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Stars & Star Clusters
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.
LocationTorino, Italy, near city center
Date17 August 2012, 21.51.47 UT
EquipmentRefractor Celestron Omni XLT 120 on a Vixen GP, motor in RA. Point Grey Flea2 FL2G-13S2M-C with a Televue Powermate 2,5x for a final f20.83. 304 frames of 133ms, about 100 stacked by means of Registax 5. Images taken with AstroIIDC. Final processing with Photoshop. The image has been enlarged three times to have comfortable size.
DescriptionThe photo shows Otto Struve 410, in particular its components A,B and C. Separation of AB is 0.9". Excellent seeing (9/10 on Pickering scale, 15 knots of wind at the 300 mb level (Unisys Weather)), SQM 17.7. The C star is 8.72; in the complete image also D component (10.02) is present, but here the image has been cropped because of the very strong difference between A and D, about 20 times which makes visualization very difficult. Separation is between rod shaped and figure eight, very good result for the 120mm; spherical aberration is present, but rings are clearly visible.
PhotographerPedro de Carvalho Paiva
LocationSao Carlos, SP, Brazil
DateJuly 13, 2012, 23:30 UT
EquipmentOrion ED 80mm f/7.5 refractor, Canon 1000D camera, HEQ5 Pro mount. Stack of 20 90-sec exposures.
DescriptionReigning supreme among all globular clusters in our galaxy is Omega Centauri. Easily visible to the naked eye even in suburban skies, it contains several million stars as old as the Galaxy itself.
PhotographerFernando Roquel Torres
LocationCaguas, Puerto Rico
Date6/29/2012 - 9:30PM
EquipmentCelestron Astromaster 114EQ, Eyepiece 32mm Plossl Omni, Canon PS A590 IS
DescriptionIn this photo shows the M13 Globular Cluster in Hercules Constellation
LocationWhite Mountain, CA
EquipmentRapid Omega with 180mm lens, guided 20 minutes
DescriptionThis photo of the central region of Scorpius was taken with a medium format camera using Ektachrome 200 film and a 20 minute exposure.