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Nebulae & Galaxies
PhotographerHoward H Bower
Date8/16/2011-11pm to 2AM
EquipmentImage Telescope - Takahashi FSQ106ED @F/3.6 Image Camera - QSI583wsg Autoguider - SX Lodestar Mounting - AP Mach 1 GTO Software - Maxim DL v5 - Adobe Photoshop CS-3 - The Sky X
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 top center 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. This bi-color image represents three hours of exposure in Ha and Olll.
LocationFranklin, Tn., USA
DateAug. 20, 2011 at 10:00pm
EquipmentCaptured image with 8",f/4 newtonian and Canon 350 XT all on Celestron CI 700 GEM.
DescriptionImage show Barnard 91 and 303 as well as IC 1274 and IC 1275, NGC 6559 and GN 18.06.6.01.
EquipmentTakahashi Epsilon 180 and SBIG STL 4020
DescriptionThe iris nebula
DateJuly 30,31 and August1,2011
EquipmentTEC 140 @f7 and FLI ML8300 camera with Baader filters. Takahashi NJP mount with TEMMA2.
DescriptionThe Bubble nebula NGC 7635 in Hubble pallette SII,Ha,OIII. Total 9.5 hours... 3.5 hours Ha, 3 hours each of OII and SII all 30 min subs binned 1x1. TEC 140 @f7 and FLI ML8300 camera with Baader filters. Takahashi NJP mount TEMMA2. Taken by Lynn Hilborn, WhistleStop Obs, Grafton, Ontario
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
LocationHendersonville, TN, USA
DateJuly 11, 22, 23, 26 & 27, 2011
EquipmentTelescope: Stellarvue Raptor SVR105 @ f/7 Accessories: Stellarvue SFF7-21 flattener; Dew control by Dew Buster; Alnitak Flat-Man Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G controlled by EQMOD performance tuned by Astrotroniks (Ha); Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 (OIII, SII) Camera: QSI583wsg CCD @ -10.0C Guiding: Starlight Xpress Lodestar via PHD Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, OIII, SII Exposure: 12 x 20min. (Ha); 18 x 20min. (OIII); 18 x 20min. (SII) Acquisition: ImagesPlus 4.0c Camera Control Processing: Calibration, DDP in Images Plus v4.0; Registration in Registar Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5; Noise Ninja
DescriptionThe Elephant Trunk Nebula, IC1396A, is a region of concentrated interstellar gas and dust that lies in the ionized gas region of the star cluster IC1396, and is located about 2,400 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus. Other designations for this object are LBN 452 & vdB 142. The image seen here is shown in false-color using a "modified" Hubble palette as outlined by Bob Franke.
Date8-4-2011, 12:02 AM
EquipmentTEC 140 f/7, Canon 500D, 1600 ASA, 24X240 sec Guided with Lodestar on Orion OAG. AP 1200 mount.
DescriptionM16, the Eagle Nebula.
LocationJerrara Dam NSW Australia
EquipmentSbig ST-8300M and Williams Optics Megrez 120 at f7.5 Mount was NEQ6 Goto Mount
DescriptionThis image shows the Eagle Nebula and the pillars of Creation within. This area contains the birth of new stars that can be seen bursting forth from the dense clouds of nebula.
Date9/6 & 9/7/10
EquipmentTV 101 @ f/4.3, G-11, ST-8300 Baader Ha & OIII filters
DescriptionNorth American Nebula in Cygnus.
LocationPommier Oservatory, Portland, OR, USA
Date2011-07-02 07:57UT start of exposures
EquipmentTelescope/mount: Celestron Compustar C14 with 0.75x focal reducer (f/8). Camera: SBIG STL 11000M with Baader Planetarium filters. Exposures: LRGB=102:84:84:84=5hours:54minutes total exposure. Self-guided.
DescriptionM27 is a planetary nebula that lies about 1200 light-years from Earth and has a diameter of about 2.4 light-years. It's expansion rate indicates that the red giant that spawned it erupted between 3000 and 4000 years ago. The white dwarf remanant of the red giant is the small blue star at the center of the nebula. This image shows some of the subtle detail inside the nebula.
LocationIesa GR), Tuscany - Italy
EquipmentMount Vixen GP, modified EOS 40D on William Optics 80/555 TMB with reducer/flattenerW.O. tyoe III, 9x6 min shots. Calibration with 13 dark and 11 flat, elaboration with MaxIm DL and Photoshop; crop of the central frame, around the object
Descriptionthe northern Veil Nebula, NGC 6992, a supernova remnant in the Cygnus.