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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationCastel Sant'Angelo RI Italy
Equipment3 hours with single 10 min RGB 7-5-10 of 5 min in bin2 Apo triplet 130 Focal 950 mm Ccd Sbig ST10XME
DescriptionApo triplet 130 mm Focal 950 eq6 Ccd Sbig St10 XME
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateMarch 4 & 5, 2010
EquipmentCelestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain at f/6.3; Atlas EQ-G, guided; Canon Digital Rebel T1i, Hap Griffin Baader modified; Astronomik CLS-CCD EOS Clip; 122 x 300sec @ ISO 800 (10hr. 15min.)
DescriptionM109 (NGC3992) is a magnitude 10.60 barred spiral galaxy that is approximately 46 million light years distant in the constellation Ursa Major. It was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Méchain, and again in 1783 by Charles Messier when he added it as entry number 109 in his famous catalog.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateMarch 18 & 23, 2010
EquipmentCelestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain at f/6.3; Atlas EQ-G, guided; Canon Digital Rebel T1i, Hap Griffin Baader modified; Astronomik CLS-CCD EOS Clip; 101 x 180sec @ ISO 1600 (5hr. 3min.); 31 x 120sec @ ISO 400 (1hr. 2min.) for the core
DescriptionM94 (NGC4736) is a colorful magnitude 8.99 spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. What makes this galaxy interesting, is the presence of 2 ring structures. The inner ring appears to be an active star-forming region, while the outer may be an accretion disk. It was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Méchain and cataloged by Charles Messier only 2 days later.
LocationRochester, New York
DateMarch 5, 2010
EquipmentTakahashi 106ED, f/5, Canon 300D, self modified, Astronomik CLS clip filter, CGE Mount, Orion Solitaire guider on Orion short tube 80mm scope, 20 X 240 sec exposures, ISO 800, processed in Images Plus and Photoshop
DescriptionThe celebrated Orion and Running Man nebulae, approximately 1500 light years away, are an inspiring site either visually or photographically.
DateFebruary 13, 2010
EquipmentVixen 102-ED TS Optics field flattener STL-11000M Paramount ME
DescriptionThis image is of the emission nebulae IC 405 and IC 410.
EquipmentTelescope: Orion 8" f/4.9 w/Multi-Purpose Coma Corrector Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
DescriptionM81 (Bode's Galaxy) & M82 (Cigar Galaxy)
DateMarch 6, 2010
EquipmentSBIG ST-4000XCM, Celestron 9.25 Reduced 0.63, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionM97 (NGC3587) - The "Owl Nebula" in Ursa Major. 16x15min, Imager Temp -20C, 40% Crop. Known as the "Owl Nebula" for it's "eyes" that are seen on visual observation and in images, it is one of the more complex planetary nebulae. The mass of the nebula has been estimated to amount 0.15 solar masses, while the 16 mag central star is believed to be of about 0.7 solar masses. The nebula's age is about 6,000 years and it's distance is uncertain and listed anywhere from 1300 to 12,000 light years.
EquipmentOrion 120 ED Atlas EQ-G Canon 350D modified Orion Starshoot autoguider Spike-A-Mask
DescriptionCaptured and pre-process in Nebulosity (Macinosh). Post processing in Photoshop CS4. Taken at our dark sky spot in central NC on 03/06/2010. Seeing was about as good as it gets. Temp was approx. 19 deg F.
PhotographerNiels V. Christensen
EquipmentMeade LX200ACF 16" telescope on wedge used with 0.5X Optec NextGEN Widefield reducer. An SBIG ST-8XME camera also used and mounted with astronomik LRGB filters.
DescriptionThe M51 color picture, LRGB, of this galaxy was taken 5.->7. March-2010. Additionally a 2" IDAS LPS filter was used to reduce the effect of the light polution in the Copenhagen Denmark area. Total exposure time ~5.5 hours, divided into LRGB 5. min. subs=39,10,10,10. CCDStack and Adobe Photoshop CS4 was used for picture enhancements. Deconvolution method tried as a trial on the stacked LUM layer and RGB layer before further enhancement performed.
PhotographerKjell H. Winnem
DateMarch 3&7 2010
EquipmentHomebuilt 10 inch Newtonian and mount in dome. Cam.:Meade DSI Pro II guided off-axis with modified ToUcam 840K Pro II and PHD,GPUSB interface to mount. Exp.:H-a 3x60min, SII 60min, OIII 60min, CFHT-palette. Processing:Nebulosity2 and PS CS3.
DescriptionThe Medusa Nebula is a very old and large planetary in Gemini,also known as Abell 21. As it is so big,its surface brightness is very low,with surface magnitudes of between +16 and +25 reported. The Medusa was discovered i 1955, and until the early 1980s it was thought to be a supernova remnant.