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Leo Triplet with Tidal Trail929 viewsMessier 65, Messier 66, and NGC 3628 are commonly known as the Leo Triplet. M 65 is a spiral galaxy whose center is comprised of older yellowish stars (bottom left center of image). M 66 (top center) and NGC 3628 (top right center of image; aka the hamburger galaxy) are suggested to have had a past encounter that resulted in a faint tidal trail seen coming off the top of NGC 3628. The image was captured with a modified Canon 40D (ISO 800) and a Takahashi E180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Total exposure time was 8 hours (48 X 10 min guided sub-exposures; 13 darks; 64 flats; 64 flat darks). Calibrated and stacked with Images Plus 5.0; processed with PixInsight 1.8 followed by final Levels and Curves adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
The Crescent Nebula in Cygnus622 viewsThe Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) is an emission nebula found in the constellation Cygnus. A leading hypothesis suggests that the strong stellar winds from the central Wolf-Rayet star collides with the stars outer atmospheric envelope ejected in a previous evolutionary phase, which energizes the nebula and leads to the observed structure. This H alpha image is a total of 5 hours of exposure taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon 5 nm Ha filter) on a Paramount ME; August 11th , 13th 2015 in Mayhill, NM (15 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C; 21 darks; 126 bias; 128 flats) Image acquisition MaxIm DL 6.08; Calibration, alignment, integration, and processing in PixInsight Ripley (x64).
What a diiference a filter makes!1231 viewsHere is the Sun taken on 10/3/11 at 11:15 AM first in White light (left) and Calcium K (right) using a Stellarvue 80ED. The white light image shows a few sunspot groups while the CaK image shows much more detail and areas of increased magnetic activity. AR1302 is on the far right, nearly rotating out of view. The white light image was taken using an Orion glass filter and single snapshot from a Canon T2i. The CaK image was taken with an Imaging Source camera and Lunt B1200 CaK filter.
IC5070 (Pelican Nebula)772 viewsIC5070 (Pelican Nebula) located in the constellation of Cygnus is part of a large H-II cloud. The hydrogen gas is excited by the energy originating from nearby stars, and then emits its own light in the red wavelength of hydrogen. The image consist of 4 hours of exposures taken with a Canon 60Da camera, ES 127mm refractor with .8 reducer, mounted on a Celestron CGEM mount. The image was stacked with Nebulosity 4 and processed with Pixinsight 1.8.
The Sun and Sunspot AR2297835 viewsThe Sun as of March 14, 2015. This image shows sunspot AR2297 (white area top-right) which emitted several M class solar flares. The image consist of 3,000 frames taken with an ImagingSource DBK camera, 60mm Solar Max telescope double stacked, Meade LX80 mount, stacked with RegiStax and processed with PhotoShop CS6.
Cygnus Widefield1079 viewsTaken with the stock 18-55mm lens at 18mm. Piggybacked on my Celestron Ultima 8.
The Seven Sisters1357 viewsThe star cluster Messier 45 in the constellation Taurus is popularly referred to as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. The blue color of the reflection nebulosity is due to the blue light of the brightest stars being scattered by the surrounding dust. The pink tones in the right hand portion of image are due to weak emission of a gaseous component. Total combined exposure is eight hours with a modified Canon 40D DSLR at ISO 800 and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph (96 x 5 min lights; 64 flats; 30 darks; Paramount; Images Plus and Adobe PhotoShop CS5).
Messier 46 and NGC 2438971 viewsThe open cluster Messier 46 and the accompanying planetary nebula NGC 2438 are found in the winter constellation Puppis. The open cluster contains 186 stars brighter than 13th magnitude and many more fainter stars. The cluster lies in our Milky Way galaxy at a distance of approximately 4480 light years from us. Image is a total of 1 hr 45 minutes exposure ( 21 x 5 min lights @ -25o C; 30 darks; 64 flats; Astro-Physics 130 mm f/8 refractor & 1200 mount; SBIG ST2000XCM CCD camera).

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Jan 2019 lunar eclipse404 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
The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies450 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 Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
Open Cluster in Cassiopeia 421 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 Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
A Large Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia470 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 Ripley (x64). Oct 19, 2018
An Edge-On Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices477 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 Ripley (x 64). An annotated image can be found on the Amateur Astronomers facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmateurAstronomersGroup Sep 07, 2018
The Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici505 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 Ripley (x64).Jul 13, 2018
Turbulent nature of the Jellyfish Nebula681 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 Ripley (x 64).Jun 30, 2018
An Open Cluster and Nebula in the constellation Auriga763 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 Ripley (x64). Color calibration and RGB image stretch with PixInsight's Photometric Color Calibration and Arcsinh Stretch, respectively.Mar 30, 2018