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Nebulae & Galaxies
EquipmentTakahashi Epsilon 180 STL 4020
DescriptionSII, Ha, OIII narrowband image of nebula.
EquipmentTakahashi Epsilon 180/STL 4020
DescriptionM 45 taken from Howell, MI LRGB:60:20:20:30
LocationModoc Forest, CA
DateAugust 27-28, 2011
EquipmentAstro-Physics 130 GT f/6.3 Refractor with Astro-Tech Field Flattener Astro-Physics 900GTO mount Orion Parsec 8300M CCD Camera with Orion LRGB Filters and Nautilus Filter Wheel
DescriptionThe Cave Nebula (SH2-155) is a diffuse yet bright emission nebula in Cepheus. The surrounding area also contains blue reflection nebula and dark absorption nebula which gives the image a broad range of color and depth.
LocationRancho Hidalgo, NM
DateSeptember 20, 2011
EquipmentTelescope: TEC-140 (F7) Camera: SBIG ST-8300M Mount: AP900 GTO Ha: 8x15 minutes (unbinned) Luminance: 12x10 minutes (unbinned) Red: 6x10 minutes (binned 2x2) Green: 6x10 minutes (binned 2x2) Blue: 6x10 minutes (binned 2x2)
DescriptionThis is an image of SH2-155, the Cave Nebula. It is a dim and very diffuse nebula within a larger nebula complex containing emission, reflection, and dark nebulosity. It is about 2400 light years away in the constellation Cepheus. The nebula gets its name from the dark lane at the eastern side abutting the brightest curve of emission nebulosity which gives the appearance of a deep cave when seen through a telescope visually.
PhotographerRob and Dave Burbank
LocationGeorgian Bay (Ontario)
EquipmentCanon 40D (unmod) Backyard EOS C11 EdgeHD @ f/10 CGEM DX
DescriptionEdge on Galaxy in Andromeda
EquipmentTELESCOPE: FSQ 106 ED MOUNT: ORION ATLAS CAMERA: CCD QHY8 GUIDE: STARSHOOT V2 / EZ GUIDER 60mm. FILTERS: ASTRONOMIK
DescriptionImage taken in the Infrared observatory, expose 14 hours (Ha=20x15 min, SII=19X15min, OIII=17x15min), in Hubble palette (Red=SII, Green=Ha, Blue=OIII).
LocationBells Run ,Kentucky
EquipmentExplore Scientific ED 80,Canon modified XS,Orion Sirius
Description8 two min unguided exposures produce rich nebulosity and detail with time left for other objects.
PhotographerNiels V. Christensen
EquipmentLX200ACF 16" and SBIG ST-8XME. To get focal lenght down a Lepus 0.62x reducer was used.
DescriptionThe Bubble Nebula is shown in so called 'natural colors' using narrow band filters. RAW data used for making the picture, LUM=26*1min.+5*2min. Ha=18*5min.+4*2min. OIII=18*5min. SII=5*5min. Small mix of old color data added to the shown L,80Ha20SII,100OIII,85oIII15Ha picture. CCDStack2 and Adobe Photoshop programs used and all the subs were calibrated before stack with dark, flat, Darkflat and bias frames.
LocationBethel, CT (Backyard)
DateAug 29 & 30 from 10pm-2am
EquipmentBarndoor Mount with unmodded 50D and 50mm 1.8 (@f/4). I also used an Astronomik CLS clip filter to try and bring out the North American Nebula more. Over the course of two nights: 80-90x(30s,1min,2min,4min and one 8min) 30 darks 20-25 flats 20-25 dark flats about 30 bias Stacked in DSS and processed in photoshop.
DescriptionThis is the Cygnus area of Milky Way, an area I've been practicing on most of the summer. I'm amazed at how rich this area is on a clear night! This image is the result of many nights of practice, both in learning the process of imaging and how to handle in post work.
LocationMidland Park, NJ
Date4 nights in August 2011
EquipmentThe source data was taken with a Takahashi FS-102 and a SXV-H9 CCD camera using Baader NB Filters. Ha 16*1200 Binned 1X1 [OIII] 12*1200 Binned 1X1 [SII] 10*1200 Binned 1X1
DescriptionI put this montage together to demonstrate the various ways narrowand data can be processed, by assigning to diferent color channels, to accentuate the chemical compositions of the emissions. Clockwize from the top: 1. Ha[OIII] Bicolor 2. RGB = Ha[SII][OIII] 3. HST ( RGB=[SII]Ha[OIII] ) 4. CHFT ( RGB = Ha[OIII][SII] )
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