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Nebulae & Galaxies
EquipmentMeade 12" SCT LX200 Classic Canon 350 D at prime focus
DescriptionThe Crab Nebula is the most famous and conspicuous remnant of a supernova, which was observed around the world in 1054 AD. In most astronomical handbooks this object is listed as 'bright', but an increase in light pollution has resulted in its becoming harder to see in a modest telescope! Once seen, however, it is not easily forgotten, resembling a gauzy handkerchief fluttering in a cosmic wind.
LocationWest Chester, Ohio
DateNovember 20-22, 2006
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ-106 Takahashi EM200 Temma Mount SBIG STL-6303 Camera Astrodon LRGB Filters
DescriptionThe fabulous great galaxy in Andromeda, otherwise known as M31, with its attendant galaxies M32 and M110.
DateFeb 10, 2007 11PM
EquipmentOrion ED 80 with WO 0.8 corrector/reducer. IR Modified Canon 300D Clestron ASGT mount Guiding with guidedog, Orion 80mm guidescope and Toucam pro. 9x5minute exposures. Processed in ImagesPlus
DescriptionThe Rosette nebula located just east of Betegeuse in Monoceros.
PhotographerJohn L. Graham
Date2/24/07 2h UT
EquipmentMeade LXD75 SN6, DSI Pro
DescriptionNGC3115 - The Spindle Galaxy; LRGB (L:60x30sec, RGB: 20x30sec each, high gain) taken with a Meade DSI Pro at the prime focus of LXD75 SN6. Source images saved as FITS, combined in drizzle, aligned in ASIP, LRGB assembled in Photoshop.
LocationCimini astronomical Observatory - Italy
EquipmentAF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 G ED-UF VR on Marcon RC 500/8 SBIG STL 6303E Binning 1x1+ Astrodon filters B for L 75 min; R 9 min; G 9 min; B 9 min. Total 1h 40m of exposures.
DescriptionHere my last shot just to prove my ultimate instrument (a perfect Nikon 200/2 14 elements 3 ED and 1 super ED). I tested also a new method in assembling the image (B;R;G;B) using 2 times the channel Blue: 1 for L and 1 for B.This for the reason the nebulosities are reflection in blue spectrum.The field of view are wide as about 6 degree! Pleiades & IC 353/1995 Overshadowed by the Pleiades, which are immediately to the SW of this extremeley faint patch of reflection nebulosity, IC353/1995 are rarely photographed, let alone in color. Measuring 180' X 30', this gossamer web of nebulosity is a real challenge. It is not clear if this nebula is associated with M-45, but I think yes.
LocationFife Lake Mi
Datefeb 11-12, 2007
EquipmentMeade DSI PRO II Meade 80 mm APO piggybacked on a Meade LX200R 10 inch Autoguided with a DSI PRO
DescriptionHere is an area in Orion just outside of Barnards loop. It contains dark nebula,emission nebula and a small Reflection nebula. This is a very dim area to image. Exposure times were 150 minutes of Ha 120 minutes of luminance and 40 minutes per color channel.
PhotographerPeter W. O'Brien
EquipmentDSI Pro II behind 10" LX200R @ f3.3
DescriptionFirst clear, moonless sky since forever happens to coincide with my daughter’s recital. Out of shear stubbornness I set up my scope and hit start @ around 6:30pm; attend recital, return home approximately 10:30pm. 114 (2min) exposures stacked and waiting for color…..That was easy. H-alpha, Green & Blue all 20 x 2min
PhotographerAmir Hossein Abolfath
EquipmentCanon Eos 30D, 200 mm f/2.8 lens, 12 min total exposure, Sky-Watcher EQ6 Mount
DescriptionI have used a 200mm f/2.8 L Canon EF series lens and an equatorial mount to take this photo. I captured 4 3 min and combine them in Photoshop.
LocationLinn Co., Kansas, USA
DateAutumn of 2005
EquipmentThis is a 15 minute exposure with a 24mm lens @f/4 on Kodak E 200 pushed to ISO 800
DescriptionThe high-res image has given me many pleasent hours identifying all the celestial goodies! Of note is the large, circular red nebula, and what has been dubbed the "galactic dark horse." I first noticed the horse Rorschach in Aug. of 1987 from Canyonlands National Park in SE Utah.
Locationstargazer private observatory, near Linz, Austria
Date26th December 2006
Equipment4" TMB Apo f/6,2 SXV M25C mountegra - one arm fork mount http://stargazer.christelhager.info/equipment.htm
Descriptionthis image was taken in a night of excellent transparency. visually I could see stars at 6m5! seeing was less well - 2,8 arc seconds FWHM. AstroArt 4 was used for guiding, image acquisition and preprocesing (average - defect map) postprocessing was done in PS CS2 and PixIS - LE here the link to the original size: http://stargazer.christelhager.info/astropics/deepsky/M42_23_dez_std_medium.jpg any comments are welcome (-: bes regards Dietmar