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Nebulae & Galaxies
PhotographerStephen P Hamilton
LocationKing George, VA
Date10/4/2008 1:00:00 AM
EquipmentTAK TSA-102, TAK NJP, Meade DSI Pro III, AstroDon LRGB E-Series Filters, AstroDon 6nm ha Filter
DescriptionThis image shows the large amount of nebulosity that can be seen in M33. This image was captured over 5 nights (11 hours of image capture) and used not only standard RGB filters but also and Ha filter to bring out the nebulosity in the wonderful galxy. The Ha was combined with the Red filter in processing.
PhotographerEfrain Morales Rivera
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
EquipmentLX200ACF 12 in., CGE mount, DSI III Pro, FR6.3, Astronomik LRGB filter set, Atik mfw. 3hrs of luminance at 5min subs.
DescriptionThis Galaxys core was imaged due to its numerous objects seen closely on its core region. (Other Galaxies are dense and bright) nebulas surround this region and star clusters all the way to the center of the core could be seen.
LocationKenton, OK, Camp Billie Joe
Date2008-10-01 , 7:27 UT
Equipment18" f4.5 JMI NGT-18 Newtonian telescope with SBIG ST-2000XM ccd camera.
DescriptionGalaxy NGC 891, the Outer Limits galaxy in Andromeda. 20/15/15/15 minutes of LRGB exposures. Taken at the Okie-Tex Star Party '08.
Location45.09 n 87.07 w Door County Wisconsin
Date10-5-2008 between 07 an 09.00 UTC
EquipmentShot with affordable used equipment. Self modified Canon 350d dslr. Orion 80ed with William optics reducer-flattener vII. WO 66 guide scope and DSI pro. Riding on a used Vixen Sphinx mount. 10x10min lights
DescriptionBernard 33, dark nebula in the Orion constellation has long been my favorite Astronomical object. One can only imagine the excitement felt by Williamina Fleming when viewing this object for thr first time.
DateSept 24, 2008
EquipmentModified Canon 20Da with 200 mm lens @ f3.2 and Kenko R-64 deep red filter. Camera mounted piggyback on Celestron NexStar 11 GPS. Guiding with the NS11 at f3.3 with Meade DSI/PHD Guiding. The image is an average of twenty ten-minute exposures. Post processing with ImagesPlus and Photoshop.
DescriptionThe IC1805/IC1848 nebula complex is located in Cassiopeia about 4 deg north of the great Double Cluster in Perseus. The open cluster near the center of the image is NGC1027. Also note the small cluster Czernik 13 in the upper right quadrant of the image.
DateAug 08, 2008
EquipmentModified Canon 20Da with 200 mm lens @ f2.8. The camera was mounted piggyback on my NexStar 11 GPS. Guiding with the NS11 at f3.3 with Meade DSI/PHD Guiding. The image is an LRGB composite. The L channel is an average of 16 15-minute exposures with a Kenko R64 filter. The color channels are averaged from 24 6-minute exposures without filter. Post processing in ImagesPlus and Photoshop.
DescriptionThe North America Nebula (NGC7000) and Pelican Nebula (IC5067) is located near brilliant Deneb (upper right). Also note the Magic Carpet Nebula (IC5068) at the bottom of the image.
Equipment- Camera, QHY8 - Filters, Baader 7nm H-alpha and Baader 8,5nm O-III - Optics, Tokina AT-X 300mm @ f2.8 - Exposures, 5 X 1200s H-alpha 3 X 1200s O-III 4 X 1200s S-II + flats and bias - Guiding, LX200 GPS 12" + PHD-guiding and Lodestar
DescriptionIn this image colors are showing difference between Double ionized Sulfur (Red), Hydrogen alpha (Green) and triple ionized Oxygen (Blue). This palette is generally known as a Hubble palette by the palette used to processing images from Space telescope Hubble.
LocationFife Lake Mi.
EquipmentMeade 80 mm APO piggybacked on a LX200R 10 inch and a SXVF-H9
DescriptionThis is an image of the heart of the california nebula. I shot this using 15 minute sub frames in Ha then I reduced the exposure down to 4 minute subs for each color channel to help reduce moon glow. A full size image can be seen here. http://astronomy.qteaser.com/images/NGC1499sx.jpg
DateSeptember 6, 2008
EquipmentCanon 350D Hap Griffin Baader Mod APM/TMB 130/780 with APM Field Flattener Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionIC 5146 "Cocoon Nebula" in Cygnus 32x180sec at iso 1600 30 Darks/Flats/Bias The Cocoon Nebula (IC5146, Caldwell 19) is located about 4,000 light years away and spans 15 light years. Inside the Cocoon is a newly developing open cluster (Collinder 470). The Cocoon Nebula is a combination of emission, reflection, and absorbtion nebulae. Recent theory holds that the massive star BD +46°3474 in the center of the nebula opened a hole in an existing molecular cloud through which much of the glowing material flows. This beautiful, very dim and usually difficult object lies at the end of a path of dark nebula Barnard 168 (B168) that is very obvious on widefield images and can be seen with binoculars in a dark sky starting about 3 degrees east-southeast of open cluster M39. This dark lane can be seen in this image trailing away westward from the Cocoon.
LocationBeaver Meadow Observatory, Java NY
EquipmentCelestron CG-5 mount, guided with PHD Imaging-Modified CanonXT thru 8" f7.5 reflector with .63 focal reducer. Guiding-Meade DSI Pro thru an Orion ST80.
DescriptionThis is an image of the central part of Cassiopeia, the peak of the "W". IC63 and IC59 are both very faint objects and difficult to image. This was a stack of twelve images, each eight minutes in duration at 800iso.