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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationPommier Observatory, Portland, OR, USA
Date2012-05-09 through 2012-05-14
EquipmentTelescope/Mount: Celestron Compustar C14 with 0.75x Astrophysics focal reducer (f/8.3). Camera: SBIG STL11000M with Baader Planetarium L,R,G,B filters.
DescriptionM101 imaged in May of 2012 shows that the supernova PTF11kly is still glowing. The supernova can be seen along the 5 o'clock radial from the core, about 3/4 the distance from the core to galaxy's edge, It appears distinctly blue in color. The supernova was a Type Ia discovered on 2011-08-24 by the Palomar Transient Factory. It peaked at magnitude 9.9 in mid September, 2011. Imaging it last summer and fall was not possible because my view of it from my observatory dome was blocked. Reports indicated it dropped to magnitude 13 by November. I was delighted to see it still glowing when the Oregon weather cleared in May with the galaxy high in the sky for imaging.
EquipmentAtik 314L+ camera, GSO 8"RC telescope with AT063 focal reducer on a Losmandy G11 Gemini. Astronomik H alpha and OIII narrowband filters 26 hours total exposure
DescriptionThe outer halo can be clearly seen in this image of the beautiful planetary Messier 27
DateLate August 2012
EquipmentSTL 4020, Astrodon 3nm SII, OIII and Ha filters, Takahahsi Epsilon 180
DescriptionClear skies in MI this August allowed for mosaic image
LocationBrallo di Pregola
Dateend august 2012
EquipmentRC-14” F/8,4 SBIG STX 16803 LRGB Filters Baader LHaRGB Mount: Gemini Telescope Design - MOFOD Fork Mount
DescriptionM31 - Great Galaxy in Adromeda: central part LHa-RHa:G:B HDR composition of the Central Part of M31 Galaxy in Adromeda.
LocationSouth Okanagan region of British Columbia
DateFrom July 24 to August 25
EquipmentTelescope: PlaneWave Instruments CDK17 Camera: Apogee U16M camera Filters: Astrodon LRGB and 3-nm Ha Mount: Paramount ME Guide Camera: Starlight Xpress Lodestar
DescriptionNGC6914 is a tangle of nebulae and stars in the heart of Cygnus. A brilliant blanket of red emission nebulae encompasses an intricate web of reflection nebulae of varying shades of blue, with the field shot through by stars of many vivid colours. Towards the middle of the frame the blue nebula fades gradually in colour and intensity, giving way to very dark clouds in an apparent transition that seems almost unique in the sky! This is downsampled X4 from the (slightly cropped) 16 Megapixel original posted here [URL]http://www.sfu.ca/~trottier/Observatory/Blogs/Resources/CITSO_NGC6914_Summer_2012.jpg[/URL].
LocationWhistleStop Obs, Grafton,Ontario
EquipmentModded Canon 60D with 200mm 2.8 lens at f4.0. ISO 800. EQ6 mount with SSAG on 50mm finder
DescriptionRho Antares region with M4. 32 exposures 5 minutes each. Object reaches only 19 degrees. Shot across Lake Ontario, at Grafton, Ontario.
DateSep 29 - Dec 31 2011
EquipmentMount: ASA DDM60 Camera: FLI ML8300 OTA: ASA N10 Astrograph @ f3.6 Astrodon narrow band filters (Ha: 5nm, SII: 5nm, OIII: 3nm)
DescriptionThe nebula surrounds, and partly obscures, a young cluster of stars (NGC 1893) and of course the tadpoles (above and left to the center). Partly obscured by foreground dust, the nebula itself surrounds NGC 1893, a young galactic cluster of stars that energizes the glowing gas. The tadpoles are around 10 light-years long and might house ongoing star formation. IC410 lies some 12,000 light-years away, toward the constellation Auriga. Due to bad weather during last fall it took some time to get all the subs. The last of them was taken during new years eve, where a pause had to be taken around midnight for all the fire works to settle.
EquipmentAT8RC w/ AP-CCDT67 reducer Losmandy G11 w/ Gemini2 Canon 500D Baader modified + CP30T-EOS Cooled Autoguiding w/ OAG and SX Lodestar
DescriptionThe Trifid Nebula (Messier 20) in Sagittarius.
Date10 pm, 2012-07-30
EquipmentColor frames -- Celestron Edge HD 8 w/ modified Canon Xsi. Narrowband frames -- Celestron NexStar 6SE @ f6.3 w/ Atik 320E mono; SX Filter Wheel; Orion H-alpha, and OIII filters. Losmandy G11; off-axis guiding w/ Starlight Xpress CoStar. Custom software plus Photoshop CS5.
DescriptionImaging fun from my light-polluted backyard. 25x5 min Canon full frames @ 1600 ISO; 6x10 H-alpha and 6x10 OIII Atik frames binned 2x2.
LocationPine Mountain Club
DateJuly 25th Midnight
EquipmentCamera(s) Used or in Photo: SBIG ST-8300 COLOR Telescope(s) Used or in Photo: ORION PREMIUM 110MM APO REFRACTOR Mount(s) Used or in Photo: CELESTRON CGEM Other Equipment Used or in Photo: ORION STARSHOOT AUTOGUIDER/ORION SHORT TUBE Exposure: 15X10 MINUTES Processing: CCDSTACK-PHD-PHOTOSHOP CS4
DescriptionIC 5070 The Pelican Nebula