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The Interacting Galaxies Messier 51 and NGC 5195412 viewsMessier 51 and it's smaller companion galaxy NGC 5195, a pair of interacting galaxies (designated Arp 85), are found in the constellation Canes Venatici. NGC 5195 exhibits tidal trails (stars accelerated into highly eccentric orbits) as a result of this encounter. Image was taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm CCD camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Total exposure time was 12 hrs 20 min taken over 5 nights (74 x 10 min lights; 15 darks; 64 flats; 64 bias). Image acquisition MaxIm DL; Calibration, registration, integration, and processing in PixInsight 1.8.2 with final adjustments in Adobe Photoshop CC.Jul 11, 2014
Saturn354 viewsSaturn taken with a Takahashi Mewlon 300 Dakin 2.4x barlow and an Imaging Source DBK21AU618 OSC camera from Mayhill NM (2600 stacked images using Registax 5.1). Saturn lies about 900 million miles from Earth. It's disk measured 17.9 arc sec at its equator (with rings 40.6")Jun 29, 2014
The blue reflection nebula IC 1287259 viewsIC 1287, a blue reflection nebula, is found in the constellation Scutum. The nebula is illuminated by the magnitude 5.7 star SAO 161569 (HD 170740). To the lower right of the nebula is the open cluster NGC 6649. Both are found within the rich star fields of the Milky Way. The image was a total of 3hrs 30 min exposure taken with a Takahashi E 180 f/2.8 astrograph and an SBIG STF8300 camera @ -20 degrees on a Paramount (21 x 10 min lights; 20 darks; 64 bias; 61 flats)Jun 29, 2014
NGC 6559340 viewsNGC 6559 is an active star forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius. This nebulosity contains emission (red), reflection (blue), and dust lanes (black) regions. This photo is a combination of 240minutes of exposure with a Canon 60Da, Badder UHC-S filter, connected to a TPO RC telescope on a Celestron CGEM mount. Jun 28, 2014
Messier 37315 viewsMessier 37 is an open cluster found in the constellation Auriga. The brightest star is a red giant (the cluster contains about 35), which is visible in the image near the center of the cluster (magnitude 9.1 – 9.2). The distance to this cluster is about 4500 light-years, although it may be a bit further. Image taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST2000xcm camera at – 20 degrees on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (6.5 hr total exposure; 39 x 600 sec lights, 20 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias; Image acquisition with MaxIm DL and processed with PixInsight Ripley (x64). Jun 08, 2014
Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS in Ursa Major281 viewsAn image of Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS currently in the constellation Ursa Major (May 22, 2014 05hr 09 min 56 sec UT exposures started). The comet has two tails, a brighter dust tail and a fainter ion trail. The image image taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and a SBIG ST200xcm camera @ -20 degrees C on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (3 x 5 min lights, 20 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias). Image acquisition with MaxIm DL and processed with PixInsight 1.8.1. 1092 (x64) and Adobe Photoshop CC.May 25, 2014
The Messier 78 region325 viewsMessier 78 is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. Associated with M 78 are various other reflection nebulae as well as large clouds of dust. The image was taken with a modified Canon 40D and Takahashi E 180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Total exposure time was 11 hours 10 min (134 x 5 min lights, 35 darks, 64 flats); Image acquisition with MaxIm DL and calibration, registration, integration, and processing with PixInsight 12, 2014
The Lagoon Nebula355 viewsThe Lagoon Nebula (cMessier 8 or M8, and as NGC 6523) is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. The Lagoon Nebula is estimated to be between 4,000-6,000 light years from the Earth. The nebula contains a number of Bok globules (dark, collapsing clouds of proto-stellar material). Imaged using a 100mm F7.2 refractor (112 min) and Hap Griffin modified Canon 1000D DSLR (ISO 800).May 01, 2014
Blood Moon309 viewsThe moon during the total lunar eclipse on Apr 15, 2014 at 01:15am. Photo taken from Alamogordo, NM with a Canon 60Da cameraApr 15, 2014
IC 2118 area312 viewsImage of part of IC 2118 found in the constellation Eridanus. IC 2118, a reflection nebula, is believed to be illuminated by the giant star Rigel in Orion. For the extent of the nebulous area around IC 2118 see the wide-field photograph by Rogelio Bernal Andreo: http://www.deepskycolors.com/archive/2009/11/16/witch-Head-Nebula-and-Rigel.html Aquisition: modified Canon 40D and Takahashi E180 f/2.8 astrograph mounted on a Paramount. Total of 5 hr 25 min exposure (65 x 300 sec lights @ 33 degrees F; 30 darks; 64 flats). Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 04, 2014
NGC 2359 (Thor's Helmet356 viewsThor’s Helmet (NGC 2359) located 15,000 light years away in the constellation of Canis Major is an emission nebula. The helmet is like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind from the star near the bubble's center sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. The photo consist of 3.5 hours of exposure using a Canon 60Da camera at ISO3200 connected to a TPO 8” astrograph (at f/6) mounted on a Celestron CGEM mount. It needs more data, but this was a test run for the TPO astrograph. Mar 03, 2014
Solar Upheaval338 viewsThe last few weeks have seen the emergence of several large sunspots as solar maximum peaks. Active Region 1967 is wider than the planet Jupiter and its primary dark cores are big enough to swallow Earth many times over. This image was taken in Calcium-K (393.4 nm) from Alamogordo, NM using a 90mm refractor at f20, and Lunt B1200 Cak module and Imaging Source 41AU02 camera. Feb 03, 2014
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