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February 2014 Picture of the Month


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What a month for cloud spotting and counting rain drops in the UK? Unfortunately not much of a month for astro imaging but a few stalwart members managed to get out there between floods so here's the February 2014 round up


Comets, Asteroids, Meteors & Meteorites
No submissions this month


Deep Sky Objects

Congratulations to VickN46 with her first M42 http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7083-my-first-m42/ welcome to the dark side of astronomical imaging it's downhill from now on Vicky :-)


A nice Flame and Horsehead was submitted by ben72 here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7085-flame-and-horsehead-nebulas/


I like galaxies and fwm891s M104 is particularly nice for a 25 minute shot http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7106-m104-hargb-now-25mins/, Francis also gave us some nice detail in the Rossette here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7206-ngc-2237-part-of-in-ha/ and then a complete Rose here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7234-a-rose-by-any-other-name/


The supernova in M82 was a good target again with Ibbos shot here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7107-another-try-at-m82-sn2014j/ and Xanthic here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7153-another-m81m82-sn/, johnnyardvark here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7278-m82-and-m81/, Graham http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7291-another-m81-82-from-tonight-23022014/, me http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7259-quick-m8182-mount-and-oag-test/


Another galaxy is M95 from Ibbo showing nice structure http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7168-m95-update/ plus Steve gave us a view of another supernova here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7167-m99-update/ and Steve caught some nice tadpoles here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7192-ic410/


Congrats Graham for getting everything back together with your M1 http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7187-we-are-back-in-business-m1-in-ha-from-tonight-13022014/


The detail in ollypenrices M81 & M82 with integrated flux nebula is stupendous, congratulations Olly and friends on such a stunning image http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7315-tandem-on-the-integrated-flux/ you are very lucky with the weather over there. Also I have never seen the tail on the Triplet as good as this http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7339-tidal-tail-in-the-triplet/.



We have had quite a few lunar images this month


Graham gave us a nice large image of first quarter here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7150-moon-up-close-and-personal/


Dawson is using his ZWO and C11 combo to good effect here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7243-brenner-cliff-mare-nectaris/


I like johnnyaardvarks DSLR shot http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7277-22-feb-morning-moon/

tbird has given us some more atmospheric shots here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7310-lunar-planetary-or-widefield/


Even I got out there with my new Mak and took a few snaps.


catman161 gave us a nice Europa Shadow transit here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7090-02022014-jupiter-europa-shadow-transit/


Happy first light Ibbo with your C11 here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7239-first-light-jupiter-with-c11/ and here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7255-jupiter-ir/ and here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7256-jupiter-rgb/

tbird gave us a family portrait here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7204-happy-birthday-galileo/


No submissions this month


Only 2 solar submissions this month
A large pair of spot groups were caught by tbird here at the start of the month http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7070-sun-02-02-2014/


Graham gave us full disc shot here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7210-sun-from-today-16022014/


Ron Clarke gave us the double cluster here http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7100-perseus-cluster-2214/ congrats on 1st light Ron with the new combo


tbirds Aurora shots are full of colour and amazing for catching them in the UK http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/7333-aurora-27-02-2014/


So down to the decision, well there is one gob smacking image submitted this month which stopped me in my tracks and that is Ollypenrices image of the Leo Triplet with Tidal Tail from NGC3628. I never knew the tail existed before. I am fascinated by it, the detail in each galaxy is astounding and a trip around the zoomed in image reveals lots of other galaxies. Makes one wonder what this group looked like a few million years ago, would we have called it the Lea Quadruplet?.
Sterling work Olly a key for APT is on its way to you.



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Nice round up, thanks philjay, and well done Olly.

I hadn't realised there had been so much imaging going on in February. I'll have a look at the images later on the computer.


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Well done Olly-it is an amazing shot. Well done all who got out there too. Of course thanks Phil for the round up :)

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Well, you can't argue with that one. Another corker from Olly's side of the channel, congratulations it is a gorgeous image.


Well done to everyone else who managed to get out in between the clouds, thanks for sharing. :) Thanks to Phil for what was a hard one this month. (Well every month to be fair!)

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