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Rosette Nebula811 viewsThe Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237-8, 46) and the open cluster NGC 2244 in the center of the nebula is found in the constellation Monoceros. The nebula is one of the largest in the sky. The nebula was photographed with a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and Canon 20Da (ISO 800); Exposure was a total of 2.5 hours (30 x 300 seconds), calibrated, aligned, and stacked in Images Plus and processed in Photoshop CS4.
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Messier 82 in Ursa Major616 viewsMessier 82 in the constellation Ursa Major, which contains the familiar star group or asterism “the Big Dipper”. Messier 82 is a classic example of a starburst galaxy, in which is undergoing a high rate of star formation. This image was taken with a 130 mm f/8 Astro-Physics refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera on an AP1200 mount. Image was a total of 11 hrs 25 min exposure (137 x 5 min lights; 30 darks; 64 flats); Calibrated in Images Plus 5.0 and processed with PixInsight 1.8 and Photoshop CS6.
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Hubble's variable nebula in Monoceros496 viewsHubble's Variable Nebula (NGC 2261) is a small 2 x 4 arcminute nebula found in the constellation Monoceros. One suggestion proposed for the observed variability is due to dust clouds near R Monocerotis periodically changing the nebula's illumination. The image was a total of 6 hr 20 min exposure with a 12.5” f/9 RCOS telescope and SBIG STF8300c camera (OAG with ST-i) on a Paramount ME (19 x 1200 sec lights @-15o C; 30 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats); Software: Sky X, MaxIm DL6, PixInsight 1.8.4.1195.
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The Soap Bubble in the Nebulosity of Cygnus479 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]).
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Cygnus Loop443 viewsThe Cygnus Loop, located in the constellation of Cygnus the Swan, is a supernova remnant that occurred after a massive star exploded between 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. The loop is about 3 degrees in size and continues to expand. The data for this image was obtained on the 17th and 19th of Jul 2015. It consist of 67 X 5min exposures obtained with a Canon 60Da camera, Orion ED80T telescope, and a Celestron CGEM mount.
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IC443 (Jellyfish Nebula)532 viewsIC443 (Jellyfish Nebula) is the supernova remnant of a massive star that exploded thousands of years ago. The nebula is located around 5,000 light years away from Earth in the constellation of Gemini. This image consist of 80 x 5min exposures taken with a Canon 60Da camera, Orion ED80T refractor, and a Celestron CGEM mount.
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Hydrogen alpha image of Messier 81182 viewsM8, an emission nebula, is found in the constellation Sagittarius. A significant portion of it's composition is hydrogen, which emitts light due to the excitation of the hydrogen atoms from radiation coming from the embedded stars in the nebula. A particular wavelenght of this emission, Ha, was imaged using a narrowband filter and assigned a red color (TeleVue 85 refractor; 0.8 reducer/fattener; SBIG ST-2000 CCD; 25 x 5 min lights; 30 darks; 41 flats).
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Horse Head Reworked958 viewsThis was taken at Steve's on Nov 2, 2007 this is 7x10 minute images. with TakFS102 and SBig ST2000XCM. I reworked the image to pull out more of the sutle areas.

