Some of our Best Images

We use this page to post some of best images as well as the most recent ones worth sharing.
N3628_090416_Web.jpg (333844 bytes) NGC 3628 - third in the "Leo Trio of galaxies, this edge on specimen is 32 million light years distant and gravitationally interacts with other galaxies in the trio.  It is the faintest of the three, appearing as a thin, faint line in moderate aperture telescopes.  This image was taken on 9th April using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  It is an LRGB of 70:40:40:40 minutes. Full Resolution Image (9.0Mb). Smaller High Res Image (1.9Mb)
M42_Hubble_Sharp_Mod_Web.jpg (236870 bytes) Messier 42 taken in Spain on 19th December, 2015 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  This is a narrowband image with 20 minutes exposure un-binned for each component.  It was blended using the Hubble palette - S2=Red, Ha=Green and O3=Blue, and then an LRGB was created by astronomer colleague Ian Sharp using "Pixinsight" to clean up the Ha image, and using that as the luminance. Full Resolution Image (3.5Mb). Smaller high res image (0.9Mb)
M13_170815_Web.jpg (248552 bytes) Messier 13 in Hercules.  The Great Northern Globular Cluster.  24,000 light years away from us it contains 600,000 stars and is very blue.  In a moderate sized telescope and under a dark sky it can look like diamonds sprinkled on black velvet.  Full Resolution Image (4.8Mb)Smaller High Res Image (1Mb)
N6369_100715_Web.jpg (416078 bytes) NGC 6369 the "Little Ghost" nebula in Ophiuchus.  This pretty nebula has very interesting ring detail and some nice FLIERS but the sky on 10th July, 2015 was very hazy and it made colour imaging very difficult.  This is an LRGB of 35:25:25:25 minutes with the Planewave scope and QSI camera.  Full Resolution Image (8.4Mb). Smaller High Res Image (1.8Mb)
N6337_090715_Web.jpg (437475 bytes) NGC 6337 in Scorpius.  This 40 arc second diameter planetary is also known as the "Cheerio" nebula due to its similarity to the American biscuit.  The object is low in the sky ( -38 degrees declination) making high quality imaging difficult.  This LRGB of 25:20:20:20 minutes was taken on 9th July, 2015.  Full Resolution Image (8.4Mb). Smaller High Res Image (1.8Mb)
N40_090715_Web.jpg (221922 bytes) NGC 40 in the circumpolar constellation of Cepheus is also known as the "Scarab" nebula because of its shape.  This LRGB is 30:20:20:20 minutes.  Full Resolution Image (5.3Mb)Smaller High Res Image (1.1Mb)
N4565_220415_Web.jpg (631989 bytes) NGC 4565 in Coma Berenices.  This splendid example of an edge-on spiral is one of the brightest members of the Coma I galaxy cloud and is about 31 million light years away.  It is about 125,000 light years in diameter, and if it was face on to us it would be a really bright object. Note the prominent dust lane which runs the length of the galaxy.  This image is an LRGB of 50mins luminance and 40mins colours, taken on 22nd April 2015. Full Resolution Image (11.1Mb). Smaller High Res Image (2.3Mb)
M81_150215_Web.jpg (352673 bytes) Messier 81 - a fine spiral galaxy located close to Messier 82 in Ursa Major.  It was discovered by Bode in 1774 and added to Messier's catalogue in 1781.  M81 is about 10 million light years away from us and it has a diameter of about 70,000 light years.  The image was taken in Spain on 15th February, 2015 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera and is an LRGB of 60:40:40:40 minutes. Full Resolution Image (9.5Mb). Smaller High Res Image (2.0Mb)
M66_150215_Web.jpg (429984 bytes) Messier 66 - Another of the "trio", M66 is a barred spiral, and this image shows how one of the arms is distorted through interaction with NGC 3628, the third member of the group. The image was taken in Spain on 15th February, 2015 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera and is an LRGB of 60:40:40:40 minutes. Full Resolution Image (10.6Mb). Smaller High Res Image (2.2Mb)
Arp_Montage_191114_Web.jpg (327801 bytes) Arp Galaxy Montage.  A series of Arp galaxy images taken on the night of 19th November, 2014.  Each galaxy has its own peculiarity, and in this sequence you can see an amorphous galaxy with no discernible structure (Arp 3), an amorphous galaxy interacting with a spiral (Arp 4), an elliptical affecting a spiral (Arp 118), close interaction between galaxies (Arp 235), two distant spirals interacting (Arp 235) and finally two odd shaped galaxies interacting (Arp 262).  Full Resolution Image (2Mb).
