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Picture of the Month April 2013


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Well April has proved to be a better month for clear skies than previous ones and this has been reflected in the number of images submitted. So here goes for the PoTM for April 2013 roundup




What a lot we have :-) over 60 postings in April, wow that's good going folks, so forgive me for not giving a mention to all but here's a few that caught my attention


spacedex Rossette shows great detail and colour http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4569-rossette-nebula-6-april/


Ibbos M65 and 66 shows superb detail http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4529-m6566/


Ollypenrice submitted a lovely detailed NGC4565 http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4679-the-needle-ngc4565/


I love the M27 area and Antares Pauls image does that are justice http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4765-m27/ also his M64 shows good colour and detail http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4537-m64-revisited/ in the core


Graham gave us a lovely close up of the cocoon nebula http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4825-cocoon-neb-from-tonight-26042013/



Peter Shahs' Makarian chain has tons of galaxies in there and we get a two for one with a nice M13 as well http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4837-markarians-and-a-very-quick-m13/ also his M987 and 99 shows superb colour and detail. http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4774-m98-and-m99/


Glider gave us a nice close up of the Whale and Pup galaxies http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4871-the-whale-29413/ and a nice deep shot of M51 http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4544-m51-2-4413/


Kheldar (Stephen) submitted this lovely image of M101, http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4846-m101-redux-lrgb/



Again we have lots of lovely images so same goes here, cant mention them all but here are the ones that caught my eye


Perkil8r is continuing his project nicely here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4705-lunar-challenge-day-6-160413/ and here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4746-lunar-challenge-day-8-or-9-63/


Graham gave us a nice view through his Atik showing that these cams make good lunar cams http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4754-luna-from-last-night-19042013/


devil74 had a go at taking a few images through the EMS loan scope using his phone camera to get some great 1st time shots http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4747-first-time-pics/


and Meteorit showed what can be done with an Iphone at the eyepiecehttp://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4763-tonights-moon/


well done Damian and Richard, your on the slippery slope of imaging now :)



With Jupiter moving into the west there's been less images of the largest planet this month and more of the second largest planet Saturn as it rises earlier


Tbirds image of Jupiter and a shadow transit brought back fond memories of watching this live through my scope http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4578-jupiter-and-shadow-transit-06-04-13/


Catman (Felix) has been a prolific planetary imager this month with his images of Jupiter and Saturn here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4565-saturn-and-jupiter-642013/ and here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4875-saturn-2904-0105/



Well we have only had 2 sketches this month one from Dardano of a large sunspot group here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4819-first-drawing-of-the-sun/


and one of Saturn from me (and the less said about that the better :D)



Stop press - Doc (Mick) has submitted a lovely drawing of globular cluster M5 here


http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4895-m5-30042013/ great stuff Mick keep em coming




Come on folks sharpen those HBs, lets have some more sketches, you never know you may enjoy it    :)



Only one image this month, don't know why the suns been out, there's just been Dardanos sketch as reviewed above in sketching.




I do like the star trails and atmospheric Orion and Taurus shot from dardano here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4510-astrophoto-first-shots/


As you have probably spotted by now I like images with that little something else and tbirds 30 second exposure of the ISS pass over Leo  is a really interesting shot http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4670-iss-over-leo-14-04-13/


I do like Antares_Pauls shot of the fascinating Sadr region http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4719-most-of-ic1318-in-the-sadr-region/


oldfruits time lapse had me fascinated, very atmospheric, a lot of work has gone into this http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4714-second-attempt-at-timelapse-16042013/


Comets, Asteroids, Meteors & Meteorites

Yep a new category has been added so now all those lovely images of Panstarrs now reside in here thanks to Craig for transferring  them.


wolfman_55 gave us a nice close up http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4490-comet-panstarrs/


ben72s colourful last minute panstarrs shows great colour http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4756-last-minute-panstarrs-c2011/


Perkil8r gave us a shot from a frozen Belper site http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4559-panstarrs-c2011-l4-as-shot-atop-the-belper-glacier-050413/







OK so now the hard part, which of the many images do I pick?????


 All the images are excellent and I must admit its been a hard decision to make. But I have to choose so I narrowed it down to Kheldars M101LRGB and oldfruits widefield animation because both have shown hard work and dedication to get these great images.


But I have to make a choice as to which one gets the PoTM accolade, hmmmm.... Its got to be Kheldas M101 Redux in LRGB here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/4846-m101-redux-lrgb/




Why, well several reasons really, I know the work Stephen has put into coming to an image like this, months of getting the right gear for him. Then there's the image itself, I just like it a lot, great detail with subtle natural colour, plenty of depth pulling out the arms of M101 and other fuzzies in there. Oh and the guiding shows nice tight round stars, great stuff Stephen a key for Astrophotography Tools (APT) is on its way to you.






So congrats all and lets hope for more clear nights and lots more images

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Nice one Stephen :thumbsup:


Well done to everybody though, some really great images yet again and a huge thanks to Phil for taking the challenge of picking POTM, not a task I would like given the standard and number of images.

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Guest ben72

wow, my first month with EMS and i make the list for POTM.

Thanks Phil.. :D

hats off to Stephen. it is a great crisp image. well done...

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A worthy winner Stephen, and well done to all everyone else mentioned. :)

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Congrats Stephen :)

Good work everyone-so many great pictures. Thanks Phil

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Congratulations Stephen :P 


Another good showing from the imaging fraternity. And a big welcome to the 'class of 2013' for their forays into the dark side.

Really appreciate you all sharing your images.


Big thanks as usual to Phil for the detailed writeup.



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