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M46317 viewsMessier 46 (M46, NGC 2437) This open cluster is very rich, with 150 stars of mag 10-13 and probably a total population of over 500. The brightest of these stars are of spectral type A0, and each about 100 times more luminous than the Sun (the brightest is of apparent magnitude 8.7). This indicates an age of about 300 million years. As a special and famous feature which is also obvious in my photograph, a planetary nebula (NGC 2438, also FC 87) appears within the apparent borders of M46. This object appears to lie near the northern fringes of the cluster. However, this nebula is not a true member but is superimposed, or perhaps a passing "guest". The distance of the cluster is 4,600 light years and only about 2,900 light years for the nebula
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IC 4592 Blue Reflection Nebula in Scorpius259 viewsIC 4592 is a blue reflection nebula found in the constellation Scorpius. The image is a total of 4 hrs 10 min exposure (25 x 10 min lights; 30 darks; 55 flats; 64 bias; all at -15 degrees C) taken with an SBIG STF8300 CCD camera and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Image acquisition with Maxim DL 6 on June 1st , 2nd and 5th ; Calibration, registration, integration, and processing with PixInsight 1.8.2.1098.
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The Owl Nebula472 viewsThe Owl Nebula (Messier 97, or M97) is a planetary nebula in the Big Dipper about 2600 light years away. The nebula formed about 6,000 years ago when a Sun-like star died. The nebula gets its name from the owl-like "eyes". This narrowband image consists Hydrogen alpha, Hydrogen beta and Oxygen emission lines captured through a 120mm f/8.3 refractor and Atik 314L+ camera (109 min total exposure).
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M1655 viewsFirst light Shot from me ST-6 and new Mount. This is a single 4 minute shot at prime focus through my C8. Needs more time and better seeing.
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Markarian's Chain536 viewsMarkarian's Chain is found in the constellations Coma Berenices and Virgo. The two brightest members are Messier 84 and 86 in the upper right hand portion of the photo. The two galaxies close in proximity below them are known as the "Eyes." The one that is very irregular in shape is NGG 4438 (also cataloged as Arp 120 in Arp's Catalog of Peculiar Galaxies) that as been suggested to be the result of the in-progress merger of two galaxies. 2.6 h (32 x 300 sec) total exposure; Takahashi E-180; Canon 20Da
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M52286 viewsM52 takne with FS102 using a SBIG 2000XCM Camera. This was taken at Steves. It is 7 - 10 minute images, darks, flats and bias applied. Steve made final adjustment from his calibrated screen to darken the image.
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M33423 viewsMessier 33 (M33, NGC 598) The Triangulum Galaxy is a prominent member of the local group of galaxies. This galaxy is small compared to its big apparent neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy M31, and to our Milky Way galaxy, but is more of average size for spiral galaxies in the universe. The distance is approximately 3 million light years.
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Massive Filament on the Sun149 viewsA dark filament of magnetism in the sun's southern hemisphere has curled upon itself to form a circle of gargantuan proportions. The circumference of the ring is almost a million kilometers (600,000 miles)! Magnetic filaments are very often unstable, and have a tendency to collapse. Filaments crashing to the surface of the sun can cause of a type of explosion called a Hyder flare. Any flare from this filament could be extra-energetic as it releases the tension stored in its million-km coil. Image taken from Alamogordo, NM on 11/13/15 at 10:14 AM MST (1714 UTC) using a Meade Instruments Coronado 90mm SolarMax II telescope and Imaging Source 41AU02 camera.

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The Northern Trifid in Pegasus9 viewsThe Northern Trifid (aka NGC 1579) is found in the constellation Pegasus. Unlike its southern neighbor Messier 20 from which it got its name, the reddish hues are not a HII region but rather dust lighted by the reflection of a star with an unusual amount of H-alpha emission as well as interstellar extinction (S. J. O'Meara, The Secret Deep, 2011, pp 79-81). Our current understanding suggests the Northern Trifid is a vast dusty star-forming region. Image was taken with a SBIG 8300c CCD camera and a RCOS 12.5 inch f9 astrograph on a Paramount ME. Total combined exposure of 8 hr 20 min on the nights of 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 5 Dec 2016 in Mayhill, NM (25 x 1200 sec lights @-15 degrees C; 18 darks, 128 bias; 128 flats); Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 (64 bit).Oct 15, 2017
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A Starburst Galaxy and the Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN)11 viewsThis HaLRGB image portrays the turbulent starburst galaxy Messier 82 in Ursa Major with its filamentary outflows of ionized hydrogen. Seen faintly in the image is the IFN, which is illuminated by the combined flux of the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Total of 18 hrs exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph; Nights of 15, 24, 28 March 2015; 12, 13 Jan 2016; 8, 9 Feb 2016 in Mayhill, NM: Paramount ME, QSI683wsg, Astrodon Gen2 filters (Ha 5 nm); (Lum 16 x 20 min; Ha 17 x 20 min; R 7 x 20 min; G 7 x 20 min; B 7 x 29 min all @ - 20 degrees C), calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 (x 64).