N253_241014_Web.jpg (447334 bytes) NGC 253 - The Sculptor Galaxy.  An image of this large galaxy which only just fits onto the chip of the QSI 683 camera, using the Planewave scope.  This is an LRGB of 60:40:40:40 mins taken on 24th October, 2014 through hazy cloud.  Full Resolution Image (10Mb)There is a smaller high res image here (2Mb)
M33_171014_Web.jpg (551667 bytes) Messier 33 - the huge spiral galaxy in Triangulum, and one of our nearest neighbours.  This image tries in vain to fit the whole galaxy on the chip of the camera.  it was taken on 17th October, 2014 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  This is an LRGB of 60 minutes luminance and 40 minutes for the colours.  Full Resolution Image (9.6Mb). Smaller High Res Image (2.1Mb)
N6946_240814_Web.jpg (665091 bytes) NGC 6946 - A faint galaxy in the constellation of Cepheus, NGC 6946 is one of the class of galaxies known as "Arps". Note the two spiral arms on one side, and only one on the other, but this arm twists around back on itself.  Also note the regions of starburst formation in the arms.  This image was taken with the Planewave telescope and QSI 683 camera and is an LRGB of 50:30:30:30 minutes.   Location was our observatory in southern Spain and date was 24th August, 2014.  Full Resolution Image (11.6Mb). Smaller High Res Image (2.3Mb)
M8_230714_Web.jpg (294664 bytes) Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula, imaged on 23rd July, 2014 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 CCD camera. This is an LRGB of 50:35:35:35 minutes.  Full Resolution Image (6.3Mb)Smaller high res image (1.2Mb)
N6503_200614_Web.jpg (459251 bytes) NGC 6503 in Draco. It is described as is a dwarf spiral galaxy located in a region of space called the local void.  It has a diameter of 30,000 light-years and is approximately 17 million light-years away.  This image was taken on 20th June, 2014 and is an LRGB of 70:40:40:40 minutes using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  Full Resolution Image (9.1Mb)Smaller high res image (2Mb)
M22_180814_Web.jpg (393618 bytes) Messier 22  in the constellation of Sagittarius was the first globular cluster to be seen as such - i.e. a ball of stars.  The famous "Omega Centauri" was catalogued in the 2nd century A.D., but only as a star.  At a distance of 10,000 light years, M22 is one of the nearest globulars, with an absolute magnitude of -8.5, a luminosity of 210,000 suns, and a diameter of 70 light years.  Full Resolution Image (4.4Mb). Smaller High Res Image (1.3Mb)
M3_030514_Web.jpg (383188 bytes) Messier 3 - a lovely globular cluster in the constellation of Canes Venatici.  This image was taken in Spain on 3rd May, 2014 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  It is an LRGB of 13:8:8:8 minutes.  Full Resolution Image (9.1Mb)Smaller Full Res Image (1.9Mb)
M104_300414_Web.jpg (319183 bytes) Messier 104 - the Sombrero galaxy in Virgo.   M104 is 65 million light years distant, has a diameter of 135 million light years and is sixteen times brighter than our galaxy.  This image was taken at our Spanish observatory on 30th April, 2014.  It is an LRGB of 80:40:40:40 minutes, imaged using the QSI camera on the Planewave scope.  Full resolution image (8.2Mb). Smaller Full Res Image (1.6Mb)
Arp84_290414_Web.jpg (580165 bytes) Arp 84 - also known as the "Heron" is a pair of interacting galaxies (NGC 5394 and NGC 5395).   This is an LRGB of 100:30:30:30 minutes using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  Full Resolution Image (12.9Mb)Smaller High Res Image (2.1Mb)
