I am a member of the Breckland Astronomical Society in Norfolk.
The society has a 20" AltAz Newtonian reflector which is computer controlled, a 9.25" Celestron SCT and an 8" Celestron SCT, both of which are on GOTO mounts, and a 4" Vixen refractor. In addition we have recently purchased a DMK planetary imaging camera and an Atik 383 deep sky camera..We have a very active astrophotography group that meets on Tuesdays at the observatory.
In addition to using the society's equipment, I have a 10" Meade SNT for deep sky and planetary imaging and a QHY5L-II camera primarily for planetary imaging.
For digital imaging I use a Canon EOS500D DSLR camera. I recently purchased a Robtics ED80 refractor for both deep sky and planetary imaging.
The image was taken on the Breckland Astronomical Society's Skywatcher ED102 on the iOptron mount. Canon 500D with a x4 Imagemate. Total of 12 Raw images at ISO400 and 1/500sec. Processing done with Registax 5.1 and Photoshop Elements.
Orion Constellation February 10, 2016
The image was taken with a Canon 500D DSLR and a 200mm Tamron telephoto lens set to 160mm at ISO800. 12 RAW images were taken for 3 minutes each and processed with DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop Elements. Additional processing was done by Dan Self to remove a light gradient.The Image shows the central part of the constellation with Orion's Belt and the Great Orion Nebula. Close to Alnitak can be seen the Flame and Horsehead Nebulae. The Orion Nebula is some 1,600 light years distant with a diameter of 30 light years.
February 25 2015 - Rosette Nebula
the Rosette Nebula is located in the constellation Monoceros near Orion, It is 2,600 light years distant and has a diameter of 130 light years. It was imaged with a Canon 500D on my ED80 . 18exposures of 90 seconds each at ISO1600.. The final processing was done by Richard Harmon using PixInsight.
January 24, 2015 Bubble Nebula and N52 star cluster
The image was taken with my ED80 and Canon DSLR 500D. 16 exposures of 2 min. each at ISO1600 processed with DeepSkyStacker.The image shows the open star cluster M52 in Cassiopeia along with the Buuble Nebua NGC 7635 and the reflection and emission nebula and star forming region NGC 7538 in Cepheus.
December 13, 2014. The Andromeda Galaxy
Having taken off the Meade 10" SNT off the LXD mount to change the focuser to a Crayford type, I put the Robtics ED80 on the mount and waited for a good night to test out the polar alignment. Saturday the 13th turned out to be clear so went for a few favourites. I used my Canon 500D at ISO800 and took 12 x 120 second exposures of each, processed with DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop Elements.
December 13, 2014. The Great Orion Nebula and Running Man Nebula
December 13, 2014. The Horsehead and Flame Nebulae
Saturn May 18, 2014
saturn was imaged with a QHY5L-II planetary camera with a x4 Imagemate on a 10" SNT. Not the best of images as Saturn is low in the sky this year and the atmosphere has not been all that good.
Full Moon June 12, 2014
Hard to resist a full Moon shot, this was taken with a Canon 500D DSLR with live focus to get a nice sharp image. The crater at the bottom is Tycho with its extensive ray system. .
Solar prominences June 17, 2014
The image was taken with a Coronado Maxscope 40 and x2 Barlow lens with a QHY5L-II planetary camera. The Sun was setting at that time and the image was an opportunistic shot takern outside the Breckland Astronomical Society's observatory.
Jupiter, 16 March 2014
Jupiter with the shadows of Io and Ganymede was imaged with my QHY5L-II camera on an ED80 with a X4 Imagemate. 1,000 frames were taken at 24fps. Ganymede is on the upper right.
M81 and M82, July 26, 2013
M81 and M82 are two galaxies in Ursa Major, they were imaged with my canon 500D on the 10" SNT, total of 12 exposures of 100 sec. each at ISO1600. As the moon was about, the background is a bit light. M81 is an Sb spiral some 70,000 light years diameter, M81 is more edge-on with a diameter of some 35,000 light years, both are about 12 million light years away.
