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A Starburst Galaxy and the Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN)984 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).
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Double Cluster in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way996 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.
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AN OPEN CLUSTER IN THE DUST CLOUDS OF PERSEUS720 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.
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The Northern Trifid in Pegasus991 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).
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An Open Cluster and Nebulous Region in Auriga721 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).
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A portion of the Eastern Veil Nebula in Cygnus721 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).
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Planetary Nebula Messier 27 in Vulpecula761 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.
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A Spiral Galaxy in Leo122 viewsMessier 66, aka M66 or NGC 3627, is a spiral galaxy (semi-barred) found in the constellation Leo. M66 belongs to a group of galaxies including M65 and NGC 3628 known as the Leo Triplet. In the past, it is likely that M66 that encountered NGC 3628. M66 lies around 31 to 33.5 million light-years from us. Image is a total of 10 hr 40 min combined exposure taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg CCD camera mounted on a Paramount ME on the nights of 28, 29 March, 3, 29 May 2019 and 15, 26 April 2020 in Mayhill, NM (19 x 1200 sec Lum; 4 x 1200 sec R; 5 x 1200 sec G; 4 x 1200 sec B all at -20 degrees C.; 128 Bias; 22 Darks; 128 Flats for LRGB, respectively). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.8-7 Ripley (x64).
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The Ring Nebula in the Constellation Lyra141 viewsM57, the ring nebula, is found in the constellation Lyra. M57 is a planetary nebula, which is an expanding shell of gas ejected from a star in the later stages of its evolution. The image captured the outer halo structure of M57 as well as the galaxy IC 1296 (see annotated image on the Facebook page). Image is a total of 9 hr 20 min exposure taken through a 12.5” RCOS f/9 astrograph at f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT67 reducer) with a SBIG STF8300m CCD camera on a Paramount ME on the nights of 18, 19, 22 May 17, 19 June 2020 in Mayhill, NM (13 x 1200 s lights, 5 x 1200 s blue, 5 x 1200 s red, 5 x 1200 s green all at -15 degrees C). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.8-6 Ripley (x64).
     
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