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The Crab Nebula in Oxygen[III] and Hydrogen-alpha Emission 232 viewsMessier 1, the Crab Nebula, is a supernova remnant found in the constellation Taurus. M1 was discovered by John Bevis in 1731 (independently discovered by Charles Messier in 1758). Admiral Smyth describes M1 as a “large nebula, pearly white” and of “oval form” in his Cycle of Celestial Objects (2nd edition, page 145). This bi-color image is a total of 17 hrs 20 min exposure using a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and a QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon Gen 2 filters; H-alpha 5 nm; O[III] 3 nm) on a Paramount ME (26 x 1200 sec O[III] lights, 26 x 1200 sec H-alpha lights; 21 darks, 126 bias, and corresponding flats and flat darks). Color assignment H-alpha = red; 15:83 H-alpha:O[III] = green; O[III] = blue; processed in PixInsight 27, 2016
NGC 246 (The Skull Nebula)170 viewsNGC 246 is a small planetary nebula in the constellation of Cetus. The nebula was discovered in 1785 by William Herschel and gets its nickname due to its resemblance to a human skull. NGC246’s central star, is a white dwarf that is entering its final phase of evolution becoming a hot white dwarf. This image was taken on Oct 23, 2016 with an 8" TPO RC telescope, Canon 60Da camera, on a Celestron CGE Pro mount. Stacked with Nebulosity 4 and edited with PixInsight 1.8Oct 30, 2016
Open Clusters in Vulpecula206 viewsNGC 6882 /NGC 6885 are open clusters in the constellation Vulpecula, although there is considerable discussion in the literature as to whether one is superimposed on the other, are separate clusters, or if they where accidentally duplicated in the original 1784 observation. The bright foreground star, 20 Vulpeculae, does not belong to the cluster. The image taken with a 12.5” RCOS f/9 astrograph and a SBIG STF8300c camera on a Paramount ME on Oct 2, 2016 in Mayhill, NM (5 x 1200 sec lights @ -15 degrees C; 18 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64).Oct 29, 2016
The Celestial Bubble in Cygnus236 viewsThe Soap Bubble Nebula, or PN G755.5+1.7 is likely a faint planetary nebula found in the constellation Cygnus. The faint nebula was discovered relatively recently in 2008 on photographs of the Cygnus region. A cropped hydrogen-alpha image attached. Image was a total of 5 hr 40 min taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon Gen2 Ha filter 5 nm) on a Paramount on the nights of 2, 4 October 2016 in Mayhill, NM (17 x 1200 sec H-alpha lights @ -20 degrees; 23 darks; 128 flats; 126 bias; processed in PixInsight 07, 2016
Dumbbell Nebula (M27)145 viewsThe Dumbbell Nebula (M27) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Vulpecula. It is the second brightest planetary nebula in the night sky and easy to spot with binoculars or a small telescope. Taken September 5, 2016 with a Canon 60Da camera, Orion ED80T telescope on a Celestron CGEM mount. Stacked with Nebulosity 4.0 and processed with PixInsight 1.8Sep 30, 2016
First Quarter Moon164 viewsThe moon on September 9, 2016. During this phase 50% of the moon disc is illuminated. Taken with ES 127mm, Canon 60Da, Celestron CGE Pro. Processed with RegiStax 6 and Photoshop CS 6.Sep 26, 2016
A GLOBULAR CLUSTER IN LYRA178 viewsThe globular cluster Messier 56 is found in the part of Milky Way that runs through the constellation Lyra. Admiral Smyth describes M 56 as “a globular cluster in a splendid field” in his “A Cycle of Celestial Objects” (2nd Ed, 1881). The image was taken on 15 June 2016 in Mayhill, NM with a 12.5” RCOS f/9 telescope operating at f/5.95 (Astro-Physics CCDT67 reducer) and a SBIG STF8300c camera mounted on a Paramount ME. Exposure was a total of 1 hr 40 min (5 x 20 min lights @ -15 degrees C; 40 darks; 128 flats; 128 bias). Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64).Sep 19, 2016
Barred Spiral Galaxy in Leo177 viewsNGC 2903 is a intermediate weak-barred spiral galaxy (SABbc) found in the constellation Leo. Discovered by W. Herschel in 1784, NGC 2903 is approximately 20 to 30 million light years away. Image was taken with a 12.5” f/9 RCOS telescope and a SBIG STF8300c camera with an OAG (ST-i) on a Paramount ME. Image a total of 15 hr 20 min of combined exposures taken on 12, 13 Jan and 8,9,12 Feb 2016 in Mayhill, NM (46 x 1200 sec lights @ -15 degrees C, dithered; 30 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight 27, 2016
The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules205 viewsMessier 13, or the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, was discovered by Edmond Halley in 1714. The cluster is estimated to contain from 300,000 to a half-million stars and is about 26,000 lights years distant from our solar system. The image was taken with a 12.5” RCOS f/9 telescope operating at f/5.94 (Astro-Physics CCDT67 telecompressor) and a SBIG STF8300c camera on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on 28 May 2016 (6 x 20 min lights @ -20 degrees C; 40 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight 20, 2016
The Messier 78 region196 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 (with Bayer drizzle algorithm).Jun 06, 2016
Mercury Transit 2016143 viewsThe Mercury transit was well underway when this image was taken at 8:17 AM MT on 5/9/2016 from the AAG outreach event at Imago Dei Academy in Alamogordo, NM. The image was taken using a Stellaruve 80ED refractor with a Lunt B1200 Calcium-K module and Imaging Source 41AU02 camera. The Calcium K-line (393.4 nm) shows supergranulation in the lower chromosphere (~1200 km) along with lighter regions indicating magnetic activity. Sunspot AR2542 along with the small disk of Mercury are also visible.May 12, 2016
The starburst galaxy Messier 82127 viewsThis HaLRGB image portrays the turbulent starburst galaxy Messier 82 in Ursa Major with its filamentary outflows of ionized hydrogen. This emission is suggested to be due to stellar winds caused by massive energetic young stars (as well as supernovae resulting from their death) being born at a high rate within the galaxy. Total of 18 hrs exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph; Nights of 15, 24, 28 March 2015; 12, 13 Jan 2016; 8, 9 Feb 2016: 2015 Paramount ME, QSI683wsg, Astrodon Gen2 filters (Ha 5 nm); (Lum 16 x 20 min; Ha 17 x 20 min; R 7 x 20 min; G 7 x 20 min; B 7 x 29 min all @ - 20 degrees C), calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight (x 64).Mar 26, 2016
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