Submissions: 2023 July

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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by Julien Looten » Sat Jul 29, 2023 8:01 am

Red Sprites (and Saturn) above Château de Commarque (Dordogne, France)

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Red Sprites (and Saturn) above Château de Commarque (Dordogne, France)


After spotting red sprites with the naked eye on a night out at Château de Losse (Dordogne), I went to Château de Commarque in the company of Maxime Villaeys to try and image them!

Red sprites are transient light phenomena that appear as reddish or pink flashes, with ethereal, elongated shapes. They generally appear above thunderclouds, at an altitude of between 50 and 90 kilometres, and are triggered by the intense electrical discharges that occur within thunderclouds (the latter being visible on the horizon in the form of whitish flashes).

That evening, these phenomena were particularly intense due to a large thunderstorm in the south of France, near Perpignan, around 250 km from the Dordogne. Several of them were captured on film that evening, here is the most intense.These phenomena are generally difficult to observe from the ground, as they occur well above storm clouds, and their duration is very short, often only a few milliseconds. They have mainly been documented by observations from aircraft, satellites and high-speed cameras.

This is the first time I've captured one on film, which is why the quality of the image needs to be greatly improved. As this is a very fast phenomenon, you need to use very short exposure times to capture them, as prolonged exposure will tend to erase them.

Note the presence of Saturn above the Sprites, which was very bright that evening.

Don't hesitate! Thanks in advance.

Exif : Canon 6d II - Sigma 28mm f1.4 - 3s - 8000 iso - on the night of 27 to 28/07/2023

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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by barretosmed » Sat Jul 29, 2023 7:34 pm

Bernes 149 and Lupus 3 dark cloud in Scorpius


Esprit 150mm triplet
Zwo asi 6200mc
Mount CEM120
Frames 404X300"

LOCATION: Munhoz - MG - Brazil
DATES: From 05/13/2023 to 06/14/2023

Adobe Photoshop, ASTAP, SGP, PHD2 and PixInsight

Copyright: Fernando Oliveira de Menezes
(Organizing author of the book Amateur Astrophotography in Brazil) ... -no-brasil
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Alban Lechatellier

IC1396 The Elephant's Trunk Nebula

Post by Alban Lechatellier » Sat Jul 29, 2023 9:59 pm

SHO Composition with LRGB Stars

Full technical details on Astrobin (
Location : Hauts-de-France, FRANCE
Date of acquisition : July 2023


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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by the_astronomy_enthusiast » Sun Jul 30, 2023 6:43 am

Here you can see three images of the Lagoon nebula in three different types of light, meant to enhance the most interesting structures of the nebula.

First is the Lagoon nebula in broadband + narrowband, which uses narrowband light to supplement the broadband emissions. This is how the human eye would see the nebula and surrounding regions.
The Lagoon nebula in Broadband and Narrowband by William Ostling, on Flickr

Second, is the Lagoon nebula in continuum-subtracted SHO, which only shows the ionized gas in the region. This is how a telescope like Hubble would see this region.
Lagoon nebula in pure SHO by William Ostling, on Flickr

Third is the Lagoon nebula in pure broadband, with the ionized gas emissions removed. This is extremely interesting as it only shows the backgorund stars of the milky way and the reflection areas in the region, both of which are often overlooked.
The Lagoon nebula in pure Broadband by William Ostling, on Flickr

As always, the highest-quality versions are free to download from my flickr:

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106ED
Camera: QHY 600M Pro
Filters: Halpha, SII, OIII, L, R, G, B
Location: Heaven's Mirror Observatory, Yass, NSW 2582, Australia
Date of Observations: 5/22/2023, 5/23/2023, 5/25/2023, 5/26/2023, 5/29/2023
SII: 20 x 300s (1h 40min)
Ha: 20 x 300s (1h 40min)
OIII: 20 x 300s (1h 40min)
L: 15 x 300s (1h 15min)
R: 15 x 300s (1h 15min)
G: 15 x 300s (1h 15min)
B: 15 x 300s (1h 15min)
Processing: Pixinsight

Data: Telescope Live
Processing: William Ostling
Thank you so much for considering, and also running APOD every day!
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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by Meiying Lee » Sun Jul 30, 2023 12:08 pm

