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The Rho Ophiuchi Nebulae IC 4604 and IC 4603416 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 Major331 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 Trail358 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 color348 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 Endeavour363 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)429 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 3437 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
Lynd's Dark Nebula 673458 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). Jun 13, 2013
M20 (Trifid Nebula)545 viewsM20 (Trifid Nebula) located in the constellation of Sagittarius. I could not get guiding to work so this photo is composed of 42 30sec exposures at ISO6400 using a Canon EOS 60a. Jun 12, 2013
Crater Copernicus414 viewsCopernicus is a 93 km (57.7 miles) wide crater located in eastern Oceanus Procellarum. It is estimated to be about 800 million years old and is nearly 3.8 km (2.35 miles) deep (over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon!). Image taken using a 6" SCT at f20 using an Imaging Source DMK41AU02 camera.Jun 05, 2013
The Ringed Planet534 viewsSaturn is the 6th planet from the Sun at a distance of about 900 million miles. The rings are composed primarily of water ice with particles the size of snowflakes up to house-sized boulders. The rings extend almost 50,000 miles above the planet and average about 60 feet thick (paper thin indeed). To learn more about Saturn, go to our "PLANETS" page. Celestron C9.25 at f25, Imaging Source 21AU618 color camera.May 27, 2013
The Eagle nebula840 viewsThe Eagle nebula (M16) found in the constellation of Serpens as seen on May 4 2013. This a compilation of 8 180sec photos taken with an unmodified Canon 60D ISO3200 attached to a Meade 8"SCT with focal reducer and Baader UHC-S filter on a Celestron CG-5 stacked with Nebulosity3 and processed with Photo Shop Elements.
May 06, 2013
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