Amateur Astronomy from Edinburgh 2017-07-19T13:50:28+00:00

Amateur Astronomy from Edinburgh

This website is a place where I can post my images purely for the fun of it. You can find more information about the equipment I use on the About/Equipment page.

To give me something to aim for, I have set up pages to get as many Messier and Lunar 100 objects as I can. The Deep Sky page is for objects not in Messier’s catalogue and includes some more recent lists such as the Caldwell and Finest NGC catalogues.

Light pollution is a serious problem for amateur astronomy here on the edge of Edinburgh, Scotland, so this is a battle of photons vs sodium! Please come back and visit as the site develops, I make lots of mistakes, the weather gets worse and the skies get brighter.

Mark

Recent posts

99.7% Harvest Moon

9 September 2017|Moon, News|

2017-09-05 20:29 UT
Seeing III
C80ED 80mm f7.5 1/200s ISO100
Canon 600D Processed in Lightroom

Love it or hate it there’s no denying the full moon is beautiful and always satisfying to image. The large impact craters such as Tycho and Copernicus stand out so well at this phase with the ejecta covering vast areas of the surface.

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First Infrared moon test on Plato

1 August 2017|Moon, News, Plato project|

First test using ZWO 850 IR pass filter on Plato and Alpine valley.
The question was: is the DBK sensitive at infrared wavelengths that the filter allows through and so can image during daylight hours?
YES!

Skymax 180 7″ Maksutov-Cass at f15
Imaging Source DBK 21AU618.as 4x60s AVI 60fps (not always achieved)
Captured with FireCapture
Processed in AutoStakkert, Photoshop CC, Lightroom
19:38 – 19:42 UT Seeing: III but low altitude
9.41 days

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Ganymede eclipse 2017-05-09

10 May 2017|Jupiter, News|

14 frame animation
Skymax 180 7″ Maksutov-Cass at f30 (x2 barlow)
Imaging Source DBK 21AU618.as 14x90s AVI 60fps
Captured with FireCapture
Stacking in AutoStakkert, wavelets in Registax, processing and rendering in Photoshop CC
21:32 UT – 22:51 UT, Seeing: III

Great Red Spot just appearing at the end of the animation.

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Europa transit 2017-05-04

5 May 2017|Jupiter, News|

17 frame animation
Skymax 180 7″ Maksutov-Cass at f30 (x2 barlow)
Imaging Source DBK 21AU618.as 17x90s AVI 60fps
Captured with FireCapture
Stacking in AutoStakkert, wavelets in Registax, processing and rendering in Photoshop CC
21:22 UT – 22:11 UT, Seeing: IV (for here)

GIF animation:

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NGC 6960 Western Veil (C34) Reprocessed 2017-03-28

30 March 2017|Caldwell, Finest NGC, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

Supernova remnant, Cygnus (“Witch’s Broom”)
Caldwell 34, Finest NGC 99a, SAC110 44
Size 70’x6′
2011-09-20
200mm f5 Newtonian MPCC Guided
Canon EOS 350D MODDED, Astronomik CLS
5x240s 15x180s, darks, flats,  ISO 800
Captured in APT
Processed in Nebulosity and PS CS5

First light with the modded 350D. So much easier to capture and process the nebulosity.

Reprocessed in 2017-03-28 with Adobe Lightroom.

Original image:

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NGC 3628

28 March 2017|Galaxy, News, NGC Spring|

Unbarred spiral galaxy, Leo
Mag 10.2 Size 15′ × 3′.6
2017-03-21
200mm f8 RC
Piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
L 22×240s 2×2, RGB 11×120s 4×4 Darks Bias Flats
Atik 460EX (-24C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Poor transparency resulting in lots of light pollution and gradients. Also focusing and guiding was not the best.

NGC 3628, also known as the Hamburger Galaxy or […]

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