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EP20 - Sunday, 20th September 2020 7:30pm BST - A look around Pixinsight by Gary Palmer
It is a great pleasure to welcome back to SGL Gary Palmer of http://www.solarsystemimaging.co.uk/ to give us his talk: A look around Pixinsight.

Gary is a highly regarded solar and deep sky imager and one of the leading solar imagers in the world with images widely published in books, magazines and online. He is the author of many articles and reviews in various astronomy magazines and tv programmes and works closely, alongside many manufacturers to develop and test upcoming astronomy equipment. Gary also offers many workshops across the UK for groups and 1-to-1 via http://www.astrocourses.co.uk/ which some of you may have attended before.

We've already had some talks that touch upon Pixinsight but Gary is going to start more from the beginning and run through ways to keep it simple and look at some of the issues people might have using the software. He will be looking at the weighted batch pre-processor as well as a run through using some CMOS data from the new 2400MC camera from ZWO and some Crescent Nebula data from our latest release from the IKO observatory project.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP20 - Sunday, 20th September 2020 7:30pm BST - A look around Pixinsight by Gary Palmer
Time: Sep 20, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP19 - Sunday, 13th September 2020 7:30pm BST - Big Bangs and Big Rips: Cosmology in the 20th Century by Dr Matthew Bothwell
It is a great pleasure to welcome back to SGL Dr Matthew Bothwell to give us his talk: Big Bangs and Big Rips: Cosmology in the 20th Century.

Matt came to the 2018 SGL SP and gave us our keynote talk "Monsters in the Dark"  - searching for the Universe’s most massive galaxies’ so it's fantastic to have him back again to deliver another talk. Matt is one of my favourite astronomy speakers so I am particularly looking forwards to this one.

Matt is an outreach astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University.  He was an undergraduate at the University of Southampton, and studied for his Master’s at the Harvard Center of Astrophysics. He received his PhD in 2011 from the University of Cambridge, working with Prof. Rob Kennicutt and Dr. Scott Chapman on the thesis “Galaxy evolution, near and far”. Before taking up his current outreach position, He was a postdoctoral researcher at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona (2011-2012), and the Astrophysics group at the University of Cambridge (2012-2017).

His research interests are centred around understanding galaxy evolution across cosmic time. At high redshift, He studies some of the most luminous and extreme galaxies in the Universe. These extreme galaxies are a great laboratory for testing our knowledge of gas physics, star formation laws, and galaxy evolution, while providing an important challenge for our understanding of the growth of structure in the Universe.

In the local Universe he uses large surveys for gas, metals, and stars, to shed light on the physical processes governing the evolution of galaxies across all cosmic epochs.

Big Bangs and Big Rips: Cosmology in the 20th Century

In the early decades of the 20th century, our understanding of the Universe was completely revolutionised. As amazing as it may seem to us now, just a century ago the prevailing wisdom was that we lived in a tiny and eternal Universe. I will discuss the debates and evidence that allowed us to finally understand the Universe around us.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP19 - Sunday, 13th September 2020 7:30pm BST - Big Bangs and Big Rips: Cosmology in the 20th Century by Dr Matthew Bothwell
Time: Sep 13, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP18 - Sunday, 6th September 2020 7:30pm BST - Dark Art or Magic Bullet? by Steve Richards
We are very, very pleased to welcome back our very own Steve Richards @steppenwolf of http://www.nightskyimages.co.uk/  to StarGaZine to continue from his first talk with his new talk 'Dark Art or Magic Bullet?'.

