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M20 Trifid Nebula
Copyright Robert Boundy

Location:
Moogerah Dam 24/05/2014
Telescope: Celestron 8" Cassegrain tube, Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Mount, QHY5v Autoguider (PHD2)
Camera: QHY10 cooled ccd
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop CS3, Astra Image 4.0
M17 Dumbell Nebula
Copyright Tony Healy

Location:
Mount Glorious 6/10/13
Telescope: Meade 200mm SC at FL 2000
Camera: Canon 60DA
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop
M16 Eagle Nebula
Copyright Tony Healy

Location:
Mount Glorious 6/10/13
Telescope: Meade 200mm SC at FL 2000
Camera: Canon 60DA
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop
M42 Orion Nebula
Copyright Tony Healy

Location:
Mount Glorious 5/10/13
Telescope: Meade 200mm SC at FL 2000
Camera: Canon 60DA
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop
M20 Triffid Nebula
Copyright Tony Healy

Location:
Mount Glorious 5/10/13
Telescope: Meade 200mm SC at FL 2000
Camera: Canon 60DA
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop
Flame and Horse Head Nebula
Copyright Robert Bounday

Location:
Warwick 06/10/13
Telescope: Celestron 8" Cassegrain tube, Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Mount, Synguider
Camera: Nikon D7100
Exposure: 3 x 15 min exposures @ ISO400
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop CS3
Club Members at Moogerah Dam
Copyright Andy Polichronis

Location:
Moogerah Dam 5/10/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Adobe Elements
Steve at Moogerah Dam
Copyright Andy Polichronis

Location:
Moogerah Dam 5/10/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Adobe Elements
M20 Trifid Nebula
Copyright Robert Bounday

Location:
Moogerah Dam 29/09/13
Telescope: Celestron 8" Cassegrain tube, Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Mount, Synguider
Camera: Nikon D7100
Exposure: 4 x 5 min exposures
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop CS3
Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070
Copyright Robert Bounday

Location:
Hazeldean, Somerset Dam 7/09/13
Telescope: Celestron 8" Cassegrain tube, Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Mount, Unguided
Camera: Nikon D7100
Exposure: 11 subs totalling 5 mins 30 secs, 6 x ISO 1600 5 x ISO 3200
NGC 55 (galaxy in Sculptor)
Copyright Robert Bounday

Location:
Hazeldean, Somerset Dam 7/09/13
Telescope: Celestron 8" Cassegrain tube, Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Mount, Synguider
Camera: Nikon D7100
Exposure: 7 subs totalling 7 mins 20 secs
Eagle Nebula M16
Copyright Robert Bounday

Location:
Hazeldean, Somerset Dam 7/09/13
Telescope: Celestron 8" Cassegrain tube, Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Mount, Synguider
Camera: Nikon D7100
Exposure: 6 subs totalling 25 mins 38 secs ISO 800
Centaurus A or NGC 5128
Copyright Tony Samson

Location:
Linville 8/08/13
Camera:Canon 500D using EOS software
Telescope: 10" Skywatcher Newtonian, Skywatcher NEQ6 Mount, Skywatcher Coma Corrector, Orion SSAG.
Exposure: a stack of 10 light and 10 dark frames each at 5 minutes at ISO 400
Processing: stacked in 'deep sky stacker' and processed in Photoshop
M83
Copyright Tony Samson

Location:
Linville 8/08/13
Camera:Canon 500D using EOS software
Telescope: 10" Skywatcher Newtonian, Skywatcher NEQ6 Mount, Skywatcher Coma Corrector, Orion SSAG.
Exposure: a stack of 10 light and 10 dark frames each at 5 minutes at ISO 400
Processing: stacked in 'deep sky stacker' and processed in Photoshop
Meteor and Emu
Copyright Andy Polichronis

Location:
Linville 5/08/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Adobe Elements
Emu and Tree
Copyright Andy Polichronis

Location:
Linville 5/08/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Adobe Elements
Windmill
Copyright Andy Polichronis

Location:
Linville 5/08/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Adobe Elements
M20 Trifid Nebula
Copyright Tony Healy

