CHRIS HEAPY, MACCLESFIELD, 25 OCTOBER 2014
Chris says: “IC 405 contains the Flaming Star Nebula, and indeed I have an RGB image that shows this classic blue reflection nebula, but what fascinates me is the texture of the underlying gas and dust cloud when viewed in the hydrogen-alpha light of this monochrome image. I find the complex knots and ripples make it a particularly beautiful object.”
Equipment: Atik 490EX CCD camera, Tele Vue NP127 refractor, Losmandy G11 mount.
BBC Sky at Night Magazine says: “Every so often a monochrome image manages to capture detail and texture absent from its colour counterparts. This stunning shot achieves just that. We were struck by the detail in the nebula’s intricate tendrils and the wispy filaments that dominate the left side of the image.”
About Chris: “I’ve had a lifelong passion for astronomy, but it is only since retiring that I’ve found the time to pursue astro imaging as a discrete interest. In my younger days I concentrated on visual observing, mainly using a 12-inch Newtonian and a 10inch Meade LX200. When the first digital cameras came out I immediately recognised the possibilities for attaching one to a scope and paid over £500 for a Sony DSC1 so I could image the Moon!”