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The Northern Trifid in Pegasus1010 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 1.8.5.1353 (64 bit).
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The Black Eye Galaxay1172 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.
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NGC 1528 in Perseus983 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).
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NGC 281 The Packman Nebula1159 viewsNGC 281, aka the Packman Nebula, is an emission nebula (H II region) in the constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula also contains the open cluster IC 1590, whose OB stars ionize the hydrogen, as well as several dark Bok globules. The image was taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and SBIG ST2000xcm camera @ -15 degrees C on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image was a total of 3 hours 40 minutes integration time (22 x 10 min guided lights; 15 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias). Individual lights graded in Images Plus 5.0; Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8, with final levels adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Comet Holmes1454 viewsEleven 30-sec exposures stacked of Comet Holmes taken with an Astro-Physics 178 f9 and a Canon 20Da DSLR (ISO 800)
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M76 - The Little Dumbbell911 viewsMessier 76 was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Méchain and cataloged by Charles Messier that same year. It wasn't until 1918 that M76's true nature as a planetary nebula was discovered by Herber Curtis. Located some 2,500 light years away in the constellation Perseus, M76 it is one of the faintest objects in the Messier catalog at magnitude 10.1. This image was taken from Alamogordo NM using an Astro-tech 130EDT f7 refractor and Atik 314L+ monochrome camera (130 min) using Ha, Hb and OIII signals.
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Double Cluster in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way1013 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.
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Veil Nebula1105 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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“37” Open Cluster in Orion33 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
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Arp 270 in Leo Minor41 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
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A Spiral Galaxy in Leo156 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 Lyra175 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 eclipse643 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 Galaxies686 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 632 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 Cassiopeia672 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