Arp244_260414_Web.jpg (343819 bytes) Arp 244 - also known as interacting galaxies NGC 2039 and 2039.  These galaxies are colliding and the resulting energies have created long plasma jets which curl away from the parent galaxies.  Hence the other name for this object - the "Antennae" galaxies.  This is an LRGB of 60:30:30:30 minutes taken using the Planewave telescope and QSI camera.  Full Resolution Image (8.4Mb)Smaller High Res Image (1.8Mb)
N2903_230314_Web.jpg (272617 bytes) NGC 2903 - An LRGB of 60:70:70:70 mins imaged from Spain on 26th March, 2014 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  This lovely galaxy is unusual in that it is unattached to any of the local galaxy groups - it's a loner.  Around 31 million light years away it shines at magnitude 9.0 and has a luminosity of 19 billion suns.    Full Resolution Image (8.6Mb)  Smaller High Res Image (1.6Mb)
HH_Region_071213_Web.jpg (270627 bytes) B 33, IC 434 and NGC 2023 - The famous "Horse Head Nebula" in Orion. The horse head is a dark gaseous cloud and is exceedingly difficult to see, which surprises and disappoints most people, who have seen photos and think they will see the same thing in a telescope. IC 434 is the nebulous "reef" from which B33 protrudes and NGC 2023 is a bright emission nebula. This is an LRGB image of 50:40:40:40 minutes taken using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera. Full Resolution Image (7Mb). Smaller High Res Image (1.7Mb)
M82_061213_Web.jpg (325686 bytes) Messier 82 - Located in the constellation of Ursa Major, this is a magnificent magnitude 8.4 galaxy, of an irregular and peculiar nature. The core is very irregular in profile and severed in two almost equal parts by a diagonal dark band.  This image of M82 was taken on 7th December, 2013 with the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  It is an LRGB of 60:50:50:50 minutes.  Full resolution image (8.8Mb). Smaller High Res Image (1.8Mb)
M1_220214_Web.jpg (490146 bytes) M1 in Taurus.  The famous "Crab Nebula" created in the supernova explosion of 1054AD.  This latest image, taken in Spain on 22nd February 2014 is an LRGB of 60:50:50:50 minutes using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 CCD camera.  Full Resolution Image (9.8Mb)Smaller High Res Image (2.1Mb)
N7635_061113_Web.jpg (415723 bytes) NGC 7635 in Cassiopeia - also known as the Bubble Nebula.  The bubble has been created by a massive, bright blue star which is emitting a fast stellar wind of ionized gas.  This wind is basically blowing bubbles by pushing surrounding material into a shell, which is then ionized and illuminated by the starlight.  The nebula is 6 light years across and this image is an LRGB of 60:50:50;50 minutes using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera. Full Resolution Image (6.2Mb)Smaller High Res Image (1.5Mb)
N7023_021113_Web.jpg (290923 bytes) NGC 7023 - The IRIS Nebula in Cepheus. This reflection nebula surrounding an open cluster has interesting areas of dark dust and the dust extends over a wide area.  This is an LRGB of 60:50:50:50 minutes using the Planewave scope and QSI camera, taken in Spain on 2nd November, 2013.  Full Resolution Image (7.5 Mb)Smaller high Res Image (1.6 Mb)
M16_011013_Web.jpg (283539 bytes) MESSIER 16, the Eagle Nebula in Serpens.  This image was taken with our 12.5 inch Planewave telescope and QSI 683 camera.  It is an LRGB of 45 minutes for each component.  Full Resolution Image (6.5Mb) Smaller high res image (1.6Mb)
