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M15 and M45 by Jim Coughlan. September '08
Meade 5000 127mm Apo @f/7.5
HEQ5 Pro SynScan mount. Autoguiding with W/O 66mm using a DSI II via PHD.

Jim brought his own equipment with him and used a different camera for each of these shots. Details as follows.

M15 = MX7C camera: 45 x 120 second exposures total 90 minutes. Captured with Astroart 4.

M45 = QHY8 camera: 6 x 300 seconds + 6 x 600 seconds + 6 x 900 second exposures total 3 hours. Captured with Nebulosity.
Both images stacked in Astroart 4 and processed in Photoshop CS.

M15 is a globular cluster in Pegasus and M45 is an open cluster better known as the Pleiades.



M27 and M13 by Gerry Doyle. August '08
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian.
EQ6 Pro SynScan mount with autoguider. QSI 532 cooled-chip CCD Camera.

Gerry used a QSI ccd camera to take these images. This was probably the most sophisticated camera to be used on our Intes to date. Both are the sum of 20 x 150sec subframes - 5 each of LRGB. All stacking, calibrating and processing was carried out in Maxim DL. The thumbnails have been cropped to suit our site.

M27, also known as 'The Dumbell' is a planetary nebula in Vulpecula and M13 is a globular cluster in Hercules.

M27- click for larger imageM13 - click for larger image


Partial Solar Eclipse by Rijk-Jan Koppejan. 1st August '08
Zenithstar 80 f6. Canon 400D dslr camera.

While on a family holiday from Holland Rijk-Jan took this nice sequence of a partial eclipse of the Sun. The sky wasn't 100% cloud free but it was clear enough to capture most of the event. His 80mm refractor was carried on a tracking alt-az mount and a baader type filter was used.

Rijk-Jan is related to the Philippus Lansbergen Observatory in Middelburg (The Netherlands) which this year, 2008, is marking the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope by Hans Lipperhey, spectacle-maker and inhabitant of Middelburg. Additional information can be found on their website. More of Rijk-Jan's images appear there.

Solar eclipse 01/08/2008 - click for larger image.



Summer Sky Greats by Rijk-Jan Koppejan. August '08
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian.
EQ6 Pro SynScan mount. Canon 400D dslr camera.

More images from Rijk-Jan. He took these pictures while on a family holiday from Holland. Our Intes and mount were used but no autoguider. Instead he used short, 2 minute exposures which were stacked (no darks or flats). Using this method he was able to cover a large number of objects in a short time. Shown below are just a few. We have cropped these to suit our site.

M13 M16 Eagle M20 Triffid
M27 Dumbell M101 Veil - NGC 6960


M42 and M81, M82 by Paul Hardy. 11th February '08
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian.
EQ6 Pro SynScan mount with autoguider. Canon 400D dslr camera.

Using our Intes, Paul capture an image which highlights the outer regions and vast extent of the Orion nebula. He also produced this very nice image of the classic galaxy pairing, M81 and M82.

Paul wrote - I have attached an image of the Orion Nebula, taken during our stay on the 11-02-2008. This image consists of 6 raw files converted to 16 bit tiff in Canon Photo Professional. They were then stacked using Deep Sky Stacker, and final adjustments made in PS. I have a book of images taken by Hubble, and used this as a reference when adjusting colours etc. Many thanks to you both for your help with the scopes, we both had a wonderful holiday and look forward to returning later this year.
A few days later Paul wrote - I am enclosing the pic of M81+M82. I have edited and re-edited and just can't get myself happy with the end result each time. Don't feel this will make the gallery, but thought you and Tony would like to see it anyway. Looking forward to seeing you all again in September.

M42 - Click for larger image

M81, M82 - Click for larger image



The Moon. by Reverend Kay. December '07
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian.
EQ6 Pro SynScan mount. Phillips Webcam.

Reverend Kay bought her own web cam and laptop with her. Never having used the webcam before she produced this great montage, from many images, of a waxing moon as seen through our Intes telescope. It shows Tycho and its ray system very well and also the three prominent seas of Serenity, Tranquility and Fecunditatis.



