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The Lagoon Nebula410 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 Moon348 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 area368 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 Helmet389 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 Upheaval379 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
A Galactic Rose451 viewsThe Rosette nebula (Sh2-275) is a large molecular cloud in the constellation Monoceros. The nebula is about 4-6 times the size of the full moon in our night sky. The cloud is mostly comprised of hydrogen gas and is illuminated from the group of hot, young stars near its center. The nebula lies some 5200 light years from the Earth. This image was taken from Alamogordo NM using a 100mm f7.2 refractor and a modified Canon 1000D (XS) DSLR.Feb 02, 2014
The Monkey Head Nebula409 viewsNGC 2175, aka the Monkey Head Nebula, is found in the constellation Orion. NGC 2175 is part of Sharpless 2-252, which is an extended H-II region that is approximately 7200 light years away. Please note that there is some discrepancy in the literature as to the designation as NGC 2175 or NGC 2174...for a discussion see S. J. O'Meara in Deep-Sky Companions: Hidden Treasures: Cambridge 2007. Image was taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph and a SBIG STF8300c camera on a Paramount. The exposure was a total of 14 hours 30 min exposure taken on 12/26, 12/27, 12/30 2012 and 1/1, 1/2 2013 (87 x 10 min lights, guided; 20 darks; 64 bias; 61 flats; all at -20 degress C). Images were graded in Images Plus 5.0 and calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8.1 Ripley.Jan 27, 2014
IC 410, NGC 1893, and the "Tadpoles"370 viewsThe emission nebula IC 410 and the embedded open star cluster NGC 1893 are found in the constellation Auriga. The emission of IC 410, which is about 12,000 light-years away, is powered by the young hot stars in NGC 1893. The gas streamers just to the right and above center, often called the "Tadpoles", are moving away from the center of the nebula. The image is a total of 9 hours 40 minutes exposure with TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and SBIG ST2000xcm camera on a Astro-Physics 1200 mount (58 x 10 min lights at –20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 bias; 64 flats; Images graded in Images Plus 5.0 and calibrated, aligned, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8; final adjustment of star color with Photoshop CC) Jan 16, 2014
NGC 2264378 viewsNGC 2264, consist of two deep sky objects, the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster. Both located in the constellation of Monoceros. The star cluster is call the Christmas Tree while the Cone Nebula gets its name from the cone shape visible in photos. The cone nebula is a dark absorption nebula consisting of cold molecular hydrogen and dust in front of an emission nebula. The photo consist of 3.5 hours of exposure using Canon 60Da, Celestron C8, and a CGEM mount. Taken Christmas day 2013.Jan 15, 2014
NGC 281 The Packman Nebula425 viewsNGC 281, aka the Packman Nebula, is an emission nebula (H II region) in the constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula also contains the open cluster IC 1590, whose OB stars ionize the hydrogen, as well as several dark Bok globules. The image was taken with a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor and SBIG ST2000xcm camera @ -15 degrees C on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Image was a total of 3 hours 40 minutes integration time (22 x 10 min guided lights; 15 darks, 64 flats, 64 bias). Individual lights graded in Images Plus 5.0; Calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8, with final levels adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.Dec 14, 2013
Heart Nebula (IC 1805)355 viewsThe Heart nebula (IC1805), an emission nebula is located in the Perseus arm of our galaxy. The nebula spans around 4 times the diameter of the full moon. It is estimated to be 7,500 light-years away from our planet. This photo consist of 3 hours of exposure (3 and 5 min exposures) taken with a Canon 60Da thru an Orion 80mm telescope on a Celestron CG-5. Images were stacked with Nebulosity and processed with PhotoShop CS6.Dec 10, 2013
Who Needed ISON?380 viewsWhile Comet ISON evaporated while going around the Sun, Comet Lovejoy (C2013 R1) is putting on a show in our morning sky. It is visible low in the NE before sunrise. This is a 4 min exposure through a 100ED refractor at f7.2 with a modified Canon 1000D at ISO 800. The green color is most likely the result of outgassing of primarily diatomic carbon from solar heating. C2013 R1 was discovered on 9/7/2013 and will make its closest approach to the Sun on 12/22.Dec 08, 2013
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