes for colour, 25 x 600 OSC subframes converted to mono for partial false luminance, unguided

Average seeing, average transparency, very bright Moon!

09/01/14 Click here for a larger version

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M45 - The Pleiades Star Cluster - Test Image Borg 89 ED

SXVF-M25C on Borg 89 ED APO (Review Equipment), Mesu 200 Mount. 25 x 300 sec. OSC subframes, guided

Average seeing, poor transparency

09/12/13 Click here for a larger version

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Barnard 33 - The Horsehead Nebula - Test Image Borg 89 ED

SXVF-M25C on Borg 89 ED APO (Review Equipment), Mesu 200 Mount. 11 x 900 sec. OSC subframes, guided

Average seeing, poor transparency

05/12/13 Click here for a larger version

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The Veil Nebula Complex (Cygnus Loop) - First Light FSQ 85

QSI 683 WSG on Takahashi FSQ 85 APO with 0.73x reducer, Mesu 200 Mount. 11 x 1200 sec.  Baader Ha subframes each stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and QSI OAG

Good seeing, poor transparency

23/10/13 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 6992 - The Eastern Veil Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 4 x 1000 sec. Ha subframes each stacked in MaxIm DL 5. Guided with SX Lodestar and QSI OAG

Good seeing, fair transparency

14/08/13 Click here for a larger version

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SH2-101 - The Tulip Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 7 x 600 sec. Ha subframes plus 7 x 1000 sec. OIII subframes each stacked in MaxIm DL. Guided with SX Lodestar and QSI OAG

Good seeing, good transparency

13/07/13 Click here for a larger version

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SH2-101 - The Tulip Nebula

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 7 x 600 sec. Ha subframes each stacked in MaxIm DL. Guided with SX Lodestar and QSI OAG

Good seeing, good transparency

07/07/13 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6888 - The Crescent Nebula + The Soap Bubble Nebula (Highlit)

QSI 683 WSG on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 7 x 600 sec. Ha subframes plus 2 x 600 sec. OIII subframes each stacked in MaxIm DL. Guided with SX Lodestar and QSI OAG

Good seeing, good transparency

03/07/13 Click here for a larger version

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Leo Trio group of galaxies

SXVF-M25C on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 76 x 300 sec. subframes each stacked in DSS. Guided with OVL OAG

Poor seeing, very poor transparency

01/05/13 Click here for a larger version

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M3 - Globular Cluster - First (non-test) image with Mesu 200

SXVF-M25C on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 10 x 300 sec. subframes each stacked in MaximDL. Guided with new OVL OAG (first test)

Average seeing, very poor transparency and bright quarter Moon

20/04/13 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 2237 - The Rosette Nebula - Test Image with Mesu 200 - Single Sub-frame, unguided

SXVF-M25C on WO FLT98 APO, Mesu 200 Mount. 1 x 300 sec. subframe, unguided

Average seeing, poor transparency

29/03/13 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6888 - The Crescent Nebula

SXVF-M25C on WO FLT98 APO, Vixen SXP Mount. 9 x 300 sec. subframes each stacked in MaximDL. Guided with Altair Astro MiniGuider

Average seeing, poor transparency (much dewing up!)

14/09/12 Click here for a larger version

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IC1396 - The Elephant Trunk Nebula in Ha/RGB

SXVF-H9 on WO Megrez 72D ED Refractor, Astronomik 12nm Ha filter  and SXVF-M25C on WO FLT98 APO dual imaging rig mounted on EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 x 300 sec.  subframes each stacked in MaximDL. Guided with OAG on WO Megrez 72D.

Average seeing, poor transparency

19/07/12 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula (Dual Imaging Combination Demo)

SXVF-H9 on WO Megrez 72D ED Refractor, Astronomik 12nm Ha filter  and SXVF-M25C on WO FLT98 APO dual imaging rig mounted on EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 x 300 sec.  subframes each stacked in MaximDL. Guided with OAG on WO Megrez 72D.

Average seeing, poor transparency

20/06/12 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula (First Light)

SXVF-H9 on WO Megrez 72D ED Refractor, Astronomik 12nm Ha filter, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 x 300 sec.  subframes each stacked in MaximDL. Guided with OAG on WO Megrez 72D. First Light test with dual imaging system (see image below)

Average seeing, poor transparency

20/06/12 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula

SXVF-M25C on WO FLT98 APO, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 x 300 sec.  subframes each stacked in MaximDL. Guided with OAG on WO Megrez 72D. First Light test with dual imaging system (see image above)

Average seeing, poor transparency

20/06/12 Click here for a larger version

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M13 - The Hercules Globular Cluster

SXVF-M25C on 254mm Orion F3.9 Astrograph (Review Equipment), EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 14 x 120 sec.  subframes each stacked in MaximDL. Guided with Altair Astro 60mm Mini-Guider.

Average seeing, poor transparency

24/04/12 Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy plus various other galaxies

SXVF-H9 on 98mm WO APO Refractor, Luminance filter, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 36 subframes of 300 secs. each, stacked in MaximDL. Guided with OAG.

