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Who Needed ISON?533 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.
Narrowband Horsehead region1329 viewsThis is a narrowband image of the Horsehead nebula (B33) region in Orion taken with the Tzec Maun telescope in Mayhill. The "Horsehead" is actually a cold, thick, dark gas that is blocking the light from the bright (emission) nebula behind it. Hydrogen is indicated with red, sulfur is in green (yellow is a combination of hydrogen and sulfur) and Blue is Oxygen. The dats was collected back in January 2011 (3.5 hours worth) and processed by Steve. Thanks Steve !
Lynd's Dark Nebula 673655 viewsLynd’s Dark Nebula 673 is an extensive dust cloud that can be found in the constellation Aquila. Image was taken with a modified Canon 40D DSLR camera (ISO 800) and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Image is a total of 3 hours 30 min exposure (42 x 5 min lights; 20 darks; 64 flats).
Saturn: The Bringer of Old Age459 viewsIn the ancient Roman myths Saturn was the god of agriculture, Greeks called Saturn Cronus - this is where we get the idea of Father Time. Saturn takes 29.5 years to orbit the Sun - thereby making it the slowest moving of the visible planets in the night sky. Saturn was 8.976 AU (~830 million miles) distant in this image. Image taken from Alamogordo NM with a Celestron C9.25 at f30 using an Imaging Source 21AU618 color camera and stacked with Registax 5.1 (3206 images) and L-R deconvolution using Astra Image 3.0 SI.
NGC 2264359 viewsNGC 2264 in the constellation of Monoceros consists of the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster. The Cone Nebula is an H II region and a dark absorption nebula. The Christmas Tree cluster (upside down) is the open cluster above the nebula. The bright star towards the top center (S Mon) represents the center of the trunk while HD 47887 above the cone nebula, represents the top. Not officially part of NGC 2264 is the Fox Fur Nebula, the blue and red furry like area next to S Mon. 200 min total exposure.
M52480 viewsM52 takne with FS102 using a SBIG 2000XCM Camera. This was taken at Steves. It is 7 - 10 minute images, darks, flats and bias applied. Steve made final adjustment from his calibrated screen to darken the image.
M65 and M66960 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.
Lynds Dark Nebula 6731888 viewsLynds Dark Nebula 673 is found in the constellation Aquila. Unlike bright emission or reflection nebula, dark nebulae are essentially a dense cloud of gas and dust particles that block the light of stars behind it from our view. In this case, the light of stars in our Milky Way galaxy is blocked from view. Stars that do shine through often appear red due to the scattering of light by the dust particles. Total exposure of the image is 3.5 hrs (42 x 5 min).

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A Large Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia2 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
An Edge-On Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices9 viewsNGC 4565, sometimes referred to as the Needle Galaxy, is an edge-on galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices. One can see the galaxy's yellowish central core, which is divided by obscuring dust lanes running the length of the equatorial plane. Total exposure was 10 hrs 20 min taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon Gen2 filters) on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 8, 15, 16 May; 17, 18 June 2018 ( 21 x 1200 sec lights; 4 x 1200 sec R; 3 x 1200 sec G; 3 x 1200 sec B all @ -20 degrees C; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats for each channel). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x 64). An annotated image can be found on the Amateur Astronomers facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmateurAstronomersGroup Sep 07, 2018
The Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici43 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).Jul 13, 2018
Turbulent nature of the Jellyfish Nebula77 viewsFound in the constellation Gemini, the Jellyfish Nebula, also designated IC 443, is a large supernova remnant. The emission of the nebula is due to the excitation of hydrogen atoms as the rapidly expanding shell collides with the surrounding molecular gas. This hydrogen-alpha image shows the turbulent nature of the nebula as the resultant shock wave expands. Image taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon 5nm H-alpha filter) on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of the 23rd, 24th January 2018. Total of 7 hr exposure (21 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x 64).Jun 30, 2018
An Open Cluster and Nebula in the constellation Auriga314 viewsNGC 1931 is a relatively young open cluster surrounded by emission and reflection nebulosity (Sharpless 2-237) in the constellation Auriga. Faint red hydrogen emission can be see in the region surrounding the compact cluster/nebulosity. Sharpless 2-237 shows both red hydrogen emission and blue reflection nebulosity. Image was a total of 15 hours of exposure through a Takahashi CCA250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg camera @ -20 degrees C. (Astrodon Gen 2 filters) on a Paramount ME on the nights of 23, 30 Nov and 5 Dec 2016 and 13, 18, 19 Jan 2018 in Mayhill, NM (Lum 30 x 1200 sec; Red 5 x 1200 sec; Green 5 x 1200 sec; Blue 5 x 1200 sec; with corresponding Flats, Darks, and Bias). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64). Color calibration and RGB image stretch with PixInsight's Photometric Color Calibration and Arcsinh Stretch, respectively.Mar 30, 2018
The edge-on galaxy NGC 891 in Andromeda 300 viewsThe edge-on galaxy NGC 891 is found in the constellation Andromeda. NGC 891 is approximately 30 million light-years away and is similar in size to our own Milky Way galaxy. A prominent dust lane is seen in the plane of the galaxy with tendrils of dust seen above and below that plain. These dust tendrils may be due in part to supernova explosions. The image is a total of 11 hours of exposure through a 12.5 inch f/9 RCOS astrograph with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera on a Paramount ME taken in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 13, 14 Oct 2016; 16 Nov 2017; 13, 15 Dec 2017, and 13, 19 Jan 2018 (33 X 1200 sec lights @ -15 degrees C; 18 darks, 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (X64).Feb 09, 2018
The Planetary Nebula Messier 27 with O[III] Envelope 271 viewsThe planetary nebula Messier 27 is found in the constellation Vulpecula, which was discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier. The nebula is approximately 815 light-years away. The outer Oxygen envelope was captured using an O[III] filter. The image is a total of 12 hr exposure taken through three different telescopes: 12.5 inch f/9 RCOS astrograph with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera (Paramount ME); Astro-Physics 178 f/9 with a SBIG STF8300c CCD camera (Astro-Physics 1200); and a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 with an QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon 3nm O[III] filter) on the nights of 14, 15, 16, 17 Sept 2015; 15 June 2016; 16, 17, 23 Oct 2017 in Mayhill, NM (13 x 1200 sec Lights at -20 deg C; 24 Darks, 128 Bias; 128 flats). Calibrated, Registered, Integrated, and Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64).
Feb 02, 2018
A section of the Eastern Veil Nebula in Cygnus263 viewsPictured is a portion of the Eastern Veil Nebula, NGC 6992, in Cygnus, which was discovered by William Herschel in 1784. The Veil Nebula is the result of a supernova explosion about 15,000 years ago and is approximately 2,500 light-years away. 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 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).
Jan 26, 2018