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Messier 37475 viewsMessier 37 is an open cluster found in the constellation Auriga. The brightest star is a red giant (the cluster contains about 35), which is visible in the image near the center of the cluster (magnitude 9.1 – 9.2). The distance to this cluster is about 4500 light-years, although it may be a bit further. Image taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm camera at – 20 degrees on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (6.5 hr total exposure; 39 x 600 sec lights, 20 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias; Image acquisition with MaxIm DL and processed with PixInsight 1.8.1.1092 Ripley (x64).
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NGC 1528 in Perseus422 viewsNGC 1528 is an open cluster found in the constellation Perseus. William Herschel described it in 1790 as “A beautiful cluster of large stars, very rich, and considerably compressed”. Below NGC 1528 and to the bottom of the image is the emission nebula Sh 2-209. Image was taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph with a SBIG STF 8300c camera on a Paramount. Image was a combined exposure of 1.5 hours (Dithered 6 x 15 minutes lights @ -20 degrees C guided with a 60mm Baader finder with ST-i; 35 darks; 126 flats; 128 bias). Sub-frames acquired with MaxIm DL 6.07 and calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.3.1123 Ripley (x64).
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Messier 45 in the constellation Taurus539 viewsMessier 45, commonly known as the Pleiades, is an open cluster found in the constellation Taurus. Messier 45 is surrounded by a dusty reflection nebula, which accounts for its blue coloration, along with some pinkish-red coloration due to an ionized gas component. The image was processed with multiscale processing in PixInsight. The image taken with a Takahashi E-130D f/3.3 astrograph and a SBIG STF-8300c camera on a Paramount. Total integration time was 4 hr 20 min (26 x 10 min lights @ -20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 flats, 64 bias). Images were graded in Images Plus 5.0; Sub-exposures calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.2.1098.
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The Flaming Star Nebula 239 viewsThe Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405 or Caldwell 31, is found in the constellation Auriga. IC 405 is both an emission and reflection nebula that is associated with the star AE Aurigae. The image was taken using a Takahashi Epsilon 130D f/3.3 Astrograph and a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera (Paramount ME) on the nights of Nov 6th, 8th, 9th, 2013 in Mayhill, NM. Total integration time was 5 hrs 40 min (34 x 10 min lights at -20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 lights; 64 bias). Sub-frames were calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.4.1170 Ripley (x64).
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The California Nebula414 viewsNGC 1499, aka the California Nebula, is a large emission nebula in Perseus. It is about 2.5 degrees in length and has a very low surface brightness, which makes it somewhat of a challenge to observe visually. The image was taken with a Canon 60Da DSLR and a Takahashi FSQ106ED telescope with focal reducer (f/3.6 FL = 385 mm) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Total combined exposure was 5 hrs (20 x 15 min guided and dithered lights; 12 darks; 128 bias; 64 flats) taken over three nights (Oct 23rd , 27th , 28th 2014). Image acquisition with MaxIm DL6.07 and calibration, registration, and integration with PixInsight; processing with PixInsight 1.8.3.1123 Ripley (x64) and Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Messier 82 in Ursa Major505 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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Barnard 86 and NGC 6520855 viewsBarnard 86, which is a dark nebula, and the open cluster NGC 6520 in a Milky Way star field in Sagittarius. Four 3-minute exposures stacked taken with a Takahashi FSQ 106 and a Canon 20Da DSLR (ISO 400)
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Supernova in Messier 101938 viewsA supernova has appeared in the galaxy designed Messier 101. A supernova is essentially a star at the end of its lifetime that has exploded. This particular type of supernova is a type Ia, which is assumed to be due to the destruction of a white dwarf in a binary star system. The supernova can be seen in the image as the brightest "star" within the galaxy; located to the left of the center of the galaxy.

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The Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici18 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 Nebula24 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 Auriga176 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
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The edge-on galaxy NGC 891 in Andromeda 269 viewsThe edge-on galaxy NGC 891 is found in the constellation Andromeda. NGC 891 is approximately 30 million light-years away and is similar in size to our own Milky Way galaxy. A prominent dust lane is seen in the plane of the galaxy with tendrils of dust seen above and below that plain. These dust tendrils may be due in part to supernova explosions. The image is a total of 11 hours of exposure through a 12.5 inch f/9 RCOS astrograph with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera on a Paramount ME taken in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 13, 14 Oct 2016; 16 Nov 2017; 13, 15 Dec 2017, and 13, 19 Jan 2018 (33 X 1200 sec lights @ -15 degrees C; 18 darks, 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (X64).Feb 09, 2018
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The Planetary Nebula Messier 27 with O[III] Envelope 246 viewsThe planetary nebula Messier 27 is found in the constellation Vulpecula, which was discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier. The nebula is approximately 815 light-years away. The outer Oxygen envelope was captured using an O[III] filter. The image is a total of 12 hr exposure taken through three different telescopes: 12.5 inch f/9 RCOS astrograph with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera (Paramount ME); Astro-Physics 178 f/9 with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera (Astro-Physics 1200); and a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 with an QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon 3nm O[III] filter) on the nights of 14, 15, 16, 17 Sept 2015; 15 June 2016; 16, 17, 23 Oct 2017 in Mayhill, NM (13 x 1200 sec Lights at -20 deg C; 24 Darks, 128 Bias; 128 flats). Calibrated, Registered, Integrated, and Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).
Feb 02, 2018
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A section of the Eastern Veil Nebula in Cygnus238 viewsPictured is a portion of the Eastern Veil Nebula, NGC 6992, in Cygnus, which was discovered by William Herschel in 1784. The Veil Nebula is the result of a supernova explosion about 15,000 years ago and is approximately 2,500 light-years away. This bicolor narrowband image was taken through a Hydrogen-alpha filter and an Oxygen[III] filter, with the Red channel assigned to H-alpha, Green channel assigned to O[III], and the Blue channel assigned to 90% O[III]. The image was a total of 8 hrs 20 min exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and a QSIwsg CCD camera with Astrodon filters (H-alpha 5 nm; O[III] 3 nm) on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 17, 23, 24 October 2017 (O[III]: 16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C; H-alpha 9 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).
Jan 26, 2018
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Planetary Nebula Messier 27 in Vulpecula281 viewsThe planetary nebula Messier 27 is found in the constellation Vulpecula. The bluish central star that results in the emission is an hot O7 star, which is found in the center of the nebula shining at magnitude 13.5. The image is a total of 4 hr 20 min exposure taken through a 12.5 inch f/9 RCOS astrograph with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera on a Paramount ME on the nights of 16, 17, 23 Oct 2017 in Mayhill, NM (13 x 1200 sec Lights at -20 deg C; 24 Darks, 128 Bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64); Color calibration with the Photometric Color Calibration tool.Jan 07, 2018
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An Open Cluster and Nebulous Region in Auriga273 viewsNGC 1931, sometimes called “the fly”, is a relatively young open cluster surrounded by a field of nebulosity located in the constellation Auriga. The open cluster is approximately 7000 light-years distant. The image was taken through a Astrodon luminance filter (Gen2) with a QSI683wsg CCD camera and a Takahashi CCA250 f/5 astrograph on a Paramount ME on the nights of 23, 30 November and 5 December 2016 in Mayhill, NM (30 x 1200 sec Lights @ -20 degrees C.; 18 darks; 128 bias, 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).
Dec 22, 2017