Constellations

Wide field photographs that show either whole constellations or parts of them, including asterisms and groupings of objects. Taken by HAS members.

Orion's Belt and Sword  01/2001 - Maarten de Vries
Orion's Belt and Sword 01/2001 - Maarten de Vries

I took this image early in the year 2001 using a very cheap but heavy Zenit 11 camera with standard lens. I piggybacked this on my Helios Apollo 150 with driven EQ3/2 mount. The exposure was 5 minutes on Agfa 200 film. I then scanned the photograph and zoomed in on this region. The results are remarkable despite the low cost of the camera and you can even see a glimpse of the Horsehead Nebula!

Maarten
Orion's Belt and Sword  01/2001 - Maarten de Vries
Orion's Belt and Sword 01/2001 - Maarten de Vries

I took this image early in the year 2001 using a very cheap but heavy Zenit 11 camera with standard lens. I piggybacked this on my Helios Apollo 150 with driven EQ3/2 mount. The exposure was 5 minutes on Agfa 200 film. I then scanned the photograph and zoomed in on this region. The results are remarkable despite the low cost of the camera and you can even see a glimpse of the Horsehead Nebula!

Maarten
Orion's Belt and Sword 01/2001 - Maarten de Vries
Orion's Belt and Sword 01/2001 - Maarten de Vries

I took this image early in the year 2001 using a very cheap but heavy Zenit 11 camera with standard lens. I piggybacked this on my Helios Apollo 150 with driven EQ3/2 mount. The exposure was 5 minutes on Agfa 200 film. I then scanned the photograph and zoomed in on this region. The results are remarkable despite the low cost of the camera and you can even see a glimpse of the Horsehead Nebula!

Maarten
Orion and M42, M43 & NGC1977  12/12/04 - Les Gamble
Orion and M42, M43 & NGC1977 12/12/04 - Les Gamble

Orion photographed from Culloden Battlefield car park, 17th December 2004 2300hrs. There were a couple of inches of snow on the ground and the temperature had dropped well below freezing. I only managed to expose one film before the cold wore me down.
Tripod mounted Pentax ME-Super. 50mm f/1.7 Pentax lens. Tesco ISO 400. 15 seconds @ f1.7 Inset shows Orion Nebula and De Mairan's Nebula. Cropped in Photoshop 6.0 (Inset enlarged and sharpenedŽ2)

Les
Taurus and M45 Pleiades  17/12/04 - Les Gamble
Taurus and M45 Pleiades 17/12/04 - Les Gamble

Taurus and M45 Pleiades, again from Culloden Battlefield car park. 17th December 2004 around 2300hrs. Frozen snow, frost etc.

Tripod mounted Pentax ME-Super. 50mm f/1.7 Pentax lens. Tesco iso 400. 12 seconds @ f1.7 Image Cropped in Photoshop 6.0.

Les
Milky Way - Cygnus region  23/09/06 - Eric Walker
Milky Way - Cygnus region 23/09/06 - Eric Walker
Taken at the public observing session at Culloden carpark, 23rd Sept, during a perfect observing night, which also included observations of iridium flares, galaxies, nebulae and even an auroral display!

Taken using a Nikon Coolpix 5700 piggybacked onto motor driven Meade LX50 telescope. One 5 minute exposure, ISO 200, f2.8 with wide angle tele-adapter. Image cropped and processed using Adobe Photoshop CS.

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Lyra  13/10/06 - Alan Tough
Lyra 13/10/06 - Alan Tough

Taken on 13th October 2006 from SIGMA's observing site, using a guided EOS 300D camera with 150mm telephoto lens. Alan found that the constellation of Lyra fitted just nicely in the field of view of the lens!

The sharp-eyed amongst you may spot the tiny blue-green disc of the Ring Nebula, M57, between the two bottom stars of the constellation, Gamma and Beta Lyr.

Alan Tough
The Plough 12/2006 - Jeremy Rundle
The Plough 12/2006 - Jeremy Rundle

A nice wide angle shot of the famous 'Plough' asterism, part of the constellation of Ursa Major, or the Great Bear. The Plough can be used as a stellar signpost, using its stars as pointers to a lot of deep sky objects, other constellations or stars.

EOS 10D camera, 800asa, 25mm lens, 5 sec exposure.

JR
Orion (date unknown) - John Gilmour
Orion (date unknown) - John Gilmour
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