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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationPort Republic, MD
DateApril 20 11:00pm EDT
EquipmentOrion Skyview Pro 8" eq reflector with Pentax K1000 SLR film camera and Fuji Superia. 8 mins at ISO 400. Manually guided using Stellarvue 9X50 finderscope, Celestron 2x Ultima barlow, and Meade illuminated reticle plossl with Rigel pulse guide. Noise reduction and image sharpening in Photoshop.
Date12 hours between 4/16/2011-5/7/2011
EquipmentAT65Q telescope ,QHY-9M camera ,EQG ORION ATLAS mount. RGB and SII,Ha,OIII ASTRODON filters (6filter image processing)
DescriptionStunning emission nebula IC 1396 mixes glowing cosmic gas and dark dust clouds in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. Energized by the bright, bluish central star seen here, this star forming region sprawls across hundreds of light-years spanning over three degrees on the sky while nearly 3,000 light years from planet Earth. Among the intriguing dark shapes within IC 1396, the winding Elephant's Trunk nebula lies just right of the center. 12 hours of exposure through RGB and SII,Ha,OIII filters Mahon obsevatory(Thessaloniki),9MAO observatory(Ano Milia Pieria).
DateJan 30 and Feb 04,2011
EquipmentTeleVue NP101is @ f4.3 Finger Lakes ML8300 camera Losmandy G11 mount
DescriptionNGC 2170 Lum 13x10m bin 1x1, RGB each 5x5m bin 2x2, taken with NP101is @f4.3 and FLI ML8300 camera. Taken by Lynn Hilborn, WhistleStop Observatory, Grafton,Ontario on Jan 30 and Feb 04, 2011.
PhotographerNiels V. Christensen
EquipmentTelescope: Meade LX200ACF 16" Mount: Ken Milburn wedge Camera: SBIG ST-8XME Reducer: Lepus 0.62X Guiding: Via Individual ED70/SBIG STL 237H CCD using CCDSoft Filters: 2" IDAS LPS and 1.25" LRGB astronomik
DescriptionA LRGB picture of NGC 4490 and NGC 4485. Exposure: RGB each channel 12*5min and LUM 12*5min+16*10min. Preprocessed, and stacked in CCDStack2 using dark, flat, dark-flat and bias frames.Further processed in Adobe PhotoShop CS4.
Equipment8" F5 Newtonian Losmandy G11 w/ Gemini Goto SBIG ST8300 Canon XS
DescriptionThis small group of galaxies consists of the Messier objects M65 (NGC 3623) and M66 (NGC 3627) as well as the edge-on spiral NGC 3628
Locationhaute Provence Observatory in France
DateApril 2011, the 5th
EquipmentFSQ106 ED with SBIG CCD 16803 (binning 1x1) 3 exposure of 10 minutes in each color (RGB) total exposure of 90 minutes.
DescriptionThis picture is 4 degrees wild and we can see Antares star, M4 globular cluser and some difuse nebulae like IC4603 and IC 4604.
Photographer(Mr) Lynn Hilborn
DateMarch 22,29 and April 12,2011
EquipmentTaken with TEC 140 @f7 and FLI ML8300 camera.G11 mount with Gemini. WO66 guidescope with DSI PROII camera.
DescriptionLeo Triplet, M65, M66 and NGC 3628 group of galaxies. LLRGB with4 hours of Lum and 45m each RGB all binned 1x1. By Lynn Hilborn, WhistleStop Obs, Grafton, Ontario on March 22,29 and April2, 2011.
LocationHotel Termas de San Joaquin
Date2011-03-05 and 2011-03-06
EquipmentCamera QHY9M for Luminance QHY8L for Color Telescope Televue NP101is @ f/4.3 (for L) William Optics Megrez 90 @ f/5 (for RGB) Mount Celestron CCE Exposure 50 x 10min for L 37 x 10min for RGB Total exposure time: 14h Processing Acquired and Calibrated with Nebulosity. Stacked, Stretched, Cropped, Saturated and resampled with Pixinsight SQM: 21
DescriptionLeo triplet and NGC3628 tidal tail
EquipmentCelestron 14, Hyperstar, F 1.9, CGE mount, Starlight Xpress M25c camera, Badder light polution filter, Guided with an Orion short tube 80 and Orion Star Shoot
DescriptionM42 and NGC 1977 20 5sec subs 20 10sec subs 20 30sec subs 20 60sec subs Flats and Bias. No Darks Maxum DL, Adobe CS3
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateFebruary 13 & 14, 2011
EquipmentTelescope: William Optics ZenithStar 66 Accessories: William Optics 0.8x FR/FF vII; Dew control by Dew Buster Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G (hyper-tuned by Astrotroniks) controlled by EQMOD Guiding: TS-OAG9 Off-axis, using a Starlight Xpress Lodestar via PHD Camera: Atik 314L+ monochrome CCD @ -10.0C with Atik EFW2 Filters: Baader 7nm H-alpha Exposure: 40 x 10min. (6hr. 40min.) Acquisition: Images Plus Camera Control v4.0b Processing: Bias calibration in Images Plus v3.80; bad pixel map in Nebulosity 2.3.6c; Registration and combine in RegiStar Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS4; Carboni’s Tools
DescriptionThe Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237, Caldwell 49, Sh2-275) is a large HII star-forming region that lies just east of Orion in the constellation Monoceros. This large molecular cloud is comprised of several smaller parts which were discovered by three different astronomers: John Herschel (NGC 2239), Albert Marth (NGC 2238) and Lewis Swift (NGC 2237 & 2246). In 1690, John Flamsteed discovered the Rosette's central open cluster, NGC 2244. From Earth, the nebula is approximately 5000 light years distant and appears to be about 1 degree across - roughly 5 times the size of the full Moon. At an apparent magnitude of 9.0, the nebula is impossible to see with the unaided eye making it's discovery difficult.