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The Celestial Bubble in Cygnus45 viewsThe Soap Bubble Nebula, or PN G755.5+1.7 is likely a faint planetary nebula found in the constellation Cygnus. The faint nebula was discovered relatively recently in 2008 on photographs of the Cygnus region. A cropped hydrogen-alpha image attached. Image was a total of 5 hr 40 min taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon Gen2 Ha filter 5 nm) on a Paramount on the nights of 2, 4 October 2016 in Mayhill, NM (17 x 1200 sec H-alpha lights @ -20 degrees; 23 darks; 128 flats; 126 bias; processed in PixInsight 1.8.4.1195).
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M 45 and associated Nebulosity112 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 small 17.3 magnitude galaxy PGC 13696 can be seen to the right of the star Electra (17 Tau), which is the bright star to the right of center.
The data was previously obtained on the nights of November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2013 with a OSC SBIG STF-8300c camera and Takahashi E-130D f/3.3 Astrograph on a Paramount (Mayhill, NM). Total integration time was 4 hr 20 min (26 x 10 min lights @ -20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 flats, 64 bias). Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.3.1123.
Some comments on processing: The calibrated, registered, and integrated OSC image was duplicated and the R, G, and B channels extracted. The R, G, and B channels were combined with the Integration Tool to prepare a synthetic luminance (SynL). Dynamic Background Extraction ( DBE) and Deconvolution applied to the SynL image. DBE, Background Neutralization, and Color Calibration was applied to the original RGB image. Both the RGB and SynL images were stretched (Masked Stretch tool). The luminance (“lightness” using L*a*b*) was extracted from the RGB image and the Linear Fit tool was used to match the stretch of the luminance to the SynL channel (SynL as reference). The fitted luminance was added back to the RGB image using the Channel Combination tool in L*a*b* mode. The SynLRGB image was made using LRGB Combine tool. Further processing included noise reduction, multiscale processing to bring out faint structure, color saturation, sharpening, and contrast enhancement.

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The emission-reflection nebula NGC 1333 in Perseus128 viewsNGC 1333 is a blue reflection nebula with associated star forming regions in the molecular cloud/dust region in the constellation Perseus. The star forming regions contain many new stars less than 1 million years old. Red regions of ionized gas energized by these young stars can be seen in the image. Also seen to the left of the blue reflection nebula is the dark nebula Barnard 205. Image is a total of 5 hrs 45 min combined exposure taken on the nights of 23, 27, and 28 October 2014 taken with a SBIG ST2000xcm camera and TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (23 x 15 min lights @ -20 degrees, dithered; 32 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Software: Sky X; Image acquisition with MaxIm DL 6.05; Calibration, registration, and integration in PixInsight; Processing with PixInsight 1.8.3.1123 Ripley (x64) and Adobe Photoshop CC.
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M106283 viewsThis is an older image that was reworked. It has a whole lot a detail that was not in the first try. A huge improvement. Shows what you can do when you know what you are doing.
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M27516 viewsThis is 6 - 8 min guided shots with a ST-2000XCM camera on Tak FS102 Mounted on a G11
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Trifid Nebula (M20) in Living Color!498 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.
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The Moon554 viewsThe Moon, our nearest neighbor, provides a wealth of detail even in small telescopes. Indeed, as Garrett Serviss wrote regarding the distance to the moon in his book "Other Worlds" in 1901: "In consequence, of course, of its nearness, the moon is the only member of the planetary (solar) system whose principal features are visible to the naked eye." Image taken with a Astro-Physics 130 mm f/8 refractor and a Canon 20Da DSLR (11 X 1/250 second exposures at ISO 200; aligned and combined in Images Plus).
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Pelican Nebula760 viewsA single guided one-hour exposure of the pelican nebula in Cygnus taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 using a Canon 20Da DSLR on a Astro-Physics 1200 mount
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M31-Partial478 viewsThis is a single 5 min guided shot with a ST-2000XCM camera on Tak FS102 Mounted on a G11
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Sagittarius Triple Whammy1058 viewsMessier 20, the Trifid Nebula is seen in the upper left. M20 is a combination emission nebula (pink), reflection nebula (blue) and dark nebula (the spider legs in the pink). Towards the center is Messier 8, or the Lagoon Nebula. M8 is an emission nebula and active star forming region. A star cluster is superimposed on it. The lower right has the star cluster NGC 6544. Image was taken using an 80mm Onyx refractor and a modified Canon XS DSLR. Too bad it was only 12 min - I ran out of night,
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Helix Nebula600 viewsThis was shot at Steve's on Nov 2, 2007 this is 5x10 minute exposures with TakFS102 and Sbig ST2000XCM
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Majestic Saturn537 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.
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