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Messier 82133 viewsThis combined Ha and Luminance image shows the 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 supernova resulting from their death) being born at a high rate within the galaxy. Total of 9 hr 20 min exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph; Nights of 15, 28 March 2015, 12, 13 Jan 2016, 8, 9 Feb 2016; 2015 Paramount ME, QSI 683wsg, 5 nm Astrodon Ha filter (Lum 11 x 20 min @ - 20 degrees C; Ha 17 x 20 min @ - 20 degrees C), calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 16, 2016
NGC 2264161 viewsNGC 2264 in the constellation of Monoceros consists of the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster. The Cone Nebula is an H II region and a dark absorption nebula. The Christmas Tree cluster (upside down) is the open cluster above the nebula. The bright star towards the top center (S Mon) represents the center of the trunk while HD 47887 above the cone nebula, represents the top. Not officially part of NGC 2264 is the Fox Fur Nebula, the blue and red furry like area next to S Mon. 200 min total exposure.Feb 23, 2016
Crab Nebula (M1)175 viewsThe Crab Nebula (M1) is a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus. In 1731 John Bevis found that M1 corresponded with the bright supernova recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054 AD as a star bright enough to be seen during the day. The image consists of 47 exposures taken with a Canon 60Da camera, a TPO RC telescope and a Celestron CGEM mount. Exposures were stacked with Nebulosity and processed with PixInsight 1.8.Feb 23, 2016
M76 - The Little Dumbbell149 viewsMessier 76 was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Méchain and cataloged by Charles Messier that same year. It wasn't until 1918 that M76's true nature as a planetary nebula was discovered by Herber Curtis. Located some 2,500 light years away in the constellation Perseus, M76 it is one of the faintest objects in the Messier catalog at magnitude 10.1. This image was taken from Alamogordo NM using an Astro-tech 130EDT f7 refractor and Atik 314L+ monochrome camera (130 min) using Ha, Hb and OIII signals.Feb 14, 2016
Hubble's variable nebula in Monoceros202 viewsHubble's Variable Nebula (NGC 2261) is a small 2 x 4 arcminute nebula found in the constellation Monoceros. One suggestion proposed for the observed variability is due to dust clouds near R Monocerotis periodically changing the nebula's illumination. The image was a total of 6 hr 20 min exposure with a 12.5” f/9 RCOS telescope and SBIG STF8300c camera (OAG with ST-i) on a Paramount ME (19 x 1200 sec lights @-15o C; 30 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats); Software: Sky X, MaxIm DL6, PixInsight 14, 2016
Comet Catalina150 viewsComet Catalina as of the morning of December 17, 2015. Image taken with an ES127mm refractor and a Canon 60Da camera.Dec 23, 2015
The North American and Pelican Nebulae198 viewsThe North America Nebula (NGC 7000) and Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) in the constellation Cygnus comprise a vast region of ionized hydrogen. Light obscured by interstellar dust leads to the observed shape of each nebula. The North America Nebula was discovered by William Herschel in 1786. This wide-field image was taken with a Takahashi FSQ106ED with reducer at f/3.6 and a Canon 60Da DSLR at ISO 800 on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount; 5 hrs 45 min total exposure taken on 13 Aug and 15, 17 Sept 2015 (23 x 15 min lights; 12 darks; 128 flats; 128 bias); Sky X and Maxim DL software; processed with PixInsight using a synthetic light for deconvolution. Dec 20, 2015
Bode's Nebula (M81 and M82)165 viewsMessier 81 (right) and Messier 82 (left) are located in the constellation of Ursa Major. These galaxies are relatively close to each other (about 150,000 light years) and easy to spot with a small telescope or binoculars. The image consist of 55 exposures taken with a Canon 60Da camera, Orion ED80T telescope, and a Celestron CGEM mount. Exposures were stacked with Nebulosity 4 and processed with Pixinsight 1.8Nov 30, 2015
IC5070 (Pelican Nebula)153 viewsIC5070 (Pelican Nebula) located in the constellation of Cygnus is part of a large H-II cloud. The hydrogen gas is excited by the energy originating from nearby stars, and then emits its own light in the red wavelength of hydrogen. The image consist of 4 hours of exposures taken with a Canon 60Da camera, ES 127mm refractor with .8 reducer, mounted on a Celestron CGEM mount. The image was stacked with Nebulosity 4 and processed with Pixinsight 1.8.Nov 23, 2015
Lagoon Nebula (M8) and Trifid Nebula (M20)145 viewsThe Lagoon Nebula (M8) on the left and Trifid Nebula (M20) on the bottom right are located in the constellation of Sagittarius. M8 is an emission nebula about three times the size of the full moon. The nebula’s brightest region is illuminated by two supper giant stars while the rest of the nebula is illuminated by the open star cluster NGC 6530. M8’s smaller neighbor, M20, is a combination of emission nebula (red) and reflection nebula (blue). The image consist of 4 hours of exposure taken with a Canon 60Da camera and Orion ED80T telescope mounted on a Celestron CGEM mount. Exposures were stacked with Nebulosity 4, processed with PixInsight 1.8, and minor cosmetic touches with Photoshop CS6.Nov 23, 2015
Massive Filament on the Sun153 viewsA dark filament of magnetism in the sun's southern hemisphere has curled upon itself to form a circle of gargantuan proportions. The circumference of the ring is almost a million kilometers (600,000 miles)! Magnetic filaments are very often unstable, and have a tendency to collapse. Filaments crashing to the surface of the sun can cause of a type of explosion called a Hyder flare. Any flare from this filament could be extra-energetic as it releases the tension stored in its million-km coil. Image taken from Alamogordo, NM on 11/13/15 at 10:14 AM MST (1714 UTC) using a Meade Instruments Coronado 90mm SolarMax II telescope and Imaging Source 41AU02 camera.
Nov 13, 2015
Narrowband image of the Crescent Nebula in Cygnus141 viewsThe Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) is found in the constellation Cygnus, whose emission is powered by strong stellar winds from a Wolf-Rayet star colliding with previously expelled outer envelopes of the stars atmosphere. This narrow band image is a combination of 5 hrs of H alpha data (Astrodon 5 nm Gen 2 filter) and 5 hrs 20 m of O[III] data (Astrodon 3 nm Gen 2 filter). Taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera on a Paramount ME; August 11th , 13th and Sept 14th - 17th, 2015 in Mayhill, NM (Ha, 15 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C; O[III], 16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C 21 darks; 126 bias; 128 flats) Image acquisition with MaxIm DL 6.08; Calibrated, aligned, integrated, and processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64); Colors assigned ( Red = Ha, Green = 15% Ha + 85% O[III], Blue = O[III] ) and combined using SHO-AIP script.Oct 31, 2015
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