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Heavens Above: Stunning photos by Northern Ireland photographers to go on display at Clotworthy Arts Centre in Antrim

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Published 08/11/2016

Aurora star trails taken from Ballygally near Larne. Picture by Paul Evans
Aurora star trails taken from Ballygally near Larne. Picture by Paul Evans
22-1-2016. Wolf Moon rising above Samson the largest crain at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast. It was completed in 1974 and stands 348 ft above the city. Picture by Bernie Brown 07831 164371
Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) picture taken from Crawfordsburn Co Down over Belfast Lough. Picture by Andy McCrea
Fisheye Image Milky Way Pyrenees France 2015. Fisheye image of the summer Milky Way taken from the Reserve Naturelle De Neouvielle in the Pyrenees, France July 2015. 35 minute image stack using a modified Canon 6d and a Sigma fisheye 8mm lens at F/4 and iso 1600. Processed in Photoshop CS5 and tracked on a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer tracking platform. Picture by Martin Campbell.
Winning pictures by Martin Campbell. The competition was run by Amateur Astrophotography Ezine, an online emagazine which caters for astro imagers. The competition title was The Milky Way and readers were invited to submit their images of the Milky Way. I entered two images and out of 6000 entries they were placed first and runner up. I have attached a link to the Ezine magazine site and the reference to my winning entry.The winning shot is a photographic panorama of the summer Milky Way taken from the Hautes Pyrenees. A single 3 minute tracked exposure using a Canon 6d and Canon 100mm F/2 lens at F/4 and ISO 1600 secured the image data. The runner up image is a detailed mosaic of selected areas of the Milky Way merged into the panorama shown in the image. Time consuming to acquire, it necessitated multiple exposure of the night sky stitched into a mosaic. The camera details much similar to the previous image. My prize was sponsored by Vixen Telescopes of Japan and consisted of £650 of imaging gear to use in imaging the sky!
21-2-2015. Venus, Mars and new moon conjunction over Down Cathedral Downpatrick Northern Ireland. Picture by Bernie Brown
Total Solar Eclipse Manavgat, Turkey 29-3 2006. Picture by David B Stewart.
Taken September 4, 2015. Takahashi FSQ106 stacked image of the belt of Orion processed in PixInsight. Picture by Martin Campbell
Milky Way Downings Donegal. Taken on August 14, 2015. Picture by Martin Campbell;
Autumnal Milky Way.. Hill Of The O'Neills Dungannon. A three minute exposure with Canon 5D and Canon 24-105 lens Taken Nov 2015
Milky Way Mosaic Sagittarius to Serpens Cauda. Part of the Milky Way's galactic plane passes through Serpens Cauda, which is rich in galactic deep-sky objects, such as the Eagle Nebula (IC 4703) and its associated star cluster Messier 16. The nebula measures 70 light-years by 50 light-years and contains the Pillars of Creation, three dust clouds that became famous for the image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.Further south is Sh2-46, an emission nebula heavily obscured by thick dust clouds.This portion of the Milky Way has an extraordinary concentration of Messier objects all the way down to Sagittarius including M17 the Swan Nebula, M18, the Lagoon Nebula M8, the Trifid Nebula M20 and Globular Cluster M22. Mosaic stitched in Photoshop CS5 and processed in Pixinsight 1.8. Picture by Martin Campbell.
I captured the image on Saturday October 1 at Delamont Country Park at the IAA viewing night. The telescope used was a Skywatcher 80ED, the imaging camera was a NIkon D5300, and the mount was a Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro. I used a focal reducer/field flattener as well, bringing the focal length down to 510mm. I guided using a 9x50 Finderscope with a QHY5 guide camera attached (guide software was PHD2). Using the capture program Sequence Generator Pro i captured 19 images of 6 mins exposure each. I calibrated them with Bias & Flat frames, stacked them in DeepSkyStacker, and finally processed the image in Photoshop CC 2014.
