February 2016

M78 reflection nebula. The Cosmic Jewel of Orion

M78 reflection nebula. The Cosmic Jewel of Orion

 

The nebula Messier 78 is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year.
M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light.

Ha x 1800 x 4 Lume x 600x 40 RGB x 10 x 30 plus close up data from last year.

Imaging telescope or lens: Vixen VSD
Imaging camera: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 and Pro Paramount MX
Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD
Software: Sequence Generator Pro
Filter: Baader H-alpha 3.5 Nm pluss Baader RGBL
Accessory: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guider

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“The Space Walk” 70 light hours closer to Orion

The Space Walk

The Space Walk

 

The data used to create this amateur image was produced over a period of two months from my home observatory in Valencia. The Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orion’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.

Distance to Earth: 1,344 light years
Age: 3.002 million years
Magnitude: 4
Discovered: November 26, 1610
Constellations: Orion
Discoverer: Christiaan Huygens

Imaging telescope or lens: Vixen VSD
Imaging camera: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 and Pro Paramount MX
Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD
Software: Sequence Generator Pro
Filter: Baader H-alpha 3.5 Nm pluss Baader RGBL
Accessory: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guider

Dates: Jan 1st to Feb. 20, 2016
Frames: 80×1800″ + 480 x 5 RGB plus more
Integration: 70.0 hours
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

 

 

 

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Cone nebula, Christmas Tree cluster, NGC 2264, The star 15Mon

The Cone Nebula is an H II region in the constellation of Monoceros. It was discovered by William Herschel on December 26, 1785, at which time he designated it H V.27. The nebula is located about 830 parsecs or 2,700 light-years away from Earth. The Cone Nebula forms part of the nebulosity surrounding the Christmas Tree Cluster. The designation of NGC 2264 in the New General Catalogue refers to both objects and not the nebula alone.

The diffuse Cone Nebula, so named because of its apparent shape, lies in the southern part of NGC 2264, the northern part being the magnitude-3.9 Christmas Tree Cluster. It is in the northern part of Monoceros, just north of the midpoint of a line from Procyon to Betelgeuse.

The cone’s shape comes from a dark absorption nebula consisting of cold molecular hydrogen and dust in front of a faint emission nebula containing hydrogen ionized by S Monocerotis, the brightest star of NGC 2264. The faint nebula is approximately seven light-years long (with an apparent length of 10 arcminutes), and is 2,700 light-years away from Earth.

Integration: 30.0 hours

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102 and Vixen VSD
Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro Paramount MX
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102
Guiding cameras: sx loadstar
Focal reducers: Takahashi TOA/FS Reducer
Software: Sequence Generator Pro, PHD, Photoshop CS5
Filters: Baader Ha, & OIII
Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel, Baader Planetarium 36mm narrowband filters

Cone nebula, Christmas Tree cluster, NGC 2264, The star 15Mon

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The Horsehead Nebula. Orion Revisited 2016

MosaicThe Horsehead Nebula 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 larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. Wikipedia
Distance to Earth: 1,500 light years
Magnitude: 6.8
Discovered: 1888
Right ascension: 5° 40′ 59″

 

This image is made up of a two panel mosaic in Narrowband with a touch of RGB

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102 and Vixen VSD.

Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102
Guiding cameras: sx loadstar
Focal reducers: Takahashi TOA/FS Reducer
Software: Sequence Generator Pro, PHD, Photoshop CS5
Filters: Baader Ha, OIII & SII RGB
Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel, Baader Planetarium 36mm narrowband filters

The Horsehead Nebula. Orion Revisited 2016

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The Orion Nebula skyscape. “The Space walk”

The Orion Nebula skyscape.

This is my new project. I hope to complete it in Ha RGB soon! This will become luminace layer.

Imaging telescope or lens: Vixen VSD
Imaging camera: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD
Software: Sequence Generator Pro
Filter: Baader H-alpha 3.5 Nm
Accessory: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guider
Resolution: 1000×912
Dates: Feb. 4, 2016
Frames: 80×1800″
Integration: 40.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 24.78 days
Avg. Moon phase: 23.48%
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, SpainThe Orion Nebula

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