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Mercury transit 11/08/061309 views90 mm Orion refractor, Celestron NexImage w/focal reducer
Heart Nebula1252 viewsThe Heart Nebula, IC 1805, Sh2-190, lies some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing gas and darker dust lanes. The open cluster of stars near the center known as Melotte 15 illuminates the nebula. This is a single 7min exposure thru an FSQ106/Ha filter from Tzec Maun Observatory in Mayhill NM.
Mars Attacks!1121 viewsMars, 11/10/07 ~1139 UT, 6" SCT @ f25, NexImage, 674 frames, Registax 4.0.1. Arcadia Tharsis, Chryse regions. 92.4% illuminated, 13.1 arc sec dia.
Majestic Saturn1182 viewsInstalled new Vista drivers for the NexImage, needed to make sure it worked! Saturn 3/1/08, 9:25 PM MT, Celestron 6" SCT, 2.5x Powermate, 1069 stacked images. 20 arc sec dia, 100% illuminated.
Trifid Nebula (M20) in Living Color!1265 viewsHere is another summertime favorite, the Trifid Nebula (Messier 20) done with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 (f2.8) with SBIG 2000 single shot color camera using the Tzec Maun scopes in Australia. This is a single 10-minute exposure.
Friday Night at the Orion1193 viewsHere's another shot of the Orion nebula using the 6" SCT at f6.3 with an unmodded Canon Rebel XSi (15min total) done on 3/5/10. The nebula is seen as the middle "star" in the sword of Orion. The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features. It is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years. This is an example of a stellar nursery where over 700 new stars are being formed. Cool stuff!
M33 -Triangulum Galaxy991 viewsThe Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33 or NGC 598) is a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light-years away. It is the third largest galaxy in the Local Group, a group of galaxies that also contains the Milky Way. M33 is about 60,000 light years across and contains 10-40 billion solar masses. Celestron 6" SCT, unguided on GC-5. Stock Canon Rebel XSi, 21 minutes (needs more time-but forgot to charge battery). Taken at Dog Canyon State Park on the 11/22/08 public star party.
Jumpin' Jupiter!1208 viewsJupiter is nearing its 2009 opposition - so I thought I'd go out and practice. Shot with the Celestron C9.25/CGE at f/25 (5875mm) with the NexImage/Televue Powermate (2.5x) from the backyard. I shot at 20 fps to get the most amount of images (1800). Stacked with Registax 2.0, Processed with Photoshop 7.0.1.
Rosette Nebula1112 viewsThe Rosette Nebula is a large, circular stae forming region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the bonstellation Monoceros. The nebula lie at a distance of ~ 5,200 light years (?) and measure ~ 130 light years in diameter. Taken with a Tak FSQ-106, SBIG STL-11000 on a Paramount. Single 30-min exposure using the Tzec Maun scope in Australia.
Messier 13-Globular Cluster in Hercules1076 viewsWe were showing a number of globular clusters at our star party events at Oliver Lee State Park. Here is an image of M (Messier) 13 taken with the 6" SCT and a Canon Rebel XSi (15 min). (retouched after I got a new monitor)
NGC 1499 California Nebula1122 viewsThe California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the state of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually. It lies at a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth. This is a Ha, G, B exposure.
Moon: Tyco/Clavius crater region1315 viewsAn image of the Tyco/Clavius region taken from Alamogordo. Tyco (53 miles in diameter, near center of image) is a relatively young crater based on samples from Apollo 17. Clavius (140 miles in diameter, lower center) is a much older crater with several smaller craters inside of it. Image taken using the C9.25 with a Imaging Source DMK41AU02 camera and Lumicon H-alpha filter. This picture is surprisingly similiar to one in the Sep/Oct 2011 SkyNews (p.36).
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