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Supernova

Dave McCracken took this image of a possible Supernova in galaxy NGC6946 from his Skellingthorpe Observatory between 00:30 and 00:59 UT on the 21/22 May 2017. He used an Explorer F5 130P telescope with a Coma Corrector on an EQ5 mount. Guiding was using the 50mm Finder + QHY5L-M camera with PHD v1.14.2 software. It is a composite of 10x180s 800 raw images with his modified Canon 450D camera.


NGC6946

Graham Winstanley took this image of the Supernova in NGC6946 from his Observatory at Bassingham on 14th May 2017. He used his Skywatcher ED80 on an EQ6 mount with a QHY IMGPRO camera. Exposure was 10 x 120 seconds.


M61

Graham Winstanley took this image of the M61 galaxy from his Observatory at Bassingham on 25th March 2017. He used his Skywatcher ED80 on an EQ6 mount witha QHY IMGPRO camera. Guiding was using an ASI120mm camera with PHD2 software. It is a composite of 20x300 seconds luminance and RGB 20x200 seconds per filter.


M97

Graham Winstanley took this image of the Owl Nebula from his Observatory at Bassingham on 16th March 2017. He used his Skywatcher ED80 on an EQ6 mount witha QHY IMGPRO camera. Guiding was using an ASI120mm camera with PHD2 software. It is a composite of 20x5 mins luminance and 20x4 mins of each RGB filters.


Comet Johnson

Graham Winstanley took this image at the end of January. It is a quick stack of 10 x 60s subs on Comet Johnson from one Sunday morning at about 5am. It was moving very slowly but there is some trailing if you look closely.


Cromer Lighthouse

Graham Winstanley took this image on December 5th 2016 using a Canon 1100d with kit lens at 18mm, f4, iso 1600. It is a stack of 60 x 10s exposures, stacked in Startrails.

Just in case you can't tell it is Gemini and Orion!

NGC2264

Mick Hunt took this image of NGC 2264 - The Cone Nebula + Foxfur + Christmas Tree cluster.

Telescope: William Optics ZS66SD + WO 0.8x Type II reducer
Camera: Atik 460EX
Filters: Baader Ha, SII. Astrodon OIII
Mount: NEQ6 Pro (belt driven)
Guiding: SX Lodestar + SX OAG
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro

Process: Pixinsight & CC2017
Each channel: 42 x 600 seconds (21 hours total integration)
Stacked SII/Ha/OIII

Double 			Cluster

Graham Winstanley took this image of the Double cluster using his 1100D camera with a Helios 135mm lens (cost £11.50) f3.5 on static tripod at 1600 ISO.
He took 40 x 3sec. exposures and processed them in DSS and Photoshop CS2.

Messier 34

Graham Winstanley took this image of M34.
Luminance 20 x 1 min, RGB each 15 x 1 min, taken in moonlight.
No darks, 25 flats per filter.
Telescope: ED80
Mount: EQ6 and QHY IMG2
Guiding with PHD2 and ASI120MM
Processing in Pixinsight/ CS2

Uranus with Moons

Graham Winstanley took this image of Uranus and moons on 16 November 2016.
He thinks he has detected some satellites with the ED80. He is not too sure because according to Stellarium he would expect 4 moons instead of 3. These moons are mag 14-15 so he is pleased they have shown up so well. Mono only


Whirlpool Galaxy

Graham Winstanley took this image of Messier 51 between 27th May and 5th June 2016.

Telescope:ED 80 on an EQ6 mount.
Guided using PHD2
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro
Process: Pixinsight +Photoshop CS2

L 25 x 5min, RGB 6 x 4min each
Total integration 2 hours 29 minutes


Transit of Mercury with a HA scope

Phil Norton took this image of the Transit of Mercury at 11.20UT on 9th May 2016 through a Coronado PST and a ZWOptics ASI120mm camera.



Transit of Mercury

Sarah Bingham took this image of the transit at Tuxford Academy during lunchtime. She used the schools Celestron NexStar 5SE and her Canon camera.



Observatory by Lewis Baucutt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

Lewis Baucutt has taken this wide angle shot of the observatory with Orion high in the sky. It is difficult to see because of the poorly lit business premises on Long Leys Road in Lincoln. What a waste of electricity.



Rosette Nebula by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

NGC2237 the Rosette Nebula in Narrow band taken by Mick Hunt in his Garden Observatory- March 2016.

Despite only managing an hour or so of data capture per session Mick finally managed to get this one finished.


Telescope:Williams Optics ZS66SD +Type II 0.8x reducer
Camera: Atik 460EX
Filters: Baader Ha, SII, Astrodon OIII
Mount: NEQ6Pro Belt driven
Guide System: SX OAG + SX Lodestar
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro
Process: Pixinsight +CC2015

Total integration 20 hours

M42 by Sarah Bingham of Lincoln Astronomical Society

M42 the Orion Nebula taken by Sarah Bingham.This is Sarah's first ever astronomical photograph. She took it using her DSLR camera on the society 12 inch telescope on a misty 10th March 2016. Training was given by the regular Imaging Group members.



