Category Archives: Deep-Sky Imaging

The Coathanger cluster in Vulpecula courtesy of the mini-WASP array

I managed to get some time on the Coat-hanger cluster earlier this month using one TS 80 and Sky 90 each with an M26C one shot colour CCD.  Although there was an interfering Moon about it still came out quite nice with a very busy background with lots of interesting dark lanes.  Image acquired by Greg Parker at the New Forest Observatory using the revolutionary mini-WASP parallel imaging array and expertly processed by Noel Carboni in Florida U.S.A.

The mini-WASP array starts delivering the goods at the New Forest Observatory


Here are two recent images taken using the mini-WASP parallel imaging array at the New Forest Observatory.

The red emission nebula is the California nebula in Perseus and this is a work in progress as this is only 6 x half hour RGB subs at present.  I will also be grabbing H-alpha, H-beta and even more RGB on this one when the weather permits.

The Double Cluster also in Perseus, is the lower half of a 2-framer I am putting together which will show the Double Cluster together with the large open cluster Stock 2 which lies north of the Double Cluster.  I only need to grab an hour of actual imaging time to finish this one off.

Both images were processed by Noel Carboni in Florida, U.S.A.

Well we have the early dark evenings, now all we need are some clear Moonless skies to go with them.

Deneb region – now 4-hours of total exposure time

While I have been tuning up scope 1/camera 1 I have had scope 2/camera 2 nicely in collimation so it would be daft not to get some data in whilst trying to sort out the other half of the mini-WASP array.  So scope 2/camera 2 have been imaging the Deneb region (as below) and I’ve added another 2 and a half hours to the 3 half-hour sub exposures taken in the image below.  With a total of 4-hours exposure time on the region – it’s now beginning to look quite nice 🙂


A ring between two diamonds

The “ring” in this case is the planetary nebula called the “Ring nebula” (Messier 57) in the constellation Lyra, and the diamonds are the two bright stars either side of the ring namely Beta and Gamma Lyrae.  Alpha Lyrae is of course the brilliant blue-white star Vega, one of the “summer triangle” of stars comprising Vega, Deneb and Altair.

The Parker-Carboni double-team do the great globular cluster in Hercules M13

5 hours of Hyperstar III data (3 hours in 10-minute subs, 1 hour in 1-minute subs and 1 hour in 50-second subs) collected at the New Forest Observatory and subsequently processed by Noel Caboni in Florida U.S.A.  In addition Noel compared my data to some earlier data he processed from the DSS and found a high proper motion star (the DSS data is from 20 years ago and one of the stars in the image has moved a considerable distance in the intervening 20 years).  This Hyperstar III data goes every bit as deep as the DSS data collected with the Oschin-Schmidt camera.