Steve Leonard's Elephant's Trunk Nebula | SkyNews
Steve Leonard's Elephant's Trunk Nebula

Photo of the Week inspired by ‘Stranger Things’

Steve Leonard drew inspiration for his Elephant’s Trunk Nebula from the hit TV show on Netflix.

Steve Leonard’s Elephant’s Trunk Nebula won Photo of the Week for the period of November 19-25, 2022.

Steve Leonard's Elephant's Trunk Nebula | SkyNews
Steve Leonard’s Elephant’s Trunk Nebula

The photo was taken in Markham, Ontario, with an exposure time of 10 hours on June 23, 2022. Leonard described it as a close-up image of the mystical Elephant’s Trunk Nebula in Cepheus, shot in HOO (Ha and Oiii) using 3 nm narrowband filters, with a colour palette inspired by the TV show “Stranger Things.”

Leonard used a ZWO ASI1600MM Pro and an Astro-Tech AT115EDT. Judges described the image as “really appealing to view,” and having a “great vibrant colour palette.”

“There is a nice balance between sharp features within the heavier nebula regions and smooth transitions between colours. The stars are clean and tight, with a smooth- and noise-free background. The framing is spot on, filling the frame with beautiful features and colours edge to edge,” they said. 

Honourable Mention

Ron Lyons' solar image. | SkyNews
Ron Lyons’ solar image.

Rob Lyons’ gets an honourable mention for his solar image, taken the morning of November 18, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The single frame image shows sunspots, filaments, and even a small prominence. The photo was taken with a ZWO ASI174MM and Daystar Solar Scout 60-DS. Judges said the image offered “really nice, clear-focused detail in the photosphere with some great sunspots.”

“The image transitions very well from the surface to the prominence,” they added.

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