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Just had two new publications for 2010 come through the post this morning – the Astronomy Now 2010 Yearbook & Patrick Moore’s 2010 Yearbook of Astronomy.  Why?  Because Noel & I managed to get an “Astronomy Now readers’ pictures of the year” with our February 2009 comet Lulin image and I wrote an article for Patrick’s 2010 Yearbook called “Hyperstar imaging at the New Forest Observatory” which includes Noel/Greg images both from the Hyperstar III and from the Sky 90/M25C.  I would also like to thank Keith Cooper for including Star Vistas in the “Books of the Year” section of the Astronomy Now 2010 Yearbook – thank you Keith :)

Well it was very nice to receive the above and get a little lift from this absolutely foul weather we’ve been suffering.  Monsoons and gales means I haven’t taken an image for a very long time now – the last one was a frame for the Heart nebula – and that was on Sunday 25th October 2009 – and I still need to try and get two more frames for that one :(  Suffering withdrawal symptoms, but that’s not too unusual for November, very often I’ve found November with all its promise of long evenings is actually a poor imaging month purely due to the weather.  Let’s hope these gales blow the clouds away and we get a couple of imaging evenings (at least) before we enter the final month of the year.

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To start off the International Year of Astronomy we are really pleased to announce that our 2-frame mosaic of the Belt region of Orion made a 2-page spread in the January 2009 edition of Astronomy Now :)

Covering pages 24 and 25 there is a huge one and a half page picture of the Belt region of Orion [great job done reproducing the colour there Keith – thank you!!] in the “Picture this” section of the magazine.  We also managed to get an image of the Cave nebula in the “Picture Gallery” section – so a really great start to the New Year for us.  Let’s hope Star Vistas continues the 2009 excitement for Parker/Carboni.

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Great news again!  The Parker/Carboni double-team got their rendition of the Jellyfish Nebula region in this month’s Astronomy Now as Picture of the Month!!  Thank you once again to Nik Szymanek for a very nice accompanying description.

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On pages 72-73 of the July issue of Astronomy Now you can read all the gory details of how the whole of the Veil Nebula was captured in a 32-hour imaging (and processing) marathon.

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Well our definitive version of M31 with all the added H-alpha made Picture of the Month in the May 2008 issue of Astronomy Now.  Thank you Nik Szymanek for the very nice accompanying write-up :)

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Just came home on Wednesday 15th August to find we have Picture of the Month in this Month’s (September 2007 Issue) Astronomy Now magazine.  Astronomy Now have published our wide field picture of the The North America Pelican Nebula.  Taken with the Takahashi Sky 90/SXVF-M25C combination, this is only around 4 hours or so of total exposure time, which is at the lower end for my work with the little Tak as I normally use a minimum of around 8 hours for nebulae.  Noel has managed to keep really good star colour as you can see, while bringing out all the faint stuff in the region of the Pelican.

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Sir Arthur C Clarke sent Greg a tribute to Sir Patrick Moore on the occasion of his 50th Sky at Night anniversary with instructions to get it published where the astronomically-interested would see it (of course you can read the tribute here as well!). 

Astronomy Now took up this wonderful offer and in the July issue the Arthur C Clarke tribute to Sir Patrick Moore can be seen on pages 40-41.  Sir Arthur has put a lot of very interesting history in his tribute.

More importantly :-) on page 93 in the Picture Gallery you’ll find a full-colour 2-frame Sky 90/M25C shot of the Markarian Chain region.

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In the June 2007 issue of Astronomy Now there is a 4 page article on the work that we have been doing (pages 28 – 31) titled “Picture Gallery Special – Greg Parker”.

We are really, really happy and excited with this article.  Two years ago there is no way that I would have thought a single image would get published let alone a four page article!  Here you can see a number of our best images to date and some explanation of how the images were acquired by Greg, and processed by Noel all the way across the pond in sunny Florida.

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Our picture of M51 appears on page 48 under the article heading “Beginner’s Challenge: The spiral arms of M51.  Our image of M13 and M101 also appear on the Messier Challenge Poster – these are all single frame Hyperstar/SXV-H9C images.

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Astronomy Now are printing one of our images of M31 in “the night sky” on page 51.  It is certainly a dramatic image and one of our favourites.  This is just the central core region of M31 taken with the Hyperstar/SXV-H9C – BUT – it contains 311 sub-exposures!!

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