This is a follow-on to the ‘Finish’ section from his original ‘Making Every Photon Count’ talk and is aimed at beginners to the dark art of image processing. The aim will be to show a complete processing workflow to produce an LRGB image of the Whirlpool Galaxy, M51. The following topics will be discussed:-

Data Preparation


Bias/Dark/Flat Frame Calibration


Image Alignment


Image Stacking


Initial Stretching


Combining Red, Green and Blue Data


Removing Light Pollution


Levels Adjustment


Curves Adjustment


Saturation Adjustment


Adding Luminance Data


Increasing Colour Saturation (PhotoShop Action available to download)


Final Colour Balance Adjustment


Sharpening (PhotoShop Action available to download)


Demonstrating the contribution of the Luminance Data



Links to Software Downloads:

FITS Liberator Version 2.3

Deep Sky Stacker (DSS)

Stargazine Actions.atn

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP18 - Sunday, 6th September 2020 7:30pm BST - Dark Art or Magic Bullet? by Steve Richards
Time: Sep 6, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP17 - Sunday, 30th August 2020 7:30pm BST - An overview of N.I.N.A. - Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy by Stefan Berg
This week we are joined by Stefan Berg the creator and maintainer of N.I.N.A - Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy - a free, open source, astrophotography imaging suite that's been getting a lot of attention and interest recently.

It is a software designed for all deep sky object imagers. Whether you're new to the world of DSO imaging or an experienced veteran, this project's goal is to make your image capture easier, faster, and more convenient.

You can find our more information and download N.I.N.A from here: https://nighttime-imaging.eu/

Stefan will be giving us an introduction and overview of the software 🙂

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP17 - Sunday, 30th August 2020 7:30pm BST - An overview of N.I.N.A. - Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy by Stefan Berg
Time: Aug 30, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP16 - Sunday, 23rd August 2020 7:30pm BST - ARIEL and ExoClock by Anastasia Kokori
This week we are joined by Anastasia Kokori the co-ordinator of the ARIEL ExoClock project and the project manager for the ExoWorlds Spies project. Anastasia will be giving us a talk titled:  ARIEL and ExoClock: the future of exoplanets and how the public can get involved

Anastasia is also the Astrographic Officer at Greenwich Royal Observatory and also a planetary scientist in training at Birkbeck University of London. She is a graduate of the Space Studies Program (SSP) 2018, organised by the International Space University (ISU), and also holds an MSc in Science Communication from Dublin City University (DCU), and a Primary Education Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has a long experience in observing with small ground-based telescopes and also organising projects and events that involve the public and school students.

Talk Synopsis:

ARIEL is a space mission led by the European Space Agency, planned to launch in 2028. It will be the first dedicated mission to measure the chemical composition of many exoplanets. The main objective of ARIEL is to study in detail a large diverse sample of exoplanets orbiting different types of stars. The key science questions ARIEL will address are: 

•   What are exoplanets made of? 


•   How do planets and planetary systems form? 


•   How do planets and their atmospheres evolve over time? 


Understanding worlds beyond the Earth is a key issue for humanity and it concerns everyone, not only the scientific communities. We strongly believe that research and science is an effort that everyone can take part in. 

ARIEL will observe around 1000 transiting exoplanets and for this survey to be as efficient as possible, we need to have a good knowledge of the expected transit time of the planets observed. This is where small and medium-scale telescopes can contribute significantly. To better organise this effort, we have created the project ExoClock that is open to everyone, professional and amateur astronomers as well as members of the public can get involved and contribute to the mission. In this presentation we will outline the current status on exoplanets, followed by the key points of the ARIEL mission and how the ExoClock project is contributing.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP16 - Sunday, 23rd August 2020 7:30pm BST - ARIEL and ExoClock by Anastasia Kokori
Time: Aug 23, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP15 - Sunday, 16th August 2020 7:30pm BST - Ikarus Observatory Public Data Pixinsight Workshop by David Wills - Pixel Skies
This week is something a little bit different - to coincide with the first public release of data from the Ikarus Observatory project we are pleased to be joined by David Wills of Pixel Skies which is where the Ikarus Observatory is remotely hosted.

Dave is an expert astrophotographer, you can see some of his work here and has had several of his images published in magazines such as Astronomy now and BBC’s Sky at Night and various AAPOD’s. He will be taking us through a full work-flow in Pixinsight using around 100 hours of Narrowband (Ha, OII and SII) data taken of M16 from the Ikarus Observatory setup. This will start from the raw data that is being released which will already have been stacked and calibrated ready for processing.

