The local newspaper of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Pittwater News, has awarded the title “Artist Of The Month October 2021“ to our member Dr. Ángel R. López-Sánchez (Australian Astronomical Optics, Macquarie University), for the astrophotography he is conducting from his backyard in Frenchs Forest at the Northern Beaches.
You can enjoy some of Ángel’s astrophotography in his Flickr webpage.
The Trifid Nebula, M 20, from Ángel’s backyard in Frenchs Forest, 15 km North from Sydney’s city center, on 15th June 2020. This image compiles 40 x 300s images (3.3 hours total integration time) obtained with his Skywatcher Black Diamond 80, an Orion X0.8 focal reducer (f/6), the ZWO ASI178MC camera and an OPTOLONG L-Pro filter. He used the ZWO ASIAir to control the camera, the mount (Skywatcher AZ-EQ6) and the guiding system (ASI120MM + Orion 50mm finderscope). Flats and darks included. Data processed with Siril software. Colour / saturation / levels / contrast / smart sharpen with Photoshop. Credit: Ángel López-Sánchez.
Ángel was also portrait as Profile of the Week on the issue 516 of Pittwater News released on October 31st.