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IC 1396 is an emission nebula containing the area popularly known as the Elephant Trunk Nebula. This emission nebula is located about 24,000 light years away in the constellation Cepheus.

Image Details

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Officina Stellare RH-200
Exposure: 5.9 Hours
12x3 RGB, 27x5 Ha, 22x5 OIII
Mount: Paramount MYT
Date: October, 2017

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Nebulae Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:46:06 -0400
Celestial Mutant (Nebulae) Celestial Mutant

Mutant goldfish, or head of a Cardinal?

This was my last image from the Winter Star Party of 2017. It is NGC2467, also known as the Skull and Crossbones Nebula. It certainly does not look like a skull or crossbones to me, but maybe in an eyepiece.

A friend pointed this object out to me and I decided to shoot it while I was at WSP. It's very southerly, and not often photographed. It is small, this is cropped way down from the original, which was pretty wide field. It needs more focal length and/or smaller pixels I think to do it justice. There was quite a bit more blue than I see in most other images of this on-line, and I had a struggle to keep the Ha (red) from overpowering it, and I've reprocessed this from scratch about 3 times now. Time to give up. I wish now I'd shot some OIII too. Next year I'll spend more time on this fellow.

Image Details

 

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Sky-Watcher Esprit 150
Exposure: 2 Hours Ha, 2.5+ hours RGB
Mount: Paramount ME II
Date: February, 2017

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Nebulae Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:02:18 -0500
The Seagull (Nebulae) The Seagull

Cataloged as IC2177, the Seagull nebula is a supernova reminant about three full moon widths wide laying along the boundry between the constellations Monoceros and Canis Major. The majority of the object is about 4,000 light years away and contains numerous features, and has areas of active star formation.

It seems appropriate that the seagull should be captured at the Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys in February 2017.

Image Details

Camera: QSI WSG 683
Optic: Sky-Watcher Esprit 80
Exposure: 3 Hours Ha, 8.5+ hours RGB
Mount: Paramount MYT
Date: February, 2017

 

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Nebulae Sat, 04 Mar 2017 17:17:38 -0500
The Jellyfish (Nebulae) The Jellyfish

Cataloged as IC443, the Jellyfish nebula is a supernova remnant in the constellation Gemini. The shape is created by glowing hydrogen gas blown out by the explosion some many thousands of years ago more than 5,000 light years from earth.

This image was taken at the 2017 Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys (fitting for the name) and took first place in the Deep Sky astrophotography contest.

Image Details

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Sky-Watcher Esprit 150
Exposure: 4.5 Hours RGB+Ha (binned 2x2)
Mount: Paramount ME II
Date: February, 2017

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Nebulae Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:50:24 -0500
The Dark Horse (Nebulae) The Dark Horse

There is perhaps not a more iconic representation of astrophotography than the famous Horsehead Nebula, a region of dust, the smokey remains of a star long gone, that shadows the glowing hydrogen gas behind it. This dark horse is approximately 1500 light years from us in the belt of Orion the Hunter. Also visible in this image is the blue "tunnel" reflection nebula cataloged as NGC 2023. I love this region too, as it makes me think of a space tunnel of old Sci-Fi to another world.

Image Details

Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius 694
Optic: Quattro 12" Newtonian
Exposure: 3 hours RGB, 
Mount: Paramount MX+
Date: January, 2017
Other: Imaged from Stardust Ranch in Okeechobee Florida. 

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Nebulae Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:11:53 -0500
The Cone Nebula (Nebulae) The Cone Nebula

The cone nebula is actually a farily bright object that did not require a great deal of exposure at f/4 to produce a very low noise image. I used Hydrogen alpha to suppliment the red and blue channels and hardly had to do any noise reduction at all.

I'm loving these diffraction spikes from the newtonian optics.

Image Details

Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius 694
Optic: Quattro 12" Newtonian
Exposure: 2 hours RGB, 3.5 hours Ha
Mount: Paramount ME II
Date: November, 2016
Other: Imaged from Stardust Ranch in Okeechobee Florida. 

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Nebulae Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:51:18 -0500
The Helix Nebula (Nebulae) The Helix Nebula

The Helix Nebula is the largest planetary nebula (in terms of sky size) and is located in the constellation Aquarius very close at only about 700 light years from our sun.

This image was a first attempt by me to combine DSLR RGB data with CCD narrowband data. I captured 3 hours of Ha and OIII data on an RH-200 at f/3 with a Starlight Xpress Trius 694. I also shot just over an hour of RGB with a Nikon D810a on an Esprit 150 refractor. I did all the preprocessing in PixInisight and the final assembly in Photoshop.

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Nebulae Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:42:05 -0400
Western Veil (Nebulae) Western Veil

NGC 6960, the Western Veil Nebula is but a small part of an enourmous super nova remnant i nthe constellation Cygnus. It is also known as the Witches Broom Nebula.

It is just over six hours of RGB+OIII+Ha data captured at the 2015 Nebraska Star Party. I used a portable Paramount MYT, an Sky Watcher Esprit 80 refractor and the Starlight Xpress Trius 694 CCD camera.

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Nebulae Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:08:08 -0400
Thors Helmet (Nebulae) Thors Helmet

Thor's Helmet (NGC 2359) is an emission nebula in the constellation Canis Major. It's over 30 lightyears across, and 15,000 lightyears away! A very hot giant star powers this mass of glowing gas!

This is my first hybrid image where I mixed narrowband data with RGB. The OIII here is off the charts and much stronger than the Ha. The red doesn't need much help, but the OIII really brought out a lot in this image.

Image Details

Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius 694
Optic: Veloce Esprit 150
Exposure: 6 hours, RGB, Ha, OIII
Mount: Paramount MX+
Date: January, 2015
Other: Imaged from Stardust Ranch in Okeechobee Florida. 

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Nebulae Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:18:34 -0400
The Witch Head Nebula (Nebulae) The Witch Head Nebula

The Witch has been my nemesis for a few years now. Every attempt to image her has been foiled by bad glare from nearby Rigel, reflections in my optics, or just poor weather. This year I finally captured her at the Winter Star Party. This is only two hours of data, and I hope to revisit her again soon.

The Witch Head is a reflection nebula about 900 light years away to the lower right of Orion in the constellation Eridanus.

Image Details

Camera: QHY 10
Optic: Sky-Watcher ESprit 80
Exposure: 12 x 10minutes 
Mount: Paramount MyT
Date: February 18 & 19, 2015
Other: Imaged from Scout Key during the Winter Star Party

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Nebulae Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:01:46 -0500