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Saturn - Webcam592 viewsThis was shot with a SPC900nc webcam prime focus through my C8 on May 30,2007. This was a stack of 900 out of 1800. Seeing was terrible. Needs better seeing conditions to pull out the ring details.
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Open Clusters in Vulpecula233 viewsNGC 6882 /NGC 6885 are open clusters in the constellation Vulpecula, although there is considerable discussion in the literature as to whether one is superimposed on the other, are separate clusters, or if they where accidentally duplicated in the original 1784 observation. The bright foreground star, 20 Vulpeculae, does not belong to the cluster. The image taken with a 12.5” RCOS f/9 astrograph and a SBIG STF8300c camera on a Paramount ME on Oct 2, 2016 in Mayhill, NM (5 x 1200 sec lights @ -15 degrees C; 18 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Ripley (x64).
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White Light Sun149 viewsSunspot AR2403 is almost 200,000 km long and is easily visible in this image taken from Maryland on 8/25/2015 using an Orion ED80T Triplet refractor and a color Atik 414ex camera. The telescope was equipped with a white light filter and the exposure was set to 0.001 sec. Light was further reduced by using a Moon filter in fromt of the camera. Great shot Chuck!
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IC 410, NGC 1893, and the "Tadpoles"340 viewsThe emission nebula IC 410 and the embedded open star cluster NGC 1893 are found in the constellation Auriga. The emission of IC 410, which is about 12,000 light-years away, is powered by the young hot stars in NGC 1893. The gas streamers just to the right and above center, often called the "Tadpoles", are moving away from the center of the nebula. The image is a total of 9 hours 40 minutes exposure with TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and SBIG ST2000xcm camera on a Astro-Physics 1200 mount (58 x 10 min lights at –20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 bias; 64 flats; Images graded in Images Plus 5.0 and calibrated, aligned, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8; final adjustment of star color with Photoshop CC)
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NGC 1499619 viewsNGC 1499, aka the California Nebula, is a diffuse nebula found in the constellation Perseus. The nebula, which is composed primarily of hydrogen gas, was discovered by E. E. Barnard in 1884 using a 6-inch refractor. The image is a total exposure of 3 hours 5 min (37 x 300 sec lights) using a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and a Canon 20Da DSLR at ISO 800 (30 darks, 67 flats). Image processed using Images Plus 3.82b and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
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Antares, M4 and the Rho Oph cloud704 viewsAntares is the bright star at the lower left of the image. It is over 700 times the diameter of our Sun. Globular cluster Messier 4 is seen on the lower right. The Rho Ophiuchus cloud complex is the closest star forming region to our solar system (~430 lght years away). The cloud complex is much larger than can fit in this image. Blue reflection nebula IC 4605 seen about mid-left, and IC4603 seen middle-top are created by interstellar dust. Borg 71FL astrograph with a modified Canon XS DSLR 36min exp.
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Galaxies in Virgo and Coma Berenices809 viewsMany galaxies are seen in the constellations Virgo and Coma Berenices. To the bottom left is seen the spiral galaxy Messier 88, in which young stars and active star formation are present. In the lower right corner is seen the elliptical galaxy Messier 87, whose golden brown coloration is suggestive of old stars and little if any star formation. In the upper right hand quadrant is a pair of galaxies, NGC 4438 and 4435, aka the Eyes or Arp 120. Exposure is a total of 13 hr 35 min (163 X 5 min).
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Andromeda Galaxy687 viewsTwo 30-minute exposures stacked of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f2.8 and a Canon 20Da DSLR.

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Planetary Nebula Messier 27 in Vulpecula10 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 Auriga13 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
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A portion of the Eastern Veil Nebula in Cygnus24 viewsPictured is a portion of the Eastern Veil Nebula, NGC 6992, in Cygnus. The Veil Nebula is the result of a supernova explosion about 15,000 years ago. 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 70% H-alpha + 30% 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).
Dec 10, 2017
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AN OPEN CLUSTER IN THE DUST CLOUDS OF PERSEUS45 viewsThe open cluster NGC 1342 is found in the constellation Perseus. The cluster is estimated to be 400 million years old and about 1,700 light years away. As seen in the image, dust clouds are prevalent in the area. To the upper left in the image is the blue reflection nebula VdB 18. The image is a total of 1 hour 45 min exposure taken with a Takahashi FSQ 106ED with focal reducer f/3.6 and a Canon 60Da (ISO 800) on an Astro-Physics 1200 Mount taken on 5 Dec 2016 in Mayhill, NM (7 x 900 sec lights, 18 darks, 128 bias, 128 flats). Process with PixInsight 1.8.5.Nov 01, 2017
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The Northern Trifid in Pegasus39 viewsThe Northern Trifid (aka NGC 1579) is found in the constellation Pegasus. Unlike its southern neighbor Messier 20 from which it got its name, the reddish hues are not a HII region but rather dust lighted by the reflection of a star with an unusual amount of H-alpha emission as well as interstellar extinction (S. J. O'Meara, The Secret Deep, 2011, pp 79-81). Our current understanding suggests the Northern Trifid is a vast dusty star-forming region. Image was taken with a SBIG 8300c CCD camera and a RCOS 12.5 inch f9 astrograph on a Paramount ME. Total combined exposure of 8 hr 20 min on the nights of 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 5 Dec 2016 in Mayhill, NM (25 x 1200 sec lights @-15 degrees C; 18 darks, 128 bias; 128 flats); Processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 (64 bit).Oct 15, 2017
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A Starburst Galaxy and the Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN)38 viewsThis HaLRGB image portrays the turbulent starburst galaxy Messier 82 in Ursa Major with its filamentary outflows of ionized hydrogen. Seen faintly in the image is the IFN, which is illuminated by the combined flux of the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Total of 18 hrs exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph; Nights of 15, 24, 28 March 2015; 12, 13 Jan 2016; 8, 9 Feb 2016 in Mayhill, NM: Paramount ME, QSI683wsg, Astrodon Gen2 filters (Ha 5 nm); (Lum 16 x 20 min; Ha 17 x 20 min; R 7 x 20 min; G 7 x 20 min; B 7 x 29 min all @ - 20 degrees C), calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.5.1353 (x 64).
Oct 08, 2017
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Double Cluster in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way75 viewsThe Double Cluster in Perseus, aka NGC 884 and NGC 869, lies in a rich star field of the Milky Way. A favorite object at public star parties, most observers can pick out an orange star among the bright blue stars of the clusters. Studies suggest that the Double Cluster is relatively young and is approximately 7,500 light-years away. Image is a total of 2 hours exposure taken with a Canon 60Da and a Takahashi FSQ106ED with focal reducer (f3.6) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount taken in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 23, 30 Nov 2016 (8 x 900 sec lights; 18 darks, 128 bias, 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight 1.8.1195 with final adjustments in Photoshop CC.Jul 09, 2017
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The Soap Bubble in the Nebulosity of Cygnus134 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]).Apr 25, 2017