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M76 - The Little Dumbbell685 viewsMessier 76 was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Méchain and cataloged by Charles Messier that same year. It wasn't until 1918 that M76's true nature as a planetary nebula was discovered by Herber Curtis. Located some 2,500 light years away in the constellation Perseus, M76 it is one of the faintest objects in the Messier catalog at magnitude 10.1. This image was taken from Alamogordo NM using an Astro-tech 130EDT f7 refractor and Atik 314L+ monochrome camera (130 min) using Ha, Hb and OIII signals.
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Hubble's variable nebula in Monoceros775 viewsHubble's Variable Nebula (NGC 2261) is a small 2 x 4 arcminute nebula found in the constellation Monoceros. One suggestion proposed for the observed variability is due to dust clouds near R Monocerotis periodically changing the nebula's illumination. The image was a total of 6 hr 20 min exposure with a 12.5” f/9 RCOS telescope and SBIG STF8300c camera (OAG with ST-i) on a Paramount ME (19 x 1200 sec lights @-15o C; 30 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats); Software: Sky X, MaxIm DL6, PixInsight
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Comet Catalina683 viewsComet Catalina as of the morning of December 17, 2015. Image taken with an ES127mm refractor and a Canon 60Da camera.
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The North American and Pelican Nebulae773 viewsThe North America Nebula (NGC 7000) and Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) in the constellation Cygnus comprise a vast region of ionized hydrogen. Light obscured by interstellar dust leads to the observed shape of each nebula. The North America Nebula was discovered by William Herschel in 1786. This wide-field image was taken with a Takahashi FSQ106ED with reducer at f/3.6 and a Canon 60Da DSLR at ISO 800 on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount; 5 hrs 45 min total exposure taken on 13 Aug and 15, 17 Sept 2015 (23 x 15 min lights; 12 darks; 128 flats; 128 bias); Sky X and Maxim DL software; processed with PixInsight using a synthetic light for deconvolution.
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Bode's Nebula (M81 and M82)708 viewsMessier 81 (right) and Messier 82 (left) are located in the constellation of Ursa Major. These galaxies are relatively close to each other (about 150,000 light years) and easy to spot with a small telescope or binoculars. The image consist of 55 exposures taken with a Canon 60Da camera, Orion ED80T telescope, and a Celestron CGEM mount. Exposures were stacked with Nebulosity 4 and processed with Pixinsight 1.8
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Massive Filament on the Sun704 viewsA dark filament of magnetism in the sun's southern hemisphere has curled upon itself to form a circle of gargantuan proportions. The circumference of the ring is almost a million kilometers (600,000 miles)! Magnetic filaments are very often unstable, and have a tendency to collapse. Filaments crashing to the surface of the sun can cause of a type of explosion called a Hyder flare. Any flare from this filament could be extra-energetic as it releases the tension stored in its million-km coil. Image taken from Alamogordo, NM on 11/13/15 at 10:14 AM MST (1714 UTC) using a Meade Instruments Coronado 90mm SolarMax II telescope and Imaging Source 41AU02 camera.

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M17 in narrowband (Hubble palette)692 viewsMessier 17 also known as the Swan Nebula or Omega nebula is located in the constellation of Sagittarius. The Nebula is composed mainly of ionized hydrogen. It is around 5,000 light years away from Earth and is one of the most massive star forming regions in the Milky Way galaxy. This false color image utilizes the Hubble palette that maps Ha to green, OIII to blue, and SII to red. Once the images from each filter are combined it creates an interesting photo. This was my first serious attempt at narrowband imaging and hopefully it will improve. The image consist of around 180 minutes of data from each filter.
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The Crescent Nebula in Cygnus549 viewsThe Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) is an emission nebula found in the constellation Cygnus. A leading hypothesis suggests that the strong stellar winds from the central Wolf-Rayet star collides with the stars outer atmospheric envelope ejected in a previous evolutionary phase, which energizes the nebula and leads to the observed structure. This H alpha image is a total of 5 hours of exposure taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon 5 nm Ha filter) on a Paramount ME; August 11th , 13th 2015 in Mayhill, NM (15 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C; 21 darks; 126 bias; 128 flats) Image acquisition MaxIm DL 6.08; Calibration, alignment, integration, and processing in PixInsight Ripley (x64).
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White Light Sun635 viewsSunspot AR2403 is almost 200,000 km long and is easily visible in this image taken from Maryland on 8/25/2015 using an Orion ED80T Triplet refractor and a color Atik 414ex camera. The telescope was equipped with a white light filter and the exposure was set to 0.001 sec. Light was further reduced by using a Moon filter in fromt of the camera. Great shot Chuck!
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The Flaming Star Nebula 552 viewsThe Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405 or Caldwell 31, is found in the constellation Auriga. IC 405 is both an emission and reflection nebula that is associated with the star AE Aurigae. The image was taken using a Takahashi Epsilon 130D f/3.3 Astrograph and a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera (Paramount ME) on the nights of Nov 6th, 8th, 9th, 2013 in Mayhill, NM. Total integration time was 5 hrs 40 min (34 x 10 min lights at -20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 lights; 64 bias). Sub-frames were calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64).
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The Sun711 viewsThis image was taken from Alamogordo, NM on 8/8/2015 at 10:49AM MT using a Coronado 90mm SolarMax II telescope and Imaging Source 41AU02 monochrome camera. 688 images were stacked using Registax and a light LR deconvolution was performed before color added using Photoshop. Sunspot AR2396 is seen in the image and has grown by 50% in the last day.
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Iris Nebula (NGC 7023/C4)781 viewsNGC 7023 and Caldwell 4, aka the Iris Nebula, is a reflection nebula in the constellation of Cepheus. The dust in the nebula is illuminated by the magnitude +7 star SAO 19158. The image consist of 66 x 300sec images taken with a Explore Scientific 127mm refractor, Canon 60Da, and a Celestron CGEM mount. Stacked with Nebulosity 4 and processed in PhotoShop CS6
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