Another fantastic astro image by CADSAS member Graham Caller. this is NGC7635, the Bubble nebula in Cassiopeia.
He gathered data for this Oct 2016 to Jan 2017. It’s a compilation of 35 single frames with exposure times of 5 minutes for Ha and 10 minutes for SII and OIII – total of 2 hr 55 mins of data capture.
OSH (OIII SII Ha) narrow band filters were used. He has colour mapped them to the RGB channels to give this false colour representation, in order to show a better contrast between the different channels.
OIII (oxygen) – red
SII (sulphur) – green
Ha (hydrogen) – blue
An image of the M13 Globular Cluster. Taken 03 April 2017 at 22:23 BST : 15 frames of 10 secs at the Brickfield Observatory, with an 80mm Refractor with ASI 178MC Cooled camera stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.
An image of the M51 Whirlpool Galaxy. Taken 01 April 2017 at the Brickfield Observatory at 21:49 BST : 30 frames of 51 secs, with an 80mm Refractor with ASI 178MC Cooled camera stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.
Here are a couple of lovely pictures of the night sky at our Observatory. Captured by a Cranbrook School student, while at one of our recent observing evenings.
March 2016 View of the Night Sky above the CADSAS Observatory
Constellation Orion above the CADSAS Observatory in March 2016
One of our members tried the interesting Photoshop tutorial about star field images, in the March issue of Digital Photo magazine. It’s all about capturing a night sky image in RAW file format and then processing it, so you can use it as background in a finished composition, or just as an astronomy night sky image.
First step was to download the (free) Adobe RAW file plugin for Photoshop, together with their DNG (digital negative converter) to convert the .CR2 files from the Canon camera. Some version juggling and a couple of hours, was needed to make it work with an older version of Photoshop. But it did!
Applying the suggestions from the magazine to a night sky image already taken and already on the laptop, it was encouraging. First stage only, but below is the star field image produced, ready for use in an image composition.
And below the processed image, there is a small section cropped from the BEFORE version of the same image, to the same scale.
Processed Star Field Image
Section of the same image BEFORE processing
Cigar Galaxy – 90secs single frame captured with the Alan Young telescope
Bode’s Galaxy – 90secs single frame captured with the Alan Young telescope
These are single frame images captured with the Alan Young Telescope on 15 January 2016
Lovely image of M51 captured by CADSAS member Simon Powell. It’s from 60 images at various ISO and exposure times, but nothing over 2 minutes.
Image of IC443 by Graham Caller
Another excellent image by our member Graham Caller. This time it’s IC443 also called the Jellyfish Nebula. It’s a supernova remnant in the constellation of Gemini.
Click the thumbnail image above for a larger version, though note that this has been reduced in resolution for the web. The original is even more impressive.
Last week was IC443 week. A couple of clear nights and I grabbed 8 hours worth of 15mins subs. Topped up this week with another 2.5 hours to improve the signal to noise ratio further.
Resultant image stacked in PixInsight and processed.
Oh! this was taken using an Ha filter.
We are hoping Graham will give us a lecture in the future, on his astroimaging techniques.
Cigar Galaxy M82
Dumbell Nebula M27
M33 Triangulum Galaxy
Orion Nebula M42
Here is a collection of astronomical images captured by our member Simon Powell. (click each thumbnail for a larger version of the image)
All were taken using a Skywatcher 200PDS telescope on an HEQ5 Equatorial mount, with a Canon 70D DSLR at prime focus. The deep sky shots were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker with darks, bios shots and flats. Post processing was done with Photoshop.
“Most of these were taken from central Maidstone, so light pollution is an issue, hence the Dumbell and Cigar have a lot of noise in the image. Now I’ve moved to Biddenden I’m hoping not to have that issue again!”
We welcome Simon to our area and our astronomical society!