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Gibbous Moon878 viewsA picture of our nearest neighbor, the Moon, taken on Oct 7, 2011 with an Astro-Physics 178 mm f/9 refractor with focal reducer @ f/7.1, 1262 mm focal length; Modified Canon 50D; AP 1200 mount; 26 x 1/125 sec lights (best of 31 images graded in Images Plus 4.25); 31 darks, 66 flats).
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Sculptor Galaxy878 viewsThe Great Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253), aka the Silver Coin, in the constellation Sculptor was discovered in 1783 by Caroline Herschel. The galaxy is at a distance of 9.8 million light years away from us. Research on NGC 253 indicates that it is a starburst galaxy, which means that it has recently hosted massive and rapid burts of star formation. The image is a total of 1 hr 50 min (22 X 300 seconds) exposure with a Takahashi E-180 astrograph and Canon 20Da DSLR camera.
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The Hale 200-inch telescope929 viewsThis summer we took a tour of Mt. Palomar Observatory. The 200-inch (5.08 m) telescope is named after astronomer George Ellery Hale. It was built by Caltech with a $6M grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, using a Pyrex blank manufactured by Corning Glass Works. The telescope (the largest in the world at that time) saw first light January 26, 1949.
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Polaris Star Trails - Second Try857 viewsThis is a 30 min. shot of polaris. You can see the lights from the steet I shot this over starting to brighten up the bottom of the image.
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Open Cluster NGC 2264, the Cone and Fox Fur Nebula1289 viewsNGC 2264 in the Constellation Monoceros is an open cluster known as the Christmas Tree Cluster (middle and upside down). The Cone Nebula (bottom) and Fox Fur Nebula (just above and to the right of the blue reflection nebulosity) are included in the image. Total of 3 hoursrs 45 minutes exposure (modified Canon 40D, Takahashi Epsilon 180 astrograph, Images Plus 4.0, and Photoshop CS5).
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Narrowband image of the Crescent Nebula in Cygnus272 viewsThe Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) is found in the constellation Cygnus, whose emission is powered by strong stellar winds from a Wolf-Rayet star colliding with previously expelled outer envelopes of the stars atmosphere. This narrow band image is a combination of 5 hrs of H alpha data (Astrodon 5 nm Gen 2 filter) and 5 hrs 20 m of O[III] data (Astrodon 3 nm Gen 2 filter). Taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera on a Paramount ME; August 11th , 13th and Sept 14th - 17th, 2015 in Mayhill, NM (Ha, 15 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C; O[III], 16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C 21 darks; 126 bias; 128 flats) Image acquisition with MaxIm DL 6.08; Calibrated, aligned, integrated, and processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64); Colors assigned ( Red = Ha, Green = 15% Ha + 85% O[III], Blue = O[III] ) and combined using SHO-AIP script.
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Saturn: The Bringer of Old Age413 viewsIn the ancient Roman myths Saturn was the god of agriculture, Greeks called Saturn Cronus - this is where we get the idea of Father Time. Saturn takes 29.5 years to orbit the Sun - thereby making it the slowest moving of the visible planets in the night sky. Saturn was 8.976 AU (~830 million miles) distant in this image. Image taken from Alamogordo NM with a Celestron C9.25 at f30 using an Imaging Source 21AU618 color camera and stacked with Registax 5.1 (3206 images) and L-R deconvolution using Astra Image 3.0 SI.
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Messier 45 in the constellation Taurus530 viewsMessier 45, commonly known as the Pleiades, is an open cluster found in the constellation Taurus. Messier 45 is surrounded by a dusty reflection nebula, which accounts for its blue coloration, along with some pinkish-red coloration due to an ionized gas component. The image was processed with multiscale processing in PixInsight. The image taken with a Takahashi E-130D f/3.3 astrograph and a SBIG STF-8300c camera on a Paramount. Total integration time was 4 hr 20 min (26 x 10 min lights @ -20 degrees C; 20 darks; 64 flats, 64 bias). Images were graded in Images Plus 5.0; Sub-exposures calibrated, registered, integrated, and processed in PixInsight
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IC 2118 area472 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
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The Eagle nebula1028 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.

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NGC 6559, IC 1274/75, and IC 4685 region in Ha850 viewsThe IC 1274/75, IC 4685 and NGC 6559 complex imaged in Ha are located in the constellation Sagittarius (visible light photo previously posted). Just to the right of NGC 6559 (the brightest emission nebulosity slightly below left of center in the image) in the large HII region IC 4685 is the serpentine structure of the dark nebula Barnard 303. Total exposure 1 ½ hours (TeleVue 85 refractor; SBIG ST 2000 ccd camera @ -13 degrees; Paramount; Baader 35 nm bandwidth Ha filter; 30 x 5 min lights; 35 darks; 41 flats).
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IC 1275 and NGC 6559936 viewsIC 1275 and NGC 6559 lie in our Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Sagittarius close to Messier 8. This complex area of both emission and reflection nebulosity also includes IC 1274, IC 4684, and IC 4685. The image is a total combined exposure of 1 hr 25 min with a Takahashi E-180ED astrograph and a modified Canon 40D on a Paramount. Processed using Images Plus and Adobe Photoshop.
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