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Nebulae & Galaxies
EquipmentTelescope- Orion ED102T CF w/Sirius GOTO mount Camera-QHY9M
Description12 frame mosaic consisting of 3-20 minute frames of Hydrogen- Alpha(Ha) per frame for a total of 12 hours Ha. Images were taken over the course of 5 nights Jan 7,8,18,19,20 2013. The Ha is the base of the image and M42 and the Horsehead are from previous images blended in. M42 the Orion Nebula Image taken with QHY9M & Orion ED102CF refractor 10/21/2012,10/22/2012, 11/10/2012 & 11/18/2012 R-3x10min 1x20min G-3x10min 4x20min B-3x10min 4x20min Horsehead Nebula 4/16/2012 Canon T3i:(2h 08m) 51 pictures 4x60 sec,37 x120 sec,10 x300 sec @ iso1600 Canon T3 w/Ha filter (1h 25m) 11 pictures 5x300,6x600 @iso 400 Total integration 19hrs 33 minutes
LocationEast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
DateJan. 4th 2013
EquipmentCamera: Pentax K5 IIs Telescope: Orion 8" Astrograph Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Guiding camera: Orion Autoguider Guiding Software: PHD Guiding Exposures: 4 x 480s Exposures @ ISO 400 9 x 300s Exposures @ ISO 400 No Flats, or Darks used. Stacking Software: PixInsight
DescriptionIC 434, NGC 2024 - Flame Nebula, Alnitak - constellation star of Orion's Belt, NGC 2023, Barnard 33 - Horsehead Nebula and σ Ori - HIP 26549 A.
LocationRancho Hidalgo, NM
DateJanuary 15-23, 2013
EquipmentTelescope: TEC-140 (F7) Camera: SBIG ST-8300M Mount: AP900 GTO Luminance: 23x20 minutes Red: 7x15 minutes Green: 8x15 minutes Blue: 8x15 minutes
DescriptionThis is an image of M82, also known as the Cigar Galaxy. This is what is known as a starburst galaxy and is about 12 million light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major. A starburst galaxy is one in which the rate of star formation is over ten times the rate in our Milky Way galaxy. The plumes of flame like hydrogen gas blasting out from its central region are a result of intense star formation. This intense star formation is thought to have been brought about by an earlier interaction with its nearby neighbor M81.
Location3RF Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus
Date1/19/2013 10PM CST
EquipmentVivitar 100mm f/2.8 portrait lens (Pentax M42 type) QHY8Pro CCD camera iOptron iEQ45 mount 23X300 seconds
DescriptionLarge widefield area showing M42, Barnard's loop, IC434, NGC 2024, M78,and more in the belt and sword region of Orion.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
LocationHendersonville, TN, USA
DateJanuary 3, 4, 6 & 7, 2013
EquipmentTelescope: Stellarvue Raptor SVR105 @ f/7 Accessories: Stellarvue SFF7-21 flattener; Dew control by Dew Buster; Alnitak Flat-Man; Aurora flat panel Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Camera: QSI583wsg CCD @ -10.0C Guiding: Starlight Xpress Lodestar via PHD Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha/OIII/SII Exposure: 12 x 20min. (Ha); 12 x 20min. (OIII); 12 x 20min. (SII) Acquisition: ImagesPlus Camera Control v5 Processing: Calibration, DDP in Images Plus v5; Registration in Registar Post-processing: ImagesPlus 5; Adobe Photoshop CS5; Gradient XTerminator; Noel Carboni's Actions, HLVG
DescriptionThe Rosette Nebula is a large H-II region located in the Monoceros region of our own Milky Way Galaxy. It has an apparent magnitude of 9.0 and lies about 5,200 light-years away. This nebula spans about 130 light-years across. At the center of the nebula lies open cluster NGC 2244 (Caldwell 50), which was born from the Rosette's nebulosity around 4 million years ago, and was discovered by William Herschel in 1784. It is believed that the stellar winds from the cluster are blowing away nebulous matter which is creating the hole in the center of the nebula.
DateJan. 12, 13, 14, 2013
EquipmentScope: TEC160FL @ f/7 Camera: STL-11000M with Astrodon LRGB filters (Gen II) Mount: AP900 Lum: 18x15m(1x1); RGB: 23x10m each(2x2). (total 16h) Processed with CCDStack2+ and Photoshop CS3
DescriptionNGC2068 (aka M78) Reflection Nebula in Orion accompanied by NGC 2071. Just right of M78 is variable McNeil’s Nebula.
DateImaged December 19, 2012, January 9 and January 10, 2013
EquipmentOrion 80mm EON Orion 50mm guide scope with SSAG QSI 683ws Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II 7nm Baader Ha filter
DescriptionIC 405 the Flaming Star nebula is an emission and a reflection nebula located in the constellation of Auriga about 1,500 light years away. The central blue region is from light reflecting off of dust granules from the nearby star AE Auriga. Imaged December 19, 2012, January 9 and January 10, 2013 from Ocala, Florida. RGB data: 6 minute exposure (each channel) stacked in DSS for a total of 3 hours Ha data: 15minute exposure stacked in DSS for a total of 4 hours.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
LocationHendersonville, TN, USA
DateNovember 25, December 11, 12 & 13, 2012
EquipmentTelescope: Celestron 8” EdgeHD @ f/10 Accessories: Dew control by Dew Buster Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Camera: QSI583wsg CCD @ -10.0C Guiding: Starlight Xpress Lodestar via PHD Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, OIII, SII Exposure: 8 x 30min.(Ha); 8 x 30min.(OIII); 8 x 30min.(SII); all frames binned 1x1 Acquisition: ImagesPlus Camera Control v5.0 Processing: Calibration, DDP in ImagesPlus 5.0; Registration in RegiStar Post-processing: ImagesPlus 5.0; Adobe Photoshop CS5; Gradient Xterminator, Noise Ninja
DescriptionThe Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant that has an apparent magnitude of 8.4 and lies about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. Corresponding to a bright supernova recorded by Arab, Chinese and Japanese astronomers in 1054, this nebula was observed by John Bevis in 1731 and was recorded as the first Messier object catalogued in 1758. Some catalogue designations for the Crab Nebula are M1 (Messier 1), NGC 1952, Taurus A, Sharpless 244 (Sh2-244) and LBN 833.
PhotographerBader Al Ameera
Locational-salmy desert north kuwait
Date1: 40 AM -28-11-2011
Equipmentlense 300 mm f 2.8 canone camera 10d canon mod 2X18 with lxd75 mead mount.
DescriptionThe picture was taken in the Kuwait desert
LocationRural British Columbia, Canada
DateBetween August 15 and October 7 2012
EquipmentTelescope: PlaneWave Instruments CDK17. Camera: Apogee U16M with FW50 10-position filter wheel. Mount: Paramount ME. Total exposure: 12.5 hours: L=350 minutes (1X1), R=130m, G=110m, B=160m (all 2x2), Subs=10m. Filters: Astrodon LRGB E-Series. Image capture: ACP, TheSkyX, MaxIm DL and Focusmax. Image processing: PixInsight and CCDInspector.
DescriptionThis field of view in Cepheus features a beautiful pairing of the reflection nebula NGC7129, and the star cluster NGC7142 in the bottom left corner. The uploaded image is downsampled X4: the full resolution version is available at the listed Web Address. Now, this will be a bit of a stretch (astro-imager pun intended!), but could the reflection nebula be seen as the King's Crown, and the rich star field as the Crown Jewels ;)?
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