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IC_1805_in_Cassiopeia.jpg
The IC 1805 region1061 views IC 1805 is a bright heart-shaped emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. The open cluster in the center of IC 1805 is Melotte 15 that contains several extremely large stars whose intense radiation ionizes the hydrogen gas in the region. To the lower left of IC 1805 is the bright nebula NGC 896. To the mid-right of IC 1805 is the open cluster NGC 1027. The image encompasses a vast region with the image scale being approximately 3.1 x 2 degrees.
The image was taken with a Canon 60Da DSLR (ISO 800) and a Takahashi FSQ 106ED with focal reducer (f/3.6; focal length = 385 mm) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image was a total of 6 hours 15 minutes exposure [75 x 300 sec lights (guided with a Takahashi Mewlon 300/SBIG ST-i); 12 darks; 128 bias; 64 flats]. Images selected (SubframeSelector), calibrated (using a “superbias” master), registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.3.1115.
The_Interacting_Galaxies_Messier_51_and_NGC_5195.jpg
The Interacting Galaxies Messier 51 and NGC 51951133 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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NGC 65591139 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.
IC_1287_in_the_constellation_Scutum.jpg
The blue reflection nebula IC 1287920 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)
Saturn_2014_06_26_Takahashi_Mewlon300__8473mm.jpg
Saturn1137 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")
NGC_1528_SH2_209_in_Perseus.jpg
NGC 1528 in Perseus981 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 1.8.3.1123 Ripley (x64).
The_Emission_Reflection_Nebula_NGC_1333_in_Perseus.jpg
The emission-reflection nebula NGC 1333 in Perseus879 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.
Messier_64_the_Black_Eye_Galaxy.jpg
The Black Eye Galaxay1171 viewsMessier 64, often called The Black Eye Galaxy due to the concentration of dark dust in the galaxies center, is found in the constellation Coma Berenices. Images by the Hubble Space Telescope suggest that there are many HII and star forming regions in this dusty part of the galaxy. The interstellar medium of M64 consists of two counter-rotating disks, whereas the stars exhibit no measurable counter rotation. The image was a total of 5 h 20 min exposure taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (32 x 10 min lights @ -20 degrees; 20 darks; 64 flats; 64 bias). Sub-exposures taken on April 29th, May 21th, and May 27th 2014. Image acquisition with MaxIm DL 5 Pro; processed with PixInsight 1.8.2.1098 and Adobe Photoshop CC.
Milky_Way_Over_El_Paso_from_Oliver_Lee_State_Park_NM.jpg
The Miky Way Galaxy1086 viewsThis shot of the Milky Way was taken from Oliver Lee State Memorial Park on Aug 31, 2014. The glow towards the bottom is the light pollution from El Paso, Tx and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Taken with a Canon 60D at 18mm f3.5 on a Vixen Polarie star tracker.
IC_410_and_the_Tadpoles_in_the_Constellation_Auriga_sRGB.jpg
Emission nebula IC 410 and the Tadpoles in HaRGB784 viewsThe emission nebula IC 410 and the embedded open star cluster NGC 1893 are found in the constellation Auriga. The emission of IC 410, which is about 12,000 light-years away, is powered by the young hot stars in NGC 1893. The gas streamers just to the right and above center, often called the “Tadpoles”, are moving away from the center of the nebula. Picture is a HaRGB image taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and a QSI683wsg camera (SBIG ST-i guider) on a Paramount ME. The Ha channel (used as Luminance) was blended with the RGB synthetic luminance (80:20, respectively) to give a more natural star color (Pixel Math). The image is a total of 11 hours exposure (24 x 20 min Ha, 3 x 20 min each R,G, and B, all binned 1x1 @ -20 degrees C, dithered;), acquired with MaxIm DL 6.07, and processed with PixInsight 1.8.3.1123 Ripley (x64). Ha filter (5nm bandwidth), R, G, and B were 31 mm Astrodon Gen2 filters.
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Jupiter with Io and Europa1141 viewsJupiter was at opposition on Feb 6, 2015. In this image Jupiter is framed by its moon Io (L) and Europa (R). Image taken with a Celestron 6"SCT at f25 using an Imaging Source 21AU618 color camera. Stack of approx 2700 images using Registax 5.1, Lucy Richardson deconvolution, and Photoshop 7.0.1.
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IC 410 and the Tadpoles in Ha760 viewsThe emission nebula IC 410 and the embedded open star cluster NGC 1893 are found in the constellation Auriga. The emission of IC 410, which is about 12,000 light-years away, is powered by the young hot stars in NGC 1893. The gas streamers just to the right and above center, often called the “Tadpoles”, are moving away from the center of the nebula. The image is a Ha image, which shows the extent of the hydrogen emission in the region. The image was taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 astrograph and the QSI683wsg camera (SBIG ST-i guider) on a Paramount ME. The image is a total of 8 hours exposure (24 x 20 min lights @ -20 degrees C, dithered; 21 darks; 126 bias; 128 flats), acquired with MaxIm DL 6.07, and processed with PixInsight 1.8.3.1123 Ripley (x64). Ha filter was an 5nm bandwidth 31 mm Astrodon Gen 2 filter.
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