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On this page are recent images taken by members and vistors. For earlier images please see our page of Older Images


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IC1396

Graham Winstanley took this image of the Elephants Trunk Nebula from his Observatory at Bassingham on 24th May 2017. He used his Skywatcher ED80 on an EQ6 mount with a QHY IMGPRO camera at -20 deg. Exposure was L 16 x 600s, RGB 20 x 300s per filter.


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

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