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Nebulae & Galaxies
EquipmentCamera: Mod Canon Xsi Mount: Orion Atlas Guider: orion SSAU and Orion 50mm mini guider Software:Caturing Backyard EOS Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Adobe Photoshop CS3
DescriptionThe interesting fact of this picture is the dark nebulosity around the Galaxy and the cluster. The nebulosity is difficult to capture with the equipment used. However, the picture was taken under superb sky conditions. 15x8min ISO 1600
LocationWarrumbungle Observatory, Australia
EquipmentApo TEC140 (140/f7.2) - FLI Proline 16803 - L (580m) R (90m) G (90m) B (90m)
DescriptionHome to some of the nearest molecular clouds, the constellation of Chamaeleon is filled with many dark nebula complexes. The Chamaeleon I complex is one of three large clouds found in this southern constellation and has an age of 2 million years. The distances of the three main clouds range from 520-580 light years and are also isolated from other major star forming complexes. The Chamaeleon I complex is a site of low mass star formation, which is characterised visually by various reflection nebulae including IC 2631 to the north and the blue nebula Ced 111 and the white reflection nebula Ced 110 to the south. The great obscuring mass of thick brown dust in the region absorbs the blue light of distant stars making them appear much redder than they actually are. This process of interstellar reddening also affects the light of distant galaxies in the line of sight, making them look less blue. Despite the copious amounts of dust, the Chamaeleon I complex is regarded by astronomers to impose only a moderate level of extinction on the background starfield in comparison with other dark nebulae. The Chamaeleon I complex is near the south celestial pole and is situated at the edge of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association. The cloud is illuminated by massive stars that belong to a subgroup of this OB association
DateAugust 24/25 and Sept 06,2012
EquipmentTEC 140 @f5.6, FLI ML8300 camera with Baader filters on a NJP Temma2 mount.
DescriptionIdentication of LDN 988 and environs. V1331 Cyg, a T Tauri star located in LDN 984. V1331 Cyg is known as a FU Orionis pre-outburst candidate. This star is embedded in a circumstellar bright nebulosity and is also surrounded by helix-shaped nebula originated from the star. Thanks to Bernhard Hubl for this information. 11 hour exposure taken with TEC 140 @f5.6 and FLI ML8300 camera. RGB each 2 hours (12x10m bin 1x1), Lum 5 hours (30x10m bin 1x1). Taken by Lynn Hilborn, WhistleStop Obs, Grafton, Ontario
LocationManciano (Grosseto), Italia
EquipmentAstrotrac Canon 400D Baader modified with 135 mm Canon lens (f 2.8) 60 min= 30 frames\2 min
DateSeptember 3rd 6th 7th and 9th 2012
EquipmentQHY9M monochrome CCD Thomas M. Back TMB 92SS F5.5 APO Refractor Paramount GT-1100S German Equatorial Mount (with MKS 4000)
DescriptionThis is a Hubble Palette (HST) version of the Elephant Trunk Nebula with SII filter assigned to Red, H-Alpha filter assigned to Green and OIII filter assigned to the blue channel.
PhotographerKjell H. Winnem
DateSep 5 2012
EquipmentHomebuilt 10-inch 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 2x40m,SII 2x30m bin2x2,OIII 2x30m bin2x2.HST-palette. Processing:Nebulosity2 and PS CS3.
DescriptionNGC 6820 has its own "Pillars of Creation", composed of interstellar hydrogen gas and dust, which act as incubators for new stars.
LocationMidland Park, NJ
EquipmentMeade LX200R Losmany G11 Gemini SXVR-H18, SX Wheel, SX OAR, SX Guide Camera AstroDon 5nm Ha and AstroDon TrueBalance Gen II E Series RGB Filters
DescriptionNGC 7635, also called the Bubble Nebula, Sharpless 162, or Caldwell 11, is a H II region emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It lies close to the direction of the open cluster Messier 52. The "bubble" is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot, 8.7 magnitude young central star, SAO 20575 (BD+60 2522).The nebula is near a giant molecular cloud which contains the expansion of the bubble nebula while itself being excited by the hot central star, causing it to glow. It was discovered in 1787 by William Herschel.[
EquipmentFSQ106 EDX FLI PL16803 Paramount MX Astrodon 5nm HA 3nm OIII 3nm SII
DescriptionOver 20hrs of data in the veil area
LocationMount Tamalpias, Mill Valley, CA
Date16 Sep 2012, 1:00 AM - ish
EquipmentOrion Skyview Pro 8" Newtonian Skyview Pro Eq. Mount Nikon D5100 Guided w/PHD Orion Star Shoot Stacked with DSS Processing with Adobe CS6
DescriptionI've been struggling with deep sky imaging for a year now and finally got something decent by paying close attention to polar alignment. Instead of squinting at the polar alignment scope, I devised a new method: I pulled out the polar alignment scope and replaced it with a simple green laser pointer. Viola, polar alignment was easy. I did fine tune the alignment with the PA scope, but the adjustment was really minor. BTW, the latitude scale was way off on the Orion Sky View Mount. There was a 7 degree error! I'll be writing to Orion.
Date30th August 2012
EquipmentQHY9M monochrome CCD TMB 92SS F5.5 APO Refractor Paramount GT-1100S German Equatorial Mount (with MKS 4000)
DescriptionShot from my backyard observatory over 3 nights during August 2012 this is a Hubble Palette version of The Heart Nebula with SII filter assigned to Red, H-Alpha filter assigned to Green and OIII filter assigned to blue channel. Total Exposure 14.5 hours