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California_Nebula__NGC_1499.jpg
The California Nebula724 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.Jan 04, 2015
NGC_891_in_Andromeda.jpg
NGC 891 in Andromeda877 viewsNGC 891 is an edge-on spiral galaxy found in the constellation Andromeda. Current estimates put NGC 891 30 to 31 million light-years away from us. A prominent dust lane can be easily seen in the galaxy. Numerous other small galaxies can be seen in the background including a faint galaxy to the right of the central bulge. Image was a total of 8 hrs of combined exposure taken over 6 nights (32 x 15 min lights @ -20 degrees C, dithered; 32 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats) taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and SBIG ST2000xcm camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image acquisition and guiding with MaxIm DL 6.07 and image calibration, registration, integration, and processing with PixInsight 1.8.3.1123 Ripley (x64).Dec 20, 2014
NGC_1528_SH2_209_in_Perseus.jpg
NGC 1528 in Perseus767 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).Dec 13, 2014
IC_1805_in_Cassiopeia.jpg
The IC 1805 region846 views IC 1805 is a bright heart-shaped emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. The open cluster in the center of IC 1805 is Melotte 15 that contains several extremely large stars whose intense radiation ionizes the hydrogen gas in the region. To the lower left of IC 1805 is the bright nebula NGC 896. To the mid-right of IC 1805 is the open cluster NGC 1027. The image encompasses a vast region with the image scale being approximately 3.1 x 2 degrees.
The image was taken with a Canon 60Da DSLR (ISO 800) and a Takahashi FSQ 106ED with focal reducer (f/3.6; focal length = 385 mm) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image was a total of 6 hours 15 minutes exposure [75 x 300 sec lights (guided with a Takahashi Mewlon 300/SBIG ST-i); 12 darks; 128 bias; 64 flats]. Images selected (SubframeSelector), calibrated (using a “superbias” master), registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.3.1115.
Nov 28, 2014
M45_in_the_constellation_Taurus.jpg
Messier 45 in the constellation Taurus901 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. Sep 16, 2014
IC_4592_Blue_Reflection_nebula_in_the_Constellation_Scorpius.jpg
IC 4592 Blue Reflection Nebula in Scorpius759 viewsIC 4592 is a blue reflection nebula found in the constellation Scorpius. The image is a total of 4 hrs 10 min exposure (25 x 10 min lights; 30 darks; 55 flats; 64 bias; all at -15 degrees C) taken with an SBIG STF8300 CCD camera and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Image acquisition with Maxim DL 6 on June 1st , 2nd and 5th ; Calibration, registration, integration, and processing with PixInsight 1.8.2.1098. Aug 25, 2014
Messier_64_the_Black_Eye_Galaxy.jpg
The Black Eye Galaxay932 viewsMessier 64, often called The Black Eye Galaxy due to the concentration of dark dust in the galaxies center, is found in the constellation Coma Berenices. Images by the Hubble Space Telescope suggest that there are many HII and star forming regions in this dusty part of the galaxy. The interstellar medium of M64 consists of two counter-rotating disks, whereas the stars exhibit no measurable counter rotation. The image was a total of 5 h 20 min exposure taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (32 x 10 min lights @ -20 degrees; 20 darks; 64 flats; 64 bias). Sub-exposures taken on April 29th, May 21th, and May 27th 2014. Image acquisition with MaxIm DL 5 Pro; processed with PixInsight 1.8.2.1098 and Adobe Photoshop CC.Aug 09, 2014
Messier_78_in_the_constellation_Orion.jpg
Messier 78 in the constellation Orion1034 viewsMessier 78 is a reflection nebula that is a part of a larger complex of nebulae in the constellation Orion . Several other reflection nebulae are seen in the image along with large clouds of dust (dark molecular cloud Orion B). Image is a total of 6 hr 50 min exposure (41 x 10 min lights @ -20 degrees; 20 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias) taken with a SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera and a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image acquisition software MaxIm DL; grading, calibration, registration, integration, processing with PixInsight 1.8.2 with final adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.Jul 26, 2014
The_Interacting_Galaxies_Messier_51_and_NGC_5195.jpg
The Interacting Galaxies Messier 51 and NGC 5195909 viewsMessier 51 and it's smaller companion galaxy NGC 5195, a pair of interacting galaxies (designated Arp 85), are found in the constellation Canes Venatici. NGC 5195 exhibits tidal trails (stars accelerated into highly eccentric orbits) as a result of this encounter. Image was taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Total exposure time was 12 hrs 20 min taken over 5 nights (74 x 10 min lights; 15 darks; 64 flats; 64 bias). Image acquisition MaxIm DL; Calibration, registration, integration, and processing in PixInsight 1.8.2 with final adjustments in Adobe Photoshop CC.Jul 11, 2014
IC_1287_in_the_constellation_Scutum.jpg
The blue reflection nebula IC 1287712 viewsIC 1287, a blue reflection nebula, is found in the constellation Scutum. The nebula is illuminated by the magnitude 5.7 star SAO 161569 (HD 170740). To the lower right of the nebula is the open cluster NGC 6649. Both are found within the rich star fields of the Milky Way. The image was a total of 3hrs 30 min exposure taken with a Takahashi E 180 f/2.8 astrograph and an SBIG STF8300 camera @ -20 degrees on a Paramount (21 x 10 min lights; 20 darks; 64 bias; 61 flats)Jun 29, 2014
Messier_37_in_the_constellation_Auriga.jpg
Messier 37834 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). Jun 08, 2014
Comet-C-2012-K1-PanSTARRS--on-22-May-2014.jpg
Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS in Ursa Major777 viewsAn image of Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS currently in the constellation Ursa Major (May 22, 2014 05hr 09 min 56 sec UT exposures started). The comet has two tails, a brighter dust tail and a fainter ion trail. The image image taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST200xcm camera @ -20 degrees C on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (3 x 5 min lights, 20 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias). Image acquisition with MaxIm DL and processed with PixInsight 1.8.1. 1092 (x64) and Adobe Photoshop CC.May 25, 2014
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