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Stars & Star Clusters
Date27march 2009 23 + 1
EquipmentNewton 10 inch f 4.8, eq6 pro, autoguide magz, baader coma corrector, canon 350D unmodified
Descriptionunder a quite polluted sky with low transparency, I took this picture relative to the planetary nebula and the open cluster. The planetary is visible with focal lenght about 1 meter. In wide field is not good visible but it possible to see the M47 open cluster, quite close to M46
LocationPottawatomie Co., Kansas
DateMay 4, 2008
EquipmentGuided Canon Rebel XTi with an 85mm Nikkor lens @ f/5.6; 3 minute exposue at ISO 800.
DescriptionHere are three fine Messier objects all "clustered" together in Auriga: M36, M37, and M38. Open clusters all, these winter sparklers are an easy target with binoculars, and resolve well in scopes as small as 4 inches in diameter.
Location35 km north of linz, austria
Equipment9" TMB Apo SXVF H16
DescriptionDate: 13.7.2007 - seeing 6-7/10; transp. 4-5/10 Scope: 9" TMB Apo f/6.8 using Astrophysicsreducer for OSC - M25C. 9" f/9 for monochrome CCD H16. CCD: SXVF H16- 10x1 sec L, 10x1 sec + 10x4 min R,G,B (synthetic L) Filter: Astronomik IIc July 2008: Software: AstroArt4 image acquisition, autoguiding, preprocessing in Maxim Dl Processing: postprocess. PS CS2 The colors in the image result from a G2V star-color-calabration procedure for the entrire image-train.
Date02-01-09 3:30 am
EquipmentOrion Atlas Mount Orion 6" Imaging Newtonian Orion SSDSCI Pro
Description20x180 Second Exposures Nice cluster of about 500,000 stars in Canes Venatici, some 33,900 light years away from Earth
PhotographerManuel Rodriguez Huerta
DateDecember 28, 2008 19:02 h. Local Time (UT -6).
EquipmentSony DSC-W100 digital camera. f/2.8, ISO speed 125, focal length 7.9 mm, exposure 3 sec.
DescriptionThe Earth, the Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus (Five Solar System Objects) in a single picture, an event not usually seen.
LocationApex, NC home PC
Datefrom pc MS WW Telescope program
EquipmentPhote from home PC with MS WW telescope program running.
Descriptionimage may be a reflection of telescope. I just happen to zoom in on Vega and notice this image. Editor's note: yes, this is a typical reflection on the DSS plates. I still included it on the gallery as an excample- that's for being skeptical. -Sean Walker
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.