Photo GalleryEditors' Choice Archive
LocationJMSM Observatory, Mayhill, NM
DateOctober 29 through November 7, 2007
Equipment# Telescope: TMB152, 1200mm FL # Mount: Paramount ME # Camera: SBIG STL-6303 CCD, AstroDon E-Series TruBalance Ha and RGB Filters
DescriptionThree panel mosaic of the California Nebula. Exceptionally deep (both in detail and color) and much higher resolution than normally seen on this object (due to the mosaic at longer focal length). Full resolution image is ~5800x3000 pixels. Image is a combination of Ha and RGB data. The Ha data was used for the nebula in the red channel (100%) and partially in the blue channel (15%). The red data was used only for the stars in the red channel. The green and blue data were used for the entire image. Total exposure time for the entire image is 26 hours 18.2 minutes.
LocationLos Alamitos, CA
EquipmentTakahashi FS102, SX-AO @.2-.4 sec guider exposures, CS 10 nm HA filter-SX H9, IDAS LPR-H9C, G11 HA 14x20 min, RGB 32x20 min.
DescriptionThe Bubble Nebula in HA RGB. LPR and HA filters combined with extended exposure time (15 hours) were used to combat heavy suburban light pollution (Bortle white). The HA filtered images were used to enhance the nebula, tighten the stars, smooth the background, and eliminate light pollution.
PhotographerRichard S. Bell
Date11/30/2007 @ 10:00 pm EST
EquipmentTele Vue Pronto 70 mm refractor (with Focal Reducer/Field Flattener) and Canon 300D piggybacked on 12" LX200
DescriptionThis was my first chance to capture an image of Comet Holmes in over a month (Michigan weather can be very cruel). I'm glad it's still putting on a great show!
LocationGlen Allen, VA USA
DateNovember 21, 2007 4:50 UT
Equipment8" Celestron and DMK21AF04.AS
DescriptionThe Mare Cimmerium, Tyrrhenum, and Northern polar haze are prominent. As well as the bright area surrounding Elysium Mons. www.skynoir.com
LocationNew Smyrna Beach, FL
Date11/9/07 all night
EquipmentOrion ED80 Imaging Scope, Orion Sirius mount, Orion ST80 guidescope with Meade DSI-c. Canon RebelXT modified by Hap Griffin for imaging.
DescriptionIC443 the Jellyfish Nebula. 3 hours and 20 minutes with darks/flats and bias frames. IC 443 (also known as the Jellyfish Nebula) is a Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) in the constellation Gemini. Imaging scope was Orion ED80 - Orion Wideband Filter Canon Rebel XT - Hap Griffin Modified 40 x 300s Guided with PHD & EQMOD DSLR Focus V3, IRIS, PS CS3
PhotographerGabor Szitkay, Barnabas Koch
LocationHungary, Nyul village, A*P*O Observatory
DateNov. 4. 2007 22:00UT
Equipment180mm Nikon ED at F5,6, modified Canon 30D, Fornax 100 mount.
DescriptionThis photo shows Comet Holmes trough a 180mm Nikkor tele. The image is stacked from 20x155" images at ISO1250. You can see an intersting effect around the bright stars, because we used the F2.8 tele at F5.6.
EquipmentI used a Hutech modified Canon Digital Rebel XTi Camera with a Sigma 30mm lens on a Takahashi EM-10 equatorial mount. The shot is a composite of 20 images that are each 5 minutes long taken at ISO400 f/4.0. Stacking of the images was done in ImagesPlus 2.80 software and final processing in Adobe Photoshop CS2.
DescriptionThis is a widefield shot of the Orion constellation region. Not only in the familiar shape of the constaellation is visible, but also the bright red loop known as Barnard's Loop, The Rosette Nebula in the upper left as well as the bright start Sirius in the lower left of the frame.
LocationChisos Basin Big Bend National Park Texas
Date9/28/07 6:28 am
EquipmentCanon xti with 10 - 22mm set at 11mm. Camera is set on automatic
DescriptionEary morning shot of Venus rising by Casa Grande in the Big Bend National Park - Texas
LocationN. Billerica, MA
EquipmentCelestron CGE and William Optics 80mm Modified Canon350d and Celestron LPR Filter 33x360sec Processed In Photoshop
DescriptionThe Rosette Nebula
LocationMt Carroll, Illinois
DateNovember 7 11:00 PM
EquipmentCanon 40 D stock camera with Canon 300 mm F 2.8 image stabilized lens
DescriptionThis shot is my first DSLR image captured with a Canon 40D it's a combination of 10 frames at 6 minutes each processed in photoshop CS 3 The shot really shows how nicely the latest digital camera technology performs for astrophotography