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NGC 6960 (Witch's Broom)288 viewsNGC 6960 also known as the Witch’s Broom is the western part of the Veil Nebula a super nova remnant located in the constellation of Cygnus. This image consist of 34 X 300sec exposures with a Canon 60Da connected to an Orion 80mm refractor mounted on a Celestron CG-5. Stacked with Nebulosity 3.0 and processed with PhotoShop CS6
Venus - Webcam517 viewsThis was shot with a SPC900nc webcam prime focus through my C8 on May 30,2007. This was a stack of 650 out of 1800. Seeing was terrible
Who Needed ISON?335 viewsWhile Comet ISON evaporated while going around the Sun, Comet Lovejoy (C2013 R1) is putting on a show in our morning sky. It is visible low in the NE before sunrise. This is a 4 min exposure through a 100ED refractor at f7.2 with a modified Canon 1000D at ISO 800. The green color is most likely the result of outgassing of primarily diatomic carbon from solar heating. C2013 R1 was discovered on 9/7/2013 and will make its closest approach to the Sun on 12/22.
What a diiference a filter makes!684 viewsHere is the Sun taken on 10/3/11 at 11:15 AM first in White light (left) and Calcium K (right) using a Stellarvue 80ED. The white light image shows a few sunspot groups while the CaK image shows much more detail and areas of increased magnetic activity. AR1302 is on the far right, nearly rotating out of view. The white light image was taken using an Orion glass filter and single snapshot from a Canon T2i. The CaK image was taken with an Imaging Source camera and Lunt B1200 CaK filter.
The Moon657 viewsThe Moon, our nearest neighbor, provides a wealth of detail even in small telescopes. Indeed, as Garrett Serviss wrote regarding the distance to the moon in his book "Other Worlds" in 1901: "In consequence, of course, of its nearness, the moon is the only member of the planetary (solar) system whose principal features are visible to the naked eye." Image taken with a Astro-Physics 130 mm f/8 refractor and a Canon 20Da DSLR (11 X 1/250 second exposures at ISO 200; aligned and combined in Images Plus).
The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules205 viewsMessier 13, or the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, was discovered by Edmond Halley in 1714. The cluster is estimated to contain from 300,000 to a half-million stars and is about 26,000 lights years distant from our solar system. The image was taken with a 12.5” RCOS f/9 telescope operating at f/5.94 (Astro-Physics CCDT67 telecompressor) and a SBIG STF8300c camera on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on 28 May 2016 (6 x 20 min lights @ -20 degrees C; 40 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight
Antares, M4 and the Rho Oph cloud687 viewsAntares is the bright star at the lower left of the image. It is over 700 times the diameter of our Sun. Globular cluster Messier 4 is seen on the lower right. The Rho Ophiuchus cloud complex is the closest star forming region to our solar system (~430 lght years away). The cloud complex is much larger than can fit in this image. Blue reflection nebula IC 4605 seen about mid-left, and IC4603 seen middle-top are created by interstellar dust. Borg 71FL astrograph with a modified Canon XS DSLR 36min exp.
IC 410 and the Tadpoles in Ha161 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 Ripley (x64). Ha filter was an 5nm bandwidth 31 mm Astrodon Gen 2 filter.

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A portion of the Eastern Veil Nebula in Cygnus2 viewsPictured is a portion of the Eastern Veil Nebula, NGC 6992, in Cygnus. The Veil Nebula is the result of a supernova explosion about 15,000 years ago. This bicolor narrowband image was taken through a Hydrogen-alpha filter and an Oxygen[III] filter, with the Red channel assigned to H-alpha, Green channel assigned to 70% H-alpha + 30% O[III], and the Blue channel assigned to 90% O[III]. The image was a total of 8 hrs 20 min exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and a QSIwsg CCD camera with Astrodon filters (H-alpha 5 nm; O[III] 3 nm) on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 17, 23, 24 October 2017 (O[III]: 16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C; H-alpha 9 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64).