N7331_030913_Web.jpg (459795 bytes) NGC 7331 in Pegasus is also known as the "Deer Lick Group" due to the profusion of satellite galaxies surrounding it.  This image was taken on 3rd September using the Planewave telescope and QSI 683 camera.  It is an LRGB of 60:40:40:40 minutes.  Full Resolution Image (10.2Mb) and there is a smaller high res image here (2.0Mb)
N6960_160713_Web.jpg (443856 bytes) NGC 6960 in Cygnus.  This object is part of a much larger supernova remnant and this is the area in the region of 52 Cygnii.  This image is an L/HA/O3, R,G,B of 30/30/30:30:30:30 minutes exposure using the Planewave and QSI 683 camera.  Full Resolution Image (5.4 Mb) and there is a smaller high res image here (1.3 Mb)
M27_140713_Web.jpg (610666 bytes) Messier 27 - The "Dumbell" Nebula in Vulpecula.  An excellent example of a "planetary nebula", this image is an L/HaRGB of 40/40:30:30:30 mins, taken on 15th July, 2013 using the Planewave telescope and QSI 683 camera.  Full Resolution Image (4.3Mb)
N6888_100713_HA_Web.jpg (667278 bytes) NGC 6888, the Crescent Nebula in Cygnus.  Imaged using the Planewave telescope and QSI 683 camera.  This is an L/HA-RGB of 60/30:30:30:30 minutes, taken on a less than perfect night, with "soft" sky.  We are still working on the image and will be updating it here.  Full Resolution Image (9.8Mb)
M20_140613_Web.jpg (379264 bytes) MESSIER 20, the Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius.  Located between M8 and M17, this beautiful nebula is particularly attractive, and we very much like the contrasting blue and pink nebulosity.  This LRGB image (30:20:20:20 minutes for each component) was taken in Spain on 14th June, 2013 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera.  Full Resolution Image (7.6Mb)Smaller high res image (1.8Mb)
M57_130613_Web.jpg (289282 bytes) Messier 57 - Our latest image of this 1,400 light years distant planetary, shot using the Planewave and the QSI 683 camera.  40 mins of Luminance and 30 mins each of Red, Green and Blue -a "first light image for the new QSI camera,  taken on 13th and 14th July 2013 from La Divisa Observatory, Spain.  Full Resolution Image (7.7Mb) There is a smaller full resolution image here
M64_090613_Web.jpg (414303 bytes) M64 in Coma Berenices.  This is the famous "Black-Eye" galaxy, so called because of the wall of gas and dust in the core which gives it a distinctive appearance.  This image is an LRGB of 60:440:40:40 minutes taken on 9th June, 2013 using the Planewave telescope and SBIG S10-XME camera.  Full Resolution Image (3.5Mb)
M33_150912_Web.jpg (576759 bytes) M33 in Triangulum.  The galaxy, part of our local group, is too large to fit on the chip of the ST10 camera, but this image shows very well the numerous areas of nebulosity and the bright, blue stars in the spiral arms.  This image, taken on 15th September, 2012 is an LRGB of 60:40:40:40 minutes.  Full Resolution Image (3.5Mb)
Stefans_Quintet_140912_Web.jpg (234521 bytes) Stefan's Quintet, not far from the large galaxy NGC 7331 in Pegasus.  This group of galaxies is extremely faint and tough to find and see.  This image is an LRGB of 80:40:40:40 minutes using our C-14 telescope and ST-10XME camera.  All five galaxies span an area less than 3.5 minutes of arc, and several of them are interacting.  Full Resolution Image (2.2Mb)
N6742_190712_Web.jpg (298505 bytes) NGC 6742 (Abell 50) in Draco is a small, very blue and round planetary nebula.  This image was taken in Spain on 19th July, 2012 using the C14 and ST10-XME camera.  It is an LRGB of 20 minutes for each component.  Full Resolution Image (3.4Mb)