Averager seeing, average transparency

28/03/12 Click here for a larger version

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M78 - Diffuse Reflection Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 254mm Sky-Watcher Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 22 x 400 sec. Luminance subframes and 4 x 300 second R/G/B subframes each stacked in MaximDL. Guided with OAG.

Poor seeing, average transparency

23/01/12 Click here for a larger version
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Sadir Region of Cygnus - Diffuse Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 65mm TS 65 Quad APO Refractor (Review Equipment), EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 14 images of 500 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Good seeing, poor transparency

01/11/11 Click here for a larger version

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IC 5070 - The Pelican Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 98mm WO APO Refractor, Hotech field flattener, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 17 images of 600 secs. each, stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Good seeing, average transparency turning poor

19/10/11 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 98mm WO APO Refractor, with Hotech field flattener, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 5 x 1200 secs.,  each of Ha and OIII mapped as 100% Ha for red, 100% OIII for green and 100% OIII for blue. Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  very poor transparency clouded out both nights!

22/09/11 Click here for a larger version

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Sadir Region of Cygnus - Diffuse Nebula

Combination of Ha from 03/06/11 and RGB from 19/08/11 aligned in MaximDL, with Ha to red blending and the addition of Ha as luminance in PhotoShop. Guided.

Average seeing, average transparency

25/08/11 Click here for a larger version

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Sadir Region of Cygnus - Diffuse Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 98mm WO APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 8 images of 300 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, average transparency

19/08/11 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6888 - The Crescent Nebula

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha filter on 98mm WO APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 7 images of 180 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

24/07/11 Click here for a larger version

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Sadir Region of Cygnus - Diffuse Nebula

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha Filter on 98mm WO APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 7 images of 300 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, average transparency

03/06/11 Click here for a larger version

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Supernova SN 2011 DH within  Galaxy M51

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha Filter on 98mm WO APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 28 images of 180 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, very poor transparency

03/06/11 Click here for a larger version

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IC405 - The Flaming Star Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 16 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

01/04/11 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2237 - The Rosette Nebula

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha filter on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 15 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

01/02/11 Click here for a larger version

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IC1396 - The Elephant Trunk Nebula

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha filter on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 9 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS.

Poor seeing, very poor transparency and getting worse by the minute!

10/12/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6888 - The Crescent Nebula

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha filter on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 7 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

11/10/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula ('Mexico' region)

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha, OIII and SII filters on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Ha 33 images of 400 secs. + OIII 17 images of 400 secs. + SII 13 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS. Mapped SII/Ha/OIII

Good seeing, average transparency.

06/10/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula ('Mexico' region)

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha, OIII and Hb filters on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Ha 33 images of 400 secs. + OIII 17 images of 400 secs. + Hb 11 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS. Mapped Ha/OIII/Hb

Good seeing, average transparency.

06/10/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula ('Mexico' region)

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha and OIII filters on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Ha 33 images of 400 secs. OIII 17 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS. Mapped Ha/OIII/OIII

Good seeing, average transparency.

01/10/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula ('Mexico' region)

SXVF-H9 with 12nm Ha filter on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 33 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS.

Good seeing, average transparency.

25/09/10 Click here for a larger version

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M13 - The Hercules Cluster

SXVF-M25C on 250mm R/C, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 30 x 300 secs.,  Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  poor transparency

04/09/10 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 250mm R/C, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 18 x 400 secs.,  Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  poor transparency

03/09/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7635 - The Bubble Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 250mm Reflector with BAADER MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 114 x 300 secs.,  each of Ha and OIII mapped as 10% Ha, 90% OIII for red, 100% Ha for green and 100% OIII for blue. Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  average transparency - bright Moon

29/08/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7635 - The Bubble Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 250mm Reflector with BAADER MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 14 x 300 secs.,  each of Ha and OIII mapped as 100% Ha for red, 100% OIII for green and 100% OIII for blue. Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  average transparency - bright Moon

29/08/10 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 250mm Reflector with BAADER MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 14 x 300 secs.,  each of Ha and OIII mapped as 10% Ha, 90% OIII for red, 100% Ha for green and 100% OIII for blue.   Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  average transparency

12/08/10 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 250mm Reflector with BAADER MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 14 x 300 secs.,  each of Ha and OIII mapped as 100% Ha for red, 100% OIII for green and 100% OIII for blue. Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  average transparency

12/08/10 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 250mm Reflector with BAADER MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 14 x 300 secs., each of Ha and OIII with 3 x 300 secs. Hb mapped as 100% Ha for red, 100% OIII for green and 100% Hb for blue. Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  average transparency

12/08/10 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 250mm Reflector with BAADER MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 4 x 300 secs.,  each of Ha and OIII mapped as 100% Ha for red, 100% OIII for green and 100% OIII for blue.  Processed in MaximDL and PS7 concentrating on outer halo.

