A Gallery of Astronomical Images by RAS Members and Friends

Orbital pass of the International Space Station – by Crystal Gabriel

Pass of the ISS captured near sunrise on December 31, 2016 with the Expedition 50 crew of five astronauts on board traveling in an orbit about 250 miles above Earth’s surface.

Reflection Nebula in Orion – M78 – by Madhup Rathi

M78, in the center of this image, covers an area north of Orion’s belt. At a distance of about 1,500 light-years, the bluish nebula itself is about 5 light-years across. Its blue tint is due to dust reflecting the blue light of hot, young stars in the region. (14 luminance images at 30 minutes & 6 images each of RGB color of 20 minutes each.)

More at http://madhuprathi.com/reflection-nebula-in-orion-m78/

The Rosette Nebula imaged in hydrogen alpha and oxygen III light by Dwight Talley.

15 x 20 minutes Ha, 15 x 20 minutes OIII, AT65EDQ and QSI 660 camera, processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop.

More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosette_Nebula

The Milky Way captured by Bill Dickinson from Belmead with RAS observers below.  Sometimes a picture really captures a moment.  Bill captured the feel of observing under a dark sky in this spectacular image.

The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus by Bryan Hartley, captured at Belmead.  The Double Cluster is a beautiful and easy-to-find pair of objects using a telescope or binoculars.  It appears as a faint haze to the unaided eye in a dark sky not far from the “W” of the constellation Cassiopeia.

View through an image intensifier of the Dumbbell Nebula, M27, by John Raymond. Click on the image to see a video version. This was captured from a live view through the image intensifier using a handheld camera.

Serpentine ridge on the moon captured and assembled as a composite by Randy Tatum.

The Crescent Moon and the planet Venus by Stuart Squier captured in a clear blue sky over Richmond on December 2, 2016 just after sunset.  The old Central Fidelity building appears in the left of the frame.