Location:
Mount Glorious 9/08/13
Telescope: Meade 200mm SC at FL 2000
Camera: Canon 60DA
Processing: Photoshop
M17 Swan Nebula
Copyright Tony Healy

Location:
Mount Glorious 9/08/13
Telescope: Meade 200mm SC at FL 2000
Camera: Canon 60DA
Processing: Photoshop
M8 Lagoon Nebula
Copyright Tony Healy

Location:
Mount Glorious 9/08/13
Telescope: Meade 200mm SC at FL 2000
Camera: Canon 60DA
Processing: Photoshop
Andy with Galactic Centre
Copyright Peter Teodorovic, Andy Polichronis

Location:
Moogerah Dam 7/07/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Photoshop CS6
Lagoon Nebula NGC 6523
Copyright Robert Bounday

Location:
Moogerah Dam 7/07/13
Telescope: Celestron 8" Cassegrain tube, Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro Mount, Synguider
Camera:Nikon D7100
Exposure: 15 x 30 sec exposures
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop CS3
Swan Nebula NGC 6618
Copyright Robert Bounday

Location:
Moogerah Dam 7/07/13
Telescope: Celestron 8" Cassegrain tube, Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro Mount, Synguider
Camera: Nikon D7100
Exposure: 30 sec Single exposure
Processing: Photoshop CS3
Eta Carinae
Copyright Tony Samson

Location:
Moogerah Dam 7/07/13
Camera: Canon 450D
Telescope: 10" Skywatcher Newtonian, Skywatcher NEQ6 Mount, Skywatcher Coma Corrector, Orion SSAG.
Exposure: 2 minute exposure at ISO 400
Super Moon
Copyright Robert Bounday

Full moon at perigee (closest point to earth).

Location: Wellington Point 23/06/13
Camera: Nikon D7000
Telescope: Saxon ED66 Refractor on a Celestron computerised ALT/AZ mount
Processing: Photoshop CS6
Emu over Moogerah Dam
Copyright Andy Polichronis

The dark dust lanes of the Milky Way make up the Australian Aboriginal constellation "Emu in the Sky". Here it can be seen up-side-down, with the Coalsack nebula making up the head, and the Galactic Centre making up the body as it stretches up through Scorpius.

Location: Hazeldean, Qld 15/06/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Photoshop CS6
Astrophotography at Moogerah Dam
Copyright Peter T

Mike enjoying some astrophotography with his Skywatcher ED100 on an AZEQ6 computerised mount.

Location: Moogerah Dam, Qld 15/06/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Photoshop CS6
Pete at Moogerah Dam
Copyright Andy Polichronis

Location: Moogerah Dam, Qld 15/06/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 3200
Processing: Photoshop CS6
Members at Moogerah Dam
Copyright Peter T

Andy, Rob H and Rob B standing next to a Skywatcher 12" Dobsonian telescope at Moogerah Dam, Queensland. The Giant Emu of the Milky Way can be seen, up-side-down behind them.

Location: Moogerah Dam, Qld 15/06/13
Camera: Canon 60D, 14mm wide angle lens, f2.8 , 30sec exposure, ISO 1600
Processing: Photoshop CS6
Galactic Centre
Copyright Mike Baird

Location: Hazeldean, Qld 11/05/13
Camera: Nikon
Partial Solar Eclipse
Copyright Andy Polichronis

Location: Upper Mt Gravatt 10/05/13
Telescope: 80mm Lunt Solar Scope
Camera: Canon 60D
Software: Photoshop CS6
Sun
Copyright Andy Polichronis

Location: Upper Mt Gravatt 09/05/13
Telescope: 80mm Lunt Solar Scope
Camera: Canon 60D
Software: Photoshop CS6
Saturn
Copyright Norm, Andy, Peter T

Location: Alexandra Hills 06/05/13
Equipment: Celestron NexImage 5 CCD camera (1/4 resolution)
Telescope: Celestron CGEM DX 14" HD
Saturn
Copyright Eric Angles (Technology Corp)