Good seeing,  average transparency

12/08/10 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9 on 250mm Reflector with BAADER MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 4 x 300 secs., each of Ha and OIII with 3 x 300 secs. Hb. Processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing,  average transparency

12/08/10 Click here for a larger version

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The Witch's Broom Nebula (part of the Veil Nebula)

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 29 x 300 secs., processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing, below average transparency

09/07/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 -  The North America Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 20 x 300 secs., processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Good seeing, average transparency

05/07/10 Click here for a larger version

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M51 -  The Whirlpool Galaxy in LRGB in Ha and OIII

SXVF-H9 (IR filter) on 80mm APO Refractor for Luminance, SXVF-M25C on 8" Reflector for RGB, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. IR 27 x   180 secs., RGB 23 x 300 secs.,   processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Poor seeing, poor transparency

16/04/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2175 - The Monkey Head Nebula in Ha and RGB

SXVF-H9 (Ha) SXVF-M25C (RGB) on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Ha 25 x 300 secs., 11 x 400 secs RGB guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency

04/03/10 Click here for a larger version

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M97 -  The Owl Nebula in Ha and OIII

SXVF-H9 on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Ha 9 x 400 secs., OIII 12 x 400 secs.,   processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency

04/03/10 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2175 - The Monkey Head Nebula in Ha

SXVF-H9 on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Ha 25 x 300 secs., guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency

04/03/10 Click here for a larger version

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B33 - The Horsehead Nebula & NGC2024 - The Flame Nebula
(my first tricolour narrowband image - Ha / OIII / Hb)

SXVF-H9 on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Ha 11 x 300 secs., OIII 10 x 300 secs., Hb 5 x 300 secs., guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency - OII and Hb taken through trees!!

20/02/10 Click here for a larger version

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B33 - The Horsehead Nebula & NGC2024 - The Flame Nebula
(in Hydrogen Alpha)

SXVF-H9 on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 16 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Average seeing, pretty poor transparency

15/12/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 2237 The Rosette Nebula

SXVF-M25C on on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 20 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency - some wispy cloud

20/12/09 Click here for a larger version

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B33 - The Horsehead Nebula & NGC2024 - The Flame Nebula
(in Hydrogen Alpha)

SXVF-H9 on 200mm Canon 200L, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 20 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Average seeing, pretty poor transparency - clouded out AGAIN!!...

13/12/09 Click here for a larger version

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B33 - The Horsehead Nebula (First Light with Mono CCD)

SXVF-H9 on 8" Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS7.

Average seeing, very poor transparency - clouded out ...

10/12/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2175 The Monkey Head Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 11 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, good transparency fading to poor -   finally clouded out!

23/11/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC281 The Pacman Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 11 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Poor seeing, very poor transparency, finally clouded out!

17/11/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC1491 Emission Nebula in Perseus

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 11 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Poor seeing, poor transparency, clouded out!

25/10/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7635 The Bubble Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 22 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Poor seeing,  average transparency

17/10/09 Click here for a larger version

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IC410 Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 22 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Poor seeing,  average transparency

17/10/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7380 The Wizard Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 44 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, better than average transparency

11/10/09 Click here for a larger version

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The Double Cluster in Perseus

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 7 images of 40 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency.

16/09/09 Click here for a larger version

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Sharpless SH-115  Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 42 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing,  average transparency

28/08/09 Click here for a larger version

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Sharpless SH-101 The Tulip Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 21 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing,  average transparency with clouds flitting by

20/08/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6888 The Crescent Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 19 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, better than average transparency

19/08/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6946 Spiral Galaxy and NGC6939 Open Cluster

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 21 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency

17/08/09 Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 13 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, below average transparency - bright Moon!

11/08/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - North America and Pelican Nebulae

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 20 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency,  Moon setting!.

29/06/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6960 - The Witch's Broom Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 18 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency

31/05/09 Click here for a larger version

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M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 18 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, pretty poor transparency

22/05/09 Click here for a larger version

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NGC4088 with Supernova SN2009dd and other galaxies

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 11 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency

19/04/09 Click here for a larger version

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M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 29 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency

29/03/09 Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

SXVF-M25C on 8" Skywatcher Reflector with Baader MPCC, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency

22/03/09 Click here for a larger version

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The Christmas Tree, Fox Fur and Cone Nebulae

SXVF-M25C on 106mm Astro-Tech EDT TMB Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 30 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Very poor seeing, poor transparency strange and difficult conditions

26/01/09 Click here for a larger version

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The Rosette Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 106mm Astro-Tech EDT TMB Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 44 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency - some wispy cloud

23/01/09 Click here for a larger version

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IC447 - A dim Reflection Nebula in Monoceros

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 16 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Poor seeing, very poor transparency, darn Moon rising!.

13/01/09 Click here for a larger version

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IC443 - The Jellyfish Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 15 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Poor seeing, poor transparency.

26/12/08 Click here for a larger version

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IC405 - The Flaming Star Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 18 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency.

26/12/08 Click here for a larger version

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Barnard's Loop - Orion

SXVF-M25C on Canon 50mm focal length lens, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 8 images of 100 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency, some cloud which stopped session!

20/12/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2237 - The Rosette Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 16 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency, murky with some cloud.

