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Monday, May 24

May CAS Meeting

The May 2010 meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th May at 7.30pm in St Jospeh's Church Hall, Cockermouth.

The agenda for the evening is as follows:
  • News Update for May (10 mins)
  • CAS Annual General Meeting (20-30 mins)


  • Stellar Evolution - Chris Darwin (45 - 60 mins)


Tuesday, May 11

Recent images

The night was so clear on Monday that I was out from 11pm to 3am. The milky way was gorgeous and I took the following two pics.

M17 in Sagittarius
Skywatcher MN190 on EQ6
Canon 300D modified
4 x 5 mins @ ISO800

M17 is located at a declination of -16 degrees so it's pretty close to the horizon from northern England. The shot is only 4 combined images so very short. I only managed to steal a few images as the dawn was breaking.

I spent most of the night imaging parts of the North America and Pelican Nebulae (NGC7000). The following image combines 45 minutes of white light plus 100 minutes of Hydrogen-Alpha data.

Skywatcher MN190, EQ6 + Canon 300D modified
10 x 10mins H-alpha + 9 x 5 mins RGB

Monday, May 3

Cocoon Nebula

I got about an hour of exposure time on the Cocoon Nebula (IC5146), located in the constellation Cygnus.

The nebula sits at the end of a great dark nebula B168, the tip of which is just visible at the top of this shot.

IC5146 - Cocoon Nebula
MN190 (1000mm f5.3)
Canon 300D modified
12 x 5mins @ ISO800
1 x 10min Hydrogen-Alpha frame