This won't be a full Pixinsight workshop as that's too much to cover in one session but, it will give you a tour of what Pixinsight can do and how you can put a workflow together. As the data will also be provided afterwards you will be able to follow along on YouTube yourself and have a go at following Dave's process or tweaking it to see what results you can achieve. We will also be announcing an image processing competition whereby we will be picking a winner of our favourite processed version 🙂

I will also be giving an update on progress with the Ikarus Observatory project and an overview of what it's all about and how SGL members can get involved.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP15 - Sunday, 16th August 2020 7:30pm BST - Ikarus Observatory Public Data Pixinsight Workshop by David Wills - Pixel Skies
Time: Aug 16, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP14 - Sunday, 9th August 2020 7:30pm BST - The Short Long History of Citizen Science in Astronomy by Chris Lintott
This Sunday we have the absolute pleasure of being joined by Chris Lintott! We are very excited about this and Chris wants to give a talk a bit different to the norm which should be a great fit for us: 'The short long history of citizen science in astronomy'. I think you will agree, there is no one more qualified to talk about citizen science and astronomy 🙂

Chris is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College, working on topics from galaxy evolution, transient detection and machine learning. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running Sky at Night program. His book, ‘The Crowd and the Cosmos’, is now available from Oxford University Press.

‘Citizen Science’, through projects like Galaxy Zoo and Planet Hunters which ask volunteers to sort through data, is more popular and productive than ever before. But amateur astronomers have been making contributions to science for centuries. In this talk, which will include stories of a p**ed-off Welshman, a stoical Prussian and at least one story about penguins, Galaxy Zoo founder Chris Lintott (BBC Sky at Night) will talk about the historical foundations of citizen science, what can be done now - and what opportunities will exist in the future.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP14 - Sunday, 9th August 2020 7:30pm BST - The Short Long History of Citizen Science in Astronomy by Chris Lintott
Time: Aug 5, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP12 - Sunday, 26th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Introduction to Astro Pixel Processor by Mabula Haverkamp
This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Mabula Haverkamp the lead developer and founder of Astro Pixel Processor (APP)  https://www.astropixelprocessor.com/. APP was launched in 2017 and is in continuous development, it provides a complete deep sky image processing application with a number of new and innovative features.

APP is being developed primarily by Mabula who has a doctorandus and Master of Science degree in Astrophysics from the University of Utrecht, 2004.

Mabula uses current scientific insights to develop APP besides developing and creating new innovative features and algorithms like it’s unique debayer algorithm Adaptive Airy Disc, Local Normalisation Correction and fully automatic N-View mosaics.

Mabula is going to give us an overview of APP, how it works and what it can do plus a live demo and will also give us a sneak peak at upcoming features due to be introduced soon.

There will also be an opportunity for Q&A at the end.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP12 - Sunday, 26th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Introduction to Astro Pixel Processor by Mabula Haverkamp
Time: Jul 26, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP11 - Sunday, 19th July 2020 7:30pm BST - An Introduction to Variable Star Observing by Gary Poyner
This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Gary Poyner of http://www.variablestars.co.uk/ giving us his talk 'An Introduction to Variable Star Observing'.  Gary is one of the most prolific variable star observers on the planet, clocking up more than 300,000 visual observations! Astounding especially when you consider he observers from the heart of Birmingham.

Gary has been observing variable stars for over 40 years! During that time he has been Director of the BAA Variable Star Section, Editor of 'The Astronomer' magazine Variable Star pages, BAAVSS CV & Eruptive Stars Secretary, VSS Circulars editor and Web Master and Chairman of the Heart of England AS.

His main interests are Cataclysmic and Eruptive Variables, which he observes at every opportunity with his 51cm and 22cm reflectors from his observatory in North Birmingham. He also uses AAVSOnet remote telescopes in New Mexico and Arizona for CCD observations of Variables. Over the past few years he have mentored a number of observers in the UK and abroad in the art of variable star observing, and gives talks to Societies around the country. Mentoring and talking to clubs about different aspects of Variable Stars is clearly a passion. 