22/11/08 Click here for a larger version

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IC1805 - The Heart Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 11 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, very poor transparency, murky with some cloud.

22/11/08 Click here for a larger version

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M42 - The Orion Nebula reprocessed with Trapezium detail

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 images of 400 secs. each plus 10 images of 100 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average/rather poor transparency,finally clouded out!

31/10/08 Click here for a larger version

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M42 - The Orion Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 images of 400 secs. each plus 10 images of 100 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average/rather poor transparency,finally clouded out!

31/10/08 Click here for a larger version

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Barnard 168 & IC5146 - The Cocoon Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 20 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average/rather poor transparency getting worse!

31/10/08 Click here for a larger version

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B33 - The Horsehead Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 19 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average/rather poor transparency.

27/10/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC1499 - The California Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 28 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average/rather poor transparency.

27/10/08 Click here for a larger version

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The Double Cluster in Perseus

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 62 images of 100 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average/poor transparency.

02/10/08 Click here for a larger version

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M33 - The Triangulum Galaxy

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 31 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

28/09/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7635 - The Bubble Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 20 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

26/09/08 Click here for a larger version

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Sharpless SH2-101 The Tulip Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor with WO 0.8 Focal Reducer, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 24 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, poor transparency getting poorer.

21/09/08 Click here for a larger version

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M45 - The Pleiades

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 21 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Average seeing, average transparency getting poorer until clouded over.

02/09/08 Click here for a larger version

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The Coathanger Asterism/Cluster

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 9 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Good seeing, poor (and getting poorer every minute!) transparency.

22/08/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6992 - The Veil Nebula (eastern)

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 14 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Good seeing, good transparency.

29/07/08 Click here for a larger version

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IC 1396 - The Elephant Trunk Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 7 images of 600 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

24/07/08 Click here for a larger version

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Sadir Region of Cygnus - Diffuse Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 7 images of 400 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

23/07/08 Click here for a larger version

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The North America Nebula and Pelican Nebula (mosaic)

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 17 images of 400 secs. each for the N. A. Nebula and 5 images. of 400 seconds each for the Pelican Nebula, guided,  processed in PS7.

Good seeing, good transparency.

30/06/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula ('Mexico' region)

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 17 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Good seeing, good transparency.

30/06/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula

SXVF-M25C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 17 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS7.

Good seeing, good transparency.

30/06/08 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 8" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount using a 500mm telephoto lens as a guide 'scope. 10 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4. Note wider FOV with 1000mm FL v 1200mm FL of image below.

Good seeing, poor transparency.

04/06/08 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount using a 500mm telephoto lens as a guide 'scope. 8 images of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Good seeing, average transparency.

30/05/08 Click here for a larger version

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M57 - The Ring Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount using a 500mm telephoto lens as a guide 'scope. 5 images of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4 plus DDP processing.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

30/05/08 Click here for a larger version

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M13 - The Great Hercules Globular

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount using a 500mm telephoto lens as a guide 'scope. 4 images of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

30/05/08 Click here for a larger version

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M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount using a 500mm telephoto lens as a guide 'scope for the first time. 26 images of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency with Moon Glow!

20/05/08 Click here for a larger version

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M82 - The Cigar Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 9 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

06/05/08 Click here for a larger version

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M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 23 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Poor seeing, poor transparency.

06/05/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 4565 - in Coma Berenices

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 19 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, very poor transparency

01/05/08 Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor mounted on EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 subs of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, very poor transparency.

06/04/08 Click here for a larger version

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M3 - in Canes Venatici

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor mounted on EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 subs of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, very poor transparency.

04/04/08 Click here for a larger version

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Part of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies

SXVF-H9C with 80mm APO,   mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 4 subs of 300 secs each, stacked in Registax

Average seeing, extremely poor transparency.

03/04/08 Click here for a larger version
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Leo Triplet

SXVF-H9C with 80mm APO,  mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 7 subs of 300 secs each, stacked in Registax

Average seeing, extremely poor transparency.

31/03/08  Click here for a larger version

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NGC2237 - The Rosette Nebula - First light with 350D

Modified Canon 350D with 80mm APO Refractor, 8 subs of 300 secs. each stacked in MaximDL with IDAS LP Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency, wisps of cloud

09/03/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2237 - Part of The Rosette Nebula

SXVF-H9C with 80mm APO Refractor, 8 subs of 600 secs. each stacked in MaximDL with IDAS LP Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency, wisps of cloud

27/02/08 Click here for a larger version

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M81   - Bodes  Galaxy

SXVF-H9C with 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 46 subs of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4

Poor seeing, poor transparency

08/02/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC1977 - The Running Man Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 33 subs of 300 sec images., guided,  processed in PS4.

Poor seeing, poor transparency.

09/02/08 Click here for a larger version

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M81 & M82 - Bodes and Cigar Galaxies

SXVF-H9C with 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 46 subs of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4

Poor seeing, poor transparency

08/02/08 Click here for a larger version

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IC443 - The Jellyfish Nebula

SXVF-H9C with 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 16 subs of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4

Average seeing, poor transparency (and getting worse!)

