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Picture of the Month January 2014


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Sorry for the delay in the PoTM round up but this weekend was a little fractious


Firstly a happy new year to all


Well the number of submissions this month reflects the poor astro weather that we have been experiencing but the dedicated and brave souls of EMS have been out there whenever the opportunity presented itself.


Comets, Asteroids, Meteors and Meteorites
Just one submission this month from Johnnaardvark with a Perseid meteor from last August here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6927-perseids-last-august/


Deep Sky
I like wolfman_55sLlittle Sombrero galaxy here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6742-ngc7814/ and his M81 here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6775-m81-last-night/


A nice narrowband  IC405 from Sheila http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6783-ic405-more-data/

Kheldar is putting the new mount through its paces with NGC2264 here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6773-ngc-2264-eq8-first-light-bahhumbug/


Some stunners have been submitted by johnrt here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6836-adventures-with-an-altair-astro-6-rc/, admittedly they were from 2013 but they are worth a mention.


Glider got the Tadpoles in IC410 here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6820-ic410-the-tadpoles-in-ha-9114/


Congrats Xanthic on your first guided image, it will all change from now on :-) http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6934-m1-first-guided-image/

M82 supernova had been bagged a few times:-
tbird http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6968-m82-supernova/
Ibbo http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6983-quick-m82/
red dwarf http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6987-another-m82/


I like the image scale of Grahams M33 http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6953-m33-through-the-fog/


Ollypenrice showed us what can be done with 2 Takahashi scopes and French night skies http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7018-tandem-tak-first-light/


Another member with a first light, fwm891on the Rosettehttp://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7009-sort-of-first-light-with-the-8-inch-rc/


Xanthic gave us 1st quarter http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6821-moon-09012014/


catman161 gave us a close up http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6840-moon-close-up-09012014/


andyboy1970 submitted a selection http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6864-if-you-cant-beat-it-shot-it/


Even I managed to get a few shots through my Mak180 as well


Jupiter is still centre stage this month and despite the jet stream being over us most of the time there has been some fine shots


catman161 is still churning out nice images with the 200p and ZWO here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6771-jupiter-grs-04012014/ here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6839-jupiter-09012014/ and here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6879-jupiter-1112-january-2014/


Ibbo has also  been shooting away http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6811-jove-from-7th-jan/ and http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6844-jove-10-1-2014/ and http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6849-jupiter-10-1-2014/ and here, the detail around the GRS is particularly nice in this one http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6938-jupiter-19-1-2014/


A nice crisp mono Jupiter here from xanthic http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6838-first-jupiter/


tbirds Jupiter with Euopa and the GRS emerging is a nice composition http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6871-jupiter-and-callisto-early-hours-12-01-2014/
We have had a couple of animations submitted andyboy1970 here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6856-jupiter-1-hour-animation-from-09-jan-14/ and Dawson here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6942-jupiter-animation-19012014/


No submissions this month


We have had 2 solar images this month taking advantage of some superb activity


Graham gave us a full solar disc http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6868-solar-image-in-ha-from-today-12012014/


xanthic http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6808-solar-090114/


I do like tbirds Moon and Venus showing the two crescents, very atmospheric and detailed with a 70-200 zoom  http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6747-moon-and-venus-02-01-14/


We had some nice skyscapes from Mark Harper here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6799-tonights-skyscape/ and here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6816-pleiades-with-moon-sun-flare/


ollypenrice has done it again with a super wide view of an almost unrecognizable Orion area here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6829-orion/






So it now come down to which image smacked me in the gob the most. A very difficult one this month because there has been some fantastic images submitted. However after a long deliberation it has come to a battle of 2 submissions this month.



Dawson and his animation of Jupiter here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6942-jupiter-animation-19012014/ why? Because the detail and colour he has captured on the planet in what has turned out top be a difficult imaging month for all, plus the amount of work put in to produce an animation and the steep learning curve he has undergone to produce an image like this needs mentioning.


Also tbirds widefiled with a stock zoom on the Moon and Venus has really impressed me because of the focus, composition and atmosphere plus the hint of earthshine on the moon really makes it for me in the wider image  .. http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/6747-moon-and-venus-02-01-14/



If I could award both with title of Potm I would but I now have to make a decision,,,, corr blimey they said this would be easy :-)....

Right.... after drinking in both it has to be tbirds Moon and Venus, I love it.


Well done a key for APT will be on its way to you



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Great write up as always Phil and a very worthy winner there, well done Paul :) and to all the others who got a mention.

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Congratulations Paul, a lovely image.


Congratulations to James on being the runner up, it is a really nice animation of Jupiter. Phil had a tough one, despite the poor weather.


Thanks to everyone for their efforts. :)

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Guest foundaplanet

Hell of a job you do there Phil..


Lots of great stuff as usual.


Well done Paul, fine images and another moment in time in the bag.. :thumbsup:

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