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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationChino Valley, AZ 86323
Date11/13/2012 to 1/5/2013
EquipmentTelescope or Lens Use: Takahashi FSQ – 106ED Mount: Losmandy G11 Aperture: 106 mm Focal Ratio:F/5 Camera:SBIG STF – 8300 Filters: AstroDon SII, Ha & OIII Exposure Time (s) SII 330 min. (22 x 15 min.) Ha 330 min. (22 x 15 min.) OIII 495 min. (33 x 15 min.)
DescriptionNorth is to the top. The soul nebula, (sh2-199, LBN 667) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula is about 6000 light-years from Earth. The image was created using the Hubble color palette, with SII, Ha and OIII data mapped to red, green and blue respectively. Adjustments to the color channel levels creates the popular turquoise and gold motif.
LocationRancho Hidalgo, NM
DateNovember 12, 2012 - February 4, 2013
EquipmentTelescope: TEC-140 (F7) Camera: SBIG ST-8300M Mount: AP900 GTO Luminance: 25x20 minutes Red: 12x15 minutes Green: 9x15 minutes Blue: 12x15 minutes
DescriptionThis is an image of NGC1977, also known as the Running Man Nebula. This is a reflection nebula about 1500 light years away in the constellation Orion. It is about 1/2 a degree north of the Orion Nebula. IN fact the bottom part of the image is the extreme northern part of the Orion Nebula.
LocationCedar City, Utah
DateFeb. 4, 2013
EquipmentCamera: Canon 1000d (Hap Griffen mod) ISO 800 Scope: Stellarvue SVR90T w/ 2" ATFF Mount: Losmandy GM8 G2, Orion SSAG autoguided FL: 630mm @ f/7, full frame no crop Exposure: 160 minutes total integration time. 32x5 minute lights, 10 darks, 15 flats, 11 bias
DescriptionThe emission nebula NGC 1499 fills the frame. This large HII region stretches more than four times the size of the full moon. Layered Contrast Stretching (LCS) techniques as described in S&T's June 2011 issue were used in processing the final image.
DateNov 2012 to Feb 2013
EquipmentOrion 10-inch f/4.7 reflector using a SBIG ST-2000XM imager on a Losmandy G11 mount. Guiding using an Orion ST-80 with a DSI Pro 2 imager. Exposures captured using Nebulosity 2 and guiding using PHD.
DescriptionA six section mosaic using 10 minute 2x2 binned exposures using Ha and OIII filters. The Ha image was used for the red, the OIII image for the blue, and a combination of 30% Ha and 70% OIII for the green. Processing using AIP4WIN, DeepSkyStacker, Nebulosity 2, PhotoShop, and AutoPano Pro.
EquipmentTelescope: Takahashi FSQ 85 Camera: Atik 4000 M Mount: Celestron CGEM
Description- 6h30: 37x10min - bin1 - Ha Astrodon 3nm - 2h00: 12x10min - bin1 - SII Baader 8nm - 2h00: 12x10min - bin1 - OIII Baader 8nm Total: 10h30.
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.