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Historical Photographs

You can see submitted images from previous parties who have attended Alston Observatory here


The Opening Of The Alston Observatory in 1957. Deep Sky Objects with the Moses Holden Telescope (MHT).
15 inch Grubb telescope
15 inch Grubb telescope
The Planewave Telescope at Alston Observatory. Commissioning the MHT.
15 inch Grubb telescope
15 inch Grubb telescope
About Moses Holden. Transiting Exo-Planet Observed by the MHT.
15 inch Grubb telescope
15 inch Grubb telescope

Moses Holden Telescope

The Telescope

The Telescope.
The Observatory.

A new camera for the Moses Holden Telescope at Alston Observatory saw first light on the evening of September 7th 2016 and took this stunning image of the Ring Nebula. The image is made up of a 120-second B-band exposure, a 30-second V-band exposure, and a 30-second R-band exposure. The pixel scale was 0.41 arc seconds, and the seeing was around 3 arc seconds. The new camera represents a £20k investment by the University, and is an Andor Aspen CG16M, with 4096 x 4096 pixels of 9 microns each. The chip is the latest Kodak KAF-16803. The second image taken by the new camera was of galaxy NGC7331. This image is made up of three 120-second exposures in B-, V-, & R-bands. The nearly edge-on nature of this spiral galaxy is clearly visible.

Pictures taken with the telescope and test camera

M87. M81. Jupiter.
M31 and M32. M15. M33.
Iris Nebula 4 mins each in BVR. Moon. NGC7331.
Pluto (top right), and high proper motion star (bottom left). Two images, one taken in 1987 @ AAO. The other from Alston.

top of page Header Image : Simulated Nanoparticle (Marco Pinna, Joe Smerdon), Solar disk with SDO (NASA UClan SDO archive), V838 Monocerotis (NASA/STScl), NGC7424 (Gemini Observatory), M74 (NASA Hubble Space Telescope) NASA,and ESA ; and solar plume courtesy of SOHO /EIT consortium

Author: Paul Browne, Last Updated: 13 December 2013, 11:30

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