The Best of the Best            

Here I have collected together the images I think are the best I have taken - I hope you agree.

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M51, Whirlpool Nebula, Canes Venatici,
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0" LX200 SCT at f6.3,
Starlite Xpress SX-M25C camera. 30 minute exposure. March 2014.
NGC2377, Rosette Nebula, Monoceros, Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Canon 1100D DSLR. 20 minute exposure. February 2013
NGC6990, 6992, 6995 - Veil Nebula, (Supernova remnant), Cygnus . Meade 80mm f6 APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Modified Canon 1100D DSLR. 28 minute exposure. July 2012.
M16, Eagle nebula in Serpens, 10" Meade LX200 SCT 6.3, Modified Canon 1100D. 20 minute exposure. August 2013
CR399, Brocchi's Cluster (Coathangar),  Vulpecula, Meade 80mm f6 APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Modified Canon 1100D DSLR. 1 minute exposure. July 2012.
M8, Lagoon nebula in Sagittarius. Large emission nebula with embedded cluster and dark lanes. 10" Meade LX200 SCT at f6.3, Modified Canon 1100D DSLR, exposure 15 minutes. May 2012.
Supermoon rising (phase 99.2%). On May 6th 2012 the moon was nearer to the Earth (perigee) than at any time during the year. It was 14% larger and 30% brighter than average.  Canon 550D DSLR (unguided), f5.6 400mm lens. Exposure 1 second at iso800. May 6th 2012
Conjunction of Venus and the Pleiades. Canon 550D DSLR (unguided), f5.6 300mm lens. Exposure 40 seconds. ISO1600. April 5th 2012.
M1, Crab nebula, Taurus, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Modified Canon 1100D DSLR. 30 minute exposure. March 2012
M42, Orion nebula, Orion, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Modified Canon 1100D DSLR. HDR processing of 1 minute and 10 minute exposures. March 2012
M81, Spiral Galaxy, Ursa Major. 10" LX200 SCT at f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Effective exposure 12 minutes. Febuary 2012.
Jupiter and Great Red Spot - 10" Meade LX200 SCT  f24, Imaging Source DBK 41AU02.AS Camera. Sum of 2500 frames, each 1/15th second, processed in Registax 6, November 2011
Saturn - 10" Meade LX200 SCT  f24, Imaging Source DBK 41AU02.AS Camera. Sum of 1423 frames each 1/6th second, processed in Registax 5, April 2011
Supernova 2011fe in M101 in Ursa Major at Magnitude 10.0, 10" LX200 SCT at f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Effective exposure 15 minutes. September 2011. See for comparison an image taken 18 months earlier before the supernova appeared - here
B33, Horsehead nebula and NGC2023 bright nebular, Orion, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Canon 550D DSLR. 44 minute exposure. Febuary 2011
NGC1909, Witch head Nebula, Eridanus, Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Canon 550D DSLR. 28 minute exposure. January 2011
M31, The Great Spiral Galaxy, Andromeda, Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Canon 550D DSLR. 28 minute exposure. December 2010
M45, Pleiades, Taurus, Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Canon 550D DSLR. 28 minute exposure. December 2010
M27 Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f10, Canon 450D EOS camera. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 20 minutes. September 2009
M42, Orion Nebula. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Canon 450D EOS camera. Average of 8 one minute exposures. Jan 2009
M33, Pinwheel Galaxy in Triangulum. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Canon 450D EOS camera. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 30 minutes. January 2010
B33, Horsehead Nebula, Orion - 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. 24 minute exposure, March 2010
M20, Triffid nebula in Sagittarius, 10" Meade LX200 SCT 6.3, Canon 550D EOS. 10 minute exposure. May 2010
M8, Lagoon Nebula, Sagittarius, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Canon 550D EOS camera. Five minute exposure. May 2010
NGC2024, Flame Nebula and Zeta Orionis, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Canon 550D DSLR. 20 minute exposure. January 2011
NGC6888, Crescent Nebula, Cygnus. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlite Xpress SXVF-MX9. Effective integration time 30 minutes. November 2009

Milky Way from Perseus through Cygnus to Acquila, Canon 550D EOS camera f3.5 10mm lens. Sum of ten 30 second images (using DeepSkystacker) - exposure 5 minutes at iso1600, August 13th 2010. Lower image is annotated with constellations.
M57 The Ring Nebula in Lyra, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f10,
Bottom image -
Canon 450D EOS camera. Exposure time 14 minutes. September 2009
NGC7293, Helix Nebula, Aquarius. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlite Xpress SXVF-MX9. Effective integration time 30 minutes. September 2012
NGC281 in Cassiopeia. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 15 minutes.
NGC7000, North American Nebula, Cygnus, Canon 450D EOS camera f5.6 400mm lens. Guided by 10" Meade LX200. Twenty-four minute exposure. Aug 2009
M20, Triffid nebula in Sagittarius, Large reflection/emission nebula with embedded cluster and dark lanes. Mag 6.3, 30'x20'.
10" Meade LX200 SCT 4, Starlight Xpress MX9 CCD. 15 minute exposure. July 2009
NGC1499, California Nebula, Perseus, Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Canon 550D DSLR. 36 minute exposure. December 2010
M17, Omega or Swan Nebula in Sagittarius. Mag 6, 39'.
10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 12 minutes. June 2009
M8, Lagoon nebula in Sagittarius, Large emission nebula with embedded cluster and dark lanes. Mag 5, 35'x50'. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 9 minutes. June 2009
Moon showing Clavius and Maginus - 10" Meade LX200 SCT  f24, OpticStar P131C Video Camera. Sum of 147 frames, processed in Registax 4, Nov 2010
m64.gif (20133 bytes) M64, Blackeye Galaxy (Sa) in Coma Berenices, M8.5, 10.5' x 5'
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD.
Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 12 minutes. May 2009.
m3.gif (48005 bytes) M3, Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici, Mag 6.4, 16.2'. Stars magnitude 11+.
10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF MX9 CCD. Average of 2 x three minute exposures. April 2009
m104.jpg (22542 bytes) M104, Sa Spiral Galaxy 'Sombrero' in Virgo, Mag 8, 8.9' x 4.1'
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX9 CCD. 4 exposures : Effective integration time 12 minutes, April 2009
M101 Sc Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major, Mag 7.9, 28'
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10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 21 minutes. March 2009
NGC3628 Sb Edge on Spiral Galaxy in Leo - 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 18 minutes. March 2009
M51 Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici, Mag 8.4, 9' x 7.5'
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10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 15 minutes. March 2009
NGC4565 Sb Edge on Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices, Mag 9.6, 15.5 x 1.9' - 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 18 minutes. March 2009
M106 SBbc Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici, Mag 8.4, 22' x 9'
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. 12 minute exposure, March 2009
NGC4631 -Edge on Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici,Mag 9.2, 17' x 3.5', NGC4627 adjacent.- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 9 minutes. March 2009
NGC869/884, Double Cluster, Perseus. Canon 450D EOS camera f5.6 400mm lens. Guided by 10" Meade LX200. One minute exposure. Mar 2009
NGC 2237, Rosette Nebula, Monoceros, Canon 450D EOS camera f5.6 400mm lens. Guided by 10" Meade LX200. Ten minute exposure. Feb 2009
Eastern end of Orion's belt, showing NGC2024 flame nebula and B33 Horsehead nebula. Canon 450D EOS camera f5.6 400mm lens. Guided by 10" Meade LX200. Ten minute exposure. Feb 2009
Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin in Virgo, Approximate Magnitude 5.5. Canon 450D EOS camera f5.6 400mm lens. Guided by 10" Meade LX200. Sum of ten one minute exposures. Feb 2009
NGC6946, Sc Spiral Galaxy, Cepheus. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Starlight Xpress SXVF-M9 CCD. Multiple exposures: Effective integration time 24 minutes. Dec 2008
Moon, (lunar phase 58%), Meade  LX200 SCT  f6.3, Canon 450D EOS at prime focus. Average of 9 images x 1/200th second exposures at ASA400, Dec 2008
Comet C/2006 M4 Swann (Approx mag4) in Corona Borealis. Montage of images, each a sum of 5 to 8 one minute exposures. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. October 2006
Jupiter, showing Great Red Spot, - 10" Meade LX200 SCT  f24, Philips TouCam Pro Webcam. Sum of 200 x 1/25 second  exposures, processed in Registax.
Saturn - 10" Meade LX200 SCT  f24, Philips TouCam Pro Webcam. Sum of 53 x 1/25 second  exposures, processed in Registax 2.
Mars - 10" Meade LX200 SCT  f24, Philips TouCam Pro Webcam. Sum of 50 x 1/33 second  exposures, processed in Registax 2, Dec 2005
totality.jpg (17360 bytes) Total eclipse of the sun, 11th August 1999, Avrenchy, France
Venus transit of the sun, Questar scope with solar filter, Philips Toucam Pro Webcam. Sum of 13 exposures each 1/500th second, 8th June 2004.
m3.gif (48005 bytes) M3 Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici, Mag 6.4, 16.2'
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX9 CCD. Average of 2 x three minute exposures.  
NGC253, Huge SBc Spiral Galaxy in Sculptor - very low in south in the UK. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 18 minutes. Dec 2009


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