M33 by Jim Coughlan. October '07

Telescope: Vixen 80 mm f7.5 Apo SF refractor.
GEM: HEQ5 Pro Mount.
Camera: Starlightxpress MX7C USB (Self Auto-guiding).
Image: The image is a 60 minute exposure. 12 x 5 minutes.
Processed: AstroArt 4 and Photoshop 7.0

Jim brought his own equipment with him and used it to produced this impressive image of M33 in Triangulum.

M33 - Click for larger image



M31, M33 and M81 with M82 by Barrie Sheringham.
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian. EQ6 Pro SynScan mount with autoguider.
Canon 350D DSLR. October '07.

Barrie visited us along with other members of the Breckland Astronomical Society. He used our equipment and his Canon 350D to capture these fine images.

These were some of Barrie's first images and he used Images Plus to process the RAW files from his Canon.
Barrie wrote - 'These are my first real efforts at using Images Plus (steep learning curve).'



Southern Splendors. M16, M8 and M17 by Dee Amos.
30cm Meade LX200
Canon 350D DSLR, IR Filter removed. 26th May '07.

Dee took these great pictures from the pathway in front of Jay Lodge. The telescope was in Alt-Az mode and they are single frames. Dee removed the IR filter filter in the camera herself, following info on the net! Click any picture for larger versions.

M16 The Eagle Nebula M8 The Lagoon nebula M17 The Swan nebula


Leo Triplet by Phil Moore.
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian. EQ6 Pro SynScan mount.
Canon 350D DSLR. 19th April '07.

Phil captured this classic image, in the early hours of the morning, with our Intes, EQ6 and autoguider combination.

It consists of 6 x 4 minute exposures, 2 x darks and 6 x flats. They were captured in RAW mode and converted to 16 bit Tiff using Canon Photo Professional. Stacking was done using DeepSky Stacker and final adjustment was carried out in Photoshop.

Click for larger image



Comets Encke, C/2006 XA1 and Machholz.
By Tony Cook. 85mm Televue APO.
Losmandy GM8 mount. Canon D10 DSLR.
9th, 10th and 11th April '07.
Tony Cook made good use of our clear horizons and good skies to capture these three small comets, Enke as the sun was setting and Machholz just before sunrise. XA1 was very faint at 13.6 and the small animated gif of it moving across the sky is well worth a look!
Click on the thumbnails to see technical details and larger versions of Encke and Machholtz.
Click here to see C/2006 XA1 and a movie of its movement.

Tony specialises in imaging this type of comet and puts a lot of research and effort into achieving these images.

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M51 and M101 by Paul Gibbons.
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian. EQ6 Pro SynScan mount.
Pentax *ist DSLR. 20th March '07.

Taken at the prime focus of our Intes telescope and EQ6 mount, Paul used our autoguider system to good effect to capture these images.They were each 6 x 4 minute exposures with 2 x darks. They were captured in RAW mode and stacked using DeepSky Stacker. Final 'tweaking' was carried out in Photoshop.
The mount tracked superbly for 6 minute exposures but the images became too noisy so 4 minutes was chosen as a compromise between signal and noise.

 

 

M51 - Click for larger image

M101 - Click for larger image



The Orion Nebula and Andromeda Galaxy by Russell King.
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian. EQ6 Pro SynScan mount.
Nikon D50. 20th October '06.
Russell took these great pictures with his Nikon D50 digital SLR camera at the prime focus of our Intes telescope and EQ6 mount.

The Orion nebula image is a composite of 3 separate exposures each of which captured different brightness levels within the nebula. The exposures were 10, 30 and 90 seconds. The three exposures were then blended together in Photoshop to produce this striking image. (click on picture for a larger size)

The Andromeda Galaxy image is a composite of 4 identical images, each of around 2 minutes. These were then averaged together in Photoshop to reduce noise. Tonal detail was then improved by adjusting the levels, again in Photoshop.

Photoshop work by Tony Gibbons.

Click here to visit Russell's website.

M31 _ Click for larger image

M42 - Click for larger image

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