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The Trifid Nebula Messier 201124 viewsMessier 20, aka the Trifid Nebula, is both an emission nebula (H-II region imaged in red) and reflection nebula (blue coloration), which is found in the constellation Sagittarius. M 20 is a young star forming region. Image was taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm camera (@ -15 degrees) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image is a total of 4 hr 20 min exposure (26 x 10 min lights, 64 flats, 64 bias, 15 darks) that was calibrated, aligned, integrated (PixInsight nomenclature for combined), and processed in PixInsight 1.8 with final levels/curves in Photoshop CS6. Optec Alnitak panel used for flats.
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The Pleiades Open Star Cluster1109 viewsMessier 45, commonly known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, is found in the constellation Taurus. The structure in the nebulous regions is created by interstellar magnetic fields. The image was captured using 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; Subs calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8 Ripley with final levels/curves adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Messier 82 in Ursa Major917 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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The Bubble Nebula952 viewsThe bubble nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia was taken with an Astro-Physics 130 f/8 refractor and an SBIG ST2000xcm camera (cooled to –20o C) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. The total exposure time was 10 hrs 5 min (121 x 5 min lights; 33 darks; 64 flats) and the images calibrated, registered, combined and processed in PixInsight 1.8 with final adjustments in Images Plus 5.0 and Adobe Photoshop CC.
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The Rho Ophiuchi Nebulae IC 4604 and IC 46031059 viewsOn the border of Scorpius and Ophiuchus by Antares lies a complex region of dust, molecular clouds, and reflection nebula. In the center of this image is the triple star Rho Ophiuchi, which is surrounded by the blue reflection nebula IC 4604. Throughout the image large dust clouds are seen. To the right of IC 4604 is the smaller reflection nebula IC 4603. Image was acquired using a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph and a modified Canon 40D DSLR camera on a Paramount. Images Plus 5.0 was used for calibration and stacking of the sub images. PixInsight 1.8 Ripley was used to process the image. Image was a total of 2 hours 40 minutes exposure (16 x 10 min lights, 13 darks, 64 flats, 64 flat darks).
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Messier 11954 viewsMessier 11, often called the Wild Duck Cluster, is found in the constellation Scutum in a rich region of our Milky Way galaxy. There are about 2900 stars attributed to the cluster. Total exposure was 3 hours 20 min through a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor with a SBIG ST2000xcm camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (20 x 10 min lights; 15 darks; 64 flats; 64 bias). Lights graded in Images Plus 5.0; processed in PixInsight 1.8 with final levels/curves adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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The Flaming Star Nebula973 viewsThe Flaming Star Nebula, designated IC 405 or Caldwell 31, is found in the constellation Auriga. IC 405 is both an emission and reflection nebula and is associated with the star AE Aurigae. The image was captured using a Takahashi E-130D f/3.3 astrograph and a SBIG STF-8300c CCD camera on a Paramount. Total integration time was 6 hrs 50 min (41 x 10 min lights at -20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 lights; 64 bias). Images were graded in Images Plus 5.0; subs were calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8 Ripley, with final adjustments in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Trumpler 37 and IC 1396969 viewsThe bright open cluster Trumpler 37, which is approximately 90' in diameter, is surrounded by the even larger emission nebula IC 1396 (170' x 140'). Both are found in the constellation Cepheus. The bright-rimmed globule extending downward towards the center of the image is often called the Elephant's Trunk Nebula. The image is a total integrated exposure time of 4 hrs 40 min with a modified Canon 40D and a Takahashi Epsilon E-180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount; 28 x 10 min lights; 12 darks; 65 flats; 64 bias; Images graded in Images Plus 5.0; Calibrated, registared, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8 RC7; Final adjustments in Photoshop CS6/CC.
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NGC 281 The Packman Nebula1011 viewsNGC 281, aka the Packman Nebula, is an emission nebula (H II region) in the constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula also contains the open cluster IC 1590, whose OB stars ionize the hydrogen, as well as several dark Bok globules. The image was taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and SBIG ST2000xcm camera @ -15 degrees C on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image was a total of 3 hours 40 minutes integration time (22 x 10 min guided lights; 15 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias). Individual lights graded in Images Plus 5.0; Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8, with final levels adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.
     
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