PK80-6.1_210712_Web.jpg (400500 bytes) PK80-6.1 in Cygnus - also known as the "Egg Nebula".  The interesting jets of material at either end of the object can be seen in this image, and you can just see the shock waves in those jets.  This is an LRGB of 40:25:25:25 minutes, imaged on 21st July, 2012 using the C14 and ST10-XME camera.  Full Resolution Image (1.7Mb)
PK93-2.1_180712_Web.jpg (411361 bytes) PK93-2.1 in Cygnus - also known as Minkowski 1-79 - is an interesting planetary nebula with two distinct lumpy lobes.  This image, taken with the C14 and ST10-XME combination on 18th July, 2012 is an LRGB of 25 minutes for each component.  Full Resolution Image (2Mb)
N6842_170712_Web.jpg (361401 bytes) NGC 6842 in Vulpecula is a fairly ordinary but very blue planetary nebula, set against a rich starfield.  It is 4,000 LY distant.  This image, taken with C14 and ST10 camera is an LRGB of 25 mins for each component, taken on 17th July, 2012.  Full Resolution Image (3Mb)
N6765_160712_Web.jpg (466399 bytes) NGC 6765 in Lyra is a faint, small but interesting planetary nebula.  This image, taken on 16th July, 2012 using the C14 and ST10 camera is an LRGB of 25 minutes for each component.  The image shows what appears to be the extensive areas of expelled matter surrounding the object.  Full Resolution Image (2.2Mb)
N6355-Region_220612_Web.jpg (437932 bytes) The Region Around Globular Cluster NGC 6355 in Ophiuchus and the Pipe Nebula.  This image, taken using the Takahashi FSQ 106 refractor operating at f/5, and the ST10 XME CCD camera, shows some of the dark nebulae in this region and also the density of the starfield in this region of the Milky Way.  This is an LRGB of 30 minutes for each component.  Full Resolution Image (3.2Mb)
M13_220612_Web.jpg (173466 bytes) M13 in Hercules.  A "first light" image for the ST10 camera on the Takahashi FSQ 106 refractor operating at f/5.  This is an LRGB of 10 minutes for each component and was unguided using the EM200 mount.  Full Resolution Image (2.1Mb)
M99_100512_Web.jpg (195801 bytes) M99 in Coma Berenices.  Part of the Virgo cluster of galaxies and an object which we last imaged (very quickly) in 2003 as part of our Messier programme and never went back to do properly.  This image is an LRGB of 50:40:40:40 minutes with the C14/ST10 combination.  Full Resolution Image (2.6Mb)
N4361_090512_Web.jpg (361926 bytes) NGC 4361 in Corvus.  An interesting planetary nebula with a m13 central star and some little curly bits coming out of the core area.  This is an LRGB of 30:25:25:25 minutes with the C14/ST10 combination.  Full Resolution Image (1.9Mb)
m77_271111_web.jpg (189021 bytes) M77 in Cetus.  An active, Seyfert galaxy with small spiral arms and a very bright nucleus.  This is an LRGB of 50:40:40:40 minutes taken in Spain on 27th November, 2011.  Full Resolution Image (2.6Mb)
M76_210911_Web.jpg (202411 bytes) M76 in Perseus.  This is a surprisingly difficult planetary to image, but this effort is rather better than our previous attempts.  It is an LRGB of 50:30:30:30 minutes using the C14 scope and ST10-XME camera.  Full Resolution Image (2.4Mb)
N7331_200911_Web.jpg (232925 bytes) NGC 7331 in Pegasus.  This is one of my favourite galaxies, but I have never been able to get a really good image of it.  This attempt, on 20th September, 2011 is an LRGB of 70:40:40:40 minutes using the ST10 XME camera and C14 scope.  Full Resolution Image (2.9Mb)
Holmberg9b_270411_Web.jpg (126812 bytes) Holmberg 9 - a satellite galaxy of Messier 81, imaged on 27th April, 2011 using the ST10 XME camera and C14.  This is an LRGB of 40:30:30:30 minutes.  Full Resolution Image (1.7Mb)

