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Picture of the Month January 2013


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Hi folks its time for January 2013 Picture of the Month

Despite the inclement weather there has been a lot of folks out there imaging, how they do it I don't know, I've only had one occassion to fit a camera to a scope in anger for 3 months.

Decembers write up was a one off where I tried listing everyone's contributions so this month I am listing the images that attracted my attention and possess that certain something.

Anyrode up, on with the PoTM -


A lot of images for such few clear nights with lots of images of M42, a wonderful but difficult

target but the 2 images that did it for me in this section were the Horsehead Nebula by

ollypenrice http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3664-the-horse-so-far/

and the integrated flux around M81 and M82 by peter shah http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3769-inegrated-flux-nebula/

Congrats to Eddy as well for his 1st light with his new Atik 314L+ http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3787-m42-first-result-with-314l/

this is the start of the long slippery slope to the dark side mate.


Not many images of the moon this month, not surprisingly with the weather we have been having tbirds 2 images of the crescent moon on the 15th showed good detail and a nice earthshine. http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3612-moon-15-01-13/

Pat,( todd8137) has been snapping away with some nice close up shots of lunar http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3613-lunar-15th-jan/


Not surprisingly Jupiter featured high on the image count this month with one Saturn image.

Andyboy1970 produced a nice series of images of Jupiter on the 15th http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3618-jupiter-15-jan-2013/ plus an 11 minute animation http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3654-jupiter-11-minutes-of-rotation/

The GRS was clearly on view in Oldfruits 3rd of January images http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3437-jupiter-03012013/


The sketching was again rather sparse with Pat (todd8137) being the only contributor but showed his skill at sketching Petavius crater on the moon plus a creditable M34 http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3653-petavius-craterm34-15th-jan-13/

and Copernicus crater http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3748-copernicus-crater-28th-jan-2013/


Yep we actually got one image of the sun this month, I missed that day the sun shone I reckon, with

Sunny Phil image in white and Ha light


Only 2 true widefield this month Mu11ett gave us a very atmospheric view with annotation http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3595-1st-attempt-at-widefield/

and Andyboy1970 gave us a view of Perseus http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/3786-perseus/ through a 28mm lens.

So after a lot of deliberation looking through some fine images the first PoTM of 2013 goes to Peter Shah for his gob smacking image of the Integrated Flux around M81 and M82. The image is not just beautiful in its content, composition and colour but is remarkable in the amount of time and dedication that has gone into producing an image like that from UK skies.

So congrats to Peter a key for Astrophotography Tools (APT) is on its way to you and thanks to all those who contributed, keep those images coming.

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A well deserved recognition for Peter, an absolutely stunning image.


Congratulations to everyone else who contributed, to such a high standard as always.


Better luck with the weather for next months sky!

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Great image Peter ,and to every one who took images in January ,here's to many more,also we are now getting a nice mix of images from all areas of interest ,I like the POM it generates a small amount of competition friendly helpful type and lots of great images from all levels of imagers



Well said Pat, I couldn't agree more. 

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