M51 by Dave McCracken of Lincoln Astronomical Society

M51 the Whirlpool Galaxy taken by Dave McCracken.

Equipment:
Mount- EQ5 (unguided).
Telescope -Explorer 130 P-DS (5”) F5 Newtonian.
Imaging Camera - Canon 450D (unmodified).

Processing:
20 x 30 seconds @ ISO 1600, stacked JPGs in Deep Sky Stacker (with Darks)
Levels & Curves adjusted in Photoshop


M42 by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

M42 the Orion Nebula taken by Mick Hunt in his Garden Observatory- February 2016.

Mick shows the difference between a few minutes of exposure as taken by Neil below and many hours of exposure.


Telescope:Williams Optics ZS66SD +Type II reducer
Camera: Atik 460EX
Filters: Baader Ha, RGB
Mount: NEQ6Pro
Guide System: SX OAG + SX Lodestar
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro
Process: Pixinsight +CC2015

Total integration 18 hours

M42 by new member Neil Emmans

M42 the Orion Nebula by new member Neil Emmans on 11 Feb 2016. The image consists of 10 x 15 secs exposures and a further 10 x 15 secs for darks.

He used a Canon 750d camera at ISO800 on the society 12 inch telescope with no guiding. Processing was using paint.net.

M81 M82 by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

M81 (Bodes Galaxy) & M82 (Cigar Galaxy) taken by Mick Hunt in his Garden Observatory- January 2016.

Telescope:Williams Optics ZS66SD +Type II reducer
Camera: Atik 460EX
Filters: Baader RGB
Mount: NEQ6Pro
Guide System: SX OAG + SX Lodestar
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro
Process: Pixinsight +CC2015

Total integration 7 hours

MareHumorum by Phil Norton

Mare Humorum taken by Phil Norton on 20 January 2016.

He used his 12 inch Newtonian at F10 with an ASI120MM camera. Processing was with Autostakkert and Astra Image3 software

M33 by Graham Winstanley

M33 galaxy in Triangulum taken by Graham Winstanley on 9 Dec 2015. The image consists of 11 x 5 min exp at ISO400.

He used a Skywatcher ED80 on an EQ6 mount with ASI120 camera guiding using PHD2. Capture camera - Canon 1100D, software – Backyard EOS. Processed in Pixinsight (with bias, dark and flat frames) and Photoshop CS2.

M27 by Graham Winstanley

M27 Dumbell Nebula taken by Graham Winstanley on 6 Nov 2015. The image consists of 10 x 5 min exposures at ISO400. He has cropped the image by approx. 50% post processing.

He used a Skywatcher ED80 on an EQ6 mount with a ASI120 camera guiding using PHD2. Capture camera - Canon 1100D, software – Backyard EOS. Processed in Pixinsight (with bias, dark and flat frames) and Photoshop CS2.

Lunar Apennine Mountains Image by Phil Norton

Part of the Lunar Apennine Mountains Imaged by Phil Norton using the society telescope on 22nd October 2015.

He took this image with an ASI120MM camera with a x4 Barlow lens .

Snowball Nebula Image by Dave McCracken

Snowball Nebula (centre) by Dave McCracken using the society telescope taken on 22nd October 2015.

He took this image of the ‘Blue Snowball Nebula’ (NGC 7662) with his DSLR camera. The nebula only became apparent during the processing of his images.

NGC1499 by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

NGC1499 The Californina Nebula in narrowband taken by Mick Hunt in his Garden Observatory- October 2015.

Telescope:Williams Optics ZS66SD +Type II 0.8x reducer
Camera: Atik 460SE
Filters: Baader Ha, SII, Astrodon OIII
Mount: NEQ6Pro
Guide System: SX OAG + SX Lodestar
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro
Process: Pixinsight +CC2015

Ha: 20 x 900 seconds
SII: 20 x 900 seconds
OIII: 20 x 900 seconds


IC 1848 by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

IC1848 the Soul Nebula taken by Mick Hunt in his Garden Observatory- October 2015.

Telescope:Williams Optics ZS66SD +Type II 0.8x reducer
Camera: Atik 460SE
Filters: Baader Ha, SII, Astrodon OIII
Mount: NEQ6Pro
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro
Process: Pixinsight

Ha: 20 x 900 seconds
SII: 20 x 900 seconds
OIII: 20 x 900 seconds


IC 1848 detail by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

Detailed image of IC1848 the Soul Nebula taken by Mick Hunt in his Garden Observatory- September 2015.

