Dumbell, Cigar, Triangulum, Orion, Pleiades and Moon Images

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.

Simon comments..

“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!

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…

Andromeda Galaxy M31

M31 Andromeda Galaxy, Kevin Brown, Terry Martin

The first decent picture taken from Kevin Brown’s DIY observatory.   A very pleasing result after the build this summer, which was helped so much by CADSAS member Terry.

M31 Andromeda Galaxy plus M32 and M110.  This is a stacked, colour adjusted composite image from .jpg lights (yes, mistake, should have been raw format).

Captured using Canon 1000D camera and Skywatcher ED80 refractor.

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.

Jupiter – night of 16th/17th March 2014

Image of Jupiter captured by our member Brian Bennewith.

Brian comments..

This picture was captured on my Orion Starshoot Imager, with a run of 1 minute taking 600 frames and then aligning and stacking using “Registak” software.

In the same frame “Io” is peeking out from behind the planet, (just on the edge), at about 8 o’clock and about one jupiter diameter away is “Ganymede” on the same side. On the version I have sent you, Ganymede is dificult to see, but on the original it is clearer

M52 Stacked Image

Image of M52 made by stacking 10 x 30 secs shots through a Skywatcher 150mm f/8 refracting telescope on 20 August 2013, taken at Brickfield Observatory by Ivan Walton and Ted Pearson.

M52 20 Aug 13 (stacked image)

Saturn image using Meade LPI

Saturn image captured by Brian Bennewith with Meade LPI

Image captured by our member Brian Bennewith.

He comments:

On Monday 4th June at about 12:40am, I managed to capture this attached picture of Saturn. I was using a Meade Lunar, Planitary Imager, (LPI), coupled to my Skywatcher 5.7 inch reflector telescope. The software is Meade Autostar Suite and the image is a composite of 10 separate images of better that 95% quality.

Comet PANSTARRS Image 30th April

Comet Panstarrs captured 30th April by G Caller

Comet Panstarrs captured 30th April by G Caller

Image of comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) captured by our member Graham Caller on 30th April 2013.

Graham comments:

I captured Panstarrs on 30th April as it was just above Cassiopeia. A tricky one to find.

This image comprises 6 x 6 min lights that have been stacked in DSS using the very useful ‘comet stacking’ option.