M81_IFN Picture by Peter Martin Messier 81 is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. Due to its proximity to Earth, large size and active galactic nucleus, Messier 81 has been studied extensively by professional astronomers. Date of shoot: 19/2/16 Ha: 17 subs @ 900s. L: 13 subs @ 900s. RGB: 12 subs @ 300s bin 2*2. Camera Starlight Express SXVR-H694. Sample Rate 0.98 asp at 1*1 , 1.97 asp at 2*2. Filter Wheel : Starlight Express Mini Wheel. Mount : Avalon fast Linear. Scope: Orion Optics UK AG10 Filters : Astrodon LRGB, Ha 5nm
Belfast City Hall, Total Lunar Eclipse on 28th Sept 2015 taken at the Belfast City Hall. " I photographed the total lunar eclipse at the Belfast City hall between 2.30 and 4am on my own but was occasionally visited by a few well oiled passersby and road sweepers inquisitively asking what I was looking at! I had never experienced a totally quiet city centre before nor a total lunar eclipse so for me it was a very special and unreal occurrence and one beautiful event I will never forget" Canon 5D mark 111, lens 70-200 2.8 IS 11 USM, ISO 400, f3.5, 2 sec. Picture by Bernie Brown UK tel 07831164371
Elephants trunk Date of shoot: 6/9/14, 17/9/14 Ha: 26 subs @900s 1*1 OIII: 10 subs @900s 2*2 SII: 21 subs @ 900s 1*1 Camera - Starlight Express SXVR-H694 Sample Rate 0.98 asp at 1*1 , 1.97 asp at 2*2 Filter Wheel : Starlight Express Mini Wheel Mount : Avalon fast LinearScope: Orion Optics UK AG10Filters :Astrodon , Ha 5nm, OIII 3nm, SII 5nm Picture by Peter Martin
First attempt at creating a composite image of the Moon showing earthshine in colour using data taken back in April 2014 using a Takahashi FS128 refractor and a Canon 5d mkII dslr. For the earthshine a 3.2 second exposure and iso400 was used and for the crescent phase 1/60 second exposure and iso 400. The composite image was created using layer masking in CS6. I found the merge to HDR option in Photoshop did not produce a satisfactory result. Picture by Martin Campbell Dungannon
HaRGB Cone Nebula Wide Field Area HDR image. Cone nebula, 4 hour image stack RGBand 1 hour Ha blended with RGB;component, Canon 5d MkII Picture by Martin Campbell
Picture by Pat O'Neill. Taken at Horn Head Donegal of Comet Hale-Bopp. The picture was signed by Thomas Bopp the co-discoverer of the comet when he was visiting the Armagh Observatory in 1997.
Ballygally Antrim Coast Aurora. Picture by Paul Evens 7-4-2016
Mid Summer View over Belfast Lough from Crawfordsburn with Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) in the sky after dark. Picture by Andy McCrea.
Nacreous clouds over Crawfordsburn. 2016. Picture by Andy McCrea
Horse head and flame Taken 10 Jan 13.exposures 69 subs of 80sec total 1hr 32mins .iso 1600.Scope sky watcher 200pds Camera canon 60da Mount EQ5 . Picture by Peter Martin
Full moon over Donaghadee lighthouse. Picture by Bernie Brown 07831 164371
Andromeda Taken 9/11/12 stack 80 exposures at iso 1600 80 sec total 1hr 42 mins Scope sky watcher 200pds Camera canon 60da Mount EQ5 PICTURE BY PETER MARTIN from Enniskillen
SH2-157 Date of shoot: 29/9/15 Ha: 18 subs @900s OIII: 8 subs @ 900s bin 2* SII: 16 subs @900s Camera Starlight Express SXVR-H694 Filter Wheel : Starlight Express Mini Wheel, Mount : Ioptron EQ30 Scope: FSQ8 Filters : Astrodon Ha 5nm, OIII 3nm, SII 5nm. PICTURE BY Peter Martin
Witches Broom. shot 17/11/12 25 @3200 80sec canon60da , 200pds shot with a 200PDS sky watcher telescope. Picture by Peter Martin.
Pictures by Paul Evans
Pickerings Triangle Picture by Peter Martin. The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop (radio source W78, or Sharpless 103), a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. The source supernova exploded some 5,000 to 8,000 years ago, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, or 36 times the area, of the full moon). Date of shoot: 10/9/14 , 9/11/14 ,16/11/14. Ha: 16 subs @900s. OIII: 16 subs @900s. SII: 11 subs @900s. Camera Starlight Express SXVR-H694. Sample Rate 0.98 asp at 1*1 , 1.97 asp at 2*2. Filter Wheel : Starlight Express Mini Wheel. Mount : Avalon fast Linear. Scope: Orion Optics UK AG10.. Filters : Astrodon Ha 5nm, OIII 3nm, SII 5nm
