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Nebulae & Galaxies
EquipmentMount: ASA DDM60Pro Camera: FLI ML8300 @ -40C OTA : ASA N10 f/3.6 Astrograph Astrodon narrow band filters (Ha 5nm, SII 5nm, OIII 3nm) Filter Wheel: FLI CW2-7 Guide camera: Lodestar
DescriptionThe Elephant's Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust in the star cluster IC 1396 – an ionized gas region located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. The piece of the nebula shown above is the dark, dense globule IC 1396A; it is commonly called the Elephant's Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths, where there is a dark patch with a bright, sinuous rim. The bright rim is the surface of the dense cloud that is being illuminated and ionized by a very bright, massive star that is just to the west of IC 1396A. (In the Figure above, the massive star is just above the top of the image.) The entire IC 1396 region is ionized by the massive star, except for dense globules that can protect themselves from the star's harsh ultraviolet rays.
LocationValea Frumoasei, Romania
DateAugust 16th 2012
EquipmentCamera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Telescope: Skywatcher 80ED Exposure: 16 x 600s + 4 x 300s + 4 x 100s + 4 x 60s + 1 x 30s + 1 x 15s Aperture: 7.5 ISO: 800
DescriptionMy first serious try at the Andromeda Galaxy. Shot from a very dark site in the Carpathians.
LocationCarlyle Lake, IL
DateSeptember 22, 2012 12:30 - 2:00 AM
EquipmentOrion Atlas EQ Astro-Tech 106 Refractor Canon Rebel 450D (unmodified)
DescriptionImage of the Helix Nebula is 17 x 5 min exposures at ISO 400 with Canon 450D, AT106 on the Atlas. Manually guided with a AT65 piggybacked on the 106. Images stacked and calibrated (15 dark frames, 15 flat frames) with Maxim DL, processed with Photoshop CS5, Noise Ninja and GradientXTerminator. Image captured at Tamalco Boat Ramp on Carlyle Lake, in southern IL about 50 miles east of St. Louis, MO. Excellent dark site for the River Bend Astronomy Club. Thank you for your kind consideration.
EquipmentOrion 10-inch f/4.7 reflector using an SBIG ST-2000XM imager on a Losmandy G11 mount. Guiding using an Orion ST80 using an DSI Pro 2 imager.
DescriptionHubble palette image of NGC7635 with LRGB images used to colorize the stars. Exposures were 900s 1x1 binned for the SII, Ha, and OIII filters and 480s 1x1 binned for the L, 300s 2x2 binned for the R and G, and 480s 2x2 binned for the B. The exposures were captured using Nebulosity 2 and guiding using PHD. Image processing using AIP4WIN, DeepSkyStacker, Nebulosity 2, PhotoShop, and PixInsight LE.
PhotographerKjell H. Winnem
DateSep 5- 9 2012
EquipmentHomebuilt 10-inch f/4 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 3x40m,SII 6x30m bin2x2,OIII 4x30m bin 2x2.HST-palette. Proc.:Nebulosity2 and PS CS3.
DescriptionNGC 6820 has its own "Pillars of Creation", composed of interstellar gas and dust, which act as incubators for new stars.
LocationSaint Petersburg, Florida
Date7/29/2012 @ 10pm EST
EquipmentMeade 12in LX200GPS @ f6.7, AO-8, SBIG ST8-XME
DescriptionThe Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula approximately 1360 light years away. Captured on a rare, clear summer night and RGB combined with 80mins of integration for each channel.
EquipmentCamera: Mod Canon Xsi Mount: Orion Atlas Guider: orion SSAU and Orion 50mm mini guider Software:Caturing Backyard EOS Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Adobe Photoshop CS3
DescriptionThe interesting fact of this picture is the dark nebulosity around the Galaxy and the cluster. The nebulosity is difficult to capture with the equipment used. However, the picture was taken under superb sky conditions. 15x8min ISO 1600
LocationWarrumbungle Observatory, Australia
EquipmentApo TEC140 (140/f7.2) - FLI Proline 16803 - L (580m) R (90m) G (90m) B (90m)
DescriptionHome to some of the nearest molecular clouds, the constellation of Chamaeleon is filled with many dark nebula complexes. The Chamaeleon I complex is one of three large clouds found in this southern constellation and has an age of 2 million years. The distances of the three main clouds range from 520-580 light years and are also isolated from other major star forming complexes. The Chamaeleon I complex is a site of low mass star formation, which is characterised visually by various reflection nebulae including IC 2631 to the north and the blue nebula Ced 111 and the white reflection nebula Ced 110 to the south. The great obscuring mass of thick brown dust in the region absorbs the blue light of distant stars making them appear much redder than they actually are. This process of interstellar reddening also affects the light of distant galaxies in the line of sight, making them look less blue. Despite the copious amounts of dust, the Chamaeleon I complex is regarded by astronomers to impose only a moderate level of extinction on the background starfield in comparison with other dark nebulae. The Chamaeleon I complex is near the south celestial pole and is situated at the edge of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association. The cloud is illuminated by massive stars that belong to a subgroup of this OB association
DateAugust 24/25 and Sept 06,2012
EquipmentTEC 140 @f5.6, FLI ML8300 camera with Baader filters on a NJP Temma2 mount.
DescriptionIdentication of LDN 988 and environs. V1331 Cyg, a T Tauri star located in LDN 984. V1331 Cyg is known as a FU Orionis pre-outburst candidate. This star is embedded in a circumstellar bright nebulosity and is also surrounded by helix-shaped nebula originated from the star. Thanks to Bernhard Hubl for this information. 11 hour exposure taken with TEC 140 @f5.6 and FLI ML8300 camera. RGB each 2 hours (12x10m bin 1x1), Lum 5 hours (30x10m bin 1x1). Taken by Lynn Hilborn, WhistleStop Obs, Grafton, Ontario
LocationManciano (Grosseto), Italia
EquipmentAstrotrac Canon 400D Baader modified with 135 mm Canon lens (f 2.8) 60 min= 30 frames\2 min
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