Andromeda Galaxy M31

M31 Andromeda Galaxy by Kevin Brown

M31 Andromeda Galaxy, Canon 1000D, ED80, DSS, Kevin Brown

Here is another go by Kevin Brown at M31, the Andromeda Galaxy. This time using sub-images captured in Canon 1000D RAW format.

This resulting image is made from 5 lights plus 1 dark, each of 180s exposure at 1600 ISO, stacked using Deep Sky Stacker software.

The settings used with DSS were rather random (more experience needed), so a better final result is probably possible…

Image of the Sun

sun image 7/7/14 by graham caller

Sun Image 7/7/14 by Graham Caller (click for larger)

Image of the Sun captured on 7th July 2014 by our member Graham Caller.  Comprising 80 frames at 1/4000 sec exposure, stacked in Registax software.

Albireo imaged with Alan Young Telescope

Star Albireo imaged with Alan Young Telescope 06062014

Albireo imaged with Alan Young Telescope 06062014 (click for larger version)

An image of double star Albireo in constellation Cygnus, imaged with the Alan Young Telescope.

Albireo consists of an orange giant of magnitude 3, together with the blue/green magnitude 5 companion.

It is good to see that our work on improving the Alan Young Telescope is now producing results, in the form of better quality astro-images.

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy Image

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy Image by Graham Caller

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy by Graham Caller

Another lovely astroimage from member Graham Caller.  This is the interacting galaxies which make up M51, the “Whirlpool Galaxy” (as first listed by Charles Messier).

M51A and the smaller object M51B are interacting.  You can even see this galaxy combination with decent binoculars (but not quite as clearly as in this image!).

Graham comments:

“One M51 finished image attached.

Out of 18 images I got 10 usable that didn’t have noticable trailing. I suspect the defective shots were the result of periodic error in the mount tracking.

The 10 images stacked had flats and bias frames added but no darks as I haven’t taken 5 mins exposure darks before. That’s something to do on the cold and cloudy nights which we have no shortage of :-)