06/02/08 Click here for a larger version

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M45 - Pleiades  - centred on Merope

SXVF-H9C with 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 18 subs of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4

Average seeing, poor transparency

01/02/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2237 - The Rosette Nebula

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 12 subs of 600 secs. each stacked in MaximDL with IDAS LP Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency, wisps of cloud and pesky Moon!

25/01/08 Click here for a larger version

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M42 - The Orion Nebula with emphasis on the dust

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 25 subs of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency, half Moon to West!

16/01/08 Click here for a larger version

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NGC281 - The Pacman Nebula in Hydrogen Alpha

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 11 subs of 400 secs. each binned 2 x 2, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, average transparency.

29/12/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC281 - The Pacman Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 35 subs of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, average transparency.

11/12/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2024 - The Flame Nebula and Alnitak

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 24 subs of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, average transparency.

10/12/07 Click here for a larger version

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M1 - The Crab Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 5 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS4.

Average seeing, average transparency!

04/11/07 Click here for a larger version

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M1 - The Crab Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 5 images of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS4.

Poor seeing, very poor transparency!

01/11/07 Click here for a larger version

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IC1318 - Diffuse Nebula In Cygnus

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS4.

Average seeing, average transparency

19/10/07 Click here for a larger version

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B33 - The Horsehead Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 21 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS4.

Average seeing, average transparency

19/10/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 7023 - The Iris Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 27 images of 150 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL and PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency

15/10/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 6888 - The Crescent Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 13 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL (DDP) and PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency, mist!

18/09/07 Click here for a larger version

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IC 1396 - The Elephant Trunk Nebula (Close up)

SXVF-H9C with 10" Reflector on SkyScan EQ6. 17 images of 300 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

15/09/07 Click here for a larger version

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IC 1396 - The Elephant Trunk Nebula

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 15 images of 300 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, fair transparency

10/09/07 Click here for a larger version

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M33 - The Triangulum Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 24 images of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL (DDP) and PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency, partial Moon!

05/09/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 7635 - The Bubble Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 32 images of 200 secs. each, guided,  processed in MaximDL (DDP) and PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency, partial Moon!

03/09/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC6960 - The Witches Broom Nebula

SXVF-H9C with 10" Reflector on SkyScan EQ6. 6 images of 200 secs. each stacked in MaximDL. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency, some puffy clouds.

11/08/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula and
IC 5070 - The Pelican Nebula - in Ha Mosaic

01/08/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC7000 - The North America Nebula - in Ha

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 17 images of 200 secs. each stacked in MaximDL with Astronomik 13 nm Hydrogen Alpha Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, average transparency, nearly full Moon!

01/08/07 Click here for a larger version

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IC 5070 - The Pelican Nebula - my first Ha image!

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 26 images of 200 secs. each stacked in MaximDL with Astronomik 13 nm Hydrogen Alpha Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, average transparency, Full Moon!

30/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9C with Canon 1.4X extender on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 12 shots 300 secs. each, guided, SDMask stacked in Maxim DL, processed in Photoshop.

Average seeing, fair transparency. Cloud cover stopped session!

18/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy (Rework)

EOS 300d with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. ISO 800, 10 images 120 secs. each stacked in Registax with darkframe subtraction. WB set to Auto. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

15/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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M16 - The Eagle Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 5 shots 300 secs. each, guided, SDMask stacked in Maxim DL, processed in Photoshop.

Average seeing, extremely poor transparency! Same conditions as 11/07/07 only the cloud cover was much worse and I had to give up after 5 images because of total cloud blanket .....

13/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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M16 - The Eagle Nebula

SXVF-H9C with Canon 1.4X extender on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 shots 300 secs. each, guided, SDMask stacked in Maxim DL, processed in Photoshop.

Average seeing, very poor transparency. This image was taken very low in the sky, through a small gap in a neighbour's trees, dodging wispy clouds! Not perfect conditions ......

11/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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IC5146 - The Cocoon Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 14 shots 400 secs. each, guided, SD Mask stacked in Maxim DL, processed in NeatImage and PS4.

Avrage seeing, reasonable transparency.

07/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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M57 - The Ring Nebula

SXVF-H9C with 1.4X Extender on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 3 subs of 300 secs. each stacked Registax, and processed in MaximDL and PhotoShop, guided

Average seeing, poor transparency, whispy clouds

06/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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M13 - The Great Hercules Cluster

SXVF-H9C with 1.4X Extender on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 5 subs of 200 secs. each stacked Registax, and processed in MaximDL and PhotoShop, guided

Average seeing, poor transparency, whispy clouds

06/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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Campbells's Star - Planetary Nebula

SXVF-H9C with 1.4X Extender on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 2 subs of 100 secs. each stacked Registax, and processed in MaximDL and PhotoShop, guided

Average seeing, poor transparency, whispy clouds

06/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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Albireo - Double Star

SXVF-H9C with 1.4X Extender on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 7 subs of 4 secs. each stacked Registax, and processed in MaximDL and PhotoShop, guided

Average seeing, poor transparency, whispy clouds

06/07/07 Click here for a larger version

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M57 - The Ring Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 18 subs of 200 secs. each stacked Registax, and processed in MaximDL and PhotoShop, guided

Average seeing, poor transparency, whispy clouds

19/05/07 Click here for a larger version

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M82 - The Cigar Galaxy (re-worked)

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 shots 300 secs. each, guided, sum stacked in Maxim DL.