Gary will give us a brief account of the science behind a selection of Variable Stars, explain how to observe them and discuss the reasons why we observe them. He will also touch on how and why they vary.

This should be an extremely informative talk from somebody who is an expert in the area of variable stars.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP11 - Sunday, 19th July 2020 7:30pm BST - An Introduction to Variable Star Observing by Gary Poyner
Time: Jul 19, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP10 - Wednesday, 15th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Sequence Generator Pro by Darren Jehan
Hi all

On 15th July, I'll do a session on Sequence Generator Pro - predominantly aimed at new users for this first session, but if you have any specific questions you'd like me to look at and cover, I'd be happy to...

I'll aim to do:

Overview of the interface / menu options


Profiles - User and Equipment


Connecting equipment


Set up a basic sequence



But happy to be steered by you all!

 

I'll then aim to do a 2nd session where we can look at things like plate solving, auto-focusing, framing and mosaic wizard, multiple targets etc. - or again, whatever you you would like!

 

Wednesday 15th July 2020 7:30 PM BST. As usual it will be recorded!
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EP9 - Sunday, 12th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Meteorites: A Twenty-Year Gold Rush! by David Bryant
Something a bit different this week, on Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by David Bryant of http://www.spacerocksuk.com/ to talk about 'Meteorites: A Twenty-Year Gold Rush!'.  David is a very well known figure and you may have met him at talks and shows over the years - a true character with lots of interesting stories of the meteorite trade and industry over the years.

David Bryant, BSc, Cert Ed has been described as a renaissance man: wildlife photographer, teacher, lecturer, ex-naval officer, rock guitarist, published artist, author and the UK's only full-time professional meteorite dealer, he has had what could be considered a full life! This is reflected in the breadth of content of these four books, which range from the UFO phenomenon, the Apollo lunar missions, ghosts, religious apparitions to evolution, planetary astronomy and the formation of the Universe! David has been widely published on many topics including natural history, meteoritics, climate change and ornithology.

The format of this talk will be a little different, it will be more of a conversation / interview style talk with David talking us through some of the history of meteorite collecting with lots of entertaining stories along the way! So pull up a chair, grab a glass of wine and join us on Sunday for what is sure to be a super talk!

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP9 - Sunday, 12th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Meteorites: A Twenty-Year Gold Rush! by David Bryant
Time: Jul 12, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP8 - Sunday, 5th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Rebel Star – The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries by Colin Stuart
Continuing a bit of a Solar theme, this Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Colin Stuart of https://www.colinstuart.net/ giving us his talk 'Rebel Star - The Sun's Greatest Mysteries'.  Colin an astronomy speaker and author who has talked to over half a million people about the universe, ranging from schools and the public to conferences and businesses. He has written sixteen books which have sold more than 350,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 21 languages. He has also written over 200 popular science articles for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, The Wall Street Journal and European Space Agency.

In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy, the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him. In 2014 he was awarded runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He's talked about the wonders of the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live and been quoted in national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and The Observer.

Having seen a couple of Colin's talks now I can't wait for this one - he is a superb speaker and he's talking are extremely informative and entertaining - definitely not one to miss!

Rebel Star – The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries

GET TO KNOW OUR NEAREST STAR LIKE NEVER BEFORE

The Sun is many things: beauty, beacon, battery, belligerent. It’s the biggest thing for light-years around and yet we actually know relatively little about it.

That’s changing thanks to an armada of new spacecraft recently lofted into the solar system to scrutinise the Sun in unprecedented detail. In a 45 minute talk packed full of jaw-dropping images and videos, I’ll be your guide on a journey deep into the heart of our nearest star.