Crescent Venus Setting Trails
Photo description:
These two images show the difference in the western setting trail of Venus in the northern and southern hemispheres. The one on the left was taken in Taipei at 25.0°N at around 6 pm on July 24, and the one on the right was taken in Sydney at 33.9°S at around 5:30 pm on July 29. That's right, I really came to Sydney! This comparison photo reveals some interesting facts:
1. The difference between the northern and southern hemispheres can be seen from the westward trajectory of Venus, and the latitude of the shooting location can also be judged. Stars fall to the right (north) and down (west) in the northern hemisphere, while stars fall to the left (south) and down (west) in the southern hemisphere. And because of the difference in latitude, the degree of inclination of the two trajectories is also different. Taipei's track is steeper than Sydney's, indicating that Taipei's latitude is relatively low.
2. Venus is only about 10% illuminated recently, so the phase is crescent-shaped. Therefore, the position of the sun can also be judged from the direction of the crescent. The direction of the crescent in the northern hemisphere is lower right, indicating that the sun is northwest of Venus. In the southern hemisphere, the sun is to the southwest of Venus.
3. The color of the sky in the two photos also has an important meaning. It is summer in the northern hemisphere, and the shooting time is 6:00 pm, which is about 40 minutes before sunset in Taipei, so the sky is still very bright blue. However, it is winter in the southern hemisphere, and the shooting time is 5:30 pm, 20 minutes after sunset in Sydney, because at this time, the sky with Venus sinking in the west is already a slightly darker orange after sunset.

Equipment Details:
Canon R7 + SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 S DG OS HSM Sports

Post-processing Details:
Using Startrails to stack consecutive shots of Venus into a setting trail, with 5 minutes between each Venus photo. The photo of Taipei on the left was taken from 5:54:28 pm to 6:00:13 pm on July 24th, with a total trajectory of about 6 minutes. The photo of Sydney on the right was taken from 5:24:29 pm to 5:30:14 pm on July 29, with a total trajectory of about 7 minutes.

Location : Taipei, Taiwan and Sydney, Australia

Time: The photo of Taipei on the left was taken from 5:54:28 pm to 6:00:13 pm on July 24th. The photo of Sydney on the right was taken from 5:24:29 pm to 5:30:14 pm on July 29.

Photographer : Meiying Lee (李美英)  
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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by MarshaK » Sun Jul 30, 2023 3:17 pm

ImageVenus - Quarter Phase by Marsha Kirschbaum, on Flickr

Looking west at sunset in the Sierras, venus shown like the moon in its quarter phase. I knew she had phases, but never had the chance to photograph one. I admit this is heavily cropped, with the inset cropped even further so one could actually see Venus more than a bright dot. Taken at 200 mm, F4, 1/25 at 800 ISO. The start of a beautiful evening.

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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by Roi Levi » Mon Jul 31, 2023 12:25 am

Orion & Aurora (New Processing)

RGBHA of Orion and Aurora
Lolcation - Stokksnes Icelaad
date - September 2022
Roi Levi

Educational Post, Technical Details:

H alpha 20 sec X 13 Frames Iso 6400
RGB 1 Frames 13 Sec Exposure iso 800
Shot with Canon Eos R astro modified Camera
Using a Fast Lens Sigma Art 14mm of F1.8

i always enjoyed the night skies, i started astro photography following Robert Gandler Work and learned more about space objects and the frequencies they contained,

Today I teach Astrophotography Workshops with Texas Astronomical Soicety and privet workshops worldwide in Utah califronia USA Iceland and middle east with deepspaceworkshops.

The mission to capture something new that have not captured before is a hard mission, my goal was to capture Aurora and Orion was a hard mission that need the right conditions to align .
Need a no moon night need aurora and I needed clear skies .
I went to Iceland with intentions to capture that frame, knowing if I’ll make both RGB frame and H alpha frame, I’ll be able to get a lot of details from the night skies.

As technology evolves and astro photography filters become more accessible, we can now start to see new combinations of astrophotography from the city or from places never seen before. Combining space objects with northern lights by using one exposure without filter and one exposure with an H alpha filter - without moving the camera, we capture more photons and more frequencies of color enhancement in the right places and document space and time in a more accurate way.