Some of our Favourite Images

N6781_120810_Crop.jpg (223341 bytes) NGC 6781 in the constellation of Aquila is a faint (magnitude 11.8) planetary nebula.  This image was taken on 12th August, 2010 in Spain.  The nebula is 109 arc seconds in diameter is 2,600 light years distant and is expanding at the rate of 12 Km per second. This is an LRGB of 50:40:40:40 minutes using the C14 and ST10 camera.  Full Resolution Image (2.4Mb)
N246_041110_Web.jpg (272900 bytes) NGC 246 in Cetus.  This large and very blue planetary was imaged using the C14 and ST10 camera, and is an LRGB of 20:10:10:10 minutes.  Full Resolution Image (3.5Mb)
Arp77_041110_Web.jpg (207622 bytes) Arp 77 in Fornax.  We have waiting a long time to get a good quality colour image of this lovely Arp.  The galaxy is at a large negative declination and a certain amount of work was required to balance it and clean it up.  This is an LRGB of 50:30:30:30 mins in the C14 using the ST10 camera.  Full Resolution Image (2.6Mb)
N1514_021110_Web.jpg (164119 bytes) NGC 1514 in Taurus is an interesting and very blue planetary nebula.  It has a 9.4 magnitude central star and an interesting shape, not unlike the dumbbell.  Full Resolution Image (2.4Mb).
M17_160710_Web.jpg (217095 bytes) M17 in Sagittarius.  Imaged with the C14 and ST10 camera.  This is an LRGB image of 30:20:20:20 minutes.  Full Resolution Image (2.4Mb)
M74_111115_Web.jpg (410178 bytes) Messier 74.  A nice new colour image of this superb galaxy in Pisces.  This is an LRGB of 100:40:40:40 minutes using the Planewave scope and QSI camera camera.  Full resolution image (11.2Mb)Smaller High Res Image (2.2Mb)
N5907_190709_Web.jpg (208933 bytes) NGC 5907 in Draco.  A little sliver of a galaxy which we first imaged in 2001 and simply never had the time to get back to.  This is an LRGB of 60:40:40:40 minutes with the C14 and ST10, imaged in poor skies, but it shows the galaxy quite well, as well as the interesting and very blue galaxy KUG1513+566, which at first I thought might be a comet.  Full resolution image (3.5Mb)
M63_150709_Web.jpg (187388 bytes) M63 in Canes Venatici - the "Sunflower Galaxy".  This image was taken on 15th July and is an LRGB of 60:20:20:20 minutes using the C14 and ST10 - XME camera.  We were beset with guide star difficulties throughout the evening but have managed to salvage quite a nice image.  Full resolution image (3.5Mb)
N4536_150509_Web.jpg (123345 bytes) NGC 4536 in Virgo.  We were inspired to shoot this galaxy by Al Kelly's recent work and we thank Al for pointing us in this direction.  This is an LRGB of 50:40:40:40 minutes with the C14 and ST10 camera.  The galaxy is very similar to NGC 1365, except it is at an angle to us.  Full Resolution Image (2Mb)
M97_220409_Web.jpg (206822 bytes) M97 in Ursa Major - the famous "Owl" nebula.  This new LRGB of 30:25:25:25 minutes was taken with the C14 and ST10 camera.  Full resolution image (3.2Mb)
Arp105_250309_Web.jpg (190747 bytes) Arp 105 in Ursa Major.  Ambartsumian's Knot can be clearly seen to the right of NGC 3651A.  Full resolution image (1.6Mb)
N7027_021008_Crop.jpg (208237 bytes) NGC 7027 is an interesting little planetary nebula in Cygnus.  It almost seems in our image to have three components and this image is an LRGB of 5 minutes for each component.  The cropped image is slightly pixellated as we had to zoom nearly 400x to show the structure.  Full resolution image (1.3Mb)
