Category Archives: Astro Photos of the Month

February 2005

CometMachholz


Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: Comet Machholz C/2004/Q2
Shot of the comet in the same field as the double cluster. Taken the evening of Jan 28, 2005.
Details: Canon FTbN, 35mm camera. 200mm lens at f4 piggy backed on my LX 10 scope. Fuji 400 print film. Single shot, hand guided for 30 minutes. I did improve the contrast a bit using Photo Shop Elements.

December 2004

moonwing sunsetruins mooncastle


Photographer: Brian Battersby
Object: Sun & Moon
Image One: Moon from 737 aircraft window at approx 21,000 ft. Enroute from Vancouver to Prince George. Nov. 22, 2004 5:15PM PST. Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital Elph.
Image Two: Sunset framed by ruins at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. St. Kitts, West Indies. Nov 17, 2004. 5:27PM EST. Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital Elph.
Image Three: Moon and the ruins at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. St. Kitts, West Indies. Nov 17, 2004. 5:26PM EST. Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital Elph.

November 2004

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Photographer: John Ascah
Object: Mauna Kea Observatories
Image One: Looking north from the top of Mauna Kea (mountain) on the Big Island of Hawaii. October 19,2004 about 1800 hours Pentax istd 1/60 sec f 6.3 iso200
Image Two: Looking northeast from the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii October 19,2004 about 1800 hours Pentax istd 1/250 sec f6.3 iso200
Image Three: Sunset looking south from top of Mauna Kea on the 4 Big Island of Hawaii October 19,2004 about 1800 hours Pentax istd 1/50 f6.3 iso200

First Astro Photo of the Month

M51


Photographer: Bob Nelson
Object: M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)
Photography Method: 70 minute picture of M51: 10 min clear, 10 min R, 20 min V (green), and 30 min B. After suitable processing (removing excess background, clearing away cosmic ray traces, registering and summing each colour, rotating and registering the 4 colours), I combined the 4 images to produce this colour image. It’s not the greatest image of this galaxy, but one that I am happy with since it represents my best to date. BTW, almost all frames were 2 minutes unguided. Seeing was fair to good at 2.6″ and the atmosphere very clear (for these parts).