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The Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici740 viewsNGC 4631 is found in the constellation Canes Venatici. The wedge-shape of this galaxy gives rise to its nickname, the Whale Galaxy. The starburst regions of this galaxy can be seen in the photo, which are due to intensive star formation. Tidal interactions of NGC 4627, which is seen just above NGC 4631, has been suggested as one of the reasons for the active core of NGC 4631 (as well as tidal interactions with other nearby galaxies). The small edge-on galaxy at the top of the image is PGC 3794315 (NASA Extragalactic Database). Total of 5 hr 40 min exposure taken with an SBIG STF8300c CCD camera and a 12.5 inch RCOS f/9 astrograph operating at f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT067 reducer) mounted on a Paramount ME on the nights of 8, 15, 16 May 2018 in Mayhill, New Mexico (17 x 1200 sec Lights @ -15 degrees C; 15 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight Ripley (x64).
Mercury Transit 2016860 viewsThe Mercury transit was well underway when this image was taken at 8:17 AM MT on 5/9/2016 from the AAG outreach event at Imago Dei Academy in Alamogordo, NM. The image was taken using a Stellaruve 80ED refractor with a Lunt B1200 Calcium-K module and Imaging Source 41AU02 camera. The Calcium K-line (393.4 nm) shows supergranulation in the lower chromosphere (~1200 km) along with lighter regions indicating magnetic activity. Sunspot AR2542 along with the small disk of Mercury are also visible.
The Active Sun in Hydrogen Alpha1262 viewsThis image was taken through a 40mm Coronado PST of the Sun on 12/27/2011 at 1925UT. The photograph is centered on the hydrogen alpha emission line at 656.28 nanometers (nm) and shows the chromosphere. Active Region 1384 is the dark region near the center of the photograph. A very large prominence is seen erupting along the rim of the Sun on the right.
Hubble's variable nebula in Monoceros1003 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
Comet PanSTARRS on March 13th1285 viewsComet PanSTARRS taken with a Canon 50D and a Canon telephoto lens at 200 mm. Processed in Adobe Photoshop CS6
The King of the Planets1233 viewsJupiter is visible in the early morning almost directly overhead in late September/early October. Larger than all the other planets combined, its only 1/1000th the mass of the Sun. The bands visible in the atmosphere are due to upwelling compounds whose exact nature is not quite known. Ultraviolet light from the Sun caused the compounds brown, orange and other colors. Imaged taken using a 5" SCT at f25 (~3750mm) using an Imaging Source 21AU618 color camera (1/45 sec exp, 3316 fr cap/2875 stacked /90% qual)
IC2177 and NGC2327990 viewsIC2177 is a large diffuse nebula near the constellations of Monoceros and Canis Major. The sweeping arc forms the seagull’s wings while the head consist of NGC 2327 (also call the Parrot nebula). This image consist of 80 x 300sec images taken with a Canon 60Da, Orion ED80T refractor, and a Celestron CGEM Mount. Stacked in Nebulosity and processed with PhotoShop CS6
IC 5070 (Pelican Nebula)994 viewsIC 5070 known as the Pelican Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. The nebula contains a mix of star formations and evolving gas clouds. This image is a combination of 65 x 5min exposures with a Canon 60Da camera, an Orion 80mm refractor, and a Celestron CGEM mount. Stacked with Nebulosity 3.0 and processed with Photo Shop CS6.

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“37” Open Cluster in Orion57 viewsThe open cluster 2169, often called the 37 cluster or Shopping Cart cluster, is found in the constellation Orion. It was arguably discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1694 and was independently discovered by William Herschel in 1784. Combined exposure was 2.7 hr through an Takahashi Epsilon-180ED f/2.8 astrograph with a SBIG STC-7 camera mounted on a Paramount ME on the night 16 March 2022 in Mayhill, NM (20 x 160 sec B, 20 X160 sec G, 20 X 160 sec R, Medium Gain, sub-exposure 10 sec, MaxIm DL Stack ProTM). All images calibrated, registered, and integrated with PixInsight 1.8.8-9 Ripley (x64).Apr 16, 2022
Arp 270 in Leo Minor63 viewsArp 270, a pair of galaxies with connected arm NGC 3395 and NCC 3396, lies in the constellation Leo Minor. The image of NGC 3395 appears disturbed and a bridge extends from it to NGC 3396. The image is a total of 3 hours exposure with a 12.5 inch RCOS f/9 operating at f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT67) with a SBIG STF8300m mounted on a Paramount taken on the nights of 26 Feb and 5 Mar 2019 in Mayhill, NM (9 x 1200 sec Lights, 128 Bias, 128 Flats, 22 Darks all @ -15 degrees C). Processed with PixInsight 1.8.8-12 Ripley (x64).Feb 11, 2022
A Spiral Galaxy in Leo196 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).Apr 10, 2021
The Ring Nebula in the Constellation Lyra205 viewsM57, the ring nebula, is found in the constellation Lyra. M57 is a planetary nebula, which is an expanding shell of gas ejected from a star in the later stages of its evolution. The image captured the outer halo structure of M57 as well as the galaxy IC 1296 (see annotated image on the Facebook page). Image is a total of 9 hr 20 min exposure taken through a 12.5” RCOS f/9 astrograph at f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT67 reducer) with a SBIG STF8300m CCD camera on a Paramount ME on the nights of 18, 19, 22 May 17, 19 June 2020 in Mayhill, NM (13 x 1200 s lights, 5 x 1200 s blue, 5 x 1200 s red, 5 x 1200 s green all at -15 degrees C). Processed in PixInsight 1.8.8-6 Ripley (x64).
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Jan 2019 lunar eclipse661 viewsJanuary 20, 2019 lunar eclipse taken with Borg 71FL refractor and Canon 1000D DSLR on a Vixen alt-az mount. Single exposure 0.8 sec, ISO 400Jan 22, 2019
The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies709 viewsThis image of the Perseus cluster of galaxies, also known as Abell 426, is centered on NGC 1275. NGC 1275 is a giant elliptical galaxy, which is a radio source and x-ray emitter. Abell 426 is part of the Pisces-Perseus supercluster, which contains over a thousand galaxies. The image is a total of 9 hrs exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and a QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon Gen2 filters) on a Paramount ME taken on the nights of 7 Nov, 3, 13 Dec 2018 in Mayhill, NM (18 x 1200 sec lights; 3 x 1200 sec R, G, and B at -20 degrees; 24 darks; 128 flats; 128 bias). Processed with PixInsight Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
Open Cluster in Cassiopeia 653 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).Jan 18, 2019
A Large Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia686 viewsNGC 281 is a H II emission nebula in Cassiopeia containing the open cluster IC 1590, which powers the ionization of the hydrogen gas. Large dust filaments as well as Bok globules, which may be the site of future star formation, can be seen. The image is a total of 5 hrs 20 min exposure in H alpha light. Image taken with a Takahashi CCA250 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera on a Paramount ME on the nights of 13, 15 Dec, 16 Nov 2018 in Mayhill, NM (16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C. Astrodon H alpha filter 5 nm bandwidth; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight Ripley (x64). Oct 19, 2018