Our Silver Winners
Name – Zhehua (Timmy) Wang
Object – NGC3372
Sky Rover 80APO PRO
OAG-L + ASI220min
EAF & ASI AIR PLUS
ZWO 2 inch electric filter wheel & Optolong 2 inch LRGBS (6.5nm) H (7nm) O (6.5nm) filter
Flat Field Panel
Name – Thomas Kirkpatrick
Object – M20 – Trifid Nebula
M20, The Trifid Nebula: This has to be my favourite deep sky image I’ve taken so far. I love this object because of the variety of different nebulae types that make it up. Clearly visible are red emission, blue reflection, and even dark nebulosity. Located about 9kLy from Earth, the Trifid Nebula is a gem nestled in the galactic core very near M8, the Lagoon Nebula. I took this image from my backyard in the Blue Mountains.
Exposures: ~100 × 180s
Sensor Temperature: -10°c
Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI533MC-pro
Mount: Celestron AVX
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MC-S
Scope: GSO 200mm F/5
Corrector: Baader MPCC MKIII
Filter: ZWO UV-IR Cut
NINA and PHD2 for acquisition
PixInsight and BlurXterminator for processing
Name – Sean Kinchela
Object – Milky Way
I took this photo at a place called Kangaroo Rock in Narooma on the Far South Coast of NSW. Kangaroo Rock is quite unknown even to the locals.
I intially wanted to get star trails behind the seascape but decided to take my StarTracker and track the milkyway behind it.
I took the foreground shoot at blue hour so I could maintain a lot of the details on the rock formation that is known to be millions of years old.
Once skies were dark enough and the Milkyway core came up to where I planned it to be on the PhotoPills app I set my star tracker up and begin tracking the sky.
The sky was 5 shots of 2 minute exposures stacked together to reduce the noise.
Then blended both the sky and foreground together on photoshop.
Foreground – 35mm Sigma Art Lens
Sky – 24mm Sigma Art Lens
Star Tracker – Skywatcher Star adventurer 2i
Name – Paul Baker
Object – M8 and M20
Messier 8 and 20: 4 Panel Mosaic. Taken with Celestron 9.25″ Edge HD and Hyperstar at F2.2 on Celestron CGX mount. ZWO ASI294MM and MC. Filters: Baader Moon and Sky Glow for both RGB and Luminance. RGB taken over 5 nights in July 2022 and Luminance over 3 nights. RGB each panel is 250x60sec a total of 16.7 hrs. Luminance each panel is 200x45sec a total of 10hrs.
All images are processed in Pixinsight solely and captured with SharpCap using PHD as the guiding software.
I have been doing astrophotograph for about 5 years now and LOVE IT! I also capture alot of wide field stuff with a Dual Samyang 135mm ASI183MC and MM setup.
Name – Jose Luis Cantabrana Garcia
Object – The Crown + Milkyway
The Crown: This location is shaped by gigantic granite formations also known as Tors. Despite unexpected light pollution due to its high location, more than 1100m above the sea level, the starry sky still shone through. It was an exhilarating night, challenging my climbing skills in the dark and reaffirming the value of exploration for unique compositions.
– Sky: Panorama of 20 vertical photos. ISO 800 24mm f2.8 69s Tracked using the Benro Polaris.
– Foreground: Panorama of 9 Vertical Photos: ISO1250 15MM F11 20s
Name – Jordan Lucy
Object – Rho Ophiuchi
Rho Ophiuchi (5 hours of integration time)
Stock Canon 5D Mark III
Rokinon 135mm F2
Star Watcher Star Adventurer 2i
Stacked with: DSS
Processed with: Pixinsight and Photoshop
Name – John O’Mahony
Object – Blue Horsehead Nebula
Blue Horsehead Nebula
Captured from Leyburn, Queensland, under Bortle 2 skies 17 June 2023
70×3 minute frames
Samyang 135mm F2 at F2.8 lens (Astrodynium ring set)
ZWO 2600 MC Pro camera
EQ6 R Pro mount
Processed using Photoshop/ Pixinsight with RC tools. Topaz noise reduction
Name – Damir Maksan
Object – Milkyway
Uriarra Pines Car Trails
While searching for a location to do a Milky way shot with car trails, I came across this place in Uriarra Forest, Brindabella road, facing west and surrounded by pine trees.
Sony A7III + Sony 14mm f1.8 lens
A composite, taken from same location minutes apart
Sky: 15s f1.8 ISO 6400, 10 shots stacked in Sequator
Foreground: 30s f1.8 ISO 1600, AI noise reduction, processed in Photoshop
Name – Chi Chan
Object – NGC 2467
About NGC 2467 Skull and Crossbones Nebula:
Capture date: 2023-02-11
NGC 2467 is an active star-forming region in the constellation Puppis. The region is a superimposition of several star clusters. The massive young star HD 64315 in the bright core dominates the region. This image was captured from my backyard using narrowband SII/Ha/OIII filters and rendered in the Hubble Palette.
Equipment: Celestron Edge HD 9.25 with 0.7x reducer, Celestron OAG with ASI174MM Mini, QHY268M (-5°C, gain 60, offset 40) with Custom Scientific 3nm SHO filters in QHYCFW3-M, Pegasus FocusCube Zero controlled by Ultimate Power Box v2, Sky-Watcher EQ6-R, Pegasus Astro FlatMaster 150 Flat Panel
Name – Andrew Murrell
Object – NGC 2070 – Tarantula Nebula
I have wanted a shot of the Tarantula for some time. I could never get a shot I was happy with. I recently purchased the Optonlong L eXtreme filter and decided to give it a try again. This time I was happy, very happy.
Shot with the ASI2600MC camera attached to the Skywatcher Quattro 200P Newtonian on the EQ6-R mount. The entire setup was controlled by the ASIAIR Mini including autofocus and filter wheel.
The image is a stack of 53 light frames of 300s each, 30 flats, 30 bias, and 10 Darks. Processed in Pixinsight and finished in Photoshop.
The image was taken in my backyard on the NSW Central Coast at Umina, a bortle 4 sky.