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

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Day 4 Waxing Crescent 26th December 2014  Canon 450D and ZS70 Refractor


Day 5 Waxing Crescent 27th December 2014  Canon 450D and ZS70 Refractor

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Day 7

Day 8  Waxing Gibbous 1st November 2014  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor


Day 9  Waxing Gibbous 2nd  November 2014  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor


Day 10

Day 11 Waxing Gibbous 4th  November 2014  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor


Day 12  Waxing Gibbous 5th  November 2014  Canon 450D and SWED80 Refractor


Day13

Day 14 Full Moon 5th January 2015 Canon 4500D  and WOZS70 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 10th  November 2014  Canon 1100D and WOZS70 Refractor



Day 18 Waning Gibbous 11th  November 2014  Canon 1100D and WOZS70 Refractor


Day 19 Waning Gibbous 12th  November 2014  Canon 1100D and WOZS70 Refractor



Day 20 Waning Gibbous 13th  November 2014  Canon 1100D and WOZS70 Refractor

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


Day 22 Last Quarter 15th  November 2014  Canon 1100D and WOZS70 Refractor


Day 23 Waning Crescent 16th December 2014 Canon 30D and WOZS70 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.