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M65 and M661482 viewsM65 and M66 are two galaxies in the constellation Leo. Photographed using a Takahashi FSQ 106ED and a Canon 20Da DSLR. Exposure time was 27 minutes (9 X180 sec); calibrated, aligned, stacked, and DDP stretched in Images Plus followed by Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Gibbous Moon1433 viewsA picture of our nearest neighbor, the Moon, taken on Oct 7, 2011 with an Astro-Physics 178 mm f/9 refractor with focal reducer @ f/7.1, 1262 mm focal length; Modified Canon 50D; AP 1200 mount; 26 x 1/125 sec lights (best of 31 images graded in Images Plus 4.25); 31 darks, 66 flats).
Messier 271332 viewsM 27 , aka the dumbbell nebula, in the constellation Vulpecula was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. M27 is a large cloud of expanding gas, which is the remains of a star that expelled its outer atmosphere near the end of its lifetime. M27 is a bright object that can be seen in binoculars and is a favorite telescopic object in the Spring and early Fall. Total exposure of 1 hr 40 minutes (20 x 5 min lights;30 darks; 66 flats; AP 178 f/9 refractor; Modified Canon 50D; AP 1200 mount; guided exposures)
Messier 151202 viewsThe globular cluster Messier 15 is found in the constellation Pegasus. Globular clusters are large typically spherical clusters of stars gavitationally bond together. Current estimates suggest M15 contains at least 450,000 solar masses with a very dense center. Image taken with a 178 mm f/9 Astro-Physics refractor and a modified Canon 50D DSLR on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (70 x 60 sec lights; 30 darks; 66 flats; Images Plus and Adobe Photoshop CS5 software).
M16906 viewsMessier 16 (M16) The Eagle Nebula is a conspicuous region of active star formation, situated in Serpens Cauda. The starforming nebula, a giant cloud of interstellar gas and dust, has already created a considerable cluster of young stars. The cluster is also referred to as NGC 6611, the nebula as IC 4703. The distance is 7000 light years.
Leo Triplet with Tidal Trail1017 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.
The blue reflection nebula IC 1287884 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)
Iris Nebula (NGC 7023/C4)947 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
Open Cluster in Cassiopeia 545 viewsThe open cluster NGC 663 is found in the constellation Cassiopeia. NGC 663 contains a significant number of Be stars (spectral class B stars showing emission lines in their spectra). The distance from us is on the order of 2,100 parsecs (6850 light years). The image is a total of 5 hrs 20 min exposure taken with a 12.5” RCOS f/9 @ f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT67) and SBIG STF8300m camera on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 28 Nov and 3 Dec, 2018 (6 x 1200 sec R; 5 x 1200 sec G & B; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64).
A Spiral Galaxy in Leo70 viewsMessier 66, aka M66 or NGC 3627, is a spiral galaxy (semi-barred) found in the constellation Leo. M66 belongs to a group of galaxies including M65 and NGC 3628 known as the Leo Triplet. In the past, it is likely that M66 that encountered NGC 3628. M66 lies around 31 to 33.5 million light-years from us. Image is a total of 10 hr 40 min combined exposure taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg CCD camera mounted on a Paramount ME on the nights of 28, 29 March, 3, 29 May 2019 and 15, 26 April 2020 in Mayhill, NM (19 x 1200 sec Lum; 4 x 1200 sec R; 5 x 1200 sec G; 4 x 1200 sec B all at -20 degrees C.; 128 Bias; 22 Darks; 128 Flats for LRGB, respectively). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.8-7 Ripley (x64).
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