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Pelican Nebula1336 viewsA single guided one-hour exposure of the pelican nebula in Cygnus taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 using a Canon 20Da DSLR on a Astro-Physics 1200 mount
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The Great Nebula in Orion1603 viewsMessier 42 in the constellation Orion is a star forming region in our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is a difficult object to photograph because of it's large variation in brightness. The attached is an image of M42 that is a combination of multiple stacked 10 second, 30 second, 60 second, 150 second, and 300 second exposures using Photoshop's High Dynamic Range tool ( Canon 20Da DSLR and an Astro-Physics 130mm f/8 refractor).
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The Spider and the Fly1269 viewsIC 417, aka the spider, located in the constellation Auriga is the bright emission nebula in the center of the image. The smaller emission and reflection nebula NGC 1931, aka the fly, is located to the right. In the upper left-hand corner is the emission nebula IC 410. Exposure was a total of 3 hr 10 min (38 X 5 min) with a Takahashi E-180 and modified Canon 40D @ ISO 800 (30 darks, 60 flats). Image aquisition with Images Plus 4.0; Calibration, alignment, and stacking in Images Plus 3.82b.
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Narrowband Horsehead region1524 viewsThis is a narrowband image of the Horsehead nebula (B33) region in Orion taken with the Tzec Maun telescope in Mayhill. The "Horsehead" is actually a cold, thick, dark gas that is blocking the light from the bright (emission) nebula behind it. Hydrogen is indicated with red, sulfur is in green (yellow is a combination of hydrogen and sulfur) and Blue is Oxygen. The dats was collected back in January 2011 (3.5 hours worth) and processed by Steve. Thanks Steve !
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M171114 viewsAn image of Messier 17, commonly call the Omega, Horseshoe, or Swan Nebula, in the constellation Sagittarius. There are over 600 stars within this gaseous nebula. The image was taken with a Canon 20Da DSLR at ISO 800 (26 x 5 min light exposures, 35 x 5 min Darks, and 64 lights) and a Takahashi E-180 astrograph. Processed and calibrated using Images Plus 3.80 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
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Narrowband image of the Crescent Nebula in Cygnus507 viewsThe Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) is found in the constellation Cygnus, whose emission is powered by strong stellar winds from a Wolf-Rayet star colliding with previously expelled outer envelopes of the stars atmosphere. This narrow band image is a combination of 5 hrs of H alpha data (Astrodon 5 nm Gen 2 filter) and 5 hrs 20 m of O[III] data (Astrodon 3 nm Gen 2 filter). Taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera on a Paramount ME; August 11th , 13th and Sept 14th - 17th, 2015 in Mayhill, NM (Ha, 15 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C; O[III], 16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C 21 darks; 126 bias; 128 flats) Image acquisition with MaxIm DL 6.08; Calibrated, aligned, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.4.1185 Ripley (x64); Colors assigned ( Red = Ha, Green = 15% Ha + 85% O[III], Blue = O[III] ) and combined using SHO-AIP script.
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The Interacting Galaxies Messier 51 and NGC 5195770 viewsMessier 51 and it's smaller companion galaxy NGC 5195, a pair of interacting galaxies (designated Arp 85), are found in the constellation Canes Venatici. NGC 5195 exhibits tidal trails (stars accelerated into highly eccentric orbits) as a result of this encounter. Image was taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Total exposure time was 12 hrs 20 min taken over 5 nights (74 x 10 min lights; 15 darks; 64 flats; 64 bias). Image acquisition MaxIm DL; Calibration, registration, integration, and processing in PixInsight 1.8.2 with final adjustments in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Cygnus Widefield843 viewsTaken with the stock 18-55mm lens at 18mm. Piggybacked on my Celestron Ultima 8.

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Jan 2019 lunar eclipse163 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 Galaxies179 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 179 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 Cassiopeia212 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 Berenices221 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 Venatici253 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 Nebula350 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 Auriga512 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