Amateur Astronomy from Edinburgh2019-08-04T20:00:47+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.

I am a member and webmaster of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh and some of my pictures are displayed on their Flickr page.

Mark

Recent posts

Pelican Nebula HaRGB IC 5070

13 August 2019|HOYS-CAPS, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

A by-product of doing HOYS-CAPS data for V1490Cyg in HaRGB, decided to make a colour image out of it even though only 3 subs for each filter.

Object ID IC 5070
Pelican Nebula
Details Cygnus
Mag. 8, 60’x50′
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Camera Atik 460EX
Exposure(s) 3x180s RGB, 3x300s Ha
Capture APT
Processing DSS, Nebulosity, Photoshop

Wide angle Milky Way shots from the Languedoc

4 August 2019|Milky Way, News, Other, Wide Angle|

So – because there’s no night in Scotland from May to August, I went south to the Languedoc hills. Sainte-Polycarpe in the Aude region to be precise. First real use of my Skywatcher Star Adventurer mount. Great fun, still a lot to learn, but got some decent images. Also made a fun little video story of my holiday in a beautiful region of France.

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Cygnus Wall – red channel only

23 July 2019|Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

After gathering HOYS-CAPS data thought I’d give this a quick go in red channel only.

Object ID Cygnus Wall
Details “Mexico and Central American” part of North America Nebula
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Camera Atik 460EX
IDAS P2 LP filter
8x180s 2×2, darks, bias, flats
-11C
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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2MASS J21383981+5708470 in IC1396A

28 June 2019|HOYS-CAPS, News|

Been gathering HOYS-CAPS data on 2MASS J21383981+5708470 in IC1396A recently because of a possible increase in brightness. This has been stretched and processed to show details. Normal submitted data wouldn’t be.

Object ID 2MASS J21383981+5708470
Details In IC1396A
21 38 39.8 +57 08 47.1
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Camera Atik 460EX
IDAS P2 LP filter
Baader tri-colour red filter
Exposure(s) 3x180s, darks, bias, flats
-16C
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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Jupiter colour / infrared

25 June 2019|Jupiter, News|

Jupiter is so low that only half of the telescope could see over the lip of the dome, so effectively only a 125mm telescope – not 250mm! Surprised I got anything at all at this altitude.

Not much detail visible but the infrared version is much sharper, cutting through the atmospheric turbulence better, and shows the Great Red Spot as white. The SEB is clearly changing and shows white in the colour image. Is this part of the unravelling of the GRS that is reportedly happening?

Diameter=45.89″
Magnitude=-2.61

Object ID Jupiter
Details Diameter=45.89″
Magnitude=-2.61
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Camera ZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s) 120s videos each
Capture FireCapture
Processing PIPP, Autostakkert, Registax 6
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Sunspot groups 2019-05 14/15/16/17

15 May 2019|News, Sun|

Sunspot groups over 4 days

Object ID Sunspot  2741
Details 2019-05-14/15/16/17
Telescope 80mm f7.5 refractor, Meade glass solar filter
Camera ZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s) 120s AVIs @60-80 fps, 10% frames
Capture Firecapture
Processing PIPP, AutoStakkert, Registax, Photoshop
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NGC4565 / Caldwell 38 Spindle Galaxy

1 April 2019|Caldwell, Galaxy, News|

Processed 3 different ways – give different results, not sure which I like best. Still too noisy – need many more exposures.
Interesting edge-on spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices, surprisingly large (14.9′ x 2′) but faint (9.60 but surface brightness 13.3). It is actually intrinsically more luminous than the Andromeda Galaxy. First seen by William Herschel in 1785. Also visible lower right is NGC 4562.

Object ID NGC 4565, Caldwell 38 Spindle Galaxy
Details 2019-03-31
Telescope 203mm RC8 f8
Camera Atik 460Ex @-20C
Badder RGB filters
IDAS P2 LP filter
Exposure(s) 10x240s 2×2 RGB
Darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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M63 Sunflower Galaxy

1 April 2019|Galaxy, News|

Pretty noisy, bad gradients and difficult to process.
RGB combined with L channel from 2015-04-20

Object ID M63 Sunflower Galaxy
Details 2019-03-24
Telescope 203mm RC8 f8
Camera Atik 460Ex @-20C
Badder RGB filters
IDAS P2 LP filter
Exposure(s) 10x180s 2×2 RGB
Darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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18 panel 85% Moon mosaic

18 March 2019|Moon, News|

18 panels were just enough. This is 3000 pixels reduce from the original 5000.

Object ID 18 panel Moon mosaic
Details 2019-03-17
Seeing III/V
Telescope 203mm RC8 @f8
Camera ZWO ASI290MC, Infrared pass filter
Exposure(s) 30s AVI for each image
17 fps at full resoltion
Capture FireCapture
Processing AutoStakkert 2, Photoshop, MS ICE
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4 Lunar features in infrared

18 March 2019|Moon, News|

Using the wrong telescope but pretty steady and sharp.

Object ID Copernicus, Clavius, Gassendi and Mare Humorum, Plato and J Herschel
85% illumination
Details 2019-03-17
Seeing III/V
Telescope 203mm RC8 @f8
Camera ZWO ASI290MC, Infrared pass filter
Exposure(s) 90s AVI for each image
Capture FireCapture
Processing AutoStakkert 2, Photoshop
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M3 (NGC 5272) RGB just a few exposures

14 March 2019|Globular Cluster, M1-30, News|

Just a few exposures between gaps in the clouds. L not used because of dust on the filter.

Object ID M3 (NGC 5272)
Details Canes Venatici
Mag. 6.2, Size 18′
Telescope 203mm RC8 at f8
Camera Atik 460Ex @-20C
Badder RGB filters
IDAS P2 LP filter
Exposure(s) R,G 2x120s, B1x120s, 2×2
Capture APT, PHD2
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop
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Medusa Nebula PK205+14.1 / Abell 21 / Sharpless 2-274 Medusa nebula

5 March 2019|News, Planetary Nebula|

A new find for me. Just red channel

Object ID PK205+14.1 / Abell 21 / Sharpless 2-274 Medusa nebula
Gemini
Details 2019-02-26
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
IDAS P2 filter
Camera Atik 460EX, Baader RGB
Exposure(s) 10 x 180s Red filter
darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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