IC 1396

Equip­ment: Atik 460EX mono CCD cam­era, Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro SynS­can mount,

Sky at Night Magazine - - HOTSHOTS -

ADAM SHEWAN, YORK, AUG 2017, AUG 2018

Adam says: “This image has been over a year in the mak­ing. I col­lected the hy­dro­gen al­pha data last year but even while I was pro­cess­ing I knew it needed OIII and SII. This year I col­lected ad­di­tional data to cre­ate a fi­nal colour image.” Samyang 135mm f/2 lens, Ha, SII, OIII fil­ters

Ex­po­sure: 6h Ha, 3h OIII, 3hr SII Soft­ware: PixIn­sight, Photoshop

BBC Sky at Night Mag­a­zine says: “This is a fan­tas­tic astrophoto and a wor­thy win­ner. We love how the glow­ing colours of the neb­ula con­trast with the well-de­fined swirls of dark dust, in­clud­ing the Ele­phant’s Trunk Neb­ula at three o’clock.”

About Adam: “The first time I looked through a tele­scope I loved it and when I re­alised I could image what I was see­ing my in­ter­est was re­ally piqued. I started with a DSLR on a fixed tri­pod and my first image was M31 us­ing a 50mm lens. When I saw that lit­tle smudge of light on the viewfinder, the imag­ing bug bit! These days I image us­ing both DSLR and CCD cam­eras. I tend to use my tele­scope for gal­ax­ies and my lenses for neb­u­lae.”

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