Meeting details below:

Topic: EP8 - Sunday, 5th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Rebel Star – The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries by Colin Stuart
Time: Jul 5, 2020 07:30 PM London

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EP7 - Sunday, 28th June 2020 7:30pm BST - A Closer Look at the Sun by Gary Palmer
This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Gary Palmer of http://www.solarsystemimaging.co.uk/. Gary is a highly regarded solar and deep sky imager and one of the leading solar imagers in the world with images widely published in books, magazines and online. He is the author of many articles and reviews in various astronomy magazines and tv programmes and works closely, alongside many manufacturers to develop and test upcoming astronomy equipment. Gary also offers many workshops across the UK for groups and 1-to-1 via http://www.astrocourses.co.uk/ which some of you may have attended before.

Gary is going to give us a talk showcasing the various methods for capturing the Sun as well as talking through his workflow and showing us lots of processing tips and tricks touching on SharpCap, Registax, Photoshop and AutoStakkert!. He will also be discussing some of the recent innovations in equipment for solar imaging.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, at 7:30PM. Zoom meeting details will be posted here Sunday.
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EP6 - Sunday, 21st June 2020 7:30pm BST - Hershel to Hawkwind by Peter Williamson
This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Peter Williamson FRAS of http://www.peterwilliamson.co.uk/, http://www.solarsphere.events/ and http://www.astroradio.earth/. Peter is an astronomer, broadcaster and musician who created the Astro Radio station, organises the Slarsphere astronomical and music festival as well as delivering talks / workshops across the country. He is also a Deep Sky imaging consultant for the Faulkes telescope as well as many other things related to astronomy and astronomy outreach - we are very honoured to welcome him.

Peter was meant to join us at last years star party to deliver this talk but following the floods in Herefordshire the star party was cancelled so we are very pleased to be able to invite Peter to deliver this talk to us virtually! 🙂

Peter is going to deliver the talk Herschel to Hawkwind, Astronomy & Music how each influence each other.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, at 7:30PM. Zoom meeting details will be posted here Sunday.
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EP5 - Wednesday, 17th June 2020 7:30pm BST - Members Talks - Mark at Beaufort & Lunator - Visual Astronomy
We have a special bonus double talk for you this Wednesday at 7:30pm BST from our very own mod team!

We are also trialling a mid-week slot for these members talks. If anybody else fancies delivering a talk or partial talk, please let us know 🙂 

 

Talk 1 - Observing Visual Double Stars - Jewels of the Night Sky by Ian / Lunator

Kicking off is Ian / Lunator who's specialist subject is double stars 🙂 

Ian will be sharing six interesting double star targets, how to find them with star hopping and what to expect.

 

Talk 2 - Visual Observing Arrangements, Procedures and Tips plus some Challenges by Mark at Beaufort

Mark is a passionate visual observer and will guide us through how he plans and arranges his observing sessions with lots of tips and some observing challenges for us all to have a go at.

 

Each talk is going to be around 15-20 minutes with a 10-15 minute Q&A break.

As usual, I will post the Zoom meeting details in here sometime during the day Wedesday.

See you all then!
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EP4 - Sunday, 14th June 2020 7:30pm BST - Ten Ways the Universe Tried to Kill You by Steve Tonkin
This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Steve Tonkin ( @BinocularSky )  of http://binocularsky.com/ and https://astunit.com/. Steve has been using binoculars for astronomy since the mid 1960s and, as his main observing instrument, since 2002. He is also the author of the book Binocular Astronomy.

Steve isn't going to be talking about binoculars (this time) but instead, we thought something less practice and more entertaining would make a nice treat so he will be giving his talk 'Ten Ways the Universe Tried to Kill You':

From gamma-ray bursts to asteroid impacts, an overview of cataclysmic events. This light-hearted but scientifically robust approach incorporates a lot of fundamental cosmological processes, from stellar evolution to galactic interaction. It is appropriate for both beginning and intermediate amateur astronomers.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, at 7:30PM. Zoom meeting details will be posted here Sunday.
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EP3 - Sunday, 7th June 2020 7:30pm BST - Summer Observing Challenges by Dave Eagle
This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Dave Eagle of https://www.star-gazing.co.uk/. Dave is an amateur Astronomer, Planetarium Operator, Presenter, Author and Tutor, you may have read some of his books or come across one of his talks before.

