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The Cat's Paw Newbula957 viewsNGC 6334, AKA the Cat's Paw Nebula, is found in the constellation Scorpius. NGC 6334 is a complex emission nebula along with dark dust lanes. Image is a total of 3 hours 25 minutes exposure (41 x 5 min) taken with a modified Canon 40D and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph. Image was processed using Images Plus 3.82B and Adobe Photoshop CS5 software.

Hydrogen alpha image of Messier 8936 viewsM8, an emission nebula, is found in the constellation Sagittarius. A significant portion of it's composition is hydrogen, which emitts light due to the excitation of the hydrogen atoms from radiation coming from the embedded stars in the nebula. A particular wavelenght of this emission, Ha, was imaged using a narrowband filter and assigned a red color (TeleVue 85 refractor; 0.8 reducer/fattener; SBIG ST-2000 CCD; 25 x 5 min lights; 30 darks; 41 flats).
Pelican Nebula932 viewsA single guided one-hour exposure of the pelican nebula in Cygnus taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 using a Canon 20Da DSLR on a Astro-Physics 1200 mount
NGC-6946928 viewsImaged at Steves's on 7-7-12. This is 10 - 15min exposures using SBig 2000XCM and a Tak FS102
The Spider and the Fly915 viewsIC 417, aka the spider, located in the constellation Auriga is the bright emission nebula in the center of the image. The smaller emission and reflection nebula NGC 1931, aka the fly, is located to the right. In the upper left-hand corner is the emission nebula IC 410. Exposure was a total of 3 hr 10 min (38 X 5 min) with a Takahashi E-180 and modified Canon 40D @ ISO 800 (30 darks, 60 flats). Image aquisition with Images Plus 4.0; Calibration, alignment, and stacking in Images Plus 3.82b.
Messier 101 in Ursa Major911 viewsMessier 101, aka the Pinwheel Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. In the spiral arms of the galaxy are many blue areas of active star formation as well as red HII regions. The image is a total combined exposure of 5 hours 25 minutes (65 x 5 min lights, 30 darks, 64 flats) with an SBIG ST2000XCM camera and an Astro-Physics 130mm f/8 refractor.
The Eagle nebula908 viewsThe Eagle nebula (M16) found in the constellation of Serpens as seen on May 4 2013. This a compilation of 8 180sec photos taken with an unmodified Canon 60D ISO3200 attached to a Meade 8"SCT with focal reducer and Baader UHC-S filter on a Celestron CG-5 stacked with Nebulosity3 and processed with Photo Shop Elements.
Venus transit in white light879 viewsThis image of the Venus transit was taken in white light (compare to image on right) through a Baader solar filter. Image taken with a TeleVue 3” f/7.4 Oracle refractor using a Baader flat field Barlow to extend the focal length (approximately f/27) and a Canon 50D DSLR @ ISO 400. Three exposures of 1/400 sec were combined and processed in Image Plus 4.50 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Cocoon Nebula877 viewsSteve and Jim would not stop asking me to uplaod this image. This was taken on 7-29-11 at Steve's place. 7-15 minute imges using FS-102 and ST200XCM. The image was very faint and I had steve work on it for me.
Venus Transit - Calcium K875 viewsThe AAG and Oliver Lee State Park hosted a Venus transit event on 6/5/2012 to witness this "once in a lifetime event". This photo was taken using a Stellaruve SV80ED refractor, a Lunt B1200 Calcium-K module and Imaging Source DMK41AU02 camera at the event. Venus and Earth are roughly the same size- so this gives a good approximation of the size of the Sun compared to the Earth. Multiple sunspot regions also speckle the image. The AAG also had white light and hydrrogen-alpha telescopes for the crowd to witness the event.
The Zeta Orionis Region853 viewsImage of the Zeta Orionis Region in the constellation Orion, which contains both the horsehead and flame nebula. This is a visible light image taken with a modified Canon 40D and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph (3hr 15 min total exposure). It is interesting to compare it to Jim's Narrowband Image (6th previous image) of the area which essentially maps the concentration of Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Sulfur.
Galaxies in Virgo and Coma Berenices839 viewsMany galaxies are seen in the constellations Virgo and Coma Berenices. To the bottom left is seen the spiral galaxy Messier 88, in which young stars and active star formation are present. In the lower right corner is seen the elliptical galaxy Messier 87, whose golden brown coloration is suggestive of old stars and little if any star formation. In the upper right hand quadrant is a pair of galaxies, NGC 4438 and 4435, aka the Eyes or Arp 120. Exposure is a total of 13 hr 35 min (163 X 5 min).
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