Space Journal

Ride the Dragon’s Tail

This narrowband image of Flaming Star Nebula was photographed under northern skies, at my home in Valencia.
IC405 is an emission and reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, This is a close-up of a small section of the larger complex. This image has total Integration 30 hours of exposure.
Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: SX 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Filters: Chroma SII 3nm, Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm

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Space Window

The images I show here are of the Northern skies, taken from my home in Valencia.
The Soul Nebula is an emission nebulae in Cassiopeia. This is a close-up of a small section of the larger complex. This image is a two panel mosaic having an total Integration 60 hours of exposure.
Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Filters: Chroma SII 3nm, Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm

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“The center of the Soul”

“The center of the Soul”
The Soul Nebula is an emission nebulae in Cassiopeia.
Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Filters: Chroma SII 3nm, Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm
Integration 30 hours

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The Swimming Fox and the Galactic stars

Fox Fur Nebula is a nebula located in Monoceros. This is a close-up of a small section of a much larger complex, generally known as the Christmas Tree cluster
Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Integration 30 hours

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Dew was fast becoming a problem