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The Sun in Ha1145 viewsThis is the first light image of the sun taken with my new Lunt 80mm solar scope on Friday 2/24/2012. We used Jim's DMK 41 camera and processed the image in Registax and Photoshop CS5.
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Mercury Transit 2 - Nov. 8, 20061142 viewsThis shot was taken just as transit began.
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What a diiference a filter makes!1139 viewsHere is the Sun taken on 10/3/11 at 11:15 AM first in White light (left) and Calcium K (right) using a Stellarvue 80ED. The white light image shows a few sunspot groups while the CaK image shows much more detail and areas of increased magnetic activity. AR1302 is on the far right, nearly rotating out of view. The white light image was taken using an Orion glass filter and single snapshot from a Canon T2i. The CaK image was taken with an Imaging Source camera and Lunt B1200 CaK filter.
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Lunar Eclipse1135 viewsImage of the Lunar eclipse on Dec 21, 2010 at 1:17 AM from Mayhill, NM. Although the Moon is in the Earth's full shadow, or umbra, the moon appears to be have a copper-colored glow. This coloration is due to light bent (refraction) or scattered by the Earth's atmosphere onto the Moon. Image is a 6-second exposure with a Canon 40D at ISO 200 through a 130 mm f/9 Astro-Physics refractor on a Paramount.
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IC 410 and the Tadpoles1131 viewsIC 410 in the constellation Auriga is a nebula associated with the open cluster NGC 1893. On close examination, the two "tadpoles" can be found "swimming in the gaseous nebula." IC 410 imaged with a Canon 20Da DSLR and Takahashi Epsilon 180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount.
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Thor's Helmet in the winter Milky Way1129 viewsNGC 2359 or Gum 4, a.k.a. Thor’s Helmet, is found in the winter Milky Way of the constellation Canis Major (the large dog). This constellation is easily located since Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is found in Canis Major. Thor’s Helmut is a gaseous nebula illuminated by a very hot Wolf-Rayet star. Image is a total of 2.75 hr exposure (33 x 5 min lights, 30 darks, 64 flats, 64 dark flats) taken with a modified Canon 40D DSLR and Takahashi E-180ed astrograph.
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Messier 82, a starburst galaxy1123 viewsMessier 82, a galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major, was discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1780. Today we know M82 is a starburst galaxy where a large number of new stars are being born. Large amounts of in-falling gas are excited by the newly formed stars and are responsible for the red Ha emissions Total exposure was 11.4 hours (137 x 5 min lights) taken with a 130 mm f/8 Astro-Physics refractor and SBIG ST 2000xcm CCD camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. Processed in Images Plus 4.5 and Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Moon mosiac1120 viewsThis is a mosaic of images taken in Ha light.
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Supernova in M951119 viewsA Type II supernova recently exploded in M95, a galaxy approximately 33 million light years away. Type II supernova are generated when large massive stars "die" and blow up. Heavier elements such as iron, gold, silver and uranium are created in about a second then scattered into the cosmos. The supernova is still about magnitude 13 so its still pretty dim (given its large distance). Imaged using a 6" SCT at f6.3 using an Atik 16IC camera (32 min exposure).
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Abell 21 and NGC 23951117 viewsAbell 21 and the sparse open cluster NGC 2395 (upper left...a few bright stars distinguish it from the star field....barely) are found in the constellation Gemini. Image taken with a modified Canon 40D DSLR and a Takahashi E180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Total of 11 hr 20 min exposure (136 x 5 min lights, 30 darks, 64 flats, 64 flat darks) and processed with Images Plus 5.0, PixInsight 1.7, and Adobe Photoshop CS6.
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NGC 1499 California Nebula1116 viewsThe California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the state of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually. It lies at a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth. This is a Ha, G, B exposure.
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NGC 14991113 viewsNGC 1499, aka the California Nebula, is a diffuse nebula found in the constellation Perseus. The nebula, which is composed primarily of hydrogen gas, was discovered by E. E. Barnard in 1884 using a 6-inch refractor. The image is a total exposure of 3 hours 5 min (37 x 300 sec lights) using a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and a Canon 20Da DSLR at ISO 800 (30 darks, 67 flats). Image processed using Images Plus 3.82b and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
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