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Nebulae & Galaxies
Date1/1/2009 1200 UT
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ 106N, SBIG STL11000, Losmandy G11
DescriptionComet c2007 N3 Lulin rising in the morning twilight on New Year's day. North is up, East to the left.
DateDecember 28, 2008
EquipmentBaader Mod Canon 350D, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 lens at 70mm f/3.2, Astronomik CLS Clip Filter, Baader 2" 7nm Ha Filter, Step Down Rings, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionBarnard's Loop (Sharpless 2-276) is an emission nebula in the constellation of Orion. It is part of a giant molecular cloud which also contains the bright Horsehead and Orion nebulae. The stars within the Orion Nebula are believed to be responsible for ionizing the loop. Color Data: 46x120sec at iso 1600 Astronomik CLS Clip Filter Hydrogen Alpha: 15x600sec at iso 1600 Baader 2 inch 7nm H alpha filter Step Down Rings
LocationYinna mountain, Meizhou, China
Date2008.11.20 & 11.30
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ106ED at F5, STL-11000M, Astrodon LRGB filter set, Takahashi EM-200
DescriptionThis is an exposure of 10.5 hours total which reveals the rich nebula around M45. It remind us that our space isn't empty and dark, but full of gas and dust.
LocationWest Chester, Ohio
EquipmentCamera: SBIG STL-6303 Class 1 with CFW-L 8-position filter wheel and Astrodon Narrowband (H-alpha, SII and OIII) and LRGB filters Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106N Mount: Astro-Phyics AP1200GTO
DescriptionThis is a narrow-band/RGB emulation of the Veil Nebula complex shot from my light-polluted back yard July 2008. H-alpha data was mapped to Red, OIII to green and a blend of H-alpha and OIII (simulating H-beta) to blue. RGB data was added to give the stars a natural color.
DateAugust 4 2008
EquipmentTakahashi TSA 102 apo, Takahashi Em400 mount, QHY8 CCD camera, SBIG STV autoguider, Idas LPS filter. 10 x 30 min = 5 hours
DescriptionM17 (also known as the Swan Nebula) is a cloud formation of stars.
DateOctober 22nd & 29th 2008 at 1.30am
EquipmentTMB 115 f7 with custom field flattener Paramount ME Starlight Xpress SXVF H36 ccd camera FLI-CFW-5 filter wheel with Astronomik Ha, OIII and SII filters 12x10 minutes unguided per filter
DescriptionThe image shows a narrowband image of one of the most frequently imaged nebula in the night sky, the Horsehead and Flame nebulae plus associated emission and reflection nebula. Due to light pollution narrowband filters were used and combined using a LRGB combine with Ha:Ha:SII:OIII being asigned to LRGB in that order, while this image stays close to the more traditional colours of this subject the narrowband filters have helped bring out more detail.
PhotographerEfrain Morales Rivera
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
EquipmentLX200ACF 12 in., F/R F6.3, CGE mount, DSI III Pro Ccd, Astronomik LRGB filter set, Atik mfw.
DescriptionOne of many beautiful galaxies in the constellation Fornax. It is a Barred type spiral galaxy with its unique dust bands swirling into the core of the galaxy.
EquipmentMount: Paramount ME Optic: Planewave Instruments CDK 12.5 F8 Camera: SBIG STL11000M Guider: ST-402 with Astrodon MOAG Astrodon Filters Generation 2
DescriptionThis is the Shiny Bubble Nebula – NGC 7635. The beautiful Bubble Nebula can be seen towards the constellation of Cassiopeia. Ultraviolet light from the star causes the gas to glow through a process known as fluorescence, and winds of material blown out from the star give the nebula its characteristic shape. The nebula is some 10 light years across. The image was acquired from my backyard observatory in Granville Ohio in a warm September night 2008.
LocationSan Diego, CA
EquipmentCelestron C80ED refractor, Meade DSI Pro III ccd. Piggybacked on an 8" LX90, guided by a DSI Pro II. 3.5 hours total exposure.
DescriptionM101 in widefield. NGC5477 can be seen prominently at 10:00, and CGCG 272-018 is at 3:00.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateOctober 1, 2008
EquipmentOrion 10" f/4.7 Newtonian; Baader MPCC; Orion Atlas EQ-G with EQMOD;Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D) Self modified; IDAS LPS filter
DescriptionThe Bubble Nebula in Cassiopeia taken under moderate light pollution just outside of Nashville, TN.