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M171018 viewsAn image of Messier 17, commonly call the Omega, Horseshoe, or Swan Nebula, in the constellation Sagittarius. There are over 600 stars within this gaseous nebula. The image was taken with a Canon 20Da DSLR at ISO 800 (26 x 5 min light exposures, 35 x 5 min Darks, and 64 lights) and a Takahashi E-180 astrograph. Processed and calibrated using Images Plus 3.80 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.Aug 17, 2010
The Hale 200-inch telescope1052 viewsThis summer we took a tour of Mt. Palomar Observatory. The 200-inch (5.08 m) telescope is named after astronomer George Ellery Hale. It was built by Caltech with a $6M grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, using a Pyrex blank manufactured by Corning Glass Works. The telescope (the largest in the world at that time) saw first light January 26, 1949.Jul 27, 2010
M65 and M661045 viewsM65 and M66 are two galaxies in the constellation Leo. Photographed using a Takahashi FSQ 106ED and a Canon 20Da DSLR. Exposure time was 27 minutes (9 X180 sec); calibrated, aligned, stacked, and DDP stretched in Images Plus followed by Adobe Photoshop CS4.May 14, 2010
Markarian's Chain834 viewsMarkarian's Chain is found in the constellations Coma Berenices and Virgo. The two brightest members are Messier 84 and 86 in the upper right hand portion of the photo. The two galaxies close in proximity below them are known as the "Eyes." The one that is very irregular in shape is NGG 4438 (also cataloged as Arp 120 in Arp's Catalog of Peculiar Galaxies) that as been suggested to be the result of the in-progress merger of two galaxies. 2.6 h (32 x 300 sec) total exposure; Takahashi E-180; Canon 20DaApr 14, 2010
Rosette Nebula811 viewsThe Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237-8, 46) and the open cluster NGC 2244 in the center of the nebula is found in the constellation Monoceros. The nebula is one of the largest in the sky. The nebula was photographed with a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and Canon 20Da (ISO 800); Exposure was a total of 2.5 hours (30 x 300 seconds), calibrated, aligned, and stacked in Images Plus and processed in Photoshop CS4.Mar 28, 2010
Orion Nebula621 viewsWide-field photo of the Orion Nebula (M42 and M43) along with the Running Man (NGC-1977) taken with a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and a Canon 20Da DSLR camera. The total exposure was 25 minutes (5 X 300 seconds); calibrated, aligned, and stacked in Images Plus and processed in Photoshop CS4.Mar 28, 2010
Friday Night at the Orion929 viewsHere's another shot of the Orion nebula using the 6" SCT at f6.3 with an unmodded Canon Rebel XSi (15min total) done on 3/5/10. The nebula is seen as the middle "star" in the sword of Orion. The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features. It is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years. This is an example of a stellar nursery where over 700 new stars are being formed. Cool stuff!Mar 06, 2010
IC 410 and the Tadpoles872 viewsIC 410 in the constellation Auriga is a nebula associated with the open cluster NGC 1893. On close examination, the two "tadpoles" can be found "swimming in the gaseous nebula." IC 410 imaged with a Canon 20Da DSLR and Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount.Dec 25, 2009
The Flaming Star Nebula990 viewsThe Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405, is located in the Constellation Auriga. The nebula is illuminated by the variable star AE Aurigae that is slowly passing thru the nebula but in fact did not condense from the surrounding nebula. The image acquired with a Canon 20Da DSLR (ISO 800) and a Takahashi E 180 astrograph. Total exposure time of 2.5 hrs (30 X 300 seconds lights calibrated, aligned, stacked, and stretched (DDP) in Images Plus 3.80 and further processed in Adobe Photoshop CS4).Dec 19, 2009
NGC 6820 and 6823790 viewsNGC 6823 is an open cluster in Vulpecula, whose center contains 9th magnitude stars along with fainter members that is immersed in the faint emission nebula NGC 6820. Photographed with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 and Canon 20Da DSLR on a Paramount (Ten 5-minute exposures at ISO 800; calibrated, aligned, combined and processed in Images Plus V 3.80 (DDP stretch) followed by Adobe Photoshop CS4). Dec 19, 2009
NGC 1499 California Nebula872 viewsThe California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the state of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually. It lies at a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth. This is a Ha, G, B exposure.Dec 19, 2009
M 45910 viewsM 45, commonly known as the Pleiades, is an open cluster in Taurus that contains about 100 stars. The blue nebulosity (some faint red nebulosity is also present) shines by the reflected light of the stars within it. Image taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph and a Canon 20Da DSLR at ISO 800. Total of 15 X 300 sec Light frames; calibrated, aligned, combined and processed in Images Plus V 3.80 followed by Adobe Photoshop CS2 (20 darks and 64 flats for calibration). Dec 04, 2009
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