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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationPine Mountain Club-CA
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-1396 The Elephant Trunk
PhotographerEfrain Morales Rivera
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
EquipmentWO ED80II, P/B LX200ACF 12 in. OTA, CGE mount, ST2000xm, AO8, CFW9, Astronomik HaLRGB filter set. (Ha2hrs, G70min,B40min)
DescriptionIC4628, known as the Prawn Nebula and is also known as Gum 56. It is located in the curve of the tail of the constellation Scorpius.
Date24/25th July 2012
EquipmentQSI683 camera with William Optics FLT132.
DescriptionPart of the Veil Nebula (NGC6995) narrowband imaged (2 hours in total) in Ha, OIII and SII and then mapped to the CFHT (Canada France Hawaii Telescope) colour palette.
EquipmentGSO Newtonian 8" - Canon EOS 50D modified - EQ5 SinScan - Orion SkyGlow Imaging Filter - GSO Coma Corector
DescriptionISO: 3200 F: 4 Exposure: 3 min
DateJuly 13-14, 2012 approximately 11pm-1am
EquipmentI used a modified Canon 300d with a Canon EF 28-70mm lens at 50mm f/5.6 mounted on a homemade, motorized barn door tracker. I took 53 exposures of 1 min 35 sec each for a total exposure time of 1 hr and 24 minutes.
DescriptionThis shows just north of the Milky Way's center, which is littered with dust and dark nebulae. It also exhibits several emission nebulae and open star clusters.
LocationBlair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA
EquipmentScope: FSQ-106N at f/5, Camera: ST8300M (Baader LRGB filters) Exposure: 12 x 10 minutes (1x1) UV/IR Block, and 10 x 4 minute (2x2) RGB Exposures Mount - Losmady G11/Gemini
DescriptionThe Witchhead Nebula is a complex of dust and gas forming a reflection nebula from the light of the star Rigel which is not in this image field but just off to the lower left. In this orientation, the Witchhead is inverted with the witch's knobby chin in the upper left. Some bluish flare from the very bright Rigel can be seen in the lower left of this image. The Witchhead is a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth.
Locational-salmy desert north kuwait
DateDate 3-5-2009 Time 2:30am
Equipmentlense 300 mm f 2.8 canone camera 10d 2mX12 iso 800 no filter with lxd75 mead mount.
DescriptionPhotography in the desert al-salmi good location away from the homely 170km Thank you Bader
LocationCabin in the Sky Observatory, South Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada
DateApril 20-22 2012
EquipmentTelescope: PlaneWave Instruments CDK17, with a focal reducer at f/4.5. Mount: Paramount ME. Camera: SBIG STL-4020M. Image capture: TheSkyX, MaxIm DL, and FocusMax. Exposures: 8 hours total, 240 minutes luminance (unbinned), and 80 minutes in each of red, green and blue (2x2 binning). Ten-minute subframes in all channels. Image scale: 22' on the longest side, 0.78" unbinned pixel size. Image Processing: PixInsight with CCDInspector.
DescriptionThis is galaxy season, and for my first opportunity to go hunting this year, I went after M109, because of the big bar that anchors its spiral arms! Is this the best of the barred spirals, for both brightness and the prominence of the bar? Either way, it's a fascinating object!
LocationLeyburn, Queensland, Australia
Date2 am, 22-Apr-2012
Equipment19x 181 sec (57 mins total), f/2.8, ISO 800 subs taken with a stock Canon 5DmkII + 24 mm f/1.4L II mounted on an Astrotrac equatorial mount.
DescriptionImaging during a night of heavy fog resulted in this dreamy image of the galactic centre of the Milky Way. The constellations Scorpius, Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, and Corona Australis are prominently featured due to their abnormally large star halos due to the fog.
LocationMorristown, NJ USA
Date4/13 - 4/16/2012
EquipmentImaging CCD: QSI 540 WSG Guiding CCD: SX Lodestar Imaging Scope: Meade 10" LX200R at f/6.7 Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha,LRGB
DescriptionM51 or the Whirlpool Galaxy in Canis Venatici may be the most famous of interacting galaxies. The larger galaxy NGC 5194 seems about to canabalize NGC 5195. The active star forming knots in the arms of NGC 5194 are brought out by exposure through a hydrogen alpha filter.