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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationNevada City, CA
DateJanuary 29, 2009. 11 pm PST
EquipmentStellarvue 105 mm f/7. Starlight Express SXV-H9 camera. Losmandy GM8 mount. 12 X 7 minutes Ha, 12 X 7 minutes OIII. Ha and OII combined to produce synthetic green channel.
DescriptionThis nebula, with its wing-like appendages, is popularly called Thor's Helmet. This nebula is about 30 light-years across. The central bubble is the result of a fast wind from a bright, massive star near the bubble's center. Known as a Wolf-Rayet star, the central star is an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. Cataloged as NGC 2359, the nebula is located about 15,000 lightyears from the sun.
LocationCoyle Field , NJ
EquipmentImage captured with a self modified Canon 350XT exposures consisting of 8x600 seconds iso 800 Orion ED80, WO 0.8 FR/FF II, Baader UV/IR cut,LP-1 mounted on Atlas EQ-G and guided with PHD using a DSI and F60M guide scope frames were calibrated in MaximDL and processed in PSCS2
DescriptionThis image shows the Rosette Nebula and open cluster
LocationIran Garmeh Village
EquipmentLosmandy + 180ED Takahashi+st2000xm
DescriptionThis is the end my processing M42 at this time total about 5 hours exposure . software only PS
DateJanuary 22, 2009
EquipmentCelestron 9.25 reduced 0.63, Canon 350D Hap Griffin Baader Mod, Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionArp 78 ( NGC 772) in Aries, is a giant spiral galaxy approximately 130 million light years distant measuring 250,000 light years across. The galaxy below it in this image is E3 elliptical dwarf NGC 770 - a satellite of NGC 772 - that interacts gravitationally with it's companion causing deformation of one of the larger galaxy's arms. In 2003, two supernovae were seen in NGC 772 within three weeks of one another.
LocationDoughton Park (Blue Ridge Parkway)
Date10/30/08 11/26/08 01/26/09
EquipmentTakahashi Epsilon 160 at f/3.3 Canon 20Da at ISO 1600 Losmandy G-11
DescriptionMosaic of 6 frames, each frame is exposed 1 hour 30 minutes. The mosaic shows Orion's belt and sword from Orion nebula to the Horsehead.
DateJanuary 16, 2009
EquipmentHap Griffin Baader Mod Canon 350D, Orion ED80 Refractor with WO 0.8 vII Reducer/Flattener, Astronomik CLS and Baader 7nm H Alpha Filters, A-P Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionRosette Nebula in Monoceros - an almost purely photographic object that is for all practical purposes invisible to direct observation but extremely bright to Hydrogen Alpha sensing chips. RGB - 33x360sec at iso 1600, Hydrogen Alpha - 12x600sec at iso 1600.
Date11-29-08 all night
EquipmentWilliam Optics Zenithstar 80FD with William Optics .8x flattener. Modified Canon 300D. Losmandy Titan.
DescriptionThis image shows the newborn stars, nebulosity and dust in the bright vertical area below Orion's Belt known as Orion's Sword. It contains the star cluster NGC1981, M42- (the Orion Nebula which also contains a group of stars known as the Trapezium), M43 and the diffuse nebula NGC1977(also called the Running Man Nebula).
PhotographerRogelio Bernal Andreo
LocationHenry Coe State Park, California
DateDecember 26th, 30th, 2008 and January 3rd, 2009
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ 106 EDX STL11000 Takahashi EM-400 L: 24x10' @ 1x1 R: 15x7' @ 2x2 G: 15x7' @ 2x2 B: 10x12' @ 2x2 Total: 9.5 hours
DescriptionMost images of M81 and M82 will show the two galaxies and surrounding stars. But a deeper exposure and a more careful processing will reveal that far from being visualized against a nearly dark background, these galaxies are surrounded by huge clouds of dust. Well, they are not actually surrounded - the dust is much closer to us than the galaxies - it just happens to look that way. This very faint dust, unlike classic reflection nebulas - usually illuminated by neighboring stars - is actually illuminated by the glow of our own Milky Way. Steve Mandel named this nebulosity Integrated Flux Nebula.
LocationSan Patricio, New Mexico USA
Date12/29/2008 9:46 PM MST
EquipmentSBIG ST-402ME; Meade LX200, 10" w/ f/3.3 focal reducer; SBIG STV autoguider.
DescriptionThe Crab Nebula imaged from dark skies and a site elevation of 5,500 ft. (Image resampled to 640 x 425 pixels)
LocationFremont Peak, CA
DateMorning of 12/1/2008
EquipmentOrion 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt Astrograph & Orion StarShoot Pro Color CCD, mounted on the AP900GTO
DescriptionThe colorfully diverse Nebula Complex NGC 2264 contains the Cone Nebula, Foxfur Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster.