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Nebulae & Galaxies
LocationRancho Hidalgo, NM
DateSeptember 1 - December 3, 2012
EquipmentTelescope: TEC-140 (F7) Camera: SBIG ST-8300M Mount: AP900 GTO Ha: 17x30 minutes SII: 18x30 minutes OIII: 19x30 minutes
DescriptionThis is an image of NGC7635, also known as the Bubble Nebula. This is an emission nebula about 11,000 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. This image was captured using narrowband filters.
DateNovember 8 and 9, 2012
EquipmentStacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in PS CS5 Orion 80mm EON (FL 480mm) Orion 50mm guide scope with SSAG QSI 683 ws Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II Astrodon Tru-balance E-Series Generation II LRGB filters Baader 7 nm Ha filter
DescriptionEmission nebula glow red because of an HII region becoming ionized by nearby stars. The electons "freed" by this ionization are continually absorbed and reemitted causing it to glow red. Dark nebulas are cool clouds of dust and molecular hydrogen that can be seen when silhouetted against a bright background (ie. the Horsehead nebula). Reflection nebula are areas in which material that contain dust is reflected from nearby stars. Because of the shorter wavelength of light this "dusty" area appear blue.
PhotographerRichard D. Walker
LocationRapid City, South Dakota
DateJanuary 3-5, 2013
EquipmentCamera: SBIG STF 8300 CCD operating @ -30c (40%-50% capacity) Baader 36 mm narrowband filters and SBIG FW5 filter wheel SII: 20 minute subs totaling 4 hours 20 minutes (Red) Ha: 20 minute subs totaling 4 hours 40 minutes (Green) OIII: 20 minute subs totaling 5 hours 30 minutes (Blue) Color Mapping: Hubble, SHO Total intergration: 14.5 hours Mount Losmandy G11 Imaging Scope: TMB 92ss Triplet Guide Scope: Vixen 70mm fl:900mm Guide Camera: Lodestar Capture Software: Nebulosity Guide Software: PHD
DescriptionThe Heart Nebula & NGC 0896, emission nebuli in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. 7,500 ly from Earth.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
LocationHendersonville, TN, USA
DateSeptember 9,10, 18 & 19, 2012
EquipmentTelescope: Stellarvue Raptor SVR80 @ f/6 Accessories: Stellarvue SFF6 flattener; Dew control by Dew Buster; Alnitak Flat-Man Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Camera: QSI583wsg CCD @ -10.0C Guiding: Starlight Xpress Lodestar via PHD Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, OIII, SII Exposure: 12 x 20min.(Ha), 21 x 20min.(OIII), 11 x 20min.(SII); all binned 1x1 Acquisition: ImagesPlus Camera Control v4.3 Processing: ImagesPlus v5.0 Post-processing: ImagesPlus v5.0; Adobe Photoshop CS5
DescriptionSharpless 157, also known as the Lobster Claw Nebula, is a bright emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It lies just south of the better-known Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635). Within this image are a few other objects. Planetary Nebula PLN 110-0.1 is located near the center of the upper-right quadrant. The bright nebular spot near the center of the image is Lyn's Bright Nebula 537 (LBN537), also known as Sharpless 157a. The small cluster of stars just above the bottom pincer is Markarian 50 and the bright cluster of stars located above the top pincer is open cluster NGC 7510.
EquipmentMount: ASA DDM60Pro Camera: FLI ML8300 @ -40C OTA : ASA N10 f/3.6 Astrograph Astrodon narrow band filters (Ha 5nm, SII 5nm, OIII 3nm) Filter Wheel: FLI CW2-7 Guide camera: Lodestar
DescriptionThe Elephant's Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust in the star cluster IC 1396 – an ionized gas region located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. The piece of the nebula shown above is the dark, dense globule IC 1396A; it is commonly called the Elephant's Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths, where there is a dark patch with a bright, sinuous rim. The bright rim is the surface of the dense cloud that is being illuminated and ionized by a very bright, massive star that is just to the west of IC 1396A. (In the Figure above, the massive star is just above the top of the image.) The entire IC 1396 region is ionized by the massive star, except for dense globules that can protect themselves from the star's harsh ultraviolet rays.
LocationValea Frumoasei, Romania
DateAugust 16th 2012
EquipmentCamera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Telescope: Skywatcher 80ED Exposure: 16 x 600s + 4 x 300s + 4 x 100s + 4 x 60s + 1 x 30s + 1 x 15s Aperture: 7.5 ISO: 800
DescriptionMy first serious try at the Andromeda Galaxy. Shot from a very dark site in the Carpathians.
LocationCarlyle Lake, IL
DateSeptember 22, 2012 12:30 - 2:00 AM
EquipmentOrion Atlas EQ Astro-Tech 106 Refractor Canon Rebel 450D (unmodified)
DescriptionImage of the Helix Nebula is 17 x 5 min exposures at ISO 400 with Canon 450D, AT106 on the Atlas. Manually guided with a AT65 piggybacked on the 106. Images stacked and calibrated (15 dark frames, 15 flat frames) with Maxim DL, processed with Photoshop CS5, Noise Ninja and GradientXTerminator. Image captured at Tamalco Boat Ramp on Carlyle Lake, in southern IL about 50 miles east of St. Louis, MO. Excellent dark site for the River Bend Astronomy Club. Thank you for your kind consideration.
EquipmentOrion 10-inch f/4.7 reflector using an SBIG ST-2000XM imager on a Losmandy G11 mount. Guiding using an Orion ST80 using an DSI Pro 2 imager.
DescriptionHubble palette image of NGC7635 with LRGB images used to colorize the stars. Exposures were 900s 1x1 binned for the SII, Ha, and OIII filters and 480s 1x1 binned for the L, 300s 2x2 binned for the R and G, and 480s 2x2 binned for the B. The exposures were captured using Nebulosity 2 and guiding using PHD. Image processing using AIP4WIN, DeepSkyStacker, Nebulosity 2, PhotoShop, and PixInsight LE.
PhotographerKjell H. Winnem
DateSep 5- 9 2012
EquipmentHomebuilt 10-inch f/4 Newtonian and mount in dome. Cam.:SXVR-H9 guided off-axis with DSI ProII and PHD.GPUSB-interface to mount.Exp. with Astrodon 3nm;Ha 3x40m,SII 6x30m bin2x2,OIII 4x30m bin 2x2.HST-palette. Proc.:Nebulosity2 and PS CS3.
DescriptionNGC 6820 has its own "Pillars of Creation", composed of interstellar gas and dust, which act as incubators for new stars.
LocationSaint Petersburg, Florida
Date7/29/2012 @ 10pm EST
EquipmentMeade 12in LX200GPS @ f6.7, AO-8, SBIG ST8-XME
DescriptionThe Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula approximately 1360 light years away. Captured on a rare, clear summer night and RGB combined with 80mins of integration for each channel.