Submissions: 2024 May

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Re: Submissions: 2024 May

Post by gmlevit » Thu May 16, 2024 3:07 am


Below is a photo I took of the aurora over the Ashokan Reservoir, New York, USA. Typically this is too far south to see it, 41.98 degrees north latitude, but the geomagnetic storm from the sunspot group in AR3664 (Kp9 index) pushed the aurora oval much further south than usual. A greenish glow and pillars were clearly visible.

I took this photograph on May 10, 2024 at 11:52pm.

Camera and lens: Nikon Z6 ii, Sigma 14mm f/1.8 lens.
Capture details: ISO 800, 8 seconds, f/1.8 aperture.

Aurora over Ashokan Reservoir
Copyright: Gabriela Levit


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Re: Submissions: 2024 May

Post by gmlevit » Thu May 16, 2024 3:13 am

Here's the Aurora thumbnail, because somehow it didn't make it to my previous post:
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Re: Submissions: 2024 May

Post by Martin Lefranc » Thu May 16, 2024 12:11 pm

ImageThe eye of the aurora by Martin Lefranc, sur Flickr

The eye of the aurora

This 360 panorama I took on the 11th of may, at aproximately 4 am.
After the the northern lights started to dance in pillars, ribbons, and arcs, I went for a drive in order to find a nice composition. When I found this little shepherd cabin I set up myself but I didnt knew where to look : the sky was full of amazing things to look at in all directions. So I decided to take a 360 panorama in order to catch kind of the exact scene I was stargazing at.

I find this picture quite interesting because you can see the Earth's curvature in the Aurora shape.

You can also see the Milky way core, and of course the magnificent aurora

It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, and will remember it for the rest of my life.

And I love how the result of the panorama turned out, despite a lot of hours stitching the frames manually as AutoPano seemed to be confused by the aurora.

Nikon D7500 and sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
40 images @ 18mm f/1.8 10s iso 3200

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Re: Submissions: 2024 May

Post by R2Jay » Thu May 16, 2024 1:44 pm

Hello, this is my fist time imaging M17 the Omega nebula. It's an SHO composition using foraxx palette. I acquired over 6 hours of total integration time over 3 nights from May 4 to May 6 2024. This wonderful target never rises above 36 degrees from my location so i had roughly just 2-3 hours of imaging time for each night, keeping only the best frames for stacking.

Acquired from my home terrace in Ragusa, Italy (Bortle 6).

Telescope: Orion Optics UK 8" IDEAL 8L Newtnonian telescope F6
Camera: QHYCCD 268M
Mount: Skywatcher EQ6R-PRO
Filters: Optlong SHO 6.5nm Narrowband Filters

M17 Omega Nebula - SHO - Foraxx palette
Copyright: Renato Jean Piero Tradardi

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The Shark Nebula

Post by Apollo » Thu May 16, 2024 6:29 pm

After a year of data acquisition from my terrace, I have an image of the Shark Nebula. I started taking exposures around May 2023, and finished a week ago. Along the way I had to delete around 50h worth of data, which is a shame, since I would love to get more hours on this target.

Williams Optics Redcat 51
Touptek 2600kpa
Skywatcher HEQ5-pro belt modded

480x300s subs, gain 100, offset 50, -15ºC, guided and dithered

My Instagram for the curious:
Full resolution image here: ... gPgUnG.jpg
Copyright: Eric Maurício

Thanks for the read and have a good day!

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Re: Submissions: 2024 May

Post by andrea_girones » Sat May 18, 2024 12:36 am

When the Aurora is at its peak it is said to look like soaring birds overhead? How many different birds do you see?

Other than the colours from the camera sensor these images represent what I saw visually the night of the powerful G5 magnetic storm on Mother's’ day 2024.
The space weather data was strong that evening. With a hemispheric power of 328GW the aurora was building to a strength not seen in over 20 years, and the resulting display was one for the ages.

While we enjoyed a show in the early evening, somewhere around 2am EDT the aurora changed. It became a pulsating, magnetically charged light show surrounding us in every direction.

I love these images because they reflect the beautiful pale white winged creatures floating over my head that night, flying and soaring through the the stars.

Shot from the Ottawa Canada backyard, with a NIkon Z6ii and a Laowa 15mm lens at f/2.8 ISO 3200 1sec exposures.

ImageCan you see the auroral birds? by Andrea Girones, on Flickr

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Re: Submissions: 2024 May

Post by AstraPharmaQ8 » Sat May 18, 2024 1:15 am


My name is Ali Al Obaidly

This is my submission for APOD, captured in Al Salmy, kuwait.

Links to the Image:




You may be mesmerized by Scorpio's claws, reflecting the light of multiple stars and painting them yellow and blue, furiously beautiful. But have you ever looked underneath? Antares demands most of the attention, and rightfully so. Scorpio's tail pierces the heart of the Milky Way, and many famous nebulae are scattered in its wake—the Prawn, the Cat's Paw, and other Sharpless objects in between. Yet, it is still baffling that this triplet star system, π-Scorpii, and the surrounding gas and dust are overlooked by many.

This image, captured in the deserts of Kuwait, is a reminder that beauty exists everywhere, in all things, and it is we who sometimes lack the capacity to behold it. It took a total of 8 hours of integration time to reveal the clouds of dust you see in this image. The bright red emissions of Hydrogen Alpha took a further 5 hours of narrowband imaging to reveal. π-Scorpii peaks at 34° in Kuwait, so a constant battle with the horizon is expected. Fighting the gradient of light this low altitude introduces was challenging, though with modern methods, a clean image is possible. The Hydrogen-Alpha signal was extracted, subtracted with methods of continuum subtraction, and added to the main image.

It is worth remembering that the universe holds endless marvels, waiting to be discovered by those who seek them. Clear Skies!

Acquisition details:
May 9 - 10, 2024
May 16, 2024

RGB: 96×300″(8h)
ZWO Duo-Band 2": 60×300″(5h)
Total Integration: 13h


Telescopes: Celestron EdgeHD 9.25"
Camera: ZWO ASI2600MC Pro
Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Pro
Filter: ZWO Duo-Band 2"
Accessories: Celestron 0.7X Reducer EdgeHD925

Thank you for taking the time to consider my image,

Clear Skies,


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Instagram: @astrapharma_q8