Telescope:190mm Maksutov Newtonian
Camera: Atik 460EX
Filters: Baader Ha, OIII & SII
Mount: NEQ6Pro
Guide System: SX OAG + SX Lodestar
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro
Guiding: PHD2
Process: Pixinsight +CS2

Ha: 20 x 900 seconds 1x1
SII: 20 x 900 seconds 1x1
OIII: 20 x 900 seconds 1x1


IC 5070 by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

IC5070 the Pelican Nebula taken by Mick Hunt in his Garden Observatory- June 2015.

Telescope:190mm Maksutov Newtonian
Camera: Atik 460EX
Filters: Baader Ha, OIII & SII
Mount: NEQ6Pro
Guide System: SX OAG + SX Lodestar
Capture: Sequence Generator Pro
Guiding: PHD2
Process: Pixinsight

Ha: 12 x 600 seconds
SII: 12 x 600 seconds
OIII: 15 x 600seconds


White Light Solar Image by Dave McCracken of Lincoln Astronomical Society

White light Solar image by Dave McCracken of Lincoln Astronomical Society taken on 18th June 2015.

He took this image with a Vixen 110 on a Vixen GP GEM in white light and then compared it to an image from space weather - the two main groups 2371 left and 2367 below centre seem to have been captured well. He is not sure if the mottling is from the DSLR camera or solar granulation.

Comet Lovejoy by Dave McCracken of Lincoln Astronomical Society

Update on Comet Lovejoy by Dave McCracken of Lincoln Astronomical Society.

Captured on 10/01/2015 at about 21:30 GMT at position  3h 56m + 04d 25m +/- 5m by Digital setting circles, but by pattern match by eye to sky map pro gives a position very close to the 9.7m star TYC-69-430-1 @ 03h 65m 37s, +4d 54m 02s

The two faint stars to right diagonal are TYC-69-792-1 and TYC-72-692-1. At angle 45 degrees up / right to comet is V479 Tauri10 RAW X 20 second ISO 1600, f5.6,  300 mm lens piggy backed on Fork mounted C8Pre-processed individually in Photoshop in then stacked in ‘Deep Sky Stacker’ as final image.

Original Raw files available on request.

Comet Lovejoy taken by Dave McCracken of Lincoln Astronomical Society

Comet Lovejoy taken by Dave McCraken of Lincoln Astronomical Society.

Captured on 10/01/2015 at about 21:30 GMT at position  3h 56m + 04d 25m +/- 5m by Digital setting circles.

10 RAW X 20 second ISO 1600, f5.6,  300 mm lens piggy backed on Fork mounted C8

Pre-processed individually in Photoshop in then stacked in ‘Deep Sky Stacker’ as final image

NGC 2158 by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society

NGC2158 (The small globular cluster next to M35) taken by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society in his Garden Observatory.

Mick says It's small because its way beyond M35 and a lot older but it looks big to me.

T: 190M Mak Newt
C: QHY IMG2Pro @ -25C
F: Astronomik RG&B
M: NEQ6Pro
G: SX OAG + SX Lodestar

20 x 120seconds each RG&B

Comet Lovejoy taken by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society A closeup of Comet Lovely C/2014 Q2 showing just the start of that wispy tail, taken by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Socirty.

T: 190M Mak Newt
C: QHY IMG2Pro @ -25C
F: Astronomik RG&B
M: NEQ6Pro
G: SX OAG + SX Lodestar
 
20 x 30seconds each RG&B
Crater Copernicus and Erastophenes taken by Phil Norton of Lincoln Astronomical Society

This was taken by Phil Norton of Lincoln Astronomical Society on 30th December at 1918 hrs.

Sunrise over Copernicus with Erastophenes on the right.

12 inch telescope F10 ASI120mm camera. Autostakkert and Astra Imaging processing.

Crator Eudoxus taken by Phil Norton of Lincoln Astronomical Society

Craters Aristoteles (top) and Eudoxus (centre) taken by Phil Norton of Lincoln Astronomical Society on 28th December 2014.

The telescope was his 300mm F5 Newtonian reflector with a x2 barlow fitted.

The camera was the ZWO ASI120MM.

Processing was in AstraImage3 and Registax6. Resolution is 0.5Km per pixel.

For a sense of scale, the centre crator is 42 Miles in diameter.

IC405 The Flaming Star Nebula by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society IC405 the Flaming Star Nebula by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society.
 
T: WO ZS66SD + 0.8x reducer
C: QHY IMG2Pro @ -25C
M: NEQ6Pro
G: SX OAG + SX Lodestar
F: Astronomik Ha, OIII, SII , R & B
Soft:
Capture : SGPro
Guiding : Astroart 5
Process : Pixinsight & CS2
 
About 17 hours in total using a mix of Ha, OIII, SII, R & B

Link to full size image on Flickr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/komet_ccd/16109252211/

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