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6th -18th November 2017

WIZARD NEBULA  NGC7380

Located 7200 light years away, the Wizard nebula, surrounds developing open star cluster NGC 7380. Visually, the interplay of stars, gas, and dust has created a shape that appears to some like a fictional medieval sorcerer. The active star forming region spans 100 about light years, making it appear larger than the angular extent of the Moon. The Wizard Nebula can be located with a small telescope toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus). Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being formed may outlive our Sun.

Equipment:

Telescope: SW ED80 Pro

Guide Scope: SW ST80 with Orion Starshoot

Mount: NEQ6 Pro

Camera: Atik 460ex Mono

Filter Wheel: Atik FW2

Filters: Baader Narrowband

Ha  14 x 900 seconds

Oiii 14 x 900 seconds

Sii   13 x 900 seconds

Total Integration 10 hours 15 minutes

27th October - 5th November 2017

BUBBLE NEBULA NGC7635

NGC 7635, also called the Bubble Nebula, Sharpless 162, or Caldwell 11, is an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It lies close to the direction of the  open cluster M52. The "bubble" is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot young central. The nebula is near a giant molecular cloud which contains the expansion of the bubble nebula while itself being excited by the hot central star, causing it to glow.

Equipment:

Telescope: SW ED80 Pro

Guide Scope: SW ST80 with Orion Starshoot

Mount: NEQ6 Pro

Camera: Atik 460ex Mono

Filter Wheel: Atik FW2

Filters: Baader Narrowband

Ha  12 x 1200 seconds

Oiii 11 x 1200 seconds

Sii  12 x 1200 seconds

Total Integration 11 hours 40 minutes

16th -27th October 2017

ELEPHANT'S TRUNK NEBULA IC1396

The Elephant's Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. The piece of the nebula shown here is the dark, dense globule IC 1396A; it is commonly called the Elephant's Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths, where there is a dark patch with a bright, sinuous rim.

Equipment:

Telescope: SW ED80 Pro

Guide Scope: SW ST80 with Orion Starshoot

Mount: NEQ6 Pro

Camera: Atik 460ex Mono

Filter Wheel: Atik FW2

Filters: Baader Narrowband

Ha 16 x 900 seconds

Oiii  8 x 900 seconds

Sii 13 x 900 seconds

Total Integration 9 hours 15 minutes

 

3rd September 2017

HEART NEBULA IC1805

The Heart Nebula, IC 1805, 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 ionized hydrogen gas and darker dust lanes. The ED80 Scope, Combined with Atik460 Camera does not allow the full Heart Shape to be captured in this image.


Equipment:

Telescope: SW ED80 Pro

Guide Scope: SW ST80 with Orion Starshoot

Mount: NEQ6 Pro

Camera: Atik 460ex Mono

Filter Wheel: Atik FW2

Filters: Baader Narrowband

Ha  11 x 900 seconds

Oiii  9 x 900 seconds

Sii  10 x 900 seconds

Total Integration 7 hours 30 minutes

25th August 2017

HEART NEBULA NGC896

The Heart Nebula, IC 1805, 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 ionized hydrogen gas and darker dust lanes.

This image shows the very brightest part of this nebula (the knot at the western edge) it is separately classified as NGC 896, because it was the first part of this nebula to be discovered.

Equipment:

Telescope: SW ED80 Pro

Guide Scope: SW ST80 with Orion Starshoot

Mount: NEQ6 Pro

Camera: Atik 460ex Mono

Filter Wheel: Atik FW2

Filters: Baader Narrowband

Ha  7 x 900 seconds

Oiii 10 x 900 seconds

Sii   8 x 900 seconds

Total Integration 6 hours 15 minutes

31st October 2014

ORION NEBULA

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south ofOrion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2,000 times that of the Sun.

31st October 2014

HORSEHEAD NEBULA

The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much largerOrion Cloud Molecular Complex.
The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth.

Telescope: SW200p

Guide Scope: SW ST80 with Orion

Mount: NEQ6 Pro

Camera: Modified Canon 550d

Lights, Darks, Bias 4 x 600sec iso1600

31st October 2014

ROSETTE NEBULA

The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is a large sphericalH II region (circular in appearance) located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. Theopen cluster NGC 2244 (Caldwell 50) is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter.

I captured this and two other images, Orion and the Horsehead all on 31st October 2014 on one of the warmest Halloween nights on record.


Telescope: SW200p

Guide Scope: SW ST80 with Orion

Mount: NEQ6 Pro

Camera: Modified Canon 550d

Lights, Darks, Bias 4 x 600sec iso1600