Moon image with mobile phone

This was taken with my mobile in Derby city centre…during day light.

Ok enough teasing. Its the inflateable Moon hanging in the Cathedral.

It is  well worth the visit as the detail is based on NASA images. But hurry as Sunday 6th October is the last day. The Knife Angel is also on display nearby.

M101 from Lichfield 29/9/2019

Unexpectedly, the sky cleared for a couple of hours tonight and I whizzed outside to take another picture of M101 – this time trying to use everything I have learnt so far, in order to see whether I could improve on my previous image taken early in my astrophotography journey.

Photo taken using QHY10 single shot colour astro camera on Sky Watcher Equinox 80mm Pro OTA, mounted on Sky Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount.

Most of processing done in Nebulosity 4 software (the Digital Development function and synthetic flat field were used – even though I also used flat frames I have previously taken – makes me wonder if my setup has moved since flat frames taken as synthetic flat frame did help when I processed this image), and some tweaking in GIMP.

I am happy with amount of detail, including some tiny galaxies evident on the image.


Further processing of my NGC 7000 (North American Nebula) image from last night (19/9/2019)

In my previous post, I uploaded a single image (single sub) from last night.

The images below are the result of stacking 60 images, each 60 secs long. The images have background sky glow removed in GIMP and are stretched.

I also present below results of plate solving in UniMap – I have never used this before so don’t really know my way around it!



Hunter’s Moon?

Being unable to sleep last night, I was greeted in the early hours by seeing the Moon lurking in the Hyades, hiding behind Taurus’s head, presumably to protect itself by being clobbered by Orion the Hunter.

Here it is, taken with my Sony DSC-HX60 compact camera with a bit of GIMP magic to combine images of different exposures to avoid the Moon’s glare washing out the stars:

And here is the Moon’s hiding place in the Hyades: