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NGC_6334___The_Cats_Paw_Nebula.jpg
The Cat's Paw Newbula1211 viewsNGC 6334, AKA the Cat's Paw Nebula, is found in the constellation Scorpius. NGC 6334 is a complex emission nebula along with dark dust lanes. Image is a total of 3 hours 25 minutes exposure (41 x 5 min) taken with a modified Canon 40D and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph. Image was processed using Images Plus 3.82B and Adobe Photoshop CS5 software.

Supernova_in_Messier_101_(9_5_2011).jpg
Supernova in Messier 1011051 viewsA supernova has appeared in the galaxy designed Messier 101. A supernova is essentially a star at the end of its lifetime that has exploded. This particular type of supernova is a type Ia, which is assumed to be due to the destruction of a white dwarf in a binary star system. The supernova can be seen in the image as the brightest "star" within the galaxy; located to the left of the center of the galaxy.
M8_M20_M21_in_Sagittarius_(PixInsight).jpg
Messier 8, 20, and 21875 viewsThe Messier objects M8 (large nebula on right), M20 (blue and red nebula upper left) and M21 (open cluster below and to the left of M20) are favorite summer objects in the constellation Sagittarius. The Messier objects are found in a dense star field of our own Milky Way galaxy. Image taken with a modified Canon 40D and Takahashi E-180ed astrograph on a Paramount (50 x 5 min lights; 30 darks, 64 flats).
Messier_16.jpg
The Eagle Nebula1357 viewsThe open cluster Messier 16 and the associated nebulosity IC 4703 are found in the constellation Serpens Cauda. The popular name of this object is the Eagle Nebula, and contains the "Pillars of Creation" that was made famous in the image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. This image was a total of 3.5 hours exposure (21 x 10 min subframes) taken with a modified Canon 40D and a Takahashi Epsilon-180ED.
Ha_image_of_Messier_8_in_false_color.jpg
Hydrogen alpha image of Messier 81186 viewsM8, an emission nebula, is found in the constellation Sagittarius. A significant portion of it's composition is hydrogen, which emitts light due to the excitation of the hydrogen atoms from radiation coming from the embedded stars in the nebula. A particular wavelenght of this emission, Ha, was imaged using a narrowband filter and assigned a red color (TeleVue 85 refractor; 0.8 reducer/fattener; SBIG ST-2000 CCD; 25 x 5 min lights; 30 darks; 41 flats).
Lynds_Dark_Nebula_673_in_the_Constellation_Aquila~2.jpg
Lynds Dark Nebula 6731998 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).
Gibbous_Moon.jpg
Gibbous Moon1003 viewsA picture of our nearest neighbor, the Moon, taken on Oct 7, 2011 with an Astro-Physics 178 mm f/9 refractor with focal reducer @ f/7.1, 1262 mm focal length; Modified Canon 50D; AP 1200 mount; 26 x 1/125 sec lights (best of 31 images graded in Images Plus 4.25); 31 darks, 66 flats).
IC_1275_and_NGC_6559.jpg
IC 1275 and NGC 65591062 viewsIC 1275 and NGC 6559 lie in our Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Sagittarius close to Messier 8. This complex area of both emission and reflection nebulosity also includes IC 1274, IC 4684, and IC 4685. The image is a total combined exposure of 1 hr 25 min with a Takahashi E-180ED astrograph and a modified Canon 40D on a Paramount. Processed using Images Plus and Adobe Photoshop.
Messier_27.jpg
Messier 27937 viewsM 27 , aka the dumbbell nebula, in the constellation Vulpecula was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. M27 is a large cloud of expanding gas, which is the remains of a star that expelled its outer atmosphere near the end of its lifetime. M27 is a bright object that can be seen in binoculars and is a favorite telescopic object in the Spring and early Fall. Total exposure of 1 hr 40 minutes (20 x 5 min lights;30 darks; 66 flats; AP 178 f/9 refractor; Modified Canon 50D; AP 1200 mount; guided exposures)
NGC_6559___IC_1275_region.jpg
NGC 6559, IC 1274/75, and IC 4685 region in Ha979 viewsThe IC 1274/75, IC 4685 and NGC 6559 complex imaged in Ha are located in the constellation Sagittarius (visible light photo previously posted). Just to the right of NGC 6559 (the brightest emission nebulosity slightly below left of center in the image) in the large HII region IC 4685 is the serpentine structure of the dark nebula Barnard 303. Total exposure 1 ½ hours (TeleVue 85 refractor; SBIG ST 2000 ccd camera @ -13 degrees; Paramount; Baader 35 nm bandwidth Ha filter; 30 x 5 min lights; 35 darks; 41 flats).
   
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