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Messier 371075 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).
The emission-reflection nebula NGC 1333 in Perseus909 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 Ripley (x64) and Adobe Photoshop CC.
NGC 1528 in Perseus1019 viewsNGC 1528 is an open cluster found in the constellation Perseus. William Herschel described it in 1790 as “A beautiful cluster of large stars, very rich, and considerably compressed”. Below NGC 1528 and to the bottom of the image is the emission nebula Sh 2-209. Image was taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph with a SBIG STF 8300c camera on a Paramount. Image was a combined exposure of 1.5 hours (Dithered 6 x 15 minutes lights @ -20 degrees C guided with a 60mm Baader finder with ST-i; 35 darks; 126 flats; 128 bias). Sub-frames acquired with MaxIm DL 6.07 and calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64).
M63 Sunflower Galaxy1096 viewsImaged at Steves House. 9 - 15 minute images stacked and processed using PixelInsight.
Saturn1172 viewsSaturn taken with a Takahashi Mewlon 300 Dakin 2.4x barlow and an Imaging Source DBK21AU618 OSC camera from Mayhill NM (2600 stacked images using Registax 5.1). Saturn lies about 900 million miles from Earth. It's disk measured 17.9 arc sec at its equator (with rings 40.6")
The blue reflection nebula IC 1287953 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)
NGC 65591161 viewsNGC 6559 is an active star forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius. This nebulosity contains emission (red), reflection (blue), and dust lanes (black) regions. This photo is a combination of 240minutes of exposure with a Canon 60Da, Badder UHC-S filter, connected to a TPO RC telescope on a Celestron CGEM mount.
The Interacting Galaxies Messier 51 and NGC 51951161 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.
Messier 78 in the constellation Orion1295 viewsMessier 78 is a reflection nebula that is a part of a larger complex of nebulae in the constellation Orion . Several other reflection nebulae are seen in the image along with large clouds of dust (dark molecular cloud Orion B). Image is a total of 6 hr 50 min exposure (41 x 10 min lights @ -20 degrees; 20 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias) taken with a SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera and a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image acquisition software MaxIm DL; grading, calibration, registration, integration, processing with PixInsight 1.8.2 with final adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.
The Cave Nebula (Caldwell 9)1060 viewsCaldwell 9 (Cave Nebula) located in the constellation of Cepheus, is a diffuse nebula that forms part of a larger area that contains emission, reflection, and dark nebulosity. The image consist of 68 x 5min exposures with a Canon 60Da and Orion ED80T telescope on a Celestron CGM mount.
A Galactic Rose1218 viewsThe Rosette nebula (Sh2-275) is a large molecular cloud in the constellation Monoceros. The nebula is about 4-6 times the size of the full moon in our night sky. The cloud is mostly comprised of hydrogen gas and is illuminated from the group of hot, young stars near its center. The nebula lies some 5200 light years from the Earth. This image was taken from Alamogordo NM using a 100mm f7.2 refractor and a modified Canon 1000D (XS) DSLR.
IC 2118 area1068 viewsImage of part of IC 2118 found in the constellation Eridanus. IC 2118, a reflection nebula, is believed to be illuminated by the giant star Rigel in Orion. For the extent of the nebulous area around IC 2118 see the wide-field photograph by Rogelio Bernal Andreo: http://www.deepskycolors.com/archive/2009/11/16/witch-Head-Nebula-and-Rigel.html Aquisition: modified Canon 40D and Takahashi E180 f/2.8 astrograph mounted on a Paramount. Total of 5 hr 25 min exposure (65 x 300 sec lights @ 33 degrees F; 30 darks; 64 flats). Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight
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