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Nebulae & Galaxies
Date03 februar 2014
Equipment40,6 cm newton, Canon 550D, Baader filter, TS coma corrector
DescriptionM82 with Supernova 2014J on February 3, 2014. 4 hours of exposure.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
LocationHendersonville, TN, USA
DateDecember 24, 26, & 31, 2013
EquipmentTelescope: Stellarvue SV80S Apo @ f/6 Accessories: Stellarvue SFF3 flattener; Dew control by Dew Buster; Alnitak Flat-Man Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Camera: QSI583wsg CCD @ -20.0C Guiding: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Filters: Astrodon 5nm H-alpha Exposure: 10 x 1sec., 10 x 10sec., 10 x 60sec., 10 x 300sec., 10 x 20min. binned 1x1 in H-alpha; 10 x 5sec., 10 x 15sec., 10 x 30sec., 10 x 60sec. binned 1x1 in each R, G, & B Acquisition: The SkyX Professional Processing: PixInsight 1.8
DescriptionThe Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula located in the constellation of Orion, the hunter. This nebula is one of the brightest and is naked-eye visible in the night sky. It is seen as the middle "star" of the three in the sword of Orion, just south of Orion's belt. It lies at a distance of around 1,344 (+/-20) light years away and is the closest region of massive star formation to planet Earth.
Date9:50 pm on 2/17/2014
EquipmentShot through a Canon T1i at prime focus on a 10 inch Celestron Newtonian reflector; one single frame, 10 second exposure at 3200 ISO; post processing in Adobe Elements 10.
Descriptionwide field shot of M 82 and M 81 with an exploded box view of M 82 showing the supernova.
Photographerbader al ameera
Locationstat of kuwait
EquipmentStellarvue SV102ED telescope wthe CGEM muont and camera canon 10D mod 30sX70 iso 800
DescriptionThe picture was taken in the Kuwait desert
LocationPommier Observatory, Portland, Oregon, USA
Date2012-10-06 through 2013-10-10
EquipmentTelescope/Mount: Celestron Compustar C14 with Astrophysics 0.75x focal reducer (f/8.3). Camera: SBIG STL 11000M with Baader Planetarium H-alpha, R, G, and B filters. Exposures: H-alpha:R:G:B=420:80:80:80=11 hours total exposure.
DescriptionThe Horsehead is backlit by the emission nebula IC 434, which glows by ionization from the nearby hot blue star Sigma Orionis. Solar Winds from it are pushing the nebula outward causing both the striations and the billowing shock front where it is being compressed against the dark molecular cloud, of which the Horsehead is a persistent protrusion wherein new stars are forming. While it is one of the most iconic nebulae in astronomy, the Horsehead is elusive to photograph and display with image processing because the regions of the base of the horse's neck are only 0.02% brighter than the the average background sky values. Despite these feeble differences, the neck of the Horsehead can actually be seen to cast a shadow to the lower left across that region. Other examples of light and shadow can also be seen. The Horsehead Nebula lies approximately 1500 light-years from Earth.
LocationChino Valley, AZ
Date5/31/2013 to 7/9/2013
EquipmentTelescope or Lens Use: Takahashi FSQ-106ED Mount: Losmandy G11 Aperture: 4.0" Focal Ratio: F/5 Camera: SBIG STF-8300 Filters: Baader LRGB Exposure Time (s) Lum 405 min. (27 x 15 min.) Red 105 min. ( 7 x 15 min.) Green 135 min. ( 9 x 15 min.) Blue 165 min. (11 x 15 min.)
DescriptionBeverly Lynds Bright Nebula (LBN) 406 is a very faint Molecular Cloud in the constellation Draco. On her brightness scale of 1 to 6, Lynds classified this nebula as a barely visible, 1. The stellar winds have created some interesting shapes. This area is often called The Laughing Skull Nebula.
PhotographerAndre van der Hoeven / Michael van Doorn
LocationHendrik-Ido-Ambacht/Almere, The Netherlands
EquipmentTEC-140 / QSI583ws: Luminance 13h (77×10 min) / RGB 3,5 h Hyperstar C11 / SXVR-H18: RGB 1,5h (45×2 min) / Ha 1,75 h (21×5 min)
DescriptionRecently there was a supernova in M82, the Cigar galaxy. Last 2 nights I could image this supernova together with the ‘sister’ galaxy of M82, which is M81, aka Bode’s galaxy. Michael van Doorn also made images of the same area with his Hyperstar including a lot of H-alpha data. Michael shared his data and I combined this with my own imagery.
DateJanuary 3, 2014
EquipmentPHOTO DETAILS: photographed on January 3, 2014 and includes 14 x 60 second exposures and 5 x 90 second exposures (total 21.5 minutes). A Canon T4i and Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens at ISO 800 were used. The camera was mounted on a ZEQ25GT mount from iOptron. Photo's were stacked in ImagesPlus and final editing done in Corel PaintshopPro X6 and X5.
DescriptionMessier 108 (also known as NGC 3556) is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. From the perspective of the Earth, this galaxy is seen almost edge-on. This galaxy is a member of the Ursa Major Cluster of galaxies in the Virgo supercluster. Messier 97 (also known as NGC 3587) ~ The Owl Nebula is a planetary nebula located some 2,030 light years away in the constellation Ursa Major. Brightest star in this field of view is magnitude 6.62 (HIP54765).
Locationcastaño del robledo, huelva, spain
EquipmentCanon 1100D Star tracker (based on Gary Seronik's model featured in S&T)
DescriptionAndromeda Galaxy Focal distance 135mm iso3200 aperture F2,8 average of 8 shots of 30s processed with Pixinsight
LocationMattituck, NY, United States
Date02-02-2014, 2:30 to 4:00 AM
EquipmentM81-M82-SN2014J_NGC_02-08-2014_Photo_Info: 2:30 to 4:00 AM, February 8th, 2014. Air temp 21 degrees F Seeing: 3/5; Transparency: 4/5 Occasional Cirrus clouds passing by - Camera: Canon EOS T3 - Scope: Orion 80mm f/5 (400mm focal length) "short Tube" achromatic refractor (with a 9x50 finderscope to find and center object) - Mount: A Celestron CG5/CGEM (No computer or guidescope capability). - Total of 48, 60-second long exposures, ISO 1600 (1/4 max for that camera). - 6 dark frames, 6 bias frame (at 1/4000th sec - fastest for camera), 2 flats. Canon Digital Photo Professional to convert all the Raw files into 16 bit TIFF files. Loaded the light, dark, bias and flat TIFF files into Deep Sky Stacker. It took 40 of the 48 light frames, registered and stacked them. Some post-processing using Digital Photo Professional and cropped and reduced size for E-mail
DescriptionThis is a photo of the galaxy pair, M81-M82. M82 had the light from a Type 1A supernova reach earth a few weeks ago. Although not an award winning photo, it was done with a $99 refractor, the "family" DSLR, and on an older tracking mount that has no guide-scope or GOTO capability. :)
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