On my oct 25 2022 in Iceland I had the right conditions. The clouds started to clear and I managed to capture Orion and the Aurora with the most detailed shot ever been taking of aurora and orion together thanks to the new filter technology.



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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by PhotosHyperuranios » Mon Jul 31, 2023 2:54 pm

This is my first post to this forum! I took the following image of IC 5067 last weekend in the Catskills in Upstate NY

C8 SCT with Starizona 0.63x R/C
CGEM2 equitorial mount
Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera (unmodified)
66 x 300s guided subs (5.5hrs)
L-enhance dualband filter
Stacked in DSS and processed in PS
Location: near Walton, NY (Bortle 3)

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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by astrovisional » Tue Aug 01, 2023 3:51 am


SH2-108 (Gamma Cygni Nebula): One of the regions I've been wanting to capture for some time now and I finally had the chance to put it together.

Sub-exposures were acquired on July 23-27 from far west TX and southern NM under Bortle 2 and 5 skies, respectively.

Ha - 60x300s
OIII - 60x300s
SII - 60x300s
Dark - 20
Flat - 20
Total Exposure Time: 15 hours

- ZWO AM5 Harmonic Drive Mount
- ZWO ASI294MM-Pro
- ZWO 7nm narrowband filters
- ZWO ASI120MM Mini
- ZWO ASIair Plus
- William Optics ZenithStar 61 II
- William Optics Flat 61R
- William Optics UniGuide 120
- EcoFlow River 2 portable power supply
- iPad Mini

Stacked and processed using PixInsight and additional processing in Adobe Lightroom.
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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by peterJaroslav » Tue Aug 01, 2023 9:00 am

A three panel mosaic of IC1396 The Elephant Trunk Nebula in Cepheus.

Telescope: 16in Dall-Kirham at f6.8
Camera: ZWO asi2600mm pro Cmos
Mount: Direct drive DDM85
Location: Spain

Imaged at 1x1 then software binned 2x2
Exposure time was 40mins in each RGB channel for each panel all 60s unguided sub exposures, totalling 2hrs per panel total 6hrs overall.

Full res:


Thanks for looking
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Re: Submissions: 2023 July

Post by PierandreaFolle » Thu Aug 17, 2023 8:35 pm

Ann wrote: Sat Jul 08, 2023 6:41 am
PierandreaFolle wrote: Wed Jul 05, 2023 3:44 pm 💫 ⭐ ⭕ 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐎𝐟 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 ⭕ ⭐ 💫

Finally I was able to realize this photo, planned and in my mind since years. Every time the bales were moved some days before my planned shot. This year I've done this amazing 4 hours long startrail while I stargazing.
I try to relate thee circles shapes of the srars caused by Earth moving and the same shape of bale. A game of shape in the frame, completed by the vertical Foreground lines, leading our eye to Polar, the startrail's center.
If circles and lines seems to dance together, times aspect is the opposite. The Universe and sky are in continuous movement and expansion while the bales are synonym of a static object, stopped here waiting patiently to be used by the farmers.
When I realize this kind of image, like many people noticed, I inspire to Van Gogh. The starry sky, the use of colors and composition attention recall alway his works.
"I like the night very much, I feel much better at night than during the day, just like the madmen and artists who prefer the night." (Letter to Theo van Gogh, October 23, 1889)

📷 #Nikon Z6IIa
📸 #Sigma ART 14mm f/1.8
🔭️ tripod #Sunwayfoto T3240CM
🎒 backpack #Lowepro Protactic450
🌄 3x30sec | f/2.8 | ISO 3200
🌌 240x60sec | f/3.5 | ISO 640
🙋‍♂️ 15sec | f/2.8 | ISO 6400
📌 Otranto

Copyright: Pierandrea Folle

ImageThe Circle Of Life by Pierandrea Folle, su Flickr
This is indeed a great picture. I love the "timeless" feeling of the "Earth part" of the picture, where a man is resting on a field and contemplating the sky, leaning against a bale of hay. This could indeed have been a scene from the days of Vincent van Gogh.

The sky, by contrast, looks "hyper modern", as people in the past could never have photographed the apparent rotation of the sky this way. Obviously the Earth is not stationary, as it is the rotation of the Earth that causes the illusion of the wheeling of the sky.

Anyway, it is indeed a very striking and beautiful picture! Thank you!

Really thank you Ann