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Stars & Star Clusters
EquipmentOrion 6" Imaging Newtonian Orion Starshoot Pro Orion Atlas Mount
DescriptionM45 18x300 Sec Exp.
LocationOCA Anza Dark Sky Site
EquipmentCelestron 80ED Refractor w/Williams Optics .8 Focal Reducer Canon 20d Losmandy G-11 w/Gemini Meade10"SCT as guide scope SBIG STV sutoguider
DescriptionThe Double Cluster is the common name for the open clusters NGC 884 and NGC 869, which are near each other in the constellation Perseus. A beautiful telescopic and photographic object that is visible by the naked eye from dark skies. Somehow Messier missed this one.
LocationFife Lake, Michigan
EquipmentMeade 80 mm refractor and SXVF-H9 CCD camera
DescriptionThis is a very nice asterism (non-associated stars that form a visual cluster) in the constellation of Vulpecula.that resembles a coat hanger. A full sized image can be seen here. http://astronomy.qteaser.com/images/TheCoatHangerSX.jpg
EquipmentSky-Watcher 8" EQ5 Dual Axis Drive - SC1 Modified for long exposure webcam (Philips SPC900)
DescriptionThis photo is about one of the most beautiful globular cluster. 70 x 10 seconds ligthframes stacked in mosaic mode. It was taken with a webcam modified for long exposure.
LocationLos Alamitos, CA
Equipment8" LX200R scope, G11 Mount, SX AO .2 sec exposures, IDAS LPR filter, Ha CS 10 nm filter, Oiii baader 8.5 nm filter, SX H9 Camera. Luminance 28x2 min, Ha and Oiii 17x5 min each
DescriptionGlobular cluster M 15 augmented with narrow band filters to enhance planetary nebula Pease 1 (red object lower right of core). Pease 1 was the first planetary nebula found in a globular cluster. It was initially noted to appear very bright on a photographic plate using a Pulkovo ultra-violet filter compared to neighboring stars (otherwise of about equal magnitude). Subsequent spectrographic study revealed green lines of oxygen characteristic of planetary nebulae as well as red lines of hydrogen. A larger version is available here: http://whwastro.homestead.com/files/M15-f10-2008-800r.jpg Here's a nice article on the topic by Leos Ondra: http://www.seds.org/MESSIER/xtra/leos/pease1.html
Date9/2/08 10:07 pm EDT
EquipmentC-8 + Meade LPI + 2X Barlow
DescriptionThe LPI and 2X Barlow easily split each pair.
PhotographerChris Dalla Piazza
Equipment2004-2007 Meade 10" Newtonian Starfinder and SXV-H9 2008 6" Lurie-Houghton Newtonian and SXXF-M25C
DescriptionThis is an animation of Barnard's star from 2004-2008. Total motion is 40" with North at top.
EquipmentOptik:6'' Maksutov Intes MK69 @900mm CCD:St10xme CFW10
DescriptionOptik:6'' Maksutov Intes MK69 @900mm CCD:St10xme CFW10 Filter:Astrodon Exposure:L60min, RGB 35,35,35min bin1x1 300sec sub Comments:Maxim, Astroart, PSP CS2, Fits Liberator
DateJuly 1, 2008
EquipmentCanon 350D Hap Griffin Baader Mod 40x10sec at iso 400 APM/TMB 130/780 Refractor Astronomik CLS Front "Clip" Filter Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionAlbireo (Beta Cygni) is one of the true showpieces of the night sky. It's contrasting golden-red and blue colors are a beautiful site in the amateur telescope. Star colors are usually subtle, ranging from a warm orange red to a hint of blue on white depending on the viewer's eyes. But put a star of one color next to one of another, and the eye seems to exaggerate both, making it one of the finest visual doubles in the sky.
EquipmentOrion 8" f/4.9 Reflector on Celestron CG-5 Mount with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi set up for prime focus photography.
DescriptionTHIS IS THE COAT-HANGER ASTERISM UPSIDE-DOWN.