Dave is going to treat us to an overview of interesting Summer observing targets and challenges

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, at 7:30PM. Zoom meeting details will be posted here Sunday.
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EP2 - Sunday, 31st May 2020 7:30pm BST - Adventures in Astro Image Processing by Nik Szymanek
Episode of 'StarGaZine' is this Sunday at the slightly earlier time of 7:30PM.

We will be joined by Nik Szymanek who will be giving us a talk on 'Adventures in Astro Image Processing'.

Nik was present for Steve's talk and is going to build upon some of the points and questions raised so will be covering:

Milky Way Image Processing


Deep Sky Stacker


Dithering / Calibrating your images


Using Fits Liberator


Putting together RGB and LRGB images



And more 🙂

We look forward to seeing you all Sunday - I will post meeting details Sunday lunchtime again.

Cheers,

Grant
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Imaging Challenge #27 - DSLR / Mirrorless Winners
Congratulations to the winners - joint second on this one as well


NLC arch frame By Daniel-K



Milky way, Jupiter and Rho Ophiuchi By alexbb


HDR Lunar eclipse and clouds By Ethan Roberts



Teesdale aflame... By clarkpm4242

https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/339127-teesdale-aflame/

 

Congratulations @Daniel-K, @alexbb, @Ethan Roberts and @clarkpm4242 please PM me your addresses so we can send you your prize mug
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Imaging Challenge #26 - 30 Seconds Unguided 2 - Winners
We are woefully behind on this apologies - catching up this next week.

The winners are:


Full Arch Over Joshua Tree By HunterHarling



m16 By geordie85



M13 The Great Hercules Globular Cluster By Graeme1858


Well done @HunterHarling, @geordie85 and @Graeme1858 - please PM me your addresses so we can send your prize mugs out
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Imaging Challenge #30 - Celestial Motion
The theme for the 30th challenge - September 2019 - is  Celestial Motion!

Start Date: 1st September 2019
End Date: 30th November 2019

Rules: The theme this time is Celestial Motion - we want to see star trails, time lapses, animations, comets, transits, planetary movement - anything that shows off the movement we see in the night skies. Images, animations, videos, sketches all welcome 😀

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #30' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #25 - Solar - Winners
Some beautiful entries to this one - unfortunately the Sun started off with a strong spot display which tailed off in the latter half of the competition.

Well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners below 🙂


AR2738 and environs By michael.h.f.wilkinson



AR2741 WL By Freddie



Solar disc after the thunderstorm By acr_astro


 
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Imaging Challenge #29 -  The Beauty of the Night Sky
The theme for the 29th challenge - August 2019 - is  'The Beauty of the Night Sky'!

Start Date: 1st August 2019
End Date: 31st October 2019

Rules: Open to all - any image that shows the beauty of the night sky - widefield, landscape, sketch, poster, deep sky image, video, planetary - whatever you like, inspire us!

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #29' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #24 - Android vs iOS - Winners
Not as many entries as we were hoping for this one 😞 well done to those who did enter though and based on the results, Android is the way to go for astrophotography!

Congratulations to the winners:


Moon and Venus By Angvd



Moon with Samsung S7 Android By Pete Presland



Piccolomini - Galaxy S8 By CraigT82


 
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Imaging Challenge #28 - Lunar Landings
The theme for the 28th challenge - July 2019 - is  Lunar Landings!

Start Date: 1st July 2019
End Date: 30th September 2019

Rules: To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the challenge this month is to take an image or produce a sketch / drawing showing any of the Lunar Landing sites from not just Apollo missions but any place where a human made object has landed on the moon. Close-ups, wider field, animations, movies with annotation or graphics you create are all welcome 😃

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO 😃 and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #28' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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