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Double Cluster in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way36 viewsThe Double Cluster in Perseus, aka NGC 884 and NGC 869, lies in a rich star field of the Milky Way. A favorite object at public star parties, most observers can pick out an orange star among the bright blue stars of the clusters. Studies suggest that the Double Cluster is relatively young and is approximately 7,500 light-years away. Image is a total of 2 hours exposure taken with a Canon 60Da and a Takahashi FSQ106ED with focal reducer (f3.6) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount taken in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 23, 30 Nov 2016 (8 x 900 sec lights; 18 darks, 128 bias, 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight 1.8.1195 with final adjustments in Photoshop CC.Jul 09, 2017
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The Soap Bubble in the Nebulosity of Cygnus93 viewsThe Soap Bubble Nebula, or PN G755.5+1.7, is found in the constellation Cygnus. The Soap Bubble is likely a symmetric planetary nebula, which is the expanding shell of ionized gas ejected from a star late in its lifetime. The faint nebula was discovered relatively recently in 2008 on photographs of the Cygnus region. Image was a total of 17 hr 20 min exposure taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon Gen2 H-alpha filter 5 nm; O[III] 3 nm) on a Paramount ME on the nights of 2, 4, 5, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30 October 2016 in Mayhill, NM (26 x 1200 sec H-alpha lights @ -20 degrees; 26 x 1200 sec O[III] lights @ -20 degrees; 23 darks; 128 flats of each filter; 126 bias; processed in PixInsight 1.8.4.1195; color assigned in SHO-AIP Red = 90 % H-alpha; G = 10% H-alpha and 100% O[III]; Blue = 100% O[III]).Apr 25, 2017
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A Young Open Cluster in a Nebulous Complex 184 viewsThe open cluster NGC 6910 is found in the nebulous emission complex IC 1318, which is located in the constellation Cygnus. As NGC 6910 is near the galactic plane, there is a significant amount of interstellar dust in the area. Indeed, the blue spectroscopic star HIP 100548 (aka SAO 49563) is rendered yellowish white due to the light scattering by the interstellar dust. Estimated distance of the star cluster and nebula is 2,000 to 5,000 light years. Image was taken with a 12.5 inch at f/9 RCOS astrograph with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 4, 5, 21, 25, 29, ant 30 Oct 2016. Total of 14 hr 20 min exposure (43 x 1200 sec lights at -15 degrees C; 18 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats); image acquisition MaxIm DL 6; calibration, registration, integration, and processing in PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Ripley (x64) Mar 03, 2017
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NGC 1491179 viewsNGC 1491 is an emission nebula found in the constellation of Perseus. It is located over 10,000 light-years from Earth and it forms part of the larger Sharpless 206 nebula. This image consists of over 5 hours of imaging with a Canon 60Da camera, 8” TPO telescope on a Celestron CGE Pro mount. Calibrated, stacked, and processed with PixInsight 1.8Feb 11, 2017
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NGC1973180 viewsNGC 1973 (Running Man Nebula) is a reflection nebula associated with Orion’s molecular cloud. The nebula is located just .5 degree north of the Great Orion Nebula and 1,500 light years away from Earth. The blue color derives from the interstellar dust reflecting the light from the surrounding young stars. The image consists of 75 x 5min exposures taken with a Canon 60Da and TPO 8” RC telescope mounted on a Celestron CGE Pro mount. Images were stacked with Nebulosity 4 and processed with PixInsight 1.8 Jan 04, 2017
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The Milky Way at Sagittarius178 viewsA close-up into the Milky Way galaxy near the constellation of Sagittarius. M8, M20, M17 and many clusters are distinguishable among the dust lanes and dark regions of the Milky Way. Taken from Valley of Fires Recreation Area near Carrizozo, NM on September 24, 2016. The image consists of 20 x 2 minutes exposures utilizing a Canon 60Da at f6.3, 70mm focal length, and ISO1600. Stacked with Nebulosity 4 and processed with PixInsight 1.8.Dec 18, 2016