Image by Dave Ward & Zoe. 27th September - 3rd October 2014.
A really nice black and white image of the beautiful galaxy ngc891 in Andromeda. Colour data will be shot and added at a later date. Image processing was done by Dave and Zoe using PixInsight and Photoshop.
Really worth clicking through to the larger image!
Image by Laura Ngo. Andromeda Galaxy. 4th September 2014
Laura used her full frame Canon 6D (DSLR) on our imaging facility to capture this stunning image of one of our closest galactic neighbors, M31 or the Andromeda galaxy. Laura didn't capture quite as many frames as she would have liked but this is still a lovely image. RAW conversion using Adobe DNG and processed with DSS and Photoshop.
Images by Paul Gibons. Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian.
Paul capture these images with our imaging facility and his Celestron Neximage 5 camera. Taken from 1000 frame AVI files. Processed with PIP, AutoStakkert and Photoshop. The Jupiter image shows a shadow transit of Io, one of Jupiters moons, in progresss on the night of the 24th April. Mars had just passed opposition. Despite being at opposition Mars was still quite small.
Images by Dave Ward & Zoe. 30th March to 5th April. Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian.
Dave and Zoe had a week of clear nights. They used our imaging facility and Zoe's Atik 460ex camera. These wonderfully detailed images were captured through LRGB & Halpha filters. Image processing was done using PixInsight , again by Dave and Zoe.
Images by Dan Brown. 30th March to 5th April. HEQ5. Canon 60Da. Skywatcher Synguider.
Dan used his own kit to capture these images. The camera was a Canon 60Da. The 'a' denoting a factory modified filter that allows more red light (Halpha) to reach the sensor. The Synguider is a 'stand alone' guider needing no latop. It worked well. Dan wrote - NGC7000 - my first real successful autoguiding effort thanks to Tony. Note I got lucky with a meteor coming through one sub which I left in the final edit.
The Moon at 9.5 days. By Chris Matheson. 19th February 2013
Chris captured this dramatic image by aiming his camera into the eyepiece whilst observing the Moon with our 50cm Dobsonian. The exposure of 1/100th second was more than short enough to freeze any movement. The craters Clavius and Tycho feature prominently in this detail rich image.
M81 - Bodes Nebula. By Dave & Zoe. November ''12
Dave & Zoe, both experienced imagers, used our facility and Zoe's Atik 4000 camera to capture this stunning image during their stay. It is an LRGB image. Shot in black and white, the colour is produced by exposing through filters and then combining during image processing. Image processing was done using PixInsight , again by Dave and Zoe.
Image by Sam and John.The Sun in H-alpha. 30th October 2011
John wrote. Just to say we had a great time when we visited last weekend, shame about the weather but I'll be back in the future sometime soon. Great chalets and good looking equipment, I'm sure you must be busy all year round! It's not much but please see the image Sam took of the Sun on Sunday, considering the conditions I don't think its a bad effort for his very first astro image! Thanks for all your kind efforts and clear dark skies to you.
John and Sam are associated with Astronomia
Images by Paul Gibbons. The Sun. 3rd October 2011. Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian. 3 meter Dome.
Paul captured these images of the Sun using our Intes and a Baader mylar filter. They show nice detail with granularity and faculae along with the sunspots. Stacked in Registax and tweaked in Photoshop.
Images by Jim Coughlan. North American and Pelican Nebulas in Cygnus.
September 2011. Takahashi FSQ106 and Atik 383L on an HEQ5pro
The images are made up of three sets of narrow band images. Hapha, Sulpher and O111. Each image is 3 hours long in 10 minute subs, one hour per filter.
Images were captured and calibrated in maximDL5 then colour combined in Astroart4 and processed in PS CSE.
Jim has used a Hubble palette to create these wonderful images of these well know H11 emission nebula. The Pelican Nebula is a large area nebula in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan), close to Deneb. It is divided from its brighter, larger neighbour the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.
Images by Chris Beere.Wide angle images of Orion, Auriga and Cygnus.4th - 11th December.
Chris wrote - Hi Valerie, Had an AWESOME time, many thanks to yourself, Murray and Tony for being such excellent hosts. I have a few images for the website (i have made them web friendly), please pass them along to Tony. I will definitely be coming back to Kimworthy next year :) All the best. Chris Beere.
Chris' passion is wide field images and he was really pleased with the level of detail he captured from our location, including Barnard's loop in Orion. To do these pictures justice you need to look at the larger versions!
