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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationRnacho Hidalgo, NM
DateJune 3 and 5, 2011
EquipmentTelescope: TEC-140 (F7) Camera: SBIG ST-8300M Mount: AP900 GTO Luminance: 12x10 minutes Red: 6x10 minutes Green: 6x10 minutes Blue: 6x10 minutes
DescriptionHere is a picture of M63, also known as the Sunflower Galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. The Sunflower Galaxy is about 37 million light years away and has a diameter of 100,000 light years, about the same as our Milky Way galaxy.
LocationRancho Hidalgo, NM
DateMay 28 - June 1, 2011
EquipmentTelescope: TEC-140 (F7) Camera: SBIG ST-8300M Mount: AP900 GTO Luminance: 15x10 minutes Red: 6x10 minutes Green: 6x10 minutes Blue: 6x10 minutes
DescriptionHere is a picture of M64, also known as the Black Eye Galaxy and the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy. It is a spiral galaxy about 20 million light years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. It is about 45,000 light years in diameter, and the inner part of the galaxy (about 3000 light years in diameter) is rotating in the opposite direction from the outer part of the galaxy (about 40,000 light years in diameter).
PhotographerNiels V. Christensen
EquipmentWO FLT-110 and Canon 20Da. LX200ACF 16" and SBIG ST-8XME.
DescriptionReprocessed picture of M1, a 150% size cropped widefield picture. First submission was this one, http://media.skyandtelescope.com/images/M1_Center-crop_new_NC-LCEnh-MSS_USM-crop-frame_web.jpg
EquipmentTEC 140 @f7 and FLI ML8300 camera with Baader filters. Mount is a Tak NJP with Temma2.
DescriptionYoung star forming region and reflection nebula contrasted against dust clouds of the Milky Way. Also seen are small compact emission clouds (Herbig-Haro objects) commonly seen in star forming regions.
LocationDuluth, MN USA
DateAugust 12, 2010 2:30 AM CDT
EquipmentAP 130 EDFGT with AP Field Flattener, LPS Filter, f/6.3 Astrohutech modified Canon 50D, ISO 800, 29 x 3min Losmandy G11, guided with Orion SSAG, 50mm f/5 guidescope Processed with IP v3.80, CS4, Neat Image
DescriptionOne of the finest planetary nebulae in the sky!
EquipmentEpsilon 180/STL 4020
PhotographerEfrain Morales Rivera
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
EquipmentLX200ACF 12 in. OTA, CGE mount, F6.3, ST2000xm Ccd, AO8, CFW9, Astronomik Ha,L,R,G,B filterset.
DescriptionThis image of the Prawn Nebula only shows part (high mag.) of this massive emission nebula located in the tail end of Scorpius.
LocationPommier Observatory, Portland, OR, USA
Date2011-06-04 to 2011-06-20
EquipmentTelescope/mount: Celestron Compustar C14 with 0.75x focal reducer (f/8). Camera: SBIG STL 11000M with Baader Planetarium filters. Exposures: LRGB=152:48:48:52=5:00hours total exposure. Self-guided.
DescriptionM63 is a class Sb spiral galaxy. Unlike grand design Sb galaxies with 2 spiral arms, M63 is of the rarer "flocculent" design with arms that cannot be traced. This design is characterized by a sharp drop off in brightness between core and arms, making it difficult for imagers to portray both regions simultaneously. The sigmoid whisp below the bright star at upper right is irregular galaxy UGCA 342 which may be a satellite analagous to one of our Magellanic clouds. Numerous faint background galaxies are visible, including an edge-on spiral which is reddened by M63's intervening dust.
LocationCherry Springs Park, PA
EquipmentCelestron NS11/Hyperstar 3 at f/2, QHY10 CCD. And NO light pollution!
DescriptionThis picture is taken in Cherry Springs Park in rural PA on 04/07. I love Pinwheel, it is large (twice as our own Galaxy!) and somewhat challenging to image. Exposure time - 115min. See my other image for identification of the brighter regions.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
LocationHendersonville, TN, USA
DateJune 30, July 2 & 9, 2011
EquipmentTelescope: Stellarvue Raptor SVR105 @ f/7 Accessories: Stellarvue SFF7-21 flattener; Dew control by Dew Buster Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G controlled by EQMOD performance tuned by Astrotroniks Camera: QSI583wsg CCD @ -10.0C Guiding: Starlight Xpress Lodestar via PHD Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, OIII, SII Exposure: 12 x 20min. OIII & SII, 11 x 20min. Ha Acquisition: ImagesPlus 4.0c Camera Control Processing: Calibration, DDP in Images Plus v4.0; Registration in Registar Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5; Hubble palette R=SII, G=Ha, B=OIII Date(s): June 30, 2011, July 2, 2011 & July 9, 2011 SQM reading (begin - end): N1:19.21-19.20; N2:19.00-clouds; N3:18.84-19.14 Temperature (begin - end): N1:76.8ºF-68.5ºF; N2:78.8ºF-73.8Fº; N3:78.3ºF-71.6Fº
DescriptionThis image of NGC 6992 - The Eastern Veil is our first image that we've processed using the HST palette. We used the standard mapping of SII = red, H-alpha = green, & OIII = blue. We just tried to have fun with it and adjusted the colors to what looked "pretty" to our eyes.