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M16832 viewsMessier 16 (M16) The Eagle Nebula is a conspicuous region of active star formation, situated in Serpens Cauda. The starforming nebula, a giant cloud of interstellar gas and dust, has already created a considerable cluster of young stars. The cluster is also referred to as NGC 6611, the nebula as IC 4703. The distance is 7000 light years.
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The Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici525 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).
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The Lagoon Nebula1010 viewsThe Lagoon Nebula (cMessier 8 or M8, and as NGC 6523) is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. The Lagoon Nebula is estimated to be between 4,000-6,000 light years from the Earth. The nebula contains a number of Bok globules (dark, collapsing clouds of proto-stellar material). Imaged using a 100mm F7.2 refractor (112 min) and Hap Griffin modified Canon 1000D DSLR (ISO 800).
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M65 and M661392 viewsM65 and M66 are two galaxies in the constellation Leo. Photographed using a Takahashi FSQ 106ED and a Canon 20Da DSLR. Exposure time was 27 minutes (9 X180 sec); calibrated, aligned, stacked, and DDP stretched in Images Plus followed by Adobe Photoshop CS4.
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California Nebula879 viewsThe California Nebula is an emission nebula which resembles the state of California. It is located in the constellation of Perseus. The photo consist of 12 5minutes photos utilizing a Canon 60Da on an Orion 80mm refractor. Images were stacked in Nebulosity with levels and curves adjusted with Photoshop CS6.
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Messier 13-Globular Cluster in Hercules1170 viewsWe were showing a number of globular clusters at our star party events at Oliver Lee State Park. Here is an image of M (Messier) 13 taken with the 6" SCT and a Canon Rebel XSi (15 min). (retouched after I got a new monitor)
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The IC 1805 region942 views IC 1805 is a bright heart-shaped emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. The open cluster in the center of IC 1805 is Melotte 15 that contains several extremely large stars whose intense radiation ionizes the hydrogen gas in the region. To the lower left of IC 1805 is the bright nebula NGC 896. To the mid-right of IC 1805 is the open cluster NGC 1027. The image encompasses a vast region with the image scale being approximately 3.1 x 2 degrees.
The image was taken with a Canon 60Da DSLR (ISO 800) and a Takahashi FSQ 106ED with focal reducer (f/3.6; focal length = 385 mm) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image was a total of 6 hours 15 minutes exposure [75 x 300 sec lights (guided with a Takahashi Mewlon 300/SBIG ST-i); 12 darks; 128 bias; 64 flats]. Images selected (SubframeSelector), calibrated (using a “superbias” master), registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.3.1115.
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The Seven Sisters1363 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).

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Jan 2019 lunar eclipse429 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 Galaxies474 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 441 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 Cassiopeia493 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 Berenices496 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 Venatici525 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 Nebula703 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 Auriga784 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