Images by Stephen Martin. M51, M13 & M27. May/June 2010
Stephen and his family stayed with us during the last week in May. He used our imaging facility to capture some well known objects. With prior experience Stephen quickly came to terms with our equipment and also did the image processing himself. The images here are cropped versions of those he sent to us
Images by Les Higgins. M101 in Ursa Major and M13 in Hercules.
May 16th 2010
Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian. 3 meter Dome.
Atik 314L & Atik 16C cameras.
Les and his wife stayed with us during May.
He brought his own Atik cameras and laptop with him to capture these great images. Les used his equipment in conjunction with our imaging facility.
M13 is a single 3 minute exposure with an Atik 314L camera and M101 is a single 10 minute exposure with an Atik 161C camera.
Les had prior experience with an Meade LXD75 so had no problems adapting to our equipment. He did however subsequently replace his mount with an EQ6!
Rupus Recta or Straight Wall. By Jan Koeman. 22nd March 2010
Visiting from Holland, with others of his astronomy society, The Philippus Lansbergen Observatory, Jan spent a week with us. He took this remarkably detailed image of the Rupus Recta region of the Moon by simply attaching his Nikon 4500 compact camera to the eyepiece of our half meter Dobsonian. Although the telescope is undriven the large amount of light allowed for a shutter speed of 1/100 even at a modest 100 ISO, this was brief enough to stop any motion. Just below Rupus Recta is the small prominent crater Birt. On the terminator, the crater with the just off center peak is Rimae Pitatus.
Jan and his friends took lots of other pictures on their 'Devon Expedition' which can be seen on their website by clicking on this link.
Alnitak, The Flame Nebula and Horse Head Nebula. By Anthony Cox. December '09. Intes MN71 - 18cm f6 Maksutov-Newtonian.
Anthony braved sub-zero temperatures to capture this dramatic picture. The images he took here at AstroAdventures were Anthony's first attempt at deep sky imaging. He used our Intes and EQ6 plus his Canon 450D to image this remarkable region in Orion. 5 light frames of 5 minutes at ISO 800 were taken along with darks and flats. The huge brightness range between the star Alnitak and the Horse's Head required careful processing, especially as the images were shot in JPG not RAW. However with a little help from us he achieved a result to be proud of.
M1 - The Crab Nebula. By Anthony Cox. December '09.
The same comments as above apply to this image of M1, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus.
The Milky Way centered on Deneb. By Paul Gibbons. October '09
Paul piggybacked his 1000D onto his Skywatcher ED80 (just seen on the lower edge) to take this splendid picture of the Milky Way. The image is centered on Deneb. The California nebula and surrounding areas of emission nebula have recorded well considering this was an unmodified camera. Several 4 minute exposures and dark frames were taken and then stacked in Deep Sky Stacker. The result was then processed in Photoshop to produce this image.
The Bubble Nebula
- NGC 7635 & M27 the Dumbell Nebula.
Meade 5000 127mm. QHY8 camera. HEQ5 Pro SynScan mount.
Jim brought his own equipment with him to capture these great images. M27 consist of some exposures done from his home location and some from here. The bubble was captured entirely from here. Capture was done via 'Nebulosity'. Exposure details are as follows.
M27 - 3 hours of 5 and 10 minute sub exposures.
The Bubble nebula is in Cassiopeia and M27 is in Vulpecula.
The Crescent Nebula - NGC 6888. By Paul Sloan. September '09
Paul has replaced the standard filter on his 350D to give much better red response, important in capturing emission nebula. He did the conversion himself! This superb image is made up of six, 5 minute exposures along with darks and flats.
Jordan Cook. April '09
Jordan used his Canon DSLR and our observatory to capture these images. All the images are made up from x10 stacked, 3 minute exposures. They were Jordan's first efforts at imaging and image processing, which makes them even more creditable.
NGC2903 by Paul Gibbons. March '09
Paul used his DSI camera and our observatory to capture this great image of NGC 2903 in Leo. This often over looked galaxy suits the chip size of the DSI really well. Capture was via the DSI software but no 'on the fly' stacking etc was done. Instead, each frame was saved as a 32 bit FIT file and along with the darks was then stacked in Astroart. Further image adjustment was carried out in Photoshop (Using FITs plug to open). Three x 3 minute lights and corresponding darks. The weather stopped further exposures.