Callisto casting it's shadow onto the surface of Jupiter

An irregular galaxy M82 in Ursa Major. 70 mins with a C14 and ST2000XCM camera at f/7.5

The seeing has not been cooperating much this spring. We have only had a few nights of good seeing enabling me to capture high resolution images of Jupiter  and Saturn this year

Latest images and comments

The Deer Lick Group of galaxies in Pegasus. This group of about 6 galaxies is dominated by NGC7331, a spiral galaxy 40 million light years distant. The image was taken on the C14 at f/7 with a ST2000XCM camera. It was 24 x 5 minutes exposures combined, total 2hrs imaging.

This year, Mars and Saturn are very low in the southern sky from the UK. This means we are imaging or looking through a long length of turbulent atmosphere. This has been really challenging for UK Planetary imagers and the resulting loss of definition can be seen in comparison with the Jupiter images further down the page.

The next two images from 4th April and 6th April show almost the same face of Jupiter. In only 48 hrs, there are some visible differences in the cloud features.

Markarian's Chain group of galaxies in Virgo. ED80 refractor and 55 mins with ST2000XCM camera.

Close up of a rare sunspot group on 25/02/2018 DSLR and white light solar filter on C14 at f/11

Stephan's Quintet group of galaxies in Pegasus. The main group is about 250 million light years distant. The bluisg galaxy at tp centre of the group is a foreground object only 39 million light years distant. The image was taken on the C14 at f/7 with a ST2000XCM camera. It was 36 x 5 minutes exposures combined, total 3hrs imaging.

Edge on Galaxy NGC891 in Andromeda. It is about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda and was discovered by William Herschel on October 6, 1784. The image was taken on the C14 at f/7 with a ST2000XCM camera. It was 20 x 5 minutes exposures combined, total 100 mins imaging.

The Planets have put on a great show this summer. Imaging Jupiter, Saturn and Mars has been a challenge at low altitude from the UK

NGC6960, The Witch's Broom nebula in Cygnus. ED80 and ST2000XCM camera. 15 x 5 min subs.

The Fireworks galaxy NGC 6946 in Cepheus is 22 million light years away. This image also captures a recent Supernova  2017eaw marked by a red arrow.

25 x 5 min subs, C14 at f/7 ST2000XCM OSC camera.

By Peter Edwards

The Leo Triplet of galaxies 100mins on an ED80 refractor with ST2000XCM camera and 0.7x reducer

M20 The Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius. ED80 and ST2000XCM camera, 6 x 5 min subs.

NGC 7814 the northern Sombero Galaxy in Pegasus about 40 million light years distant. The image was taken on the C14 at f/7 with a ST2000XCM camera. It was 16 x 5 minutes exposures combined, total 80 mins imaging. Several small faint galaxies are also visible in the image at the lower right.