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Dust lanes around Messier 781782 viewsMessier 78 is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. As the name “reflection nebula” implies, M78 shines by the reflection of light from surrounding stars. Long photographic exposures show the dust lanes that are near the nebula. The red area in the lower right hand corner of the photograph is part of Barnard’s loop.... a large loop of excited hydrogen gas. Total combined exposure of 11.5 hours (138 x 5 min lights, 35 darks, 64 flats, 64 flat darks); Takahashi E-180ED astrograph; Canon 40D modified.
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Venus transit in white light1072 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.
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Lynds Dark Nebula 6731948 viewsLynds Dark Nebula 673 is found in the constellation Aquila. Unlike bright emission or reflection nebula, dark nebulae are essentially a dense cloud of gas and dust particles that block the light of stars behind it from our view. In this case, the light of stars in our Milky Way galaxy is blocked from view. Stars that do shine through often appear red due to the scattering of light by the dust particles. Total exposure of the image is 3.5 hrs (42 x 5 min).
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Elephant's Trunk Nebula511 viewsThe Elephant’s Trunk nebula is a concentration of gas and dust located in the constellation of Cepheus around 2,400 light years from Earth. The nebula is part of the larger region known as IC 1396. This image consist of 5 hours of imaging with a Canon 60Da connected to an Orion 80mm refractor mounted on a Celestron CGEM. Stacked with Nebulosity 3.0 and processed with PhotoShop CS6
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The Flaming Star Nebula605 viewsThe Flaming Star Nebula, designated IC 405 or Caldwell 31, is found in the constellation Auriga. IC 405 is both an emission and reflection nebula and is associated with the star AE Aurigae. The image was captured using a Takahashi E-130D f/3.3 astrograph and a SBIG STF-8300c CCD camera on a Paramount. Total integration time was 6 hrs 50 min (41 x 10 min lights at -20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 lights; 64 bias). Images were graded in Images Plus 5.0; subs were calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight 1.8 Ripley, with final adjustments in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Messier 11584 viewsMessier 11, often called the Wild Duck Cluster, is found in the constellation Scutum in a rich region of our Milky Way galaxy. There are about 2900 stars attributed to the cluster. Total exposure was 3 hours 20 min through a TeleVue 140 f/5 refractor with a SBIG ST2000xcm camera on an Astro-Physics 1200 mount (20 x 10 min lights; 15 darks; 64 flats; 64 bias). Lights graded in Images Plus 5.0; processed in PixInsight 1.8 with final levels/curves adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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Comet PanStarrs671 viewsThis is comet PanStarrs from Alamogordo NM. Taken with a Canon 50d thru a Stellarvue 130 EDT and field flattener. 15 second exposure about f/7
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Messier 27 through Ha, OIII, and SII filters778 viewsMessier 27 is a nebula found in the constellation Vulpecula, often shown in the summer and early fall at our Oliver Lee star parties. This image is through narrowband filters, where Hydrogen alpha is mapped to green (2 hr 25 min combined exposure); Oxygen, OIII, is mapped to blue (3 hr 15 min combined exposure), and Sulfur, SII, is mapped to red (5 hr 40 min combined exposure); taken with a Takahashi FSQ106ED and SBIG ST2000xm camera with Baader filters.
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Partial Lunar Eclipse 6/4/2012977 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.
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Annular Eclipse of the Sun1009 viewsAnnular eclipse of the sun on May 20, 2012 between 7:33:39 – 7:38:05 pm MST (DST in effect) was photographed near Albuquerque, New Mexico in the Cibola National Forest by Sandia peak at an elevation of 6559 feet. The image was taken through Baader solar film with a Nikon D100 DSLR with a Nikon ED 70-300 lens @ 300 mm ( 1/60th second exposure at ISO 200).
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62_Erato 665 views62 Erato is a large and dark, probably carbonaceous main-belt asteroid. It is a member of the Themis asteroid family.Erato is the first asteroid to have been credited with co-discoverers, Oskar Lesser and Wilhelm Forster, who discovered it on September 14, 1860 from the Berlin Observatory. It was their first and only asteroid discovery.
This image is a stack of 25 5 min exposures creating the line showing it's movement.

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M57779 viewsMessier 57 the Ring Nebula appears in the northern constellation of Lyra is a prominent example of a planetary nebula. This is a shell of ionized gas expelled into the surrounding interstellar medium by a red giant star, which was passing through the last stage in its evolution before becoming a white dwarf. The distance is 2300 light years.
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