Average seeing, poor transparency

Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 images of 300 secs. each plus 30 images of 60 secs. each taken on different nights, guided, stacked in Maxim DL and post processed in PhotoShop.

Average seeing, average transparency

24/04/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 4565 - in Coma Berenices

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Poor seeing, poor transparency

15/04/07 Click here for a larger version

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M3 - in Canes Venatici

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor with Canon 1.4X extender, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 4 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

01/04/07 Click here for a larger version

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M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 20 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, average transparency.

25/03/07 Click here for a larger version

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Leo Triplet

SXVF-H9C  with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 26 images of 300 secs each, stacked in Registax

Average seeing, poor transparency.

13/03/07  Click here for a larger version

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M13 - The Hercules Cluster

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 15 images of 300 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency.

13/03/07 Click here for a larger version

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M45 - Pleiades

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 24 images 200 secs. each, stacked in MaximDL with IDAS LP Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, very poor transparency

06/02/07 Click here for a larger version
               Click here for a larger more saturated version
               Click here for a larger more processed version

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NGC 457 - The Owl Cluster

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 28 images of 100 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency, nearly full Moon!

03/02/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC 7635 - The Bubble Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 12 images of 400 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency, full Moon!

31/01/07 Click here for a larger version

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Horsehead Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 9 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4. This was a test image trying out 'Pulse Guiding' for the first time. Conditions were very damp but the test was reasonably successful.

Average seeing, poor transparency, cloud. 

21/01/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC1977 - The Running Man Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 x 600 sec images., guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, poor transparency. 7th image obliterated by cloud!

10/01/07 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2237 - The Rosette Nebula

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 5 images of 300 secs. each stacked in MaximDL with IDAS LP Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency, fog killed session!

20/12/06 Click here for a larger version

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NGC2237 - The Rosette Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 4 x 600 sec images., guided,  processed in PS4.  I need a telescope with a wider field of view - this is a much bigger object than I was expecting!

Average seeing, poor transparency.

16/12/06 Click here for a larger version

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Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 12 images of 600 secs. each, guided,  processed in PS4. This was a rather disappointing image because of the amount of moisture in the air and I really had to processs out too much 'glare'!

First image taken after return of CCD from Starlight Xpress.

Average seeing, poor transparency

16/12/06 Click here for a larger version

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M42 - The Orion Nebula and The Running Man Nebula

Taken as part of a wide field shot of Orion. EOS 300d with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. ISO 800, 21 images 60 secs. each stacked in Registax with darkframe subtraction. WB set to Auto. Un-guided.

Average seeing, average transparency. Moon glare to East

09/12/06 Click here for a larger version

               Click here for wide view version

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M42 - The Orion Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 5 x 120sec images., guided,  processed in PS4.

Average seeing, average transparency.

28/11/06 Click here for a larger version

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Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

SXVF-H9C on 80mm APO Refractor, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. A single image of 600 secs., guided,  processed in PS4. This was a test image to get the orientation of the camera correct because of the relatively narrow field of view of this camera/telescope/object combination.

Average seeing, very poor transparency - had to stop imaging yet again because of clouds rolling in - some even rolled past this object whilst taking this image!

20/11/06 Click here for a larger version

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IC5750 - The Pelican Nebula (hairs on the back of it's neck!)

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 5 images 300 secs. each, guided, sum stacked in Maxim DL, processed in PS4.

Average seeing, very poor transparency - had to stop imaging because of clouds rolling in!

24/10/06 Click here for a larger version

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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 11 images of 180 secs. each stacked in MaximDL with IDAS LP Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

21/09/06 Click here for a larger version

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M45 - Pleiades

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 2 images 240 secs. and 360secs. each stacked in MaximDL with IDAS LP Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

21/09/06 Click here for a larger version

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M45 - Pleiades - an alternative view

SXVF-H9C with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 2 images 240 secs. and 360secs. each stacked in MaximDL with IDAS LP Filter. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

21/09/06 Click here for a larger version

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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

EOS 300d with 200mm f2.8 lens, piggy back mounted on SkyScan EQ6. ISO 800, 11 images 120 secs. each stacked in Registax with darkframe subtraction. WB set to Auto. Guided.

Average seeing, poor transparency

27/08/06 Click here for a larger version

               Click here for a full version

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IC5146 - The Cocoon Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 5 shots 300 secs. each, guided, sum stacked in Maxim DL, processed in NeatImage and PS4.

Poor seeing, very poor transparency some images partly clouded out,  Moon to North East

15/08/06 Click here for a larger version

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M16 - The Eagle Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 shots 300 secs. each, guided, sigma clip stacked in Maxim DL, processed in PS4 and NeatImage.