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Jan 2019 lunar eclipse82 viewsJanuary 20, 2019 lunar eclipse taken with Borg 71FL refractor and Canon 1000D DSLR on a Vixen alt-az mount. Single exposure 0.8 sec, ISO 400Jan 22, 2019
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The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies83 viewsThis image of the Perseus cluster of galaxies, also known as Abell 426, is centered on NGC 1275. NGC 1275 is a giant elliptical galaxy, which is a radio source and x-ray emitter. Abell 426 is part of the Pisces-Perseus supercluster, which contains over a thousand galaxies. The image is a total of 9 hrs exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and a QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon Gen2 filters) on a Paramount ME taken on the nights of 7 Nov, 3, 13 Dec 2018 in Mayhill, NM (18 x 1200 sec lights; 3 x 1200 sec R, G, and B at -20 degrees; 24 darks; 128 flats; 128 bias). Processed with PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
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Open Cluster in Cassiopeia 84 viewsThe open cluster NGC 663 is found in the constellation Cassiopeia. NGC 663 contains a significant number of Be stars (spectral class B stars showing emission lines in their spectra). The distance from us is on the order of 2,100 parsecs (6850 light years). The image is a total of 5 hrs 20 min exposure taken with a 12.5” RCOS f/9 @ f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT67) and SBIG STF8300m camera on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 28 Nov and 3 Dec, 2018 (6 x 1200 sec R; 5 x 1200 sec G & B; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
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A Large Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia117 viewsNGC 281 is a H II emission nebula in Cassiopeia containing the open cluster IC 1590, which powers the ionization of the hydrogen gas. Large dust filaments as well as Bok globules, which may be the site of future star formation, can be seen. The image is a total of 5 hrs 20 min exposure in H alpha light. Image taken with a Takahashi CCA250 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera on a Paramount ME on the nights of 13, 15 Dec, 16 Nov 2018 in Mayhill, NM (16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C. Astrodon H alpha filter 5 nm bandwidth; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64). Oct 19, 2018
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An Edge-On Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices120 viewsNGC 4565, sometimes referred to as the Needle Galaxy, is an edge-on galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices. One can see the galaxy's yellowish central core, which is divided by obscuring dust lanes running the length of the equatorial plane. Total exposure was 10 hrs 20 min taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon Gen2 filters) on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 8, 15, 16 May; 17, 18 June 2018 ( 21 x 1200 sec lights; 4 x 1200 sec R; 3 x 1200 sec G; 3 x 1200 sec B all @ -20 degrees C; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats for each channel). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x 64). An annotated image can be found on the Amateur Astronomers facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmateurAstronomersGroup Sep 07, 2018
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The Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici154 viewsNGC 4631 is found in the constellation Canes Venatici. The wedge-shape of this galaxy gives rise to its nickname, the Whale Galaxy. The starburst regions of this galaxy can be seen in the photo, which are due to intensive star formation. Tidal interactions of NGC 4627, which is seen just above NGC 4631, has been suggested as one of the reasons for the active core of NGC 4631 (as well as tidal interactions with other nearby galaxies). The small edge-on galaxy at the top of the image is PGC 3794315 (NASA Extragalactic Database). Total of 5 hr 40 min exposure taken with an SBIG STF8300c CCD camera and a 12.5 inch RCOS f/9 astrograph operating at f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT067 reducer) mounted on a Paramount ME on the nights of 8, 15, 16 May 2018 in Mayhill, New Mexico (17 x 1200 sec Lights @ -15 degrees C; 15 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).Jul 13, 2018
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Turbulent nature of the Jellyfish Nebula217 viewsFound in the constellation Gemini, the Jellyfish Nebula, also designated IC 443, is a large supernova remnant. The emission of the nebula is due to the excitation of hydrogen atoms as the rapidly expanding shell collides with the surrounding molecular gas. This hydrogen-alpha image shows the turbulent nature of the nebula as the resultant shock wave expands. Image taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon 5nm H-alpha filter) on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of the 23rd, 24th January 2018. Total of 7 hr exposure (21 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x 64).Jun 30, 2018
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An Open Cluster and Nebula in the constellation Auriga424 viewsNGC 1931 is a relatively young open cluster surrounded by emission and reflection nebulosity (Sharpless 2-237) in the constellation Auriga. Faint red hydrogen emission can be see in the region surrounding the compact cluster/nebulosity. Sharpless 2-237 shows both red hydrogen emission and blue reflection nebulosity. Image was a total of 15 hours of exposure through a Takahashi CCA250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg camera @ -20 degrees C. (Astrodon Gen 2 filters) on a Paramount ME on the nights of 23, 30 Nov and 5 Dec 2016 and 13, 18, 19 Jan 2018 in Mayhill, NM (Lum 30 x 1200 sec; Red 5 x 1200 sec; Green 5 x 1200 sec; Blue 5 x 1200 sec; with corresponding Flats, Darks, and Bias). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64). Color calibration and RGB image stretch with PixInsight's Photometric Color Calibration and Arcsinh Stretch, respectively.Mar 30, 2018