Astronomical images from members of the Victoria Centre.
Please Note: All images
are copyright by their creators unless otherwise noted.
|George was known for building his own equipment and was a wealth
of knowledge in this area. As part of the package from a feature
article, this interesting image was found. This is
an image that George took on July 20, 1992 of solar prominences
using a hydrogen alpha filter (.6 angstrom bandwidth).
George also built his own CCD
camera ... from scratch of course !
Image is ©George Ball
George died in 2007 -
Solar Prominences - July 30
Sandy Clark was a local artist who was a member of the RASC in the late
This is a painting about time. Taking time to step off our
planet's surface and leave behind the base line linear perspective
of conventional art - then enter a visual realm where the only
reference point is the time signature of the last photon to touch
Reading from right to left - the ancestral profile "the
viewer" creates an irregular vertical column a "time
twister" and uses it to justify the concept that (for her)
all of time is happening at one moment.
The rest of this space-scape is simply the fun of playing
with the "maybe-ness" of some of the dazzling visual
occurrences that the universe and ones imagination create.
Sandy Clark - Given enough time, this scene
might just happen. "Art anticipating life"
Image is ©Sandy Clark
Sandy Clark - 1941-2010
Certainly Jack Newton needs no introduction as his images have
graced the pages of numerous astronomical publications for decades.
Some samples from his recent CD The Ultimate CCD Collection
follow. (The Ultimate CCD Collection contains images from
both Jack Newton and Don Parker) Jack has
also co-authored the astrophotography book Splendors
of the Universe with Terence Dickinson (Publisher:FireFly)
available at most bookstores.
M42 Orion Nebula
Images are ©
Peter's main interest in astronomy is in stellar structure
and evolution and concurrently the Interstellar Medium out of
which stars form and to which they largely return. This in turn
has led to an interest in spectroscopy and astrophysics.
Imaging in amateur astronomy is widely dominated by photography
and CCD imaging. As a consequence the humble sketch is often overlooked.
Peter's astronomy log books contain many examples of this fine
art. The image that has been included is a reverse image of one
of Peter's sketches.
"The awesome visual beauty of the night sky and the
longing to capture this beauty (an impossible task) is what led
me to sketch what I have seen." -Peter Schlatter
Sketch of Veil West (Negative
Veil West is part of the Cygnus Loop which is the shock front
of an old supernova explosion. This was believed to have happened
roughly 20,000 years ago. The estimated distance is 2,300 light
years. The diameter is 130 light years.
Image ©Peter Schlatter:
Here are some images take by Jan Wisniewski.
He is used an 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a Cookbook
CCD camera for imaging, as well as a second Cookbook camera used
as an auto-guider - all of it housed in "The Hut" - his
backyard observatory. Click on the thumbnails to see images full
M20 (Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius)
Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius was discovered by LeGentil
in 1747. Messier found it on June 5, 1764. Nebula's name was
suggested by William Herschel who noticed dark bands crossing
emmision part of the nebula. Reflection area is more difficult
visually. It is approx. 5,000 ly away.
M20 image was taken on July 14, 1999 from Sooke, BC
using Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera on Ultima 8 f3.0 telescope,
autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC CCD camera on piggybacked 500mm
f8 telephoto lens. It is composed of W (11 x 2 min.) and CMY
(5 x 2 min. each) integrations processed with Multi245, AIP245
and QColor, as well as PhotoPaint 8.
- 18h 02.6m -23°02´ -8.5 mag
NGC2403 in Camelopardalis
This bright spiral galaxy belonging to M81 group of
galaxies was missed by Messier.
Above image was taken on Dec. 18, 1998 from Sooke,
BC using Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera on Celestron Ultima 8 f6.3
telescope, autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC camera on a piggybacked
500mm f8 telephoto lens. It is composed of W (8 x 4 min.) and
CMY (4 x 4 min. each) integrations processed with Multi245, AIP245,
QColor and PhotoPaint 8.
Mosaic of eastern part of
Veil Nebula in Cygnus
" Because of relatively small detector size, CCD cameras
are not well suited for imaging large objects. However, that can
be overcome by taking images of adjacent, slightly overlapping
areas and then combining them with image editing software like
Photo Paint 8. The above mosaic of the eastern part of Veil Nebula
was created from 4 images taken on September 1, 1999 from Sooke,
B.C. with a Celestron Ultima 8 SCT at f3.0 and Cookbook 245 LDC
CCD camera. Each image is composed of white (10 x 60 sec.) as
well as cyan, magenta and yellow-filtered exposures (4 x 60 sec.
each) combined with Multi245 and QColor software from Richard
Berry. Total integration time for that mosaic corresponds to 88
minutes (not counting calibration frames) - but the actual time spent
at the telescope was closer to 3 hours (choosing the field, focusing
etc.). Original data (white overlay and filtered images correspond
to 48-bit color image ) was reduced to 24-bit tiff file (464 x
773 pixels, over 1MB in size ), which, before posting here, was
resampled and converted into 131 KB jpeg file (24-bit, 330 x 550 pixels). "
Jan completed imaging all
Messier objects in July, 1999. This link directs you to Jan's Webpage from
where you may access images and descriptions (with imaging details) of all
Messier objects. Messier List page can be navigated by a number, type and
constellation or you can move from one object to the next.
Images are ©