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The Miky Way Galaxy1070 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.
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Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS in Ursa Major994 viewsAn image of Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS currently in the constellation Ursa Major (May 22, 2014 05hr 09 min 56 sec UT exposures started). The comet has two tails, a brighter dust tail and a fainter ion trail. The image image taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST200xcm camera @ -20 degrees C on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (3 x 5 min lights, 20 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias). Image acquisition with MaxIm DL and processed with PixInsight 1.8.1. 1092 (x64) and Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Leo Triplet with Tidal Trail1046 viewsMessier 65, Messier 66, and NGC 3628 are commonly known as the Leo Triplet. M 65 is a spiral galaxy whose center is comprised of older yellowish stars (bottom left center of image). M 66 (top center) and NGC 3628 (top right center of image; aka the hamburger galaxy) are suggested to have had a past encounter that resulted in a faint tidal trail seen coming off the top of NGC 3628. The image was captured with a modified Canon 40D (ISO 800) and a Takahashi E180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Total exposure time was 8 hours (48 X 10 min guided sub-exposures; 13 darks; 64 flats; 64 flat darks). Calibrated and stacked with Images Plus 5.0; processed with PixInsight 1.8 followed by final Levels and Curves adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
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Veil Nebula1093 viewsThe Veil Nebula is a cloud ionized gas and dust located in the constellation Cygnus. The photo consist of twenty 5minute exposures and three 8minute exposures taken with a Canon 60Da camera and a Meade 8" SCT with a focal reducer on a Celestron CG-5, stacked with Nebulosity and processed with Photoshop CS6. Taken on September 29 2013.
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St2000XCM Moon Shot1227 viewsThis was just a quick 0.01 second shot of the moon. Who said the moon didn't have color
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The Messier 78 region976 viewsMessier 78 is a blue reflection nebula (larger nebula near the center of the image) that is found in the constellation Orion. Several other reflection nebulae can be seen in the image along with extensive clouds of dust (dark molecular cloud Orion B). The red emission nebula in the lower right-hand corner is part of Barnard's loop. Image is a total of 11 hr 30min exposure (46 x 15 min lights, dithered; 12 darks; 128 flats; 128 bias) taken on the nights of Nov 6, 2015; Jan 12, 13, 2016; Feb 8, 9, 12, 2016 with a Takahashi FSQ106ED with reducer @ f/3.6; Canon 60Da @ ISO 800; Astro-Physics 1200 mount; and Astro-Physics/Baader 60 mm guider (SBIG ST-i); Processed with PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 (with Bayer drizzle algorithm).
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Friday Night at the Orion1415 viewsHere's another shot of the Orion nebula using the 6" SCT at f6.3 with an unmodded Canon Rebel XSi (15min total) done on 3/5/10. The nebula is seen as the middle "star" in the sword of Orion. The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features. It is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years. This is an example of a stellar nursery where over 700 new stars are being formed. Cool stuff!
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Messier 111075 viewsMessier 11, often called the Wild Duck Cluster, is found in the constellation Scutum in a rich region of our Milky Way galaxy. There are about 2900 stars attributed to the cluster. Total exposure was 3 hours 20 min through a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor with a SBIG ST2000xcm camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (20 x 10 min lights; 15 darks; 64 flats; 64 bias). Lights graded in Images Plus 5.0; processed in PixInsight 1.8 with final levels/curves adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.

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A Spiral Galaxy in Leo127 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
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The Ring Nebula in the Constellation Lyra146 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 eclipse594 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
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The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies643 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 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
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Open Cluster in Cassiopeia 597 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 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
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A Large Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia644 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 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64). Oct 19, 2018
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An Edge-On Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices650 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 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x 64). An annotated image can be found on the Amateur Astronomers facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmateurAstronomersGroup Sep 07, 2018
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The Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici680 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 1.8.5.1353 Ripley (x64).Jul 13, 2018