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Stars & Star Clusters
Date17 noviembre 2012
EquipmentVixen ED81 Nq6pro Canon 450D refrigerada por XAP
DescriptionAn object is visible to the naked eye in the night sky with a prominent place in ancient mythology, located next to the constellation Taurus
LocationWinter Star Party Scout Key Florida
EquipmentTelevue Np127 at prime focus with Canon 60Da single 180 second exposure at 3200 ISO on a Losmandy G11 Mount
DescriptionOne of the reasons I go south for Winter Star each year is to gaze at Omega Centauri. 10th magnitude M68 in Hydra is at the same RA directly above for caomparison.
Date17 March 2013 at 09:13 PM
EquipmentUsed Sky-watcher 6 inch Dobsonian Telescope with Canon EOS 550D DSLR at prime focus.
DescriptionLunar occultation of 5.5 Mag. Star 1 Tauri (HIP 19388) Started 09:13 PM Ended 10:06 PM Observed from Dombivli, India. Clear Sky condition with Moderate City Light Pollution. Equipment used - Canon EOS 550D DSLR at prime focus of Sky-watcher 6 inch Dobsonian Telescope. EXIF Data Manual mode ISO 800 Shutter 0.6 Sec. Inset image cropped to get closeup views.
LocationChino Valley, AZ
Date1/7/2013 to 1/17/2013
EquipmentTelescope: Takahashi FSQ – 106ED @ f/5 Mount: Losmandy G11 Camera: SBIG STF – 8300 Filters: Baader LRGB Exposure Time (s) Lum 390 min (39 x 10 min) Red 70 min ( 7 x 10 min) Green 90 min ( 9 x 10 min) Blue 120 min (12 x 10 min)
DescriptionM45, the Pleiades cluster, is probably the most famous cluster in the sky. The cluster is easily visible with the naked eye. However, it is best viewed with binoculars or small telescopes. Although the cluster is also called the Seven Sisters, it actually contains over 3000 stars. Located in the constellation of Taurus, M45 is about 400 light-years away and only 13 light-years across.
LocationMichigan...Gratiot-Saginaw State Game area
EquipmentWilliam Optics FLT 110 triplet, CGEM mount, Orion starshoot auto guider, Baader UHC/LPR filter, Pentax K5, iso 400, 3 - 9 minute exposures processed and stacked in L4 and CS5.
DescriptionThe blue reflection nebula of M45, the Pleiades, in the constellation Tauras.
LocationAlbalate de Zorita, Spain
Date23/09/2012 - 01:46 UT
EquipmentRefractor TS Photoline 80mm/f7 and Canon 350D without IR filter at prime focus
DescriptionThe open cluster NGC 457 in Cassiopeia, also known, at least in Spain, as the ET by drawing that form its stars. FOV 1,71x1,13, with a resolution of 2.35 s arc/pixel
Locationprocessed in Grafton,Ontario
Dateprocessed March 5, 2013
EquipmentHubble Telescope Legacy Archives data processed
DescriptionNGC 602 taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Data processed by Lynn Hilborn on March 05, 2013. Data from the Hubble Legacy Archives established by the Space Telescope Science Institute, the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre. Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602.
LocationSanibel Island, SW Florida
DateFebruary 3, 2013 2:00 UT
EquipmentTelescope or Lens Used: Televue 60mm is refractor Aperture: 60mm Focal Ratio: f/6 Camera: Canon EOS 550D, Gary Honis Modified Mount: Celestron CGEM, Hypertuned Filter(s): Baader UV/IR Replacement filter Exposure Time(s): 35 images at 180 seconds each; total integration time 1.75 hours Special Techniques Used: Processed in Photoshop CS3
DescriptionNGC 869 and 884 form a beautiful pairing in the autumn and winter skies of the Northern Hemisphere. The Milky Way of Cassiopeia and Perseus creates a perfect backdrop for the Double Cluster.
Equipment10x10min iso800,darks,flats Canon T1i AT72ED/AT2FF mounted on the LX200 Guided with PHD-50mm/SSAG Takne outside of town in the green-zone.
DescriptionThe Pleiades-M45 also called as the Seven Sisters,lies in the constellation Taurus.One of the nearest star cluster to Earth.
LocationJalori Pass, Kullu,Indian Himalayas
Date11th Sept , 2012
EquipmentNikon D 7000 Lens : Nikkor 18-35mm
DescriptionI was in a real gloomy mood inside my tent whilst on a recent trek.I had this urge to go out and have a drag around 9 PM. Who said diamonds are found only on earth..i saw them scattered across the sky , as i stepped out of my tent..into the crisp , cold, rarefied mountain air, ...and as if to add to the beauty, the woolly mist rolled in out of nowhere ...and enveloped the valley in an affectionate hug...much like a mother hugging her new born child in winter ...i was only a privileged spectator...and blessed too..for it was ordained for me to witness the sublime union ...and so i thanked the stars of my existence that they allowed me the honor of this gentle and encompassing spectacle...i am blessed in ways that elude the ordinary mortals ...such are the honors and pleasures that life bestows upon me.