Adam Marsh’s Astronomy Pages

Latest Astronomy Images.

Latest astronomy images features all new work with my Canon EOS 1000D and mainly with my astrophotography set up.  It is not impressive by any stretch, but it does what I need it to.  It is a HEQ5 with an 8” F6 Saxon brand Newtonian on it.  No guiding and no PEC, so my exposures with the 8” are usually limited to about 30 seconds.  Even then I get Periodic Error, and have to ditch a lot of the shots.


Be that as it may, I have learnt to stack quite well, and using Deep Sky Stacker, I have been able to get some good results (I think they are anyway)

Below, Omega Centauri globular cluster NGC 5139.  Using 8” Newt on HEQ5 at f6.  Stack of 50 x 15 sec exposures with Canon Eos 1000D at 1600 ASA.  Processed with Photoshop CS3 and Noise Ninja.

Left: Centaurus A (NGC 5128) Stack of 81 x 30 sec exposures taken in 8” and HEQ5 mount.  Used Canon Eos 1000D at 1600 ASA and DSS to stack images.



Below:  Crux and Coal Sack 55mm 40 x 90 sec exposures.  Used Canon Eos 1000D and DSS to stack images.


Noise Ninja used and Photoshop CS3 to do final processing.

Left, Orion Neb (M-42/M43).  Stack of 50 x 20sec exposures.  Background is a bit red, but nebula colours are ok.



Below, NGC 4935, Stack of 120 x 30 sec exposures.  Had to take about 500 exposures over 2 x nights to get 120 usable shots.  Came out ok though.

Crux and Coal Sack 55mm 40 exposures x 90 sec each with the EOS 1000D.  Photoshop and Noise Ninja to process the image.  Think I could improve on this shot.  The camera is unmodified, so red response is low.

Left:  Small Magellanic Cloud and 47 Tucane (NGC104) taken with EOS 1000D, 150mm lens stack of 13 x 90sec shots at ISO 800.


Below:  What I think is my best shot taken so far.  Eta Carina Neb (NGC3372).  Taken with my 8” Newt and HEQ5.  Stack of 80 x 30sec exposures at ISO1600.  Took around 800 shots and used best 10%.  Stacked with DSS and processed with Photoshop and noise Ninja.  Used some deconvolution sharpening as well.

Below Left:  Globular Cluster M4.  15 x 20 sec exposure with my 8” scope and HEQ5.  Not a huge stack, but enough to highlight the clusters shape.  Below right:  The Moon.  Cant remember the exposure length, but taken with my 8” at 1200mm focal length.


Above:  Scorpius and the Rho Ophiuchuc Nebula.  Stack of 85 x 60sec exposures at 800ASA.  Used my EOS 1000D and an older lens on the camera.  58mm fl at f3.2.  Colour ok, but really need a Huetec modified camera.  Below, Triffid Nebula (M20) Stack of 172 x 15, 25, 35 sec.  Selected best 50% (about 85) to stack.  Turned out ok for the gear i have.  DSS, Photoshop and Noise Ninja.

Hope you enjoyed my astrophoto section.  I have many more, but was space limited with my ISP, so I put on what I could.


I have a little space left, but I am saving that for future photographs.


Thanks for having a look.


Adam Marsh.

Right :  Sagittarius Star Clouds.  EOS 1000D with around 35mm focal length ad F3.5.  Stack of 25 x 40 sec exposures. 





Below: Carina Milky Way.  Canon EOS 100D at 27mm f3.5.  50 x 30 sec shots. 

Above: Galaxies M65, M66 and NGC3628 -102 x 25 and 30sec exposures 8 inch and HEQ5.


Left: Jewell Box NGC4755 50 x 10sec in 8 inch and HEQ5.  This shot actually came up well, has a good brightness and shows stars and shape well.


Below: Norma Milky Way 55mm lens and 40 x 90 sec


All three stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop with Noise Ninja

Above: Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070 in the Large Magellanic Cloud.  Stack of 72 x 25 sec shots at ISO 1600 in the 8 inch and HEQ5.  I have taken a few sequences of shots of this object and found it hard to get any colour.  This stack has a little bit of colour.


Left:  Galaxy M83.  Another stack of 72 shots, this time 30 second exposure.  Needed to take over 400 to get 72 very good shots to stack.  Came out ok, but was one of my earlier shots.  Am going to take more images of this and try a restack.