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Stars & Star Clusters
PhotographerDr. Anthony Recascino
LocationOrmond Beach. Florida
DateApril 25, 2009
Equipment12 Inch Meade LX200 with DSI II. Simple Photoshop processing.
DescriptionThe premier globular cluster NGC 5139. Nice wide area shot of this fabulous globular cluster which is almost as large as the full moon in the night sky.
DateMay 18, 2009
EquipmentSBIG ST-4000XCM,Celestron 9.25 Reduced 0.63, Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionMessier 3, SBIG ST-4000XCM, 14x600sec,Darks/Flats/Bias Applied,Imager Temp -20C,Celestron 9.25 Reduced 0.63,20% Crop. Messier 3 (also known as M3 or NGC 5272) is a globular cluster in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, and resolved into stars by William Herschel around 1784. This cluster is one of the largest and brightest, and is made up of around 500,000 stars. It is located at a distance of about 33,900 light-years away from Earth. Globular cluster M3 is extremely rich in variable stars: By 1978, 212 variables have been found, 186 periods determined, more than in every other globular cluster in our Milky Way galaxy.
DateMay 17, 2009
EquipmentSBIG ST-4000XCM, Celestron 9.25 reduced 0.63, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionM56 Globular Cluster in Lyra. SBIG ST-4000XCM, 14x600sec,imager Temp -20C, 30% Crop. Messier 56 (M56, NGC 6779) is located about half-way between Beta Cygni (Albireo) and Gamma Lyrae in an extremely star-rich region. It is one of the less bright Messier globulars, especially lacking the bright core which most globulars have. Nevertheless it is not too difficult to resolve, even at its rather large distance
EquipmentWilliam Optics Megrez II ED 80mm mounted on a C-11 using a Canon 20D camera. One 5 minute exposure.
DescriptionThe largest globular star cluster in our galaxy, Omega Centauri (aka NGC 5139). Omega Cen itself is about 15,000 light-years away and 150 light-years in diameter - the largest of 150 or so known globular star clusters that roam the halo of our galaxy. info taken from http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070419.html
LocationMidland Park, NJ
EquipmentModified 400D,8 inch SCT @ f/8 34*240 second ISO 400 exposures. Taken between 12:30 and 3:10 AM EST Atlas EQ-G PHD guided with a 66SD + DSI Pro I Calibrated [30B|30D|30F] and Sigma Clip combined in MaximDL 5 Processed in PSCS3 with GXT and Noel Carboni's Actions
DescriptionM13, also called the `Great globular cluster in Hercules', is one of the most prominent and best known globulars of the Northern celestial hemisphere. It was discovered by Edmond Halley in 1714, who noted that `it shows itself to the naked eye when the sky is serene and the Moon absent.' According to Charles Messier, who cataloged it on June 1, 1764, it is also reported in John Bevis' "English" Celestial Atlas.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateApril 16, 2009
EquipmentOrion 80ED (f/7.5); Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD, Guided; Canon 350D (self-modified) with Astronomik IR-block EOS clip filter + 2" Hutech IDAS LPS filter; 40 x 150s @ ISO 1600
DescriptionThis globular cluster in Canes Venatici was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. It is made up of about 500,000 stars. At magnitude 6.2, is is visible to the naked eye in very dark skies. This image is a total of 100 minutes and the temperature was 56° F. The mag. 14.1 galaxy NGC5263 is visible above M3 near the top of the image.
EquipmentMeade LXD75 8" SCT, Canon Rebel XTi @ prime focus. 5 second exposure. Processed in Photoshop CS4
DescriptionThe beautiful double star Albireo shown on a cool summer night in northern Arizona.
DateApril 4th. 2009
EquipmentOrion 100/600 refractor telescope, eq5 dual axis mount DSLR Canon 300d camera
Description20 frames, 10 darks stacked in DSS soft, edited with photoshop cs.
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.