Image of the Month for April is the recent very deep capture of Coddington’s Nebula (a galaxy) in Ursa Major. This image has the added bonus of a Carbon star in the bottom left hand corner.
This is a 2-framer using the Canon 15mm fisheye lens on the Canon 5D MkII from last night. I Rotated the camera when the ISS reached the Zenith (the gap) and then merged the two frames together.
Last night I got 5 hours of data on Coddington’s nebula and Carbon star SAO 51274 (bottom left hand corner). I added this to around 12 hours of data taken over 2 nights some time ago.
I recently took some data on Greg’s “3” asterism in Leo using the 200mm lenses on the MiniWASP array, around 4 hours of data in total. I have inserted some old Sky 90 data (again around 4 hours) so you can see the narrow-field incorporated into the wide field data.
One of the bright stars in the “3” is SAO 98676 so you can find this region on your planetarium program.
The mega-computing array found a new Prime Number last Sunday.
The Prime Number is:
This is the recent M44 (Beehive Cluster) within the “Stargate”. The two bright red stars over to the far left are both Carbon stars. Image taken with the 200mm lenses and the Starlight Xpress Trius M26C OSC CCDs.
Last night I got 18 x 15-minute subs on the M44 region with the 200mm lenses and I combined it with some earlier 200mm data.
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.
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.