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George Ball

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 - George Ball Condolences

Solar Prominences - July 30 1992

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Sandy Clark

Sandy Clark was a local artist who was a member of the RASC in the late 1990's.



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 ones eye.

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

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Jack Newton

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

M51 Whirlpool Nebula


Images are � Jack Newton

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Peter Schlatter

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 Image)

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:

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Jan Wisniewski

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 size.

 M20 Trifid Nebula 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.

M20, NGC6514 - 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). "


  Complete Messier List

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 � Jan Wisniewski


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