Monday, November 17, 2014

Spiral Galaxy NGC 253 taken November 15th

4 x 5 minute exposures taken with a modified Canon 450D and Skywatcher ED80 refractor.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Messier 42 and Messier 43 The Great Orion Nebula and the Running Man Nebula

This image taken with a modified Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor.  Made up of 5 frames of 2 minutes each,  Processed in Nebulosity.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Horsehead and Flame Nebulae


Phases of the Moon - A Work In Progress

Day 1

Day 2 (plus 7 hours) Waxing Crescent 26th June 2017  Canon 760D and ZS70 Refractor



Day 3 (2 days 20 hours) Waxing Crescent 29th April 2017  Canon 760D and ZS70 Refractor



Day 4 (plus 21 hours) Waxing Crescent 1st  May  Canon 760D and ZS70 Refractor


Day 5 (plus 5 hours) Waxing Crescent 29th June 2017 Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor


Day 5 (plus 19 Hours) Waxing Crescent 2nd May 2017   Canon  760D and ZS70 Refractor



Day 6 (plus 5 hours)  Waxing Crescent 3rd April 2017 Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor


Day 6 (plus 22 hours)  Waxing Crescent 30th July 2017 Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor


Day 7 (plus 5 hours) First Quarter 31st July 2017  Canon 750D and SWED80 Refractor




Day 7 (plus 19 hours) Waxing Gibbous 4th May 2017  Canon 760D and WOZS70 Refractor



Day 8 (plus 5 hours)  Waxing Gibbous 5th April 2017  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor



Day 9 (plus 19 hours)  Waxing Gibbous 6th May 2017  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor



Day 10 (plus 19 hours) Waxing Gibbous 07 May 2017 Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor



Day 11 (plus 9 hours) Waxing Gibbous 8th May 2017  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor



Day 12 (plus 9 hours)  Waxing Gibbous 9th  May 2017 Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor



Day13  Waxing Gibbous 2nd April 2015 Canon 1100D and SWED80 Refractor(I think?)



Day 14 Full Moon 10th April 2017 Canon 4500D  and SWED80 Refractor



Day 15 Waning Gibbous 8th  November 2014  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor



Day 16 Waning Gibbous 9th  November 2014  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor



Day 17 Waning Gibbous 13th April 2017  Canon 450D and SWED80


Day 18

Day 19 Waning Gibbous 16th May 2017  Canon SWED80 and Canon 450D




Day 20 Waning Gibbous 17th April(AM) Waning Gibbous SWED80 and Canon 450D




 Day 21 Waning Gibbous 14th  November 2014  Canon 1100D and WOZS70 Refractor (cloudy morning, just two frames).



Day 22 Last Quarter 19th April 2017 Canon 450D and ED80 Refractor



Day 23 Waning Crescent 20th April 2017 Canon 450D and ED80 Refractor



Day 24   Waning Crescent 21st April 2017 Canon 450D and ED80 Refractor



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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Globular Cluster 47 Tucanae NGC104

Took this with a Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor.  Initial Post Procesing including stacking, stretching, curves and noise reduction in Nebulosity and adjusted levels, curves, hue and saturation in Photoshop.  Consists of 5 x 60 second raw frames,  Autoguided with anothe ED80 and Meade DSI 2 Monochrome camera using PHD(Push Here Dummy) Software.

Visible to the naked eye, 47 Tucanae resides in the constellation Tucana (The Toucan) and is easily found with its brightness and position just adjacent to the Small Magellanic Cloud.  Being circumpolar (never setting below the horizon) makes it a feature of southern star parties all year round.  It's distance is approximately 17000 light years from us and it is 120 light years across.  It's   It's dense distinctive looking core of stars demonstrates both it's visual distinctiveness and  it;s dense population of high mass stars concentrated in the centre.