Thank you to everyone who has entered this years competition.
We are proud to announce this years winners and runners up.

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Our first prize from our imaging sponsor Atik Cameras.

The Atik GP color CCD Camera.

The Atik GP excels as both a planetary camera and as a guider

Its compact size and light weight make it a joy to use on telescopes large and small. The senor used is the fantastically sensitive 1.3 million pixel ICX445 EXview II CCD from Sony.

The GP is capable of up to 30 frames per second and will download both 8bit data with the convenience of saving to standard avi file format, or 12bit for full dynamic range as Tif and Fits format.

When used with the included GPAcquire software the camera is fully configurable with gain, region of interest, data format and a myriad of other settings enabling optimal planetary, solar and lunar imaging. Data can be save direct to disk or initially to memory to optimise frame rates with slightly slower hardware.

Full technical specification here

IC443 The jellyfish nebula – Swagastro

IC443 (Sh2-248) a supernova remnant (SNR)is located in the constellation of Gemini. It is commonly known as the “Jellyfish Nebula”due to it\’s shape.


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Our 2nd prize from our imaging sponsor Altair Astro

iOptron SkyTracker V2 DSLR camera mount with polar scope

Feature summary:

  • Attaches to any standard camera tripod
  • Accepts cameras weighing up to 6.6 lbs (3 kg) if in a compact mass and well balanced.
  • Auto-tracking for smooth camera motion, perfect for long exposures
  • Cast aluminum body with plastic painting finish
  • Integrated compass and latitude adjustment wedge for easy polar alignment
  • Also includes AccuAligningTM dark-field illuminated polar scope
  • Up to 24 hours of operation on 4AA batteries
  • Padded carry bag included
  • Optional ball head and tripod not included,available separately
Full Technical Specifications: here

Exploring the Dumbell Nebula  Davies07

A composite image of the Dumbbell Nebula, M27, in narrow band (hydrogen-alpha, Oxygen-III and Sulphur-II) and LRGB


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Our 3rd prize from our imaging Sponsor Wexphotographic.

 A £100 voucher.

This can be used online or in store on any of their range of photographic products.

Orion Nebula –  Nigel Ball

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Our Imaging sponsor  Astronomy Now, are giving 3 runner up prizes.

1 years free subscription

Each of the three runners up will receive a free years subscription to Astronomy Now Magazine

Aurora North West England – Sarah and Colin Astro

Owl Cluster – Jaspal Chadha

UK Solar Eclipse – Chris Grimmer