Location: Alexandra Hills 06/05/13
Equipment: Nikon SLR attached to a Baader 8mm eyepiece
Telescope: Celestron CGEM DX 14" HD
BAS members setting up to photograph Saturn
Copyright Peter T

Location: Alexandra Hills 06/05/13
BAS Members: Norm, Rob H, Rob B, Andy, Mike, Scott, Eric
Telescope: Celestron CGEM DX 14" HD, Celestron 9.25"
StarBQ - Astrophotography presentation by Tony Surma-Hawes and Anthony Grimshaw - April 2013
Copyright Peter T

Location: Moogerah Dam
Me with the love of my life...and some girl
Copyright Peter T

Location: Moogerah Dam 16/12/2012
Equipment: Canon 600D, Standard 18-55mm lens
Love of my life: Celestron CGEM 9.25 Telescope
Girl: Just some girl
Horsehead and Flame Nebula
Copyright Anthony Grimshaw

Location: Taromeo in the Blackbutt Ranges
Equipment: 90 mm William Optics Megrez refractor, SLR Camera
15 300-second Frames at ISO 800
15 300-second Dark Frames
15 Flat files
15 Bias Frames
Processed in DeepSkyStacker (with further processing) in Photoshop
Total Solar Eclipse 2012 showing Sun's corona
Copyright Wendy Vysma-Gooch and Tony Surma-Hawes

Location: Clifton Beach
Two images merged and processed with Fitswork 4.44.
Image 1: Tony Surma-Hawes, Canon 50D on a tripod, Canon L 200 mm, f/4, ISO 200, 1/1600, 1/800, 1/400, 1/200 second;
Image 2. Wendy Vysma-Gooch, Canon 450D, WO Magrez 110 mm, 0.8 reducer/flattener, f/4.95, ISO 200, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8 second

Solar Eclipse 2012
Copyright Wendy Vysma-Gooch

Location: Clifton Beach
Equipment: 200mm_800th_f4_inner_corona Canon 50D on a tripod, Canon L 200mm lens, 1/400 second, f 4,

NGC 6744 in Pavo
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Taken at Queensland Astrofest on 13/08/2012 and 14/08/2012.
NEQ6 mount
Williams Optics 110mm Megrez @ f4.76, fl 523mm
Canon Modded 450D (Baader IR/UV cut filter) ISO 800
11 x 5 minute sub-frames (55 minutes on the 13th), and 6 x 10 minute sub-frames (1 hour on the 14th) 1 hour 55 minutes
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
26 Dark frames, 20 Flat Fields, and 20 Bias frames
levels and curves processed in PhotoShop CS5, cropped 30%

M16 (the Eagle Nebula) in Serpens Caud
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Taken at the Queensland Astrofest on 18/08/2012
NEQ6 mount
Williams Optics 110mm Megrez @ f4.76, fl 523mm
Canon Modded 450D (Baader IR/UV cut filter) ISO 800
20 x 5 minute sub-frames (1 hour 45 minutes total)
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
20 Dark frames, 20 Flat Fields, and 20 Bias frames
levels and curves processed in PhotoShop CS5, cropped 20%

M20 (the Triffid Nebula) and M21 in Sagittarius
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Taken at the Queensland Astrofest on 16/08/2012
NEQ6 mount
Williams Optics 110mm Megrez @ f4.76, fl 523mm
Canon Modded 450D (Baader IR/UV cut filter) ISO 800
20 x 5 minute sub-frames (1 hour 45 minutes total)
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
20 Dark frames, 20 Flat Fields, and 20 Bias frames
levels and curves processed in PhotoShop CS5, cropped 20%

M45 (the Pleiades Cluster, the Seven Sisters, Subaru) in Taurus
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Taken at the Queensland Astrofest on 16/08/2012.
NEQ6 mount
Williams Optics 110mm Megrez @ f4.76, fl 523mm
Canon Modded 450D (Baader IR/UV cut filter) ISO 800
Cold Box (20° below ambient, ~-20°)
7 x 15 minute sub-frames (1 hour 45 minutes total)
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
5 Dark frames, 20 Flat Fields, and 20 Bias frames
levels and curves processed in PhotoShop CS5, cropped 20%.

