Amateur Astronomy from Edinburgh2021-09-21T10:36:53+00:00

Forthimage – 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.

I am currently President and Webmaster of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh and some of my pictures are displayed on their Flickr page. I also contribute data to the HOYS citizen science project, ExoClock and the BAA Mars section.

Mark Phillips

Recent posts

M31 tri-band test

9 September 2021|Galaxy, M31-60, Narrowband, News|

Test to see if imaging M31 in tri-band is worth it. Yes! Detail in there that I haven’t seen in other images I’ve taken. Planning a 6 pane mosaic of the galaxy.

Object IDM31 Andromeda Galaxy
Details2021-09-07
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)10x300s
darks, flats, dark-flats
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop
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Sh2-155, C9 Cave Nebula

3 September 2021|Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

Horizontal banding sorted. Camera into USB 2 not 3, and not through a USB hub.
Not very happy with the processing.

Object IDSh2-155 / C9  Cave Nebula
Details2021-09-02
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)20x300s
darks, flats, dark-flats
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop
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IC 1396 Elephant Trunk Nebula

15 August 2021|Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

One I often observe for HOYS but purely for imaging this time. Some horizontal banding noise from somewhere – to be resolved.

Object IDIC 1396, Elephant Trunk Nebula
Details2021-08-14
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)15x300s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop
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Jupiter 2021-07-18 Ganymede shadow transit

19 July 2021|Jupiter, News|

First planetary observations of the season. Still low altitude but about 20 degrees now. Ganymede shadow transit

Object IDJupiter
Details2021-07-18 01:19:35 UT
TelescopeSkymax 180
180mm f15
CameraZWO ASI290MC
UV/IR block filter
Exposure(s)120s .ser video, 70fps
48% frames
1.5x Drizzle
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3, Registax 6, Photoshop

Discovered I had 4 frames I could do an animation of the Ganymede shadow transit with.

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Yet more lunar features for the ASE Lunar-100

1 June 2021|Moon, News|

Added to the ASE Lunar 100 Project

Object IDPosidonius, Gruithuisen, Hortensius Domes
Fra Mauro formation, Prinz Rilles
Details2021-05-22
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s)60s .ser videos
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutostakkert 3, Registax, Photoshop
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Even more lunar features for the ASE Lunar-100

1 June 2021|Moon, News|

Added to the ASE Lunar 100 Project

Object IDTheophilus, Cyrillus, Catharina
Taruntius, Cauchy Region, Rheita Valley
Details2021-05-17
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s)60s .ser videos
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutostakkert 3, Registax, Photoshop
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More lunar features for the ASE Lunar-100

1 June 2021|Moon, News|

Added to the ASE Lunar 100 Project

Object IDAristarchus, Schroter’s Valley, Babbage, J. Herschel,
Gassendi, Mare Humorum, Schickard, Sinus Iridum, Grimaldi (2021-04-25)
Details2021-04-24
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s)60s .ser videos
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutostakkert 3, Registax, Photoshop
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Lunar features for the ASE Lunar-100

1 June 2021|Moon, News|

Added to the ASE Lunar 100 Project

Object IDClavius, Copernicus, Davy, Alphonsus and Plato
Details2021-04-21
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s)60s .ser videos
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutostakkert 3, Registax, Photoshop
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