N6726_240708_Web.jpg (161558 bytes) NGC 6726 in Corona Australis.  This is an interesting area of the sky, with lots of absorbing gas clouds.  The bright object in the centre is reflection nebulae NGC 6726 and 6727.  The little reddish chappie up and to the left is the reflection and emission variable nebula NGC 6729.  This is an LRGB of 10 minutes for each component using the C14 and ST10 camera.  Full resolution image (4Mb)
N6826_280708_Web.jpg (39995 bytes) NGC 6826 in Cygnus is also known as the "Blinking Planetary" because of the way the central star is visible, but only with averted vision.  It is 25 arc seconds in diameter and is therefore quite a challenge for our equipment, especially to reproduce the inner shells.  Full resolution image (1.5Mb)
N6894_280708_Web.jpg (161620 bytes) NGC 6894 in Cygnus is a very red planetary with a faint star superimposed on part of the ring.  Visually it is described as "smoky grey" but as you can see in this image it is definitely quite red.  Full resolution image (4.1Mb)
N7026_280708_Web.jpg (99512 bytes) NGC 7026 in Cygnus is a fascinating object and has been dubbed by some "The Cheeseburger Nebula".  This image shows perhaps how it got its name.  Full resolution image (3.4Mb)
M13_030508_Web.jpg (173791 bytes) Messier 13 in Hercules.  We imaged this at f/5 in the Takahashi FSQ and using the ST8-XE camera in response to a request from the British Astronomical Association for an image of M13 (the great Northern sky globular) and Omega Centauri (the great Southern sky globular) at the same image scale.  Full resolution image (1Mb)
N7293_141107_Web.jpg (250550 bytes) NGC 7293 in Aquarius, also known as the Helix nebula.  This LRGB of 60:30:30:30 minutes was taken using the Takahashi FSQ-106 scope and ST8-XE CCD camera.  Full resolution image (1.4Mb)

 

N2392_161107_Web.jpg (44553 bytes) NGC 2392 in Gemini, known as the "Eskimo" or "Clown Face" nebula.  This is a good example of a planetary nebula and is an LRGB of 12:5:5:5 minutes with the C14 and ST10-XME camera.  Full resolution image (1.9Mb)
M83_040508_Web.jpg (210749 bytes) Messier 83 in Hydra.  We now have the colour component of this wonderful galaxy and it was well worth the wait.  This LRGB image is 50:30:30:30 minutes using the C14 and ST10-XME camera.  Full resolution image (2.3Mb)
N7009_190707_Crop.jpg (25699 bytes) NGC 7009 the "Saturn Nebula" a planetary nebula in Aquarius.  Note the lobes and ring structure and the striking blue colour, which is clearly visible in a telescope.  Full Resolution Image
N6543_170707_Crop.jpg (56179 bytes) NGC 6543 in Draco - the famous "Cat's Eye" planetary nebula. This is an LRGB of 10:10:10:10 minutes with the C14 and the object is very small, so the image has been cropped.  Full Resolution Image
M51_110607_Web.jpg (179971 bytes) Messier 51 in Canes Venatici.  We have wanted a good image of this beautiful galaxy for a long time, and our new ST10 CCD camera created the opportunity to finally get one.  This is an LRGB of 60:40:40:40 minutes through the C14.  The full resolution image is here (2.3Mb)

Images of the 3rd March, 2007 Lunar Eclipse

These super images of the eclipse were taken by David McKinlay of Casa Montserrat Holiday Lets in southern Spain using a Canon EOS 20D camera fitted with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM lens and a Canon 2X teleconverter.  The images were shot at 400mm focal length.  This is David's first excursion into astro-photography, but I think you will agree he has done a pretty fine job.  The images and montage are 2007 David McKinlay.

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