Poor seeing, very poor transparency, full Moon to East. This image was taken very low in the sky, through a small gap in a neighbour's trees with the mist illuminated by the Moon! Not perfect conditions ......

09/08/06 Click here for a larger version

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M82 - The Cigar Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 shots 300 secs. each, guided, sum stacked in Maxim DL.

Average seeing, poor transparency

02/08/06 Click here for a larger version

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M81 - Bodes Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 13 shots 300 secs. each, sum stacked in Maxim DL, guided.

Average seeing, fair transparency.

27/07/06 Click here for a larger version 

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 13 shots 300 secs. each, sum stacked in Maxim DL, guided.

Good seeing, good transparency

24/07/06 Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 shots 300 secs. each, sum stacked in Maxim DL, guided.

Average seeing, average transparency

24/07/06 Click here for a larger version

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M13 - Globular Cluster in Hercules

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 10 shots of 30 secs. unguided, sigma stacked in Maxim DL

Average seeing, poor transparency

14/07/06 Click here for a larger version

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M82 - The Cigar Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 15 shots 30 secs. each, unguided sum stacked in Maxim DL.

Average seeing, poor transparency

14/07/06 Click here for a larger version

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M92 - Globular Cluster

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 6 shots of 60 secs. guided

Average seeing, average transparency

04/07/06 Click here for a larger version

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M57 - The Ring Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Single image of 220 secs. guided

Average seeing, poor transparency

09/06/06 Click here for a larger version

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Albireo - Double Star in Cygnus

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. Single image of 9 secs. 

Average seeing, poor transparency

02/06/06 Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 17 shots 60 secs. each, sum stacked in Maxim DL, more heavily processed in Photoshop..

Average seeing, average transparency

29/05/06 Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 30 shots 60 secs. each, median stacked in Maxim DL.

Average seeing, average transparency

29/05/06 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 8 shots 60 secs. each, median stacked in Maxim DL.

Average seeing, average transparency

29/05/06 Click here for a larger version

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M82 - The Cigar Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 8 shots 60 secs. each, median stacked in Maxim DL.

Average seeing, average transparency

29/05/06 Click here for a larger version

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M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

SXVF-H9C on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 4 shots 120 secs. each summed in Maxim DL.

The conditions were totally inappropriate for imaging but I just had to try my new camera!

Poor seeing, terrible transparency, nearly full Moon

10/05/06 Click here for a larger version

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Comet P73/Schwassmann-Wachmann

EOS 300d prime focus on 10" Reflector, EQ6 SkyScan Mount. 1 shot 120 secs. with dark frame subtraction, ISO 800

Poor seeing, average transparency

01/05/06 Click here for a larger version

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Double Cluster

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm APO Refractor mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 800 ASA, stack of three images 180 secs each,  WB set to auto.

Average seeing, average transparency.

01/03/06  Click here for a larger version

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Leo Triplet

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm APO Refractor mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 800 ASA, stack of two images 180 secs each,  WB set to auto.

Average seeing, average transparency.

01/03/06  Click here for a larger version

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Horse Head and Flame Nebula in Orion

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm APO Refractor mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 800 ASA, stack of two images, 1 at 600 secs, one at 1200 secs,  WB set to auto. Autoguided.

Average seeing, average transparency.

28/01/06  Click here for a larger version

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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm APO mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 800 ASA, 9 images 120 secs. each stacked in Registax with darkframe subtraction. WB set to Auto. Unguided.

Average seeing, average transparency

25/01/06 Click here for a larger version

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M81 - Bodes Galaxy and M82 - Cigar Galaxy

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 800 ASA, 10 frames, 120 secs. each stacked in Registax with darkframe subtraction. WB set to auto. Unguided.

Average seeing, average transparency.

21/01/06 Click here for a larger version

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M45 - Pleiades

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm APO Refractor mounted on EQ6. 800 ASA, 3 frames of 240 secs each stacked in Registax with darkframe subtraction.

Average seeing, poor transparency

30/12/05 Click here for a larger version

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M42 - Orion Nebula  plus The Running Man Nebula

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm APO Refractor mounted on EQ6. 400 ASA, 5 images (3 * 120 secs, 2 * 40 secs) stacked in Registax, WB set to auto, processed in Photoshop.

Average seeing, average transparency

17/12/05 Click here for a larger version

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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 1 image 180 secs, WB set to Auto,.

Average seeing, poor transparency

23/09/05 Click here for a larger version

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M27 - Dumbbell Nebula

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 1 image 180 secs, WB set to Auto,.

Average seeing, poor transparency

23/09/05 Click here for a larger version

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M13 - Globular Cluster in Hercules 

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 800 ASA, 7 images 39 secs each. WB set to auto. Processed with Neat Image. Unguided.

Good seeing, good transparency.

06/09/05  Click here for a larger version

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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 3 images 65secs each, WB set to Auto,.

Good seeing, average transparency

27/08/05 Click here for a larger version

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M13 - Globular Cluster in Hercules 

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 4 images 65 secs each. WB set to auto. Unguided.

