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Nebulae & Galaxies
DateOctober 18, 2009
EquipmentCelestron 9.25 SCT with 0.63 Reducer, SBIG ST-4000XCM Camera, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionNGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula in Aquarius, 5x900sec. Short integration time, clouded out. Transparency fair. The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) spans about 2.5 light years and is about 650 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. It is one of the closest planetary nebulae to earth and was discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding before 1824. It has a very similar appearance to the Ring Nebula. It is also similar in size, age, and physical characteristics to the Dumbbell Nebula, with the significant difference in appearance being a consequence of the relative proximity and more nearly equatorial viewing angle of the Dumbbell.
PhotographerKjell H. Winnem
DateOct 13, 2009
EquipmentHomebuilt 10 inch Newtonian (F4) and mount in dome. Camera: Meade DSI Pro II, guided off-axis with modified ToUcam 840K Pro II and PHD, GPUSB interface to mount. Exposure: H-alpha,S II,O III, 3x60min, HST-palette. Processing:Nebulosity2 and PS CS3.
DescriptionThree amateur astronomers in California found this beautiful planetary in july 2008, officially named PN G75.5+1.7. It lies abt 4000 ly away in Cygnus. Diam. abt 5 ly.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateOctober 18, 19, 2009
EquipmentAstro Tech AT8IN 8” f/4 Newtonian with Baader MPCC, guided; Orion Atlas EQ-G; Modified Canon Digital Rebel XT; Astronomik CLS-CCD EOS Clip; 98 x 240s @ ISO 800; ImagesPlus 3.75, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Gradient XTerminator, Noise Ninja, Noel Carboni's Tools
DescriptionM33 is a magnitude 6.27 spiral galaxy lying about 3 million light-years away in the constellation Triangulum. It was cataloged by Charles Messier in 1784, but was possibly discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna in 1654. The Triangulum Galaxy is known to contain many huge H-II regions - one being the largest known.
LocationMidland Park, NJ
Date9.19 & 9.25.2008
EquipmentSelf modified 400d, Borg 76ED + Astro-Tech FF 50 by 360 second ISO800 exposures Astronomik CLS Clip and Baader UV-IR Cut Filters Atlas EQ-G + EQMOD, Takahashi FS-60C + DSI Pro I Guided Maxim DL v5 : Pulse Guiding, Acquisition, Calibration [30D|30B|30F] and SD Mask Combine Processed in PSCS2 + GXT & Noel Carboni's
DescriptionAt an apparent magnitude of 4.4, the Andromeda Galaxy is notable for being one of the brightest Messier objects, making it easily visible to the naked eye even when viewed from areas with moderate light pollution. Although it appears more than six times as wide as the full moon when photographed through a larger telescope, only the brighter central region is visible with the naked eye.
PhotographerNiels V. Christensen
EquipmentTaken with Meade LX200ACF 16" mounted on wedge, Optec NextGEN WideField 0.5X reducer and SBIG ST-8XME used.
DescriptionNGC7635, a Ha (LUM), SII, Ha, OIII picture using tone mapping for narrowband color combine technique. Exposure time SII,Ha,OIII~12*10min. each. Dark, flat frame subtraction done on each sub-frames and Astronomic filters used. The picture is cropped a little due to that the raw frames were taken during three different nights during July and August 2009.
EquipmentAPO TRIPLET STELLARVUE 80 MM CCD SBIG ST10 EQ6
DescriptionHA 270 MIN CLEAR 50 MIN RGB 8-8-12 SINGOLS 10 MIN
LocationDoor County WI
Date9-11-2009 Between 10pm and midnight central time
EquipmentTaken with a canon 1000dh dslr and 200mm L lens at f 4. Mount is a vixen sphinx. Auto guided with a wo66 refractor and dsi pro. 25 5min exposures
DescriptionLooking into the heart of the galactic plane, there are about 35,000 stars in this image. The prominent feature here is the Cocoon Nebula or IC5146. Also present are Bernard 168,"the dark nebula region" and Pi Cygni naked eye star.
PhotographerFrank de Hoog
Date10-09-09 at 23:11 -> 05:49
EquipmentMount; EQ6, Ota; Orion 80ED, Camera; Atik 16HR. Atik 1,25" Filterwheel; CLS/R/G/B Autoguided - Guidescope; W.O.66petz Camera; DSI II
DescriptionMessier 33 Total exposuretime 6 hours. CLS - 12 X 600sec R/6 X 600sec + G/6 X 600sec + B/12 X 600sec
LocationMidland Park, NJ
DateMost of July 2009
EquipmentSelf-Modified 400D,Takahashi FS-60C + FS60 FF f/6.1 50 by 600 through an Astronomik 12nm Ha Filter 50 by 300 through an Astronomik CLS Filter (RGB) Total Exposure Time = 10.84 Hours Pre-processing, ASCOM Control, guiding and image acquisition in Maxim DL v5 Processed in PSCS2 with GXT and Noel Carboni's Actions
DescriptionThe brighter segments of the nebula are listed in the New General Catalog under the designations NGC 6960, 6979, 6992, and 6995. The easiest segment to find is 6960, which runs through the naked eye star 52 Cygni. NGC 6979 - the central portion of the Veil Complex is Pickering's Wedge, or Pickering's Triangular Wisp. This segment of nebulosity was discovered photographically by Williamina Fleming, but credit went to her supervisor Edward Pickering, as was the custom of the day, thus named after Pickering as a result.
EquipmentImaging scope was Orion ED80 Canon Rebel XT - Hap Griffin Modified 119 x 120s IDAS LPS, WO 0.80 Flattener Guided with PHD & EQMOD IP Vista Camera Control, IP 3.75, PS CS3
DescriptionThe Lagoon Nebula is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. The Trifid Nebula is an H II region located in Sagittarius. Its name means 'divided into three lobes'.