The Crescent Nebula
HEREFORD, JULY 2010
Gordon says: "I like the contrast of the blue of the crescent compared to the reddish colours of the surrounding hydrogen clouds, which helps to highlight the different gases present. The wide-field view afforded by my equipment gives more context to the size of the Crescent compared to its surroundings."
Equipment: Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor with a Starlight Xpress SXVF-H36 CCD camera on a Paramount ME mount.
Sky at Night Magazine says: "The vibrancy of Gordon's imoge is wonderful. We love the great detail seen in the tendrils af faint and tenuous gas surrounding the Crescent."
|The Crescent Nebula|
The North American Nebula
SALISBURY, AUGUST 2010
Ian says: "I particularly like the backdrop of a moss of Milky Way stars and the intricacies of the dark dust threads that weave their way through the bright nebulae. It's a beautiful area of the sky."
Equipment: William Optics ZS80FD refractor with a modified and cooled Canon EOS 4500 DSLR camera mounted on an EQ6 mount.
|The North American Nebula|
LOUTRAKI, GREECE, 31 JULY 2010
Petros says: "I don't usually do any astrophotography when the Moon is up. This time, however, I decided to try something different and used my CCO camera to capture the Moon. After experimenting with various filters and exposure times I took this image through a hydrogen alpha filter."
Equipment: Takahashi TOA-130 refractor and an SBIG ST-2000XM CCO camera on an Astro-Physics 1200GTO mount.
The Milky Way and the Aurora
KVALOYA, NORTHERN NORWAY, 23 OCTOBER 2009
Fredrik says: "With this wide-angle shot I wanted to capture the feeling of escaping a light-polluted place. I am very fond of the feeling of silence that I feel I have been able to capture in this image”.
Equipment: Nikon 03 OSLR camera with an AF-Nikon 20mm lens on an AstroTrac TT320X mount.
|The Milky Way and the Aurora|
Stars in Motion
VILA BOIM, PORTUGAL, 19 JULY 2010
Miguel says: "To record the motion of the stars in the region of the celestial pole, I stocked 328 images, each a 30-second exposure. It was the longest exposure I've done so far, a total integration of 2 hours 44 minutes. The 1ight drawings' were made with a red and while lantern when I passed by."
Equipment: Canon EOS SOD OSLR camera with a Sigma EX HSM 10mm lens.
|Stars in Motion|
Jupiter and moons
TOURNEFEUIL1E, FRANCE, 8 JULY 2010
Marc says: "This image is a montage of Jupiter's moons in IR and Jupiter in RGB. From left to right you can see 10, Jupiter, Europa and Ganymede (with Golileo Regia)."
Equipment: Meade LX200 254mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a 2x Barlow lens and a Lumenera SKYnyx 2-0M camera.
|Jupiter and moons|