Good seeing, average transparency.

27/08/05  Click here for a larger version

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M57 - Ring Nebula

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 3 images total 216 secs. WB set to auto. Unguided.

Average seeing, fair transparency.

10/08/05 

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M57 - Ring Nebula

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 72 secs. WB set to auto. Unguided.

Average seeing, fair transparency.

10/08/05 

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M82 - Cigar Galaxy

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 6 images total 216 secs. WB set to auto. Unguided. I really should have exposed for longer and used dark frame subtraction for this one as well!

Average seeing, fair transparency.

10/08/05 

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M81 - Bodes Galaxy

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 5 images, total 360 secs. WB set to auto. Unguided. Longer exposure and dark frame subtraction have made an improvement here but a long way to go yet!

Average seeing, fair transparency.

10/08/05 

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M81 - Bodes Galaxy

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 6 images, total 216 secs. WB set to auto. Unguided. I really should have exposed for longer and used dark frame subtraction!

Average seeing, fair transparency.

10/08/05 

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M27 - Dumbbell Nebula

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm APO Refractor mounted on SkyScan EQ6. 1600 ASA, 74 secs. WB set to auto. Unguided.

Average seeing, very poor transparency.

06/08/05 

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Orion

EOS 300d with 31mm lens   mounted on EQ6. 800 ASA, 86secs, F6.3 processed in Photoshop 

Average seeing, poor transparency

06/04/05 Click here for a larger version

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Bee Hive Cluster - M44

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm Refractor mounted on EQ6. 800 ASA, 1 frame with darkframe subtraction in Photoshop. 75secs.

Average seeing, poor transparency

06/04/05 Click here for a larger version

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M45 - Pleiades

EOS 300d directly mounted to EQ6. 400 ASA, 280mm, F5.6 195secs

Average seeing, average transparency

04/11/04

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M45 - Pleiades

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm Refractor mounted on EQ3. 400 ASA, 2 frames with darkframe subtraction total 140secs stopped down to F9.5. Taken from Pembrokeshire Coast.

Good seeing, average transparency

06/03/05 Click here for a larger version

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Comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm Refractor mounted on EQ3. 800 ASA, 104 secs,  WB set to auto. Unguided.

Good seeing, good transparency.

12/01/05 Click here for a larger version

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M42 - Orion Nebula (concentrating on the Trapezium)

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on EQ6. 400 ASA, 24 secs. WB set to auto. Autoguided.

Average seeing, average transparency.

02/01/05  Click here for a larger version

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Horse Head and Flame Nebula in Orion

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on EQ6. 400 ASA, 654 secs,  WB set to auto. Autoguided.

Average seeing, average transparency.

02/01/05  Click here for a larger version

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Horse Head and Flame Nebula in Orion

This is the same photograph as above but it has been heavily (and boldly!) processed in Paintshop by my friend Mark Ford, a local astronomer. I have only cropped his work to fit the format that I use for this web site.

02/01/05  Click here for a larger version

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Comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on EQ6. 400 ASA, 92 secs,  WB set to auto. Autoguided.

Average seeing, average transparency.

02/01/05

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Comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm Refractor mounted on fixed camera tripod. 1600 ASA, 3 photographs, 6 secs each,  stacked manually with Photoshop, WB set to auto.

Average seeing, average transparency, some cloud cover.

30/12/04

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M42 - Orion Nebula

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 10" Reflector mounted on EQ6. 800 ASA, 3 photographs, 74, 71 and 37 secs,  stacked with Registax, WB set to Flourescent. Lightly-exposed Trapezium area blended in and processed in Photoshop for levels

Good seeing, average transparency, bad light pollution.

14/11/04  Click here for a larger version

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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy (plus M110)

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm Refractor mounted on EQ6. 800 ASA, 147secs, WB set to Auto, processed in Photoshop

Good seeing, average transparency

12/11/04 Click here for a larger version

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M42 - Orion Nebula .

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm Refractor mounted on EQ6. 800 ASA, 166secs, WB set to Flourescent, processed in Photoshop  - same shot as above but cropped

Good seeing, good transparency, bad light pollution

12/11/04

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M42 - Orion Nebula

EOS 300d prime focus on Skywatcher 80mm Refractor mounted on EQ6. 800 ASA, 166secs, WB set to Flourescent, processed in Photoshop

Good seeing, good transparency, bad light pollution

12/11/04

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M45 - Pleiades

EOS 300d directly mounted to EQ6. 400 ASA, 280mm, F5.6 195secs

Average seeing, average transparency

04/11/04

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M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

Having purchased a Canon 300D I thought I'd give it a try on a favourite shot! EOS 300d directly mounted to EQ6. 800 ASA, 55mm, F5.6 157secs

Average seeing, average transparency

04/11/04

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Orion Rising

Pentax Spotmatic F piggy-backed on top of my Skywatcher 80 T Refractor. Kodak Ultra 400 ASA colour film, 50mm, F2.8 75secs

Reasonable seeing, average transparency

16/10/04