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

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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M101 (NGC 5457) Pinwheel Galaxy

27 March 2017|Galaxy, M91+, News|

Galaxy, Ursa Major
Mag 7.86 Size 28?.8 × 26?.9
2017-03-25
200mm f8 RC
Piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
L 20×240s 2×2, RGB 10×120s 4×4 Darks Bias Flats
Atik 460EX (-24C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Horrible gradients again. I suspect collimation and camera alignment need some work.

M101 is a large galaxy comparable in size to the Milky Way. With a diameter of 170,000 […]

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M97 (NGC 3587) Owl Nebula

1 March 2017|M91+, News, Planetary Nebula|

Planetary Nebula, Ursa Major, Owl Nebula
Mag 9.9, size 3.4’x3.3′
2017-02-28
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 (-25C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

The Owl Nebula (also known as Messier 97, M97 or NGC 3587) is a planetary nebula located approximately 2,030 light years away in the constellation Ursa […]

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NGC 6992/6995 Eastern Veil (C33) – reprocessed

21 February 2017|Caldwell, Finest NGC, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

Supernova remnant, Cygnus
Caldwell 33, Finest NGC 99b, SAC110 45
Size 60’x8′
2011-08-24
200mm f5 Newtonian MPCC Guided
Canon EOS 350D, Astronomik CLS
5x240s 20x180s, darks, flats,  ISO 800
Captured in APT
Processed in Nebulosity and PS CS5
2017-02-21 Re-processed in Lightroom CC

NGC 6995 is the irregularly shaped nebulosity in the left of the image, and NGC 6992 is the curved arc in the right of the image.

An incredibly rare and clear night with […]

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M51 (NGC 5194)

17 February 2017|Galaxy, M31-60, News|

“Whirlpool”, Spiral Galaxy, Canes Venatici
Mag 8.4 Size 11.2′ x 6.9′
2017-02-16
200mm f8 RC
Piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
L 10×240s 2×2, RGB 10×120s 4×4 Darks Bias Flats
Atik 460EX (-25C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Best clear night for a while. Quite transparent and still.

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