IC1805 Heart Nebula


This is a combination of data captured over 2 evenings, with 2 hours captured on one evening and 6 on the other. I created this 'hubble' look using the Hydrogen alpha (colourised red), OIII (colourised blue) and a synthetic green which is a combination blend of Ha and OIII.

Skywatcher Evostar ED80
HEQ5 Pro Mount
ZWO ASI120 guide
ZWO ASI 294mc pro
120 Gain
5 minute subs
8 hour total exposure

L-eNhance Optolong Filter
Stacking / prep in Astro Pixel Processor
Processed in Photoshop

Iris Nebula

The Iris Nebula/NGC 7023/Caldwell 4 is a bright reflection nebula in Cepheus surrounded by substantial dust around 1300 light years from Earth. It is a circumpolar object which means that it is visible throughout the year and never sets, I imaged it from Austerfield late August/early September 2019 when it is highest in the sky.
99 x 120s Red Gain 0

100 x 120s Green Gain 0

99 x 120s Blue Gain 0

~10 hours total integration ZWO ASI1600MM-Pro, Takahashi FSQ-106

The Fish Head Nebula - A different take

IC1795 The Fish Head Nebula 

This version of the previously posted image utilises a different palette that is similar to the Hubble one but instead Oxygen was mapped to Red and Sulphur to Blue. Then the colours were painstakingly altered to achieve different hues of blue to make the nebulosity appear to be water with the 'Fish' leaping out. The Fish is traditional Hubble Palette (SHO) mapped data that has been blended into the blue mapped data, so two images processed alongside each other and then blended together. 

Ha 58 x 360s Gain 200 Ofset 50

OIII 56 x 360s Gain 200 Ofset 50

SII 51 x 360s Gain 200 Ofset 50


The Fish Head Nebula

IC1795 The Fish Head Nebula

Part of the Heart Nebula Complex (IC 1805) which lies in Cassiopeia, around 6000 light years from Earth, it is a star forming region comprised of glowing gases and obscuring dust. This 'false colour' image utilises the Hubble palette where narrow-band emission data from Sulphur, Hydrogen and Oxygen gas is mapped to Red, Green and Blue channels respectively with a little bit of mixing to get good transitions of colour. The object Melotte 15 is also visible to the bottom left of the image which lies at the centre of the Heart Nebula. Captured using my own ZWO astro-cam attached to our astronomical society's telescope (Takahashi) and mount. The data was acquired over 5 different nights between October and December. Processed mostly in PixInsight with finishing touches in Photoshop and Lightroom. This is only my second narrow-band image and I am very pleased with how it turned out. It is just under 17 hours of data and it has probably taken me about the same amount of time to process the image.

Donington Hall Star Trails





September 2019.

157 x 30s exposures, Sigma Art 14mm F4, ISO 100, Nikon D750. At least 6 hours of post processing work here.

The mist looked nice but caused the lights to bloom - hence all of the post work to tame it. Also a dew heater would have helped keep condensation off the lens.

Cusworth Hall and Lake Star Trails



September 2019, 35mm Nikon D750, around 30 minutes of exposures.

Very tricky to edit because of cloud in a lot of the shots, I could have discarded those frames but that would mean much shorter trails. So some photoshop magic was involved to remove them, the reflection in the lake is not real, for two reasons, the aforementioned cloud and also there was a swan and other water foul floating around which made trails. So I copied the vista, flipped it and using one of my cleaner 'real' reflection frames as a reference I blurred (it was fairly still but a bit of a breeze which moved the water surface), stretched and darkened the reflection to match what it should look like.

Cusworth Hall Star Trails









September 2019, 50mm Nikon D750, around 30 minutes of exposures.

Noctilucent Clouds over the Aqueduct






Tamron 24-70mm @ 24mm F4, Nikon D750, 10s ISO 800 F4 for the sky, 30s ISO 800 F4 for the foreground.

M81 & M82 Galaxies

The data was acquired on 26th/27th Feb, 7th/29th March, 21st April and 4th May 2019, using my ZWO ASI1600 attached to the Tak at Austerfield.

152 x 90/100/120s Red G0 O10

52 x 120s Green G0 O10

137 x 120s Blue G0 O10

43 x 300/360s Ha G200 O50 ~15 Hours Total



The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33)

The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) is a small dark nebula in the Orion constellation. The Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) is located to the lower left of the image and is an emission nebula. Reflection Nebula NGC 2023 can be seen below and left of the Horsehead and some other smaller nebulae IC435 (bottom) and IC432 (left).

It is around 1500 light years from Earth and around 3.5 light years wide.

25 x 2s Lum Gain 0

25 x 5s Lum Gain 0

187 x 20s Lum Gain 0

100 x 60s Red Gain 0

123 x 45s Green Gain 0

120 x 45s Blue Gain 0

25 x 360s Ha Gain 139 (Unity)

Imaged using my ZWO ASI1600MM-Pro camera attached to the society's Tak telescope at Austerfield over 3 nights, 30th Jan,2nd & 4th Feb 2019. Processed in PixInsight, Photoshop and Lightroom.