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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationDoughton Park, NC
EquipmentCelestron 9.25 focal reducer f/6.3 F=1480mm Losmandy G-11 Canon 20Da ISO 1600 Phillips ToUCam, FS60C, PHD Guiding
DescriptionThe Sunflower galaxy M63 with all its smaller neighboring galaxies.
DateJan and Feb 2008
EquipmentStarlight SXV-H9 camera, Astronomik LRGB filters in a FLI CFW through an Orion 80ED with a Televue 0.8X reducer/flattener, guided with the SXV guidehead through a Stellarvue AT1010 all on a pier mounted CGE.
DescriptionThis photo focuses on the reflection nebula IC2169 (IC447) and dark nebula LDN1600 in Monoceros. The smaller reflection nebula IC2167 (IC446), and nearby larger dark nebula LDN1601 are to the left of IC2169.
PhotographerIvette Rodríguez and Oriol Lehmkuhl
DateJanuary 16, 26 and 27 2008
EquipmentLens: Megrez 72 APO + FF 0.8x F/stop: 4.8 Mount: Vixen Sphinx Deluxe Camera: Artemis 4021 Guiding: Throught WO 66 f5.9 with Meade DSI and PhD guiding software
DescriptionThe Rosette is a prominent star formation region, glowing due to ultraviolet light from the young, hot, blue stars whose winds also cleared the central hole. Exposure: Ha baader filter, 11 x 15 min; SII, 6x20 min and OIII 9x15min (unbinned) Calibrated and aligned with ImagesPlus, stacked with MaximDL and postprocessed with PixInsight STD
DateFebruary 22nd 2008 10pm
EquipmentTMB 115 f7, Starlight Xpress SXVF H36,Paramount ME, 15 x 10 minute exposures unguided with a 12nm Ha filter
DescriptionThe image shows the whole of the Rosette nebula in Ha which has helped bring out some of the detail, there was a full moon in the sky close to the area of sky where I was imaging and the brightness of the moon was so great that from where I live you couldn't see all of the stars in orion due to the moon light. I had originally planned on 20 x 10 minute unguided subs but cloud came in and ruined the remainder of the session.
PhotographerPeter W. O'Brien
LocationDerry NH USA
EquipmentDSI Pro II behind 10" LX200R @ f10
DescriptionAfter years of trying to capture and blend with hours of luminance data, the wispy H-alpha filamentary structure flaring out orthogonally from the distorted disk of this enigmatic object, as if to compete with Hubble and others in their amazing images, I decided to abandon the layering and masking and blurring then masking and multiplying and dynamic range masking and stacking and yada yada yada, in favor of a natural look. Some may say that M82 is no beauty contest winner in the Universe pageant but I marvel at her so.
Location35 km north of linz, austria
Equipment9" TMB f/9 SXVF H16 CCD astronomik 2" filterset FLI wheel
DescriptionDate: 10.2.2008- seeing 6-(8)/10; transp. 6-7/10 Scope: 9" TMB Apo f/9 CCD: SXV H16 L: 15x9 min; R,G,B 2x2 bin 7x9 min Software: AstroArt4 image acqu. guiding, preprocessing: Maxim DL; Registax; CCD sharp Processing: postprocess. PS CS2 and Pix InSight LE www.stargazer-observatory.com
EquipmentLX200 GPS 254mm f/6.3 Nikon D300 DSLR altazimutal mount total exposure 150 sec
DescriptionM42 an exemple of city astrophotography with the new D300 Nikon dslr (no dark, no flat)
Locationnear Bolu, Turkey
Date3rd December 2007
EquipmentFor the main shot showing both objects, I used a 100-400 mm lens at 400 mm f/8, with a Canon EOS 5D camera at ISO 1600 and an exposure of 4 minutes, piggybacked on a Meade 8" LX10 SCT. Then I composed two pictures of both objects separately taken with the 8" SCT. For NGC253, it was an exposure of 1 hour at ISO 800. For NGC288, it was a shorter 10-minute exposure at ISO 1600.
DescriptionNGC253 is a bright, large spiral galaxy lying about in the faint constellation Sculptor. It is the brightest galaxy in the Sculptor with the magnitude of 7.1; with the distance of 10 million light years. NGC288, on the other hand, lies only 27000 light years away, in the halo of Milky Way. It is a magnitude fainter than NGC253: 8.1. The pair is separated 1 3/4 degrees of sky. They are visible in the same binocular field (about as wide as this picture) but most telescopes are not able to fit them in the same field. South Galactic Pole (SGP) lies less than a degree soutwest of NGC288, close to the lower right corner of this picture.
PhotographerMarcelo Daniel Cerdán
Date1/13/2007 02:48 GMT
EquipmentTelescope: Orion ED80 on Skywatcher EQ5 Synscan mount Camera: Canon 350D
DescriptionThis huge cloud of dust dominates the far south sky as seen from a remote mountain site in Mendoza, Argentina. It is crossed by several dark lanes composed of obscure material and giving the nebula its beautiful appearance. Is no doubt that Eta Carinae Nebula is one of the finest telescopic objects visible from the south hemisphere.
DateJan 12-15, 2008
EquipmentFSQ106N refractor, SBIG ST2000xm camera, Takahashi NJP mount
DescriptionIC 443, the Jellyfish Nebula, a galactic supernova remnat approx 5,000 light years distant, in the constellation Gemini. Imaged over 4 nights on Jan 12-13-14-15, 2008. Imaged with FSQ106N and ST2000xm (Astrodon Filters) riding on the Takahashi NJP. 200 minutes of Ha was used for the luminance, 100 mins of SII for the red channel, 200 min of Ha for the green channel, and 100 mins OIII used for the blue channel (all unbinned, 20 min subs).