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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationManciano (Grosseto), Italia
EquipmentAstrotrac Canon 400D Baader modified with 135 mm Canon lens (f 2.8) 60 min= 30 frames\2 min
DateSeptember 3rd 6th 7th and 9th 2012
EquipmentQHY9M monochrome CCD Thomas M. Back TMB 92SS F5.5 APO Refractor Paramount GT-1100S German Equatorial Mount (with MKS 4000)
DescriptionThis is a Hubble Palette (HST) version of the Elephant Trunk Nebula with SII filter assigned to Red, H-Alpha filter assigned to Green and OIII filter assigned to the blue channel.
PhotographerKjell H. Winnem
DateSep 5 2012
EquipmentHomebuilt 10-inch Newtonian and mount in dome. Cam.:SXVR-H9 guided off-axis with DSI proII and PHD,GPUSB-interface to mount. Exp. with Astrodon 3nm:Ha 2x40m,SII 2x30m bin2x2,OIII 2x30m bin2x2.HST-palette. Processing:Nebulosity2 and PS CS3.
DescriptionNGC 6820 has its own "Pillars of Creation", composed of interstellar hydrogen gas and dust, which act as incubators for new stars.
LocationMidland Park, NJ
EquipmentMeade LX200R Losmany G11 Gemini SXVR-H18, SX Wheel, SX OAR, SX Guide Camera AstroDon 5nm Ha and AstroDon TrueBalance Gen II E Series RGB Filters
DescriptionNGC 7635, also called the Bubble Nebula, Sharpless 162, or Caldwell 11, is a H II region emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It lies close to the direction of the open cluster Messier 52. The "bubble" is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot, 8.7 magnitude young central star, SAO 20575 (BD+60 2522).The nebula is near a giant molecular cloud which contains the expansion of the bubble nebula while itself being excited by the hot central star, causing it to glow. It was discovered in 1787 by William Herschel.[
EquipmentFSQ106 EDX FLI PL16803 Paramount MX Astrodon 5nm HA 3nm OIII 3nm SII
DescriptionOver 20hrs of data in the veil area
LocationMount Tamalpias, Mill Valley, CA
Date16 Sep 2012, 1:00 AM - ish
EquipmentOrion Skyview Pro 8" Newtonian Skyview Pro Eq. Mount Nikon D5100 Guided w/PHD Orion Star Shoot Stacked with DSS Processing with Adobe CS6
DescriptionI've been struggling with deep sky imaging for a year now and finally got something decent by paying close attention to polar alignment. Instead of squinting at the polar alignment scope, I devised a new method: I pulled out the polar alignment scope and replaced it with a simple green laser pointer. Viola, polar alignment was easy. I did fine tune the alignment with the PA scope, but the adjustment was really minor. BTW, the latitude scale was way off on the Orion Sky View Mount. There was a 7 degree error! I'll be writing to Orion.
Date30th August 2012
EquipmentQHY9M monochrome CCD TMB 92SS F5.5 APO Refractor Paramount GT-1100S German Equatorial Mount (with MKS 4000)
DescriptionShot from my backyard observatory over 3 nights during August 2012 this is a Hubble Palette version of The Heart Nebula with SII filter assigned to Red, H-Alpha filter assigned to Green and OIII filter assigned to blue channel. Total Exposure 14.5 hours
EquipmentTakahashi 106 EDX FLI 16803 with Astrodon 5nm HA 3nm OIII and SII Paramount MX
DescriptionImage is 25hrs worth of data compiled in the Hubble colors consisting of North American and Pelican Nebula
LocationAustria near Vienna
Date2012-08-12 to 2012-08-15
EquipmentASA 10N,ALccd 6c,AP 1200GTO Exposure: 61 x 10 min Processing: AstroArt 4 and 5, Photoshop CS3
DescriptionVdB 141 Ghost Nebula in Cepheus
Date9/9/2012 1:00 am
EquipmentTarget: The Heart Nebula - IC1805 (HA-SII-HA-OIII/SBIG ST-8300M) Imaging Scope: Astro-Tech 8" Imaging Newtonian w/Baader Coma Corrector @ prime focus Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G (EQMOD) Imager: SBIG ST-8300M @ -10C below ambient w/Hutech IDAS filter Guiding: 2 second guide exposures using a SSAG through a Stellarvue SV66ED Software: acquisition - MaxIm DL 5, processing - CCDSoft 5, AstroArt & Adobe Photoshop Exposure Information: 18 x 10 minutes binned at 1x1 using a Baader 7nm Ha filter. 14 x 10 minutes binned at 1x1 for OIII, 14 x 10 minutes binned at 1x1 for SII. 7 Hours 40 minutes total exposure time. Mapped Red = SII, Green = Ha, Blue = OIII. Luminance = Ha. All exposures were dithered. Darks and Flats applied. Comments: Ha shot on 9/8/2012. SII and OIII shot on 9/9/2012.
DescriptionThe Heart Nebula's (IC1805) core in narrowband. SII/HA/OIII.
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