NGC7000 2panel_web [Explore] Picture by Peter Martin I dedicate this to my wife Sandra who passed away suddenly on 20th Aug and who I miss dearly . Sandra got me into astronomy a few years ago and I am thankful she did . Date of shoot: 7/8/15. Ha: 14 subs 900s. OIII: 8 subs 900s bin2*2. SII: 15 subs 900s. Camera Starlight Express SXVR-H694. Filter Wheel : Starlight Express Mini Wheel. Mount : Ioptron EQ30. Scope: FSQ85. Filters : Astrodon , Ha 5nm, OIII 3nm, SII 5nm
Moonset as seen from the roof of the Isaac Newton Telescope, looking towards the William Herschel Telescope. Isaac Newton Group, Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, The Canary Islands. Altitude 2,344 m. Camera Canon 6D, lens 40mm, 20sec, f5, ISO 1600. Picture by Prof Alan Fitzimmons
Pictures by Paul Evans
Giza Pyramids Under The Sky Goddess Nut Nut was the sky-goddess, whose body created a vault or canopy over the earth. Nut was the sister/wife of Geb, the god of the earth. She was also the mother of Isis, Osiris, Nepthys and Seth. The ancient Egyptians believed that at the end of the day, Nut swallowed the sun-god, Ra, and gave birth to him again the next morning.
Flaming star LRGB Picture by Peter Martin IC405 also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, is an emission/reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It shines at magnitude +6.0. Its celestial coordinates are RA 05, 16.2 Dec +34° 28′. It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae and is located near the emission nebula IC 410. The nebula measures approximately 37.0′ x 19.0′, and lies about 1,500 light-years from Earth. The nebula is about 5 light-years across. Date of shoot: 6/1/14, 21/2/14, 2/3/14, 3/3/14 L: 10*600sRGB: 8*450s 1*1Camera Starlight Express SXVR-H694Sample Rate 0.98 asp at 1*1 , 1.97 asp at 2*2Filter Wheel : Starlight Express Mini WheelMount : Avalon fast LinearScope: Orion Optics UK AG10Filters : Astrodon LRGB
Comet PanSTARRS and M31 April 2 2013 Image Stack Multiple image stack Comet C/2011 L4 (Panstarrs) made with a Canon 5d mkII and a Canon 135mm prime lens at F/4. Exposures were 1sec each and iso was 1600. In total 2 minutes and 20seconds of data was accumulated and processed in Photoshop CS5. Picture by Martin Campbell.
comet lovejoy 2014 Q2 [Explore] Picture by Peter Martin Date of shoot: 17/1/15. L: 10 subs @180s. RGB: 10 subs @60s 2*2. Camera Starlight Express SXVR-H694. Filter Wheel : Starlight Express Mini Wheel. Mount : Ioptron EQ30. Scope: FSQ85. Filters : Astrodon LRGB
Auroral Curtain over the Downings North Donegal. Canon 5D mkII camera. April 2015 Picture by Martin Campbell
Indonesia Eclipse 9th March 2016 taken on a cruise liner. Picture by Andy McCrea
One of the photos that will be on display at the Heavens Above exhibition

An exhibition of astonishing images of the skies above by Northern Ireland photographers kicks off tomorrow at the Clotworthy Arts Centre in Antrim.

The snaps by members of the Irish Astronomical Association cover a range of subject matter from the mysterious clouds of the Milky Way, through to the electric colours of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) down to the detailed capture of time-critical celestial events such as Solar and Lunar eclipses.

Some of the pictures in the exhibition have been taken with specialist equipment from exotic locations in order to capture the very best starlight possible, however many others have also been captured from ordinary locations in Northern Ireland using off the shelf photographic equipment.

Included in “Heavens Above” are category winners of the International Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition organised by the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London, and also the recent winner of Amateur Astrophotography Ezine’s “Milky Way” competition.

The exhibition will run until December 3 and admission will be free to all.

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