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!

2 thoughts on “Dumbell, Cigar, Triangulum, Orion, Pleiades and Moon Images

  1. Well done Simon, a lovely collection of images.
    The lunar image is really sharp – one of my favourite target objects!
    M42 is always a dilemma – either lots of structural nebula detail OR separation of the trapezium stars. Requires lots of work to achieve both.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Welcome to the CADSAS club Simon.
    Have to say this is really nice work from Simon and is almost on par with Grahams. It does highlight the need for a quality equatorial mount and accurate setup to achieve this level of excellence.
    The moon shot has exceptional detail on par with Grahams and is a good example of attention to detail during capture and post-processing.
    Impressive stuff.

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