M27 The Dumbell Nebula Imaged July 7, 2013
The Dumbell is a very bright nebula in Vulpecula with a dimension of 8x5 arc.min. It is approx. 1,000 light years away and has a 14mag. central star. I imaged it with my Canon 500D on the 10" Meade SNT. 12 exposures of 90sec. at ISO 1600 and processed with DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop Elements..
The Ring Nebula M57, July 7, 2013
The ring nebula in Lyra is a planetary nebula some 2,000 light years away. at its centre is a mag. 15 star which produced the nebula and is now a white dwarf. The nebula is about one light year in diameter. the image was taken with a Canon 500D on the Meade 10" SNT. 12 exposures of 90sec. each at ISO 1600..
Saturn, Imaged on April 21, 2013, 18:00 hrs.
This was imaged with a new QHY5L-II planetary camera on my 10" Meade SNT with a x2 Barlow lens and yellow filter.
Jupiter imaged January 4, 2013
Imaged with a Philips ToUcam Pro webcam on a 80mm ED80 with a x2 Barlow lens.
The Pleiades - M45 imaged October 15, 2012
This image of the Pleiades star cluster was taken at first light from my new observatory with a 500D Canon DSLR on an ED80. Exposure was 11 x 150 seconds at ISO 800 processed with Deep Sky Stacker. The Pleiades is an open cluster of young stars also known as the Seven Sisters, it is located in the constellation of Taurus. This cluster is only about 100 million years old and is made up of spectral Class B blue giants,. They are embedded in a cloud of interstellar dust which is illuminated by the stars' brightness. They are located some 380 light years away.
The Pinwheel Galaxy - M101. April 15, 2012
The Pinwheel galaxy is a face-on spiral in Ursa Major. It is about 27 million light years away and has a diameter of 170,000 light years so it is larger than our Milky Way galaxy. I imaged it with my Canon 500D on a 10" Meade SNT. 16 x 90 second exposures at ISO800. Processing was with DeepSkyStacker. Also shown is the remnant of the supernova from August of 2011.
Crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter, March 25, 2012.
Image taken with a Canon 500D with a 200mm telephoto lensat f/5.6 7 second exposure at ISO 800
Mars March 20, 2012
Both images taken on the Breckland Astronomical Society's 9.25" SCT with a x4 Imagemate, They show the Valles Marineris region of Mars and the North Polar Cap. Image (a) 21:34 hrs, was taken with a Philips ToUcam Pro webcam and image (b) 22:13 hrs, with a DBK camera. Processing done with Registax 5.1.
The Crab Nebula - M1 14-01-2012
The Crab is the remains of the 1054 supernova. it was imaged witjh a Canon 500D on a 10" Meade SNT. 6 exposures of 60 seconds each were taken at ISO3200 with a Baader UHC-S filter. Processing was done with DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop Elements.
Moon Crater Schiller 179x71km south-west region
Imaged with the DMK planetary camera on the society'd 2-" reflector and processed with Registax5.1. 06-12-2011.
The Moon Crater Copernicus
imaged with the DMK planetary camera on the society's 20" AltAz reflector and processed with Registax5.1. 06-12-2011
Jupiter with Io and Europa
image shows the shadow of Europa and was taken with the DMK planetary camera on 06-12-2011
The Great Andromeda Galaxy - M31
Image shows the Andromeda Galaxy, M31, along with the two satellite galaxies M110 amd M32. It was taken with a canon 500D DSLR camera on a Robtics ED80. total of 15 exposures of 90 seconds each. Processing with DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop elements. 02-09-2011
Cygnus and NGC7000 July 28, 2011
The image was taken with my Canon 500D with a 200mm telephoto lens piggybacked on an ED80 on an LXD55 mount.. Three exposures of 10 minutes each along with one dark at ISO800. The images were processed with DeepSkyStacker and Photoshop Elements.
Mercury and Jupiter, March 16, 2011. 19:55hrs.
This image shows both Mercury and Jupiter as Jupiter is about to set over the western horizon. It was imaged with a canon 350D, 4 second exposure at ISO400.
The Sombrero Galaxy - M104. May 12, 2011
This galaxy is in the Virgo-Coma cluster, it is an edge-on Sa spiral galaxy with a prominnet nuclear bulge and a magnitude of 8.3
The Whirlpool Galaxy April 09, 2011
Imaged with a canon 500D DSLR on a Meade 10" SNT. 20x90second exposures at ISO800 processed with DeepSkyStacker..
