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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationRancho Hidalgo, NM
DateMay 13-27, 2012
EquipmentTelescope: TEC-140 (F7) Camera: SBIG ST-8300M Mount: AP900 GTO Luminance: 18x20 minutes (binned 1x1) Red: 8x15 minutes (binned 2x2) Green: 8x15 minutes (binned 2x2) Blue: 8x15 minutes (binned 2x2)
DescriptionThis is an iimage of NGC5426 and NGC5427, a pair of interacting spiral galaxies about 90 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo.
LocationVirginia Beach, VA, USA
Date16, 17, 18, June 2012
EquipmentCamera: QSI-583ws, Filter: Astrodon 5nm Ha Telescope: Televue NP-101 refractor, Mount: Losmandy G11 Guidescope: Stellarvue SV80/9D on Robin Casady TGAD Auto-Guider Camera: Orion StarShoot with PHD software Processing software: MaximDL and Photoshop
DescriptionNorth America Nebula (NGC 7000) and Pelican Nebula (IC 5070). The image is a 3-tile mosaic taken on 3 consecutive nights. Each tile is a stack of 8x15-minutes exposures. They were taken within the city, and under a hazy sky that was awash with urban light pollution. Under such conditions the narrowband Ha filter is a “must have” item.
LocationDutch John UT
DateJune 13, 2012
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ106edxiii FLI Microline 11002OSC CGEM Mount 9X20min Dark Flat Bias calibrated
DescriptionThe Cave Nebula (Sh2-155, Caldwell 9) Also in the Field is LDN 1225,1224,1218,1216 and 1212 The Cave is a large nebula complex containing emission, reflection, and dark nebulosity. It is located in the constellation Cepheus.
Equipmentscope:william optics FLT110DDG vs flattener4 camera:canon 40D modified mount:sky-watcher NEQ6 pro guiding systems:orion starshoot autoguider on 70/900 achro exposure:8*5min total 40min iso:1000
DescriptionThe Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is catalogued as IC 4703. This region of active current star formation is about 6,500 light-years distant. The tower of gas that can be seen coming off the nebula is approximately 57 trillion miles (97 trillion km) high. The brightest star in the nebula has an apparent magnitude of +8.24, easily visible with good binoculars.
PhotographerMarian Lucian Achim
LocationTargu Jiu, Gorj, Romania
EquipmentOptics: Equionx 120ED @ f/6 (TV 0,8X Barlow) Mount: NEQ6 PRO CCD ATIK 314L+ Baader NB filter: Ha, OIII, SII Guiding: Finderscope + QHY IMG0H + MaximDL Procesing: MaximDL, PIX, Photoshop
DescriptionThis is an emission nebula in the constellation Casiopeea The nebula is near a giant molecular cloud which contains the expansion of the bubble nebula while itself being excited by the hot central star, causing it to glow.
Equipment5exps@300s.rgb,2x2-5C+-15C email@example.com,1x1-5C+-15C C8,6.3FR,st8300m Neb3,CCDStk,CS4
DescriptionFirst pic from my new observatory.
Date1/31/2012 at 7pm
EquipmentCelestron 11 edge hd with hyperstar lens at F2. Scope is on a CGEM mount. Camera used was a QSI 583cs single shot color cooled to -20 deg centigrade. Focusmax was used along with a feather touch electronic focuser.
DescriptionFlame nebula and horsehead dark nebula is shown. Flame nebula is near the star Alnitak in Orions belt.
EquipmentOrion 10-inch f/4.7 reflector, SBIG ST2000XM, on a Losmandy G11 mount. Guide scope a Orion ST80 with a DSI Pro 2 imager.
DescriptionLRGB image of M109 using 24 600s 1x1 binned L, 14 360s 2x2 binned R, 14 360s 2x2 binned G, and 12 600s 2x2 binned B exposures. The streak through the image on the left is a diffraction spike caused by the bright star Gamma Ursa Major. Exposures captured using Nebulosity 2 and guiding using PHD. Images processed using AIP4WIN, DDS, Nebulosity 2, PixInsight LE, and PhotoShop.
LocationSt-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Québec, Canada
DateMay 20 + 23, 2012
EquipmentCelestron 9.25 working at F/6.3 , SBIG ST2000XM camera, IDAS LPS2 filter, Custom Scientific LRGB filters. 29 x 10 minutes luminance at 1x1 bin, 12:6:12 x 10 min RGB at 2x2 bin.
DescriptionFor long I was afraid of Messier 64 with its strong "eye" and its misty arms. In my light-polluted skies (red zone) I am fighting against heavy light pollution. 4h50 luminance under steady skies (20 May) and 5 h RGB (23 May) allowed me to get interesting detail down to the core of the "Black Eye" galaxy. I also worked on the misty arms to reveal their spiral shape, which is often half lost in the processing. The colors of this galaxy are rather subtle and demanded a very light hand to be revealed without exaggeration.
PhotographerJuan Carlos Umanzor
EquipmentTelescope: Astro Tech 111mm Camera: Canon EOS 450d Mount: Orion Atlas
DescriptionHorse Head Nebula and Flame Nebula.
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