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The Interacting Galaxies Messier 51 and NGC 5195952 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.
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Leo Triplet with Tidal Trail876 viewsMessier 65, Messier 66, and NGC 3628 are commonly known as the Leo Triplet. M 65 is a spiral galaxy whose center is comprised of older yellowish stars (bottom left center of image). M 66 (top center) and NGC 3628 (top right center of image; aka the hamburger galaxy) are suggested to have had a past encounter that resulted in a faint tidal trail seen coming off the top of NGC 3628. The image was captured with a modified Canon 40D (ISO 800) and a Takahashi E180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Total exposure time was 8 hours (48 X 10 min guided sub-exposures; 13 darks; 64 flats; 64 flat darks). Calibrated and stacked with Images Plus 5.0; processed with PixInsight 1.8 followed by final Levels and Curves adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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The gamma-Cygni Region1128 viewsThe area around gamma-Cygni (in the constellation Cygnus) is surrounded by a large nebulous region collectively known as IC 1318. The brightest star in the image, gamma-Cygni or Sadr, is a foreground star and is not part of the nebula. Due to the dark lane dividing the nebula, it is sometimes referred to as the Butterfly Nebula. The image is a total exposure of 1 hr 15 min (15 x 5 min lights, 30 x 5 min darks, 64 flats; Takahashi E- 180, Canon 20Da, Paramount).
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Eclipse of the Moon1618 viewsA series of photos of the lunar eclipse of Dec 21th showing the shadow of the earth traveling across the Moon's surface. Images taken with a 130 mm f/8 Astro-Physics refractor and a modified Canon 40D DSLR at ISO 200. Exposures varied from 1/2000 th of a second at the begining of the eclipse to 6 seconds at totality.
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M63 Sunflower Galaxy854 viewsImaged at Steves House. 9 - 15 minute images stacked and processed using PixelInsight.
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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy1073 viewsThis was my second ever shot. Needs alot of work. But I did get some detail.
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Cygnus Widefield1031 viewsTaken with the stock 18-55mm lens at 18mm. Piggybacked on my Celestron Ultima 8.
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The Great Nebula in Orion1823 viewsMessier 42 in the constellation Orion is a star forming region in our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is a difficult object to photograph because of it's large variation in brightness. The attached is an image of M42 that is a combination of multiple stacked 10 second, 30 second, 60 second, 150 second, and 300 second exposures using Photoshop's High Dynamic Range tool ( Canon 20Da DSLR and an Astro-Physics 130mm f/8 refractor).
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Messier 37878 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 Ripley (x64).
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The Monkey Head Nebula894 viewsNGC 2175, aka the Monkey Head Nebula, is found in the constellation Orion. NGC 2175 is part of Sharpless 2-252, which is an extended H-II region that is approximately 7200 light years away. Please note that there is some discrepancy in the literature as to the designation as NGC 2175 or NGC 2174...for a discussion see S. J. O'Meara in Deep-Sky Companions: Hidden Treasures: Cambridge 2007. Image was taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph and a SBIG STF8300c camera on a Paramount. The exposure was a total of 14 hours 30 min exposure taken on 12/26, 12/27, 12/30 2012 and 1/1, 1/2 2013 (87 x 10 min lights, guided; 20 darks; 64 bias; 61 flats; all at -20 degress C). Images were graded in Images Plus 5.0 and calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.1 Ripley.
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IC 1275 region1277 viewsIC (Index Catalog) 1275 is an emission nebula located within a rich star field in the constellation Sagittarius. The red color is due to ionized hydrogen gas (HII regions) being excited by nearby stars. Image taken through a Borg 71FL and modified Canon XS DSLR (two hour exposure, stacked with Nebulosity and processed in Photoshop).
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Rosette Nebula1094 viewsThe Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237-8, 46) and the open cluster NGC 2244 in the center of the nebula is found in the constellation Monoceros. The nebula is one of the largest in the sky. The nebula was photographed with a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and Canon 20Da (ISO 800); Exposure was a total of 2.5 hours (30 x 300 seconds), calibrated, aligned, and stacked in Images Plus and processed in Photoshop CS4.
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