Saturday, 2 October 2021

A new image of M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), M32 and M110

Image compiled over two nights 29th Sept and 1st Oct. Total integration time of 2.5 hours.

Scope:     Sky Watcher ED80 DS Pro
Mount:    Sky Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Camera:  QHY268C

Guide scope: Sky Watcher Evoguide 50ED
Guide cam:   Altair Astro GP-CAM 290M

Image capture: SharpCap
Guiding:           PHD2
Planetarium:    Cartes du Ceil

Stacked in DSS.

Processed in Affinity Photo V1.10.1 and Photoshop Elements 13.







Saturday, 18 September 2021

Three nights on NGC7000

Combined sessions from 07, 15 and 17 September 2021.

Scope:     Sky Watcher ED80 DS Pro
Mount:    Sky Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Camera:  QHY268C

Guide scope: Sky Watcher Evoguide 50ED
Guide cam:   Altair Astro GP-CAM 290M

Image capture: SharpCap
Guiding:           PHD2
Planetarium:    Cartes du Ceil

Stacked in DSS.

Processed in Affinity Photo V1.10.1 and Photoshop Elements 13.

07/09/2021 - 95 x 60s Lights + Darks and Flats

15/09/2021 - 120 x 60s Lights + Darks and Flats

17/09/2021 - 120 x 60s Lights + Darks and Flats

Total integration time: 5h 35m.



Thursday, 16 September 2021

Jupiter and Moons

Taken with the ED80 scope and QHY268C APS-C camera, captured more detail than I was expecting considering the size of the scope and large sensor.

Scope:     Sky Watcher ED80 DS Pro

Mount:    Sky Watcher NEQ6 Pro

Camera:  QHY268C

Image capture: SharpCap

Planetarium:    Cartes du Ceil

Compiled from a well exposed Jupiter and overexposed to image the Moons.

Jupiter video - 125ms exposure for 60sec

Moons video - 2s exposure for 60 sec

Original frame size 1600 x 1200, cropped to 795 x 509 then doubled in size to 1590 x 1018

Processed in Affinity Photo V1.10.1 and Photoshop Elements 13.

Moons left to right Callisto, Europa, Io and Ganymede




Wednesday, 8 September 2021

NGC7000 - The North America Nebula

First light with a new QHY268C camera.

Scope:     Sky Watcher ED80 DS Pro
Mount:    Sky Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Camera:  QHY268C

Guide scope: Sky Watcher Evoguide 50ED
Guide cam:   Altair Astro GP-CAM 290M

Image capture: SharpCap
Guiding:           PHD2
Planetarium:    Cartes du Ceil

Stacked in DSS.

Processed in Affinity Photo V1.10.1 and Photoshop Elements 13.

95 x 60s Lights + Darks and Flats



Saturday, 14 August 2021

Perseid meteor

The sky hasn't been too cooperative this month but Thursday was clear enough to try for some images.

Equipment:

Camera: Pentax K-S2

Lens: Pentax 50mm 1:1.7

Fixed Manfrotto photographic tripod 

Interval shooting, 4 x 10s exposures per minute.





Nova RS Ophiuchi

Nova RS Ophiuchi (RS Oph) recently brighten for the first time since 2006.

RS Oph is a recurrent nova see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS_Ophiuchi

Scope:     Sky Watcher ED80 DS Pro
Mount:    Sky Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Camera:  Altair Astro Hypercam 183C

Guide scope: Sky Watcher Evoguide 50ED
Guide cam:   Altair Astro GP-CAM 290M

Image capture: SharpCap
Guiding:           PHD2
Planetarium:    Cartes du Ceil

Stacked in DSS.

Processed in Affinity Photo V1.10.0 and Photoshop Elements 13.

90 x 60s Lights + Darks and Flats

The nova is the central bright reddish star.





Monday, 14 June 2021

Nova Her 2021

A new Nova discovered on 12th June by Seiji Ueda (Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan)

This image was compiled from 60 x 60s frames + Darks & Flats on 13th June.

Scope:     Sky Watcher ED80 DS Pro
Mount:    Sky Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Camera:  Altair Astro Hypercam 183C

Guide scope: Sky Watcher Evoguide 50ED
Guide cam:   Altair Astro GP-CAM 290M

Image capture: SharpCap
Guiding:           PHD2
Planetarium:    Cartes du Ceil

Stacked in DSS.

Processed in Affinity Photo V1.9.2 and Photoshop Elements 13.

The Nova is the bright red star at the centre of this image.