Picture of the Month – February 2019

Aldebaran and the Hyades has been looking splendid on any clear Moonless night this Winter. This is a 2.5 frame mosaic taken with the 200mm lenses and Trius M26C OSC CCDs. You don’t often see images containing the nice little open cluster in the top left hand corner.

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January 2019 – Image of the Month

I have been extremely lazy in trying to maintain an Image of the Month, so with a New Year just starting, let’s see if I can do better.

Up there, right now, are the Pleaides (in Taurus) and this is a total of fifteen hours exposure time using 40-minute sub exposures, taken over two years using the 3 x Sky90s with 3 x M26C OSC CCDs on the MiniWASP array.

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Comet Wirtanen 46P

Taken just last night, here is my first look at comet Wirtanen 46P grabbed quickly with the Canon 5D MkII and a 15mm fisheye lens. Moon up so no point in bringing out the big guns really. May try with a 50mm lens on the 5D MkII if I get some more clear sky.

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Pleiades – superdeep

I took 6 hours of 40-minute subs with the Sky 90 array on 9th December 2018 and added this to 9 hours of 40-minute subs taken last year to get this result.

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Procyon and Gomeisa

Alpha and Beta Canis Minoris taken with the 200mm lenses and a 2-frame (horizontal) mosaic.

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M31 in perspective

A composite view of M31 using a very wide field background taken with the Canon 5D MkII and a Canon 200mm prime lens.

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Sky90 array image of M31 the Andromeda galaxy

9 hours of data using 20-minute subs (so 3 hours of actual imaging time) using the Sky90 array on 1st November 2018. 6:52 p.m. start and no Moonrise until midnight.

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The Hyperstar III does M31 the Andromeda galaxy

The Hyperstar III/Trius 814C combination was used to grab this central view of M31. 

The red circle shows the size of the full Moon for comparison.

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Vega plus two Carbon stars

North is to the left in this image showing brilliant star Vega and two nearby Carbon stars.

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The Double Cluster and Stock 2 in wide-field

A wide-field image using the Canon 200mm lenses of the Double Cluster and Stock 2 open clusters. Stock 2 is the “stick man on his side” directly above the Double Cluster.

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