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The Seven Sisters1265 viewsThe star cluster Messier 45 in the constellation Taurus is popularly referred to as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. The blue color of the reflection nebulosity is due to the blue light of the brightest stars being scattered by the surrounding dust. The pink tones in the right hand portion of image are due to weak emission of a gaseous component. Total combined exposure is eight hours with a modified Canon 40D DSLR at ISO 800 and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph (96 x 5 min lights; 64 flats; 30 darks; Paramount; Images Plus and Adobe PhotoShop CS5).
Polaris Star Trails1005 viewsMy first attempt at this. I will upload a new one later. This is a 10min shot.
Polaris Star Trails - Second Try1211 viewsThis is a 30 min. shot of polaris. You can see the lights from the steet I shot this over starting to brighten up the bottom of the image.
Heart Nebula1247 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.
Supernova in Messier 1011297 viewsA supernova has appeared in the galaxy designed Messier 101. A supernova is essentially a star at the end of its lifetime that has exploded. This particular type of supernova is a type Ia, which is assumed to be due to the destruction of a white dwarf in a binary star system. The supernova can be seen in the image as the brightest "star" within the galaxy; located to the left of the center of the galaxy.
Messier 8, 20, and 211116 viewsThe Messier objects M8 (large nebula on right), M20 (blue and red nebula upper left) and M21 (open cluster below and to the left of M20) are favorite summer objects in the constellation Sagittarius. The Messier objects are found in a dense star field of our own Milky Way galaxy. Image taken with a modified Canon 40D and Takahashi E-180ed astrograph on a Paramount (50 x 5 min lights; 30 darks, 64 flats).
Thor's Helmet in the winter Milky Way1132 viewsNGC 2359 or Gum 4, a.k.a. Thor’s Helmet, is found in the winter Milky Way of the constellation Canis Major (the large dog). This constellation is easily located since Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is found in Canis Major. Thor’s Helmut is a gaseous nebula illuminated by a very hot Wolf-Rayet star. Image is a total of 2.75 hr exposure (33 x 5 min lights, 30 darks, 64 flats, 64 dark flats) taken with a modified Canon 40D DSLR and Takahashi E-180ed astrograph.
Barnard 86 and NGC 65201265 viewsBarnard 86, which is a dark nebula, and the open cluster NGC 6520 in a Milky Way star field in Sagittarius. Four 3-minute exposures stacked taken with a Takahashi FSQ 106 and a Canon 20Da DSLR (ISO 400)
Sculptor Galaxy1263 viewsThe Great Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253), aka the Silver Coin, in the constellation Sculptor was discovered in 1783 by Caroline Herschel. The galaxy is at a distance of 9.8 million light years away from us. Research on NGC 253 indicates that it is a starburst galaxy, which means that it has recently hosted massive and rapid burts of star formation. The image is a total of 1 hr 50 min (22 X 300 seconds) exposure with a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and Canon 20Da DSLR camera.
M 451184 viewsM 45, commonly known as the Pleiades, is an open cluster in Taurus that contains about 100 stars. The blue nebulosity (some faint red nebulosity is also present) shines by the reflected light of the stars within it. Image taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph and a Canon 20Da DSLR at ISO 800. Total of 15 X 300 sec Light frames; calibrated, aligned, combined and processed in Images Plus V 3.80 followed by Adobe Photoshop CS2 (20 darks and 64 flats for calibration).
Friday Night at the Orion1187 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 Galaxy988 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.
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