Awards 2016
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for
Excellence in Astroimaging
Franklin Loehde

In December 2009, this member took a picture of the Orion Nebula using the SLOOH robotic telescope in the Canary Islands, all from the comfort of his home in Edmonton. The June 2010 issue of Stardust published the image along with an article written by this member, explaining how Centre members could do the same thing and how multiple such images could be combined to bring out details in both the outer regions and the core of the nebula. Thus began an odyssey of using his trusty iPhone to capture astroimages using robotic telescopes and to process the images with the FilterStorm app. Over the years, this member’s images have graced the covers and pages of many issues of Stardust and have been displayed on the dome of this theatre in many editions of Astroimaging Corner.

For demonstrating how astroimaging and image processing can be done by interested people without expensive equipment, just an internet connection an inexpensive subscription, and an image processing app that can be purchased for few dollars, it’s my great pleasure to present the 2016 Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging to Franklin Loehde.

Awards 2015
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for
Excellence in Astroimaging
Alister Ling

2015_astroimaging_wardI got back into astroimaging in 2007 because of a series of articles that this member published in our Stardust newsletter. At that time, he was already an old hand at imaging skyscapes, many featuring the Moon. Since then, this person has furthered many imaging techniques including timelapses, 3D stereo pairs, 3D timelapse movies, and High Dynamic Range techniques for lunar skyscape photography. He posts the results his of imaging work to various forums and always provides interesting commentary of the image and the trials and tribulations of the techniques involved. He has always been always generous with his time, and sharing his astroimaging knowledge, and offering advice to newby astroimagers. Of late, this person has started writing for our newsletter again on the topic of astroimaging. I know that my own astroimaging has benefited greatly by my collaborations with him over the years. You have all seen his work projected on the dome of this theatre in many editions of Astroimaging Corner. For his many fine contributions to the art and for keeping us well informed on his achievements, it’s my great pleasure to present the 2015 Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging to Alister Ling.

Awards 2013
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
Warren Finlay

2013_astroimagingWarren is a relative newcomer to astrophotography and has made great strides in his processes and knowledge within. As most of us have seen, his shots show great detail not only of often broken down foregrounds but also the night sky. Warren spends many hours driving and scouting locations, bounding through the snow and being chased by dogs. And the most valuable thing, time, he told me recently, if you don’t sleep as much, you have a lot more time to get things done. Indeed, he is getting things done.

Awards for 2010
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
Darryl Aitchison

2010_astro_imager This individual is brand new to the club and already shows great promise with astrophotography. Considering that he does not use auto guiders or laptops for taking photos, but rather everything is done manually and he has only been imaging since October of 2010, the results are amazing. I expect great things from this individual and I am sure the club will be dazzled by his images as he only gets better. The Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Astrophotographer of the Year is Darryl Aitchison.

Awards for 2009
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
Mike Noble

2009_astro_imager This individual has spent countless hours at the telescope capturing beautiful images of the celestial objects out there. His dedication is, in my mind, borderline crazy as he spends most clear nights at some dark sky site somewhere in Alberta in the middle of nowhere imaging, and then goes to work. I don’t know how he doesn’t fall asleep at his desk every day. There is no arguing with the results though. Such dedication easily shows in every stunning image he presents. He has shown his images at our meetings as well as to everyone at the Observer’s meeting every month. Everyone who has seen his images will agree with me that the Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging must be presented to Mike Noble.

Awards for 2008
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
Luca Vanzella

2008_astro_imager With the wealth of wonderful astrophotographers in the Edmonton Centre it is perhaps not surprising that the work of some of our members who do not put themselves forward might be missed. This member has shown a few of his photos in our meetings, but usually in tandem with other photographers so his personal achievement is underplayed. He specializes in lunar photography and solar events (eclipses and transits) as well as planetary conjunctions and atmospheric phenomena. Most of his photographs are not taken through a telescope and are wonderful examples of what can be done with just a camera and tripod (and in some cases some stitching software).

So it is my pleasure to award the Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Astrophotographer of the Year to Luca Vanzella.

Past Award Recipients
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
1979 to Present

The Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging was first awarded in 1979.

  • 2016 Franklin Loehde
  • 2015 Alister Ling
  • 2014 Not Awarded
  • 2013 Warren Finlay
  • 2012 Richard Bramm
  • 2011 Jay Lavender
  • 2010 Darryl Aitchison
  • 2009 Mike Noble
  • 2008 Luca Vanzella
  • 2007 Massimo Torri
  • 2006 Wayne Malkin
  • 2005 Sherry Campbell
  • 2004 Gerry van Dyk
  • 2003 Lance Taylor
  • 2002 George LaFluer
  • 2001 Murray Paulson
  • 2000 Not Awarded
  • 1999 Not Awarded
  • 1998 Ben Gendre
  • 1997 Mike Noble
  • 1996 Murray Paulson
  • 1995 Unknown
  • 1994 Ben Gendre
  • 1993 Murray Paulson
  • 1991 Alister Ling
  • 1990 David Roles
  • 1986 Alan Dyer
  • 1985 Bryce Heartwell
  • 1982 Bryce Heartwell
  • 1980 David Beale
  • 1979 David Belche