Dec 10, 2017
AN OPEN CLUSTER IN THE DUST CLOUDS OF PERSEUS32 viewsThe open cluster NGC 1342 is found in the constellation Perseus. The cluster is estimated to be 400 million years old and about 1,700 light years away. As seen in the image, dust clouds are prevalent in the area. To the upper left in the image is the blue reflection nebula VdB 18. The image is a total of 1 hour 45 min exposure taken with a Takahashi FSQ 106ED with focal reducer f/3.6 and a Canon 60Da (ISO 800) on an Astro-Physics 1200 Mount taken on 5 Dec 2016 in Mayhill, NM (7 x 900 sec lights, 18 darks, 128 bias, 128 flats). Process with PixInsight 1.8.5.Nov 01, 2017
The Northern Trifid in Pegasus21 viewsThe Northern Trifid (aka NGC 1579) is found in the constellation Pegasus. Unlike its southern neighbor Messier 20 from which it got its name, the reddish hues are not a HII region but rather dust lighted by the reflection of a star with an unusual amount of H-alpha emission as well as interstellar extinction (S. J. O'Meara, The Secret Deep, 2011, pp 79-81). Our current understanding suggests the Northern Trifid is a vast dusty star-forming region. Image was taken with a SBIG 8300c CCD camera and a RCOS 12.5 inch f9 astrograph on a Paramount ME. Total combined exposure of 8 hr 20 min on the nights of 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 5 Dec 2016 in Mayhill, NM (25 x 1200 sec lights @-15 degrees C; 18 darks, 128 bias; 128 flats); Processed in PixInsight (64 bit).Oct 15, 2017
A Starburst Galaxy and the Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN)18 viewsThis HaLRGB image portrays the turbulent starburst galaxy Messier 82 in Ursa Major with its filamentary outflows of ionized hydrogen. Seen faintly in the image is the IFN, which is illuminated by the combined flux of the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Total of 18 hrs exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph; Nights of 15, 24, 28 March 2015; 12, 13 Jan 2016; 8, 9 Feb 2016 in Mayhill, NM: Paramount ME, QSI683wsg, Astrodon Gen2 filters (Ha 5 nm); (Lum 16 x 20 min; Ha 17 x 20 min; R 7 x 20 min; G 7 x 20 min; B 7 x 29 min all @ - 20 degrees C), calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight (x 64).
Oct 08, 2017
Double Cluster in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way49 viewsThe Double Cluster in Perseus, aka NGC 884 and NGC 869, lies in a rich star field of the Milky Way. A favorite object at public star parties, most observers can pick out an orange star among the bright blue stars of the clusters. Studies suggest that the Double Cluster is relatively young and is approximately 7,500 light-years away. Image is a total of 2 hours exposure taken with a Canon 60Da and a Takahashi FSQ106ED with focal reducer (f3.6) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount taken in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 23, 30 Nov 2016 (8 x 900 sec lights; 18 darks, 128 bias, 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight 1.8.1195 with final adjustments in Photoshop CC.Jul 09, 2017
The Soap Bubble in the Nebulosity of Cygnus104 viewsThe Soap Bubble Nebula, or PN G755.5+1.7, is found in the constellation Cygnus. The Soap Bubble is likely a symmetric planetary nebula, which is the expanding shell of ionized gas ejected from a star late in its lifetime. The faint nebula was discovered relatively recently in 2008 on photographs of the Cygnus region. Image was a total of 17 hr 20 min exposure taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon Gen2 H-alpha filter 5 nm; O[III] 3 nm) on a Paramount ME on the nights of 2, 4, 5, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30 October 2016 in Mayhill, NM (26 x 1200 sec H-alpha lights @ -20 degrees; 26 x 1200 sec O[III] lights @ -20 degrees; 23 darks; 128 flats of each filter; 126 bias; processed in PixInsight; color assigned in SHO-AIP Red = 90 % H-alpha; G = 10% H-alpha and 100% O[III]; Blue = 100% O[III]).Apr 25, 2017
A Young Open Cluster in a Nebulous Complex 197 viewsThe open cluster NGC 6910 is found in the nebulous emission complex IC 1318, which is located in the constellation Cygnus. As NGC 6910 is near the galactic plane, there is a significant amount of interstellar dust in the area. Indeed, the blue spectroscopic star HIP 100548 (aka SAO 49563) is rendered yellowish white due to the light scattering by the interstellar dust. Estimated distance of the star cluster and nebula is 2,000 to 5,000 light years. Image was taken with a 12.5 inch at f/9 RCOS astrograph with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 4, 5, 21, 25, 29, ant 30 Oct 2016. Total of 14 hr 20 min exposure (43 x 1200 sec lights at -15 degrees C; 18 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats); image acquisition MaxIm DL 6; calibration, registration, integration, and processing in PixInsight Ripley (x64) Mar 03, 2017
NGC 1491185 viewsNGC 1491 is an emission nebula found in the constellation of Perseus. It is located over 10,000 light-years from Earth and it forms part of the larger Sharpless 206 nebula. This image consists of over 5 hours of imaging with a Canon 60Da camera, 8” TPO telescope on a Celestron CGE Pro mount. Calibrated, stacked, and processed with PixInsight 1.8Feb 11, 2017