The Great Orion nebula - M42. 08-01-2011
Imaged with a Canon 350D on an ED80 with a Baader UHC-S filter. Exposure was 220 seconds at ISO1600.
The Flame and Horsehead Nebulae 08-01-2011
The Flame and Horsehead nebulae ar located in Orion close to the star Alnitak. The image was taken with a Canon 350D on an ED80 with a Baader UHC-S filter. Exposure of 180 seconds at ISO1600 was used..
Crescent Moon and Venus 07:37hrs on 01-12-2010
This image shows a crescent Moon with Venus and Spica. It was imaged with a Canon 350D with a 1 second exposure at ISO800 and f/5.6.
MOON AND VENUS 15-06-10, 22:50 hrs.
This shot of the crescent moon and Venus was taken from a high elevation overlooking Cardigan Bay, west Wales. Canon 350 DSLR, ISO800 and exposure of 0.4 sec.
SUNSET OVER IRISH SEA 15-06-2010
This image was taken from Aberaeron on the Cardigan coast, Canon 350DSLR camera with 200mm telephoto lens at ISO800, 1/4000sec. at f/6.3.
Cratesr, Northern area of Moon 21-05-10 21:42 hrs
The images shows the Appenine mountain range with Mare Imbrium to the left and mare Serenitatis to the right. The group of three craters to the left are Archimedes, \aristillus and Autolicus. At the top is Plato
Moon craters central area 21-05-10 21:41 hrs.
the craters imaged are Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel close to the terminator with Mare Nubium to the left in the shadow.The image was taken with a Philips Toucam Pro webcam on a Robtics ED80.
Mars captured with a Philips ToUcam Pro webcam with a x4 Imagemate and a x1.6 AsrtroEngineering magnifier on my 10" Meade LXD55. The image was taken on January 26th. The image shows the north polar icecap. The avi frames were processed through Registax and Photoshop.
The Eagle Nebula
The image taken with a canon EOS350D on the society's 20" reflector, exposure of 24 seconds at ISO1600, joint effort with Dan Self. The Image shows the Pillars of creation mafde famous by the Hubble telescope. 15-08-2009
M13 THE GLOBULAR CLUSTER IN HERCULES
THIS WAS IMAGED ON A CANON EOS 350D ON A 10" MEADE SNT, EXPOSURE WAS 33 SECONDS AT ISO800 WITH 4 IMAGES PROCESSED WITH DEEPSKYSTACKER. IT IS SOME 21,000 LIGHT YEARS AWAY AND ABOUT 140 LY'S DIAMETER. 23-05-2009
M5 GLOBULAR CLUSTER IN SERPENS
M5 was imaged with a Canon 350D on a Meade 10! SNT. It is the 5th brightest globular cluster and is some 30,000 light years away. 23-05-2009
The Great nebula in Orion
The image was taken with the Breckland Astronomical society's 20" Alt Az reflector and a Canon 350D DSLR camera at ISO800 and exposure of 20 seconds. some additional processing using Photoshop.
The Trapezium in the Orion nebula
This images was taken with the BAS 20" reflector and a Canon EOS350D DSLR at ISO800 exposure of 4 seconds. It shows the group of four stars at the centre of the star forming region of the Nebula. 18-11-2008
The South West region of the Moon showing Tycho, Schiller and other features. Tycho has an 85 km diameter and is characterised by long radial features from the original meteor impact. 10-11-08
Gassendi crater, diameter 88km, imaged with a Philips ToUcam Pro webcam and a x4 Imagemate on a 10" Meade SNT. 11-10-08
Gassendi crater and Mare Humorum imaged with a Philips ToUcam Pro webcam on a 10" Meade SNT. 11-10-08
M15 Globular Cluster imaged 3-09-08
M15 is a dense globular cluster in Pegasus. It is estimated to have between 50,000 and 2000,000 stars within a diameter of some 200 light years and is at least 13 billion years old. it was imaged using a Canon EOS350d DSLR camera on a 10" Meade LXD55 SNT. The exposure was 18 seconds at ISO800.