Venus Transit 2012
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Third contact.
06/06/2012
Williams Optics 110 Magrez Telescope
Canon 50D
Venus Transit 2012
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

06/06/2012
Williams Optics 110 Magrez Telescope
Canon 50D
Partial Lunar Eclipse
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

04/06/2012
Williams Optics 110 Magrez Telescope
Canon 450D
Solar Disc
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

10/03/2012
Williams Optics 110 Magrez Telescope
Canon 450D
24 images, ISO 100, 1/4000 sec
Images stacked in Registax 5.1
Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Topaz Detail plug-in
Colourized with Photoshop CS5
Comet Lovejoy
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

On the beach at Bribie Island, Canon 450D, Canon 10 – 22 mm @ 10 mm, f5, ISO 1600, 20 x 30 sec, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, curves, levels and contrast in PhotoShop CS5. Scorpius on the horizon, and Zodiacal Light rising at about 45deg from the horizon just left of centre.
StarBQ at Lake Moogerah
Copyright Jason Halil

Lake Moogerah really turned it on for us last night!!! Jupiter dominated the sky with great views of the red spot and fine detail visible, other DSO's observed were the Silver Coin galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, various globular clusters and the Orion nebula was spectacular too.

A fantastic time was had by all.

Date: 19th of December 2011

“Eagle Nebula ” (M16 or NGC 6611)
Copyright Tony Samson

Type: Diffuse emission nebula
Location: Constellation of Serpens
Distance: 6500 light years

Equipment: Canon 450D (unmodified), 10" Skywatcher Black diamond reflector, NEQ6 Pro mount (no guiding)
Exposure: 1 minute
Date: 29th of July 2011

“Omega Centauri ” (NGC 5139)
Copyright Tony Samson

Type: Globular cluster containing several million Population II stars.
Location: Constellation of Centaurus
Distance: 15800 light years
Dimension: Radius = 86 light years

Equipment: Canon 450D (unmodified), 10" Skywatcher Black diamond reflector, NEQ6 Pro mount (no guiding)
Exposure: 1 minute
Date: 27th of July 2011

“Lagoon Nebula ” (M8 or NGC 6523)
Copyright Tony Samson

Type: Emission Nebula
Location: Constellation of Sagittarius
Distance: 4000 - 6000 light years
Dimension: 110 x 50 light years

Equipment: Canon 450D (unmodified), 10" Skywatcher Black diamond reflector, NEQ6 Pro mount (no guiding)
Exposure: 1 minute
Date: 26th of July 2011

“Great Edge-on Galaxy” or the “Whale Galaxy” (NGC 4945)
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

A 13th magnitude edge-on spiral with mottled dust lanes. This object is easily viewed in the constellation of Centaurus and spans almost ½ a degree, the apparent diameter of the Full Moon. 450D, ISO 800, Williams Optics 110mm Magrez @ f4.9, stack of 10 x 300 second images in Deep Sky Stacker, processed in Photoshop CS5.



Comet C/2009 P1 (Garradd)
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

27th July 2011 at Queensland Astrofest, an 8th magnitude comet passing through the constellation of Pegasus, the bright star at the top of the frame is Enif at the nose of the Winged Horse. 450D, ISO 1600, Williams Optics 110mm Magrez @ f4.9, 15 x 180 second images, Deep Sky Stacker in Comet Mode, processed in Photoshop CS5.

The Inkblot (NGC 6520, B 86)
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

“The Inkblot” (NGC 6520, B 86), a dark nebula set against the Sagittarius Star-cloud with a contrasting open star cluster appearing next to it. 450D, ISO 1600, Williams Optics 110mm Magrez @ f4.9, stack of 8 x 300 second images in Deep Sky Stacker, processed in Photoshop CS5.

47 Tucana (NGC 104)
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

47 Tucana (NGC 104), the brightest and, now that Omega Centauri has been classified as a galaxy, the best globular cluster. Modded Canon 450D, ISO 400, Williams Optics 110mm Magrez @ f4.9, stack of 9 x 90 second, 6 x 180 second, 9 x 300 second images in Deep Sky Stacker, processed in Photoshop CS5.

International Space Station transit of the Sun
Copyright Dennis Simmons

24/06/2011 12:47 AEST (UT+10)
Taken at Foreshore Park, Cleveland in Brisbane Australia.
Transit duration: 0.83 seconds

Equipment
German Equatorial Mount
OTA = Takahashi Mewlon 180 F12 with x0.8 Reducer
Baader astro-solar film (photo version) - Fitted to OTA and Finder!
Canon 7D - USB cable, spare batteries, CF card
Notebook computer
ThinkTank Pixel Sunscreen
SLA battery

Processing the image
Canon Software used:
EOS Utility
Digital Photo Professional
ZoomBrowserEX
Adobe Photoshop
Load each .tif into a separate Layer and set the Layer Mode to “Darker”

ISS location sourced from www.calsky.com

Lunar Eclipse
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

16/06/2011
Taken at Southbank Parklands in Brisbane Australia.
Tripod mounted, modded Canon 450D, 75 – 300 mm lens @ 75 mm, f 4.5, ranged between ¼ to 1 second, ISO 800.
Saturn Animation Saturn Animation
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

The animation is from the 12th of April 2011 about a week after opposition. It consists of 12 frames, each one between 1200 and 2500 frames processed from 3000 frames in Registax 6. Captured with MerlinCam (SPC880 webcam flashed toSPC900NC), 4 x Televue Powermate, 8” LX50 OTA on an NEQ6 Mount.

Saturn Comparison Saturn Comparison
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

A comparison of Saturn almost exactly 12 months apart, seeing and skills have improved between the 2 images.
Planetary Conjunction Planetary Conjunction
Copyright Aaron Smith

The photo shows Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars rising over Brisbane City. Taken with a Canon 500D at 5:30am on 13/05/2011 from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout.
Planetary Conjunction Planetary Conjunction
Copyright Brenden Downs

The photo shows Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars rising over Brisbane City. Taken at 5:20am on 02/05/2011 from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout.
The Flame Nebula and the Horsehead Nebula The Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) and the Horsehead Nebula (B 33 with IC 434) in Orion.
Copyright Justin Mallory

Image created from 6 image mosaics, with each smaller image a stack of ten one minute exposures. Using an f 5 80mm refractor on an LXD 55 mount with a Meade DSI colour imager.
The Eta Carina nebula - NGC 3372 The Eta Carina nebula - NGC 3372
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

One of the very first images I captured using my NEQ6 Pro mount and the Modded 450D. Processing is still a steep learning curve as I only image a few times a year seriously, with the result being I have to relearn everything I learned in the previous session. Vixen 102M, Modded 450D (Baader IR/UV), 10 x 30 seconds ISO 800 plus darks, no flats or bias. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, processed levels and curves in PS CS2.
The Great Orion Nebula The Great Orion Nebula
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

I had only purchased a Williams Optics 110mm Magrez ED doublet, in fact it arrived the day before the 2010 Queensland Astrofest opened. Orion in August rises in the wee hours and we only have a narrow window to image it before the sky begins to lighten too much, or the mist rolls in to smother the photons. To be honest, it was starting to get misty during this capture. Mounted on an NEQ6 Pro and taken with the WO 110 ED Magrez @ f4.95, Modded 450D (Baader IR/UV), 5 x 180sec ISO 800, 4 x 180 seconds, ISO 400, 9 x 60 sec ISO 800, 2 x 30 sec ISO 800, all plus darks, no flats or bias. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, processed levels and curves in PS CS2.
The Great Orion Nebula
Copyright Dennis Simmons

This shot of M42 was taken with the Taurus Astrophotography System through a Vixen V200L 200mm f/9 Cassegrainian Telescope. The exposure was 15mins on Kodak Gold III 400ASA film, and it was taken at a BAS Astrocamp at Hazeldene.
Andromeda Galaxy - M31 Andromeda Galaxy - M31
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Rising above the north-eastern hills in the early hours during the Queensland Astrofest, M31 (or the Andromeda Galaxy) generally gets a treatment sometime during the week. I’m fairly happy with this image, although I will get more data next time. Mounted on an NEQ6 Pro and taken with the WO 110 ED Magrez @ f4.95, Modded 450D (Baader IR/UV), 12 X 180 seconds, ISO 1600 plus darks, no flats or bias. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, processed levels and curves in PS CS2.
Cresent Moon Cresent Moon
Copyright Dennis Simmons

A montage of 8 images taken with a Meade LPI camera and Vixen 4" refractor.
Please note: This is a large image and may take a little while to download on a dialup line, but it is definitely worth the wait.
The moon The Moon
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Vixen 102M f10, Canon 400D, various speeds, ISO 800, mounted on an EQ5, stacked and processed in PS CS2, Topaz Detail 2 plug-in. I’m sorry that I cannot remember the full details of this image, but to date this is one of the best I have taken.
Brisbane Moon craters Brisbane Moon craters
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Just past Full Moon on the 9th June 2009 the crater complex named after the Astronomer Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane, becomes visible. Vixen 102M, Canon 400D, mounted on an EQ5, processed in PS CS2, inset is a full size crop of ht area in question and inserted on a ~30% moon image.
Lunar Eclipe Lunar Eclipse
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

The total Lunar Eclipse on the 28th of August 2007 was starting to look like a non-event as cloud was hanging around in the afternoon and early at moonrise, however although the first few images were shot through some cloud, the evening cleared up to treat us with a deep eclipse. Vixen 102M f10, Canon 400D, various speeds, ISO 800, mounted on an EQ5. Images cropped and placed on an enlarged canvas to convey the shape and size of the Earth’s shadow.
Lunar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Another presentation of the total Lunar Eclipse August 28th 2007. As can be seen by the images from the 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock positions, the cloud hampered clear views in the earlier stages of the eclipse, however from before totality the cloud mercifully left us alone and we were treated to a great event. Vixen 102M f10, Canon 400D, various speeds, ISO 800, mounted on an EQ5. Images cropped, resized and placed on an enlarged canvas in PS CS2.
The Pleiades - M45 The Pleiades - M45
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

The conditions for this capture were very misty, and I am very pleased that it had not degraded the image to any great extent. I am particularly pleased with the nebulosity around the major stars. Mounted on an NEQ6 Pro and taken with the WO 110 ED Magrez @ f4.95, Modded 450D (Baader IR/UV), 10 x 180 seconds, ISO 400 plus darks, no flats or bias. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, processed levels and curves in PS CS2, cropped ~20%.
Comet Soho Comet Soho
Copyright Dennis Simmons

This fine photo of Comet Soho was taken at a BAS Astrocamp at Hazeldene in 1998. On this evening, the comet was passing by Zeta Orionis and the 'Flame Nebula' - NGC 2024.
Comet Hyakutake Comet Hyakutake

This photo is of Comet Hyakutake was taken at Coolmunda Dam near Warwick, with a 55mm lens.
Commet McNaught Comet McNaught
Copyright Anne-Louise Surma-Hawes

18th January 2007, fl 300mm, f11, 2s, ISO 1600. Spotted the comet for the first time as the sky has been cloudy in Brisbane since it moved to the Southern Hemisphere. Imaged at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Commet McNaught Comet McNaught
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Monday 5th February 2007, fl 18mm, f3.5, 131s, ISO 1600. Best night I had. I travelled with Terry Cuttle of SEQAS to just west of Oakey and rode the camera on his Losmondy mount. Images stacked with Photoshop CS.
Mars Mars
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Imaged in my backyard at Acacia Ridge with a QHY5 through my Vixen 102M f10, mounted on an EQ5. Very happy with the results as these are head and shoulders above the best images I have ever taken of Mars. Video captured with K3CCDTools3, 60 seconds each @ 30 fps, stacked and processed with RegiStax 4.
Jupiter and Moon conjunction Jupiter and Moon conjunction
Copyright Dennis Simmons

Imaged from Brisbane on the 27th February 2005 at 11:00pm AEST. Equipment: Vixen ED102S f9 refractor, TeleVue x2.5 Powermate, Meade LPI CMOS camera, Vixen GPDX mount, Vixen Skysensor 2000 GoTo. Image: Mosaic of 4 tiles - 1 tile Jupiter 0.250 secs exposure, 3 tiles Moon 0.050 secs exposure. Mosaic created in Corel PhotoPaint 12. The four Galilean moons of Jupiter - Ganymede, Io, Europa and Callisto are also visible, from left to right.
Jupiter and Moon conjunction Jupiter and Moon conjunction
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Taken just after a grazing occultation of Jupiter by the Moon on the 16th June 2005. Captured on a Canon Ixus 500, 640 x 480 @ 10 fps for 30 seconds, avi converted by VirtualDub to a format that Registax 3 could process, Unitron 4” f15, hand guided (undriven EQ mount).
Jupiter Jupiter
Copyright Dennis Simmons

Jupiter taken with a Meade LPI camera and Vixen 4" refractor.
Saturn
Copyright John Peacock

A very nice image of Saturn taken with John's LPI camera on a 250mm LX200 GPS.
Venus, Mars, Mercury in conjunction Venus, Mars, Mercury in conjunction
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

A conjunction of the planets Venus, Mars, Mercury, and the stars Spica (Alpha Virginis) and Porrima in the constellation of Virgo on the 9th of September 2008. Canon 400D mounted on a tripod, 70 – 300 mm Canon lens @ 70 mm f4.5, ISO 400, 10 seconds
Sun spots Sun spots
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

Vixen 102M f10, Baader Solar Film, Canon 400D, 1/3200 second, ISO 800, mounted on an EQ5. Processed in Photoshop CS2 and Topaz Detail 2 plug-in. 
Venus Transit Venus Transit
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

This was the closest I came to getting the "ink drop" effect. In hindsight I should have taken another 6 photos at this time. Again I am happy with the focus (and lull in the wind). Aperture was set at f4, which translates to f22, 1/250th of a second. Photo on Fuji Superia 400 film in a Ricoh KR-5 Super II, the lens is a TAIR-3S 300 mm lens, coupled with a three times tele-converter and a two times tele-converter giving an effective focal length of 1800 mm.
Venus Transit Venus Transit
Copyright Nev Johnson

Venus during transit, C8, Sony digital afocal.
Venus Transit Venus Transit
Copyright Dennis Simmons

Taken with a Meade LPI camera and Vixen 4" refractor.
Hydrogen Ballon - The Sun Hydrogen Ballon - The Sun
Copyright Tony Surma-Hawes

The day after the Venus Transit I tried to capture the “Green Flash”. We were driving to Coral Bay after leaving Exmouth in Western Australia, and I had hoped to reach the coast before susnset. Unfortunately were just too far away, so we pulled over and climbed a sand dune and set up the tripod and camera. I used the same lens and teleconverter arrangement we used for the transit. In the days of emulsion, I had only 2 frames left (more back in the van, but likely to miss the event). This shot was taken just as the disk touched the ocean, and you can just see some green appearing on the upper limb. As the Sun slipped below the horizon, I watched the green increase, spread  along the edge until it reached the ocean then spread along the flattened edge along the bottom of the disappearing Sun, all the while the upper edge was getting greener and widening. When the remainder of the Sun was completely limed with green, the colour spread over the whole remainder of the flattened disk and the colour intensified: the whole image blazed green and I fired the last shot with the shutter release... Unfortunately I was adjusting the aperture speed for best effect in the fading light and it was now set on bulb and it was horribly over exposed. This shot is a reminder of the “one that got away” and a promise that “One day...”

Moon craters Moon craters
Copyright Aaron Smith

Taken with a Canon 550D and Skywatcher 12" reflector, NEQ6 Pro mount.
22 March 2011
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