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Flame Nebula and Horse Head Nebula423 viewsThe Flame Nebula is an emission nebula and the Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula are found in the constellation of Orion. The photo consist of 20 3minute exposures taken with a Canon 60Da camera and an Orion 80mm refractor on a Celestron CG-5, stacked with Nebulosity and processed with Photoshop CS6. Taken on October 1, 2013. Oct 02, 2013
Andromeda rises next to the Milky Way453 viewsThis is a photo I took while camping in Mayhill, NM. You can see Andromeda Galaxy rising next to the Milky Way towards Cassiopeia. 3 one minute exposures using a Canon 60Da 18mm lens mounted on a Polarie star tracker. Oct 02, 2013
The King of the Planets469 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)Sep 29, 2013
M106471 viewsThis is an older image that was reworked. It has a whole lot a detail that was not in the first try. A huge improvement. Shows what you can do when you know what you are doing.Sep 18, 2013
The Trifid Nebula Messier 20525 viewsMessier 20, aka the Trifid Nebula, is both an emission nebula (H-II region imaged in red) and reflection nebula (blue coloration), which is found in the constellation Sagittarius. M 20 is a young star forming region. Image was taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm camera (@ -15 degrees) on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image is a total of 4 hr 20 min exposure (26 x 10 min lights, 64 flats, 64 bias, 15 darks) that was calibrated, aligned, integrated (PixInsight nomenclature for combined), and processed in PixInsight 1.8 with final levels/curves in Photoshop CS6. Optec Alnitak panel used for flats.Sep 16, 2013
The Rho Ophiuchi Nebulae IC 4604 and IC 4603474 viewsOn the border of Scorpius and Ophiuchus by Antares lies a complex region of dust, molecular clouds, and reflection nebula. In the center of this image is the triple star Rho Ophiuchi, which is surrounded by the blue reflection nebula IC 4604. Throughout the image large dust clouds are seen. To the right of IC 4604 is the smaller reflection nebula IC 4603. Image was acquired using a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph and a modified Canon 40D DSLR camera on a Paramount. Images Plus 5.0 was used for calibration and stacking of the sub images. PixInsight 1.8 Ripley was used to process the image. Image was a total of 2 hours 40 minutes exposure (16 x 10 min lights, 13 darks, 64 flats, 64 flat darks).Sep 10, 2013
Messier 82 in Ursa Major380 viewsMessier 82 in the constellation Ursa Major, which contains the familiar star group or asterism “the Big Dipper”. Messier 82 is a classic example of a starburst galaxy, in which is undergoing a high rate of star formation. This image was taken with a 130 mm f/8 Astro-Physics refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera on an AP1200 mount. Image was a total of 11 hrs 25 min exposure (137 x 5 min lights; 30 darks; 64 flats); Calibrated in Images Plus 5.0 and processed with PixInsight 1.8 and Photoshop CS6.Sep 09, 2013
Leo Triplet with Tidal Trail396 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.
Aug 02, 2013
The Moon in color400 viewsGot up early Sunday morning and decided to take shots of the moon as it peaked between the clouds. I stacked the best 15 shots then tried to get color out of the moon with Photoshop CS 6. It doesn't look that good, but it is OK for the fist attempt. Canon EOS 60Da with a 500mm lens.
Aug 01, 2013
Space Shuttle Endeavour398 viewsTook a tour of the Endeavour exhibit in Los Angeles, CA. For more images of the shuttle, check out our AAG Facebook photo album. Endeavour flew to the Hubble Space Telescope on servicing missions and to the International Space Station and installed the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.Jul 20, 2013
Lagoon Nebula (M8)483 viewsMessier 8 (Lagoon Nebul) a large emission nebula with a radius of 55 by 20 light years is located in the constellation of Sagittarius. This photo, taken the morning of 14 Jul 2013, is composed of 19 one minute exposures (still having problems) taken with an 8" f5 reflector and a Canon 60Da camera on a CG-5 mount. Jul 15, 2013
Messier 3485 viewsMessier 3 is a rich globular cluster found in the constellation Canes Venatici, which was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. M3 is believed to contain over a half a million stars. The image was taken with a 130mm f/8 Astro-Physics refractor and a SBIG 2000xcm CCD camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (with guiding). Total exposure was 56 minutes (28 x 120 sec lights; 34 darks; 64 flats; 64 flat darks; 64 bias). Jun 19, 2013
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