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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationKings Park, NY
EquipmentCanon 70-200L F/4 @ 70mm F/4 Self Modded 40D Astronomiks CLS CCD filter Atlas EQ6 and EQMOD Orion ED80 and SSAG for Autoguiding
DescriptionThis is a widefield image of the constellation Orion showing Barnards loop as well as M42 and The Horsehead Nebula.
PhotographerEfrain Morales Rivera
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
EquipmentLX200ACF 12 in. OTA, CGE Mount, DSI III Pro Ccd, F/R F6.3, Astronomik LRGB filter set, Atik MFW. Guided: ZS ED80II APO, ST402 Ccd, CcdSoft v5. At 6min subs. Lum=2hrs, RGB=36min.
DescriptionIts the star called Mirach it is a red giant about 450 times more luminous then our sun at mag 2 and 200 ly from us in the constellation andromeda. Because of its brightness the galaxy (ngc404) on its side 5 o'clock position it is difficult to see and hidden from the reflection of the star and its 11 mil. ly further at mag 10 from us. To image it took some trial and error until the light reflecting into the mirror optics was to a minimum at this frame-up.
DateFeb 21, 2009
Equipment* Orion 120ED Refractor * Atlas EQ-G mount * Orion Starshoot autoguider * Canon 350D DSLR - self modified
DescriptionThe collision of two galaxies. Image was taken from our dark sky spot near Uwharrie, NC. Feb. 21, 2009. Seeing was excellent. The temp was 15 deg. F. • 21x5 min @ 800 ISO lights, darks * Captured and Processed in Nebulosity (Mac version) * Post Processing in Photoshop CS4
LocationFife Lake Michigan
Dateseveral nights in February
EquipmentSXVF-H9,Trutech 8 position filter wheel,135 mm Sears camera lens all piggybacked on a Meade LX200R 10 inch.
DescriptionThis image has over 6 hours of info of this very busy area. It was captured over several nights in February.
DateOctober 29, 2008 03:30 Local
EquipmentWilliam Optics Megrez II ED 80mm mounted on C-11 using Orion Star Shoot Pro
DescriptionA composite of 2 - 5 minute. In PhotoShop set the Black Point.
EquipmentRefractor 100/600 Orion telescope.Eq3 mount dual axis.Canon 300d DSLR camera.25frames,20sec each at iso 800
DescriptionEta Carinae (η Carinae or η Car) is a hypergiant luminous blue variable star in the Carina constellation. Its luminosity is about four million times that of the Sun and, with an estimated mass of between 100 and 150 solar masses, it is one of the most massive stars yet discovered. Because of its mass and the stage of life, it is expected to explode in a supernova in the astronomically near future.
DateFebruary 20, 2009
EquipmentImaging scope was Orion ED80 Canon Rebel XT - Hap Griffin Modified 56 x 120s Guided with PHD & EQMOD IDAS LPS IP Vista Camera Control, IP 3.75, PS CS3
DescriptionIC 2177 is a region of hydrogen alpha emission located in the constellation Monoceros (the Unicorn).
PhotographerHunter Wilson/Ted Rafferty
LocationLexington, OH/Baltimore, MD
DateOctober 30, 2008/February 8, 2009
EquipmentRGB Data: Canon 350D Hap Griffin Baader Mod Celestron 9.25 reduced 0.63 Mach1GTO Mount Hydrogen Alpha Data: Meade DSI Pro 2 Mono Meade SN8 Reflector Baader 1.25" 7nm H alpha filter Meade LXD75 Mount
DescriptionM82 HaRGB - Collaboration of DSLR and CCD imaging. Color from modified 350D and Ha from Meade DSI Pro II bringing out the best in a very active galaxy. The prototypical "starburst galaxy", M82 is very active in star forming, probably due to the energizing influence of a recent close (in galactic terms on both counts - the most recent being 50 to several 100 million years ago) encounter it's neighbor M81. M82 forms stars at the rate of 10 times that of a normal galaxy.
PhotographerAlan C Tough
LocationElgin, Moray, Scotland, UK
Date2008 Dec 28
EquipmentSky-Watcher Evostar-Pro 80ED (f/7.5), Sky-Watcher Evostar-Pro 100ED (f/9), HEQ5 mount, Canon EOS 300D at prime focus, Astronomik CLS filter, StarShoot Autoguider, PHD guiding software.
DescriptionI took advantage of the clear, frosty nights at the end of December 2008 to image the Alnitak region of Orion. The final image reveals a smorgasbord of nebulae: Barnard 33, the Horshead Nebula, is silhouetted against the bright emission nebula IC 434; Next to 2nd-magnitude Alnitak is the emission-type Flame Nebula, NGC 2024, with its dark dust lanes; Close to the Horsehead is NGC 2023, an emission and reflection nebula. The multiple star Sigma Orionis is at the top-right corner of the image.
LocationCoyle Field, NJ
Date01.24.2009, 7:00PM EST - 10:00PM EST
EquipmentSelf Modified 400D, ED80 + WO 0.8X FR/FF Type II 25*300 second ISO 800 Exposures SVP Mount guided with DSI Pro and PHD Guiding Calibrated [30D|30B|30F] and Sigma Clip Stacked in Maxim DL 5 Processed in PSCS3 with Noel Carboni's Actions & GradientXTerminator
DescriptionThe Rosette Nebula is a large, circular H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster NGC 2244 is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter.