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Picture of the Month March 2024


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Well the great British weather did it again, another cloudy and rainy month has meant fewer chances to get out there observing and capturing photons.


Comets Asteroids etc


Only one image this month, would you believe an attempt at capturing Comet 12p with a scope from yours truly.




Deep sky

ibbo kicked us off with the Leo triplet


then carried on galaxy bagging




plus a bit of Fox Fur, NGC 2264



Stu gave us IC417



Derbyshire Dave had the Leo Triplet as a target also



Megellan Boy gave us SH2 261 Lowers Nebula



RonC gave us M65 and M66



I managed to grab a few stars before the cloud came over




Only one poster this month from Astronomer Reinvented





Nice to see someone doing imaging the old way again with a few sketches submitted by Adam Frith. I must get my pencil and pad out again.








Ibbo was the sole poster this month with some fine shots of our nearest star in different lights






Some nice wide dslr shots from Derbyshire Dave



I managed to grab a shot of Mercury before the clouds came in again




So there it is, another cloudy month spoiling our fun but kudos again to everyone who got out there at an eyepiece or with a camera, weather like this requires dedication in this hobby/science. Again the quality of images posted is excellent and again it wasnt an easy job to choose a favourite.


I dont think I could get away with chickening out and awarding everyone again 😀 so choose I must, hmm.......🤔


Got to be Ibbos Leo Triplet I reckon, superb detail and colour.


Followed closely by Derbyshire Daves Leo Triplet



Well done folks



Well thats it for me as POTM judge, I am retiring from quite a few things this year to concentrate on my health and trying to enjoy my old age 👴 from this month on. At the tender age of 69 (next week) its time I retired properly I reckon, so antique dealing is ending the end of this month plus a few other things.


Ive enjoyed my time doing this and its been fascinating watching the quality of images improve over the years. I shall still be around on the forum but not in the guise of POTM judge.


Cheers and keep the images coming. I shall try my best and add a pic every so often


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Well done Steve, a fine image.


Thanks Phil, it can't have been easy judging the images the standard is really high. Enjoy your retirement, I'm sure you deserve it.

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Old age comes naturally but health needs some manual input, so make sure you make the most of your retirement...thanks for all your dedication over the years.

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Thanks Phil your efforts appreciated 👍 enjoy 🫡

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Well done Steve a fine image. And thanks Phil for your dedicated service.👍

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Congrats Steve and many thanks Phil for your great service to the forum...

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Thanks Phil, hopefully the EMS pension is good! 

Nice one Steve 👌

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Well done Steve, a worthy winner.


Thanks Phil for all of the effort over the years. Much appreciated.

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