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Messier 8772 viewsMessier 8 is an emission nebula and open cluster in the constellation Sagittarius. Our current understanding is that the clouds of gas and dust of M8 constitute a star forming region in our galaxy. The image is a total of 15 minutes exposure (3 X 300 sec) with a Takahashi E-180 f/2.8 astrograph and a Canon 20Da DSLR camera. Images calibrated, aligned, and stacked in Images Plus 3.82B and processed in Images Plus and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
M17769 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.
Mercury transit 11/08/06769 views90 mm Orion refractor, Celestron NexImage w/focal reducer
A Tale of Two Stars769 viewsHere are basic spectra from two familiar stars in the night sky. Vega's spectra is on the left and basically has weak spectral lines based mostly on the Hydrogen Balmer series. This is indicative of a fairly young, hot star. Betelgeuse's spectra is far more complex. We can see spectral lines for Barium, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium and compounds like Vandium Oxide and Titanium Oxide indicative of a star near the end of its life. Data collected with amateur equipment and processed through RSpec software.
NGC-6946766 viewsTook 7 x 10 minute images from my back yard on 10-2-08. Used Tak FS-102 and ST-2000XCM. Needs more data.
The Seven Sisters760 viewsThe star cluster Messier 45 in the constellation Taurus is popularly referred to as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. The blue color of the reflection nebulosity is due to the blue light of the brightest stars being scattered by the surrounding dust. The pink tones in the right hand portion of image are due to weak emission of a gaseous component. Total combined exposure is eight hours with a modified Canon 40D DSLR at ISO 800 and a Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph (96 x 5 min lights; 64 flats; 30 darks; Paramount; Images Plus and Adobe PhotoShop CS5).
Heart Nebula758 viewsThe Heart Nebula, IC 1805, Sh2-190, lies some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing gas and darker dust lanes. The open cluster of stars near the center known as Melotte 15 illuminates the nebula. This is a single 7min exposure thru an FSQ106/Ha filter from Tzec Maun Observatory in Mayhill NM.
Partial Lunar Eclipse 6/4/2012753 viewsOrbital dynamics of the Earth-Moon system are on display with the latest two pictures on our gallery page. On May 20th the Moon passed between the Sun and the Earth at its furthest point and created an annular solar eclipse. Steve caught a beautiful image from Albuquerque. Two weeks later on the morning of June 4th, the Moon passed partially through the shadow of the Earth creating a partial lunar eclipse. Venus will transit the Sun on the afternoon of June 5th.
The Pinwheel Galaxy752 viewsMessier 33, aka the Pinwheel Galaxy or Triangulum galaxy, is found in the constellation Triangulum. At magnitude 5.7 it can be seen with the naked eye under dark skies. Its low surface brightness, however, often makes it a challenge even with large amateur telescopes in suburban locations. Image taken with a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and Canon 20Da camera; total exposure 1 hr 40 minutes (20 x 300 sec lights, 30 x 300 sec darks, 64 flats); processed with Images Plus 3.82b and Photoshop CS5.
Helix Nebula751 viewsThe Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), aka Helical Nebula or Sunflower Nebula, is a planetary nebula found in the constellation Aquarius. Despite it's designation as a "planetary" nebula, it has no relation to a planet. The term planetary nebula came from the "appearance as a planetary disk" in early telescopes. Planetary nebula are indeed the expelled gaseous remains of aging stars. The image is a total exposure of 1 hr 40 min (20 X 300 sec) taken with a Takahashi E-180 and Canon 20Da DSLR camera.
M13 Croped748 viewsFirst Astrophotograph taken.
Antares, M4 and the Rho Oph cloud743 viewsAntares is the bright star at the lower left of the image. It is over 700 times the diameter of our Sun. Globular cluster Messier 4 is seen on the lower right. The Rho Ophiuchus cloud complex is the closest star forming region to our solar system (~430 lght years away). The cloud complex is much larger than can fit in this image. Blue reflection nebula IC 4605 seen about mid-left, and IC4603 seen middle-top are created by interstellar dust. Borg 71FL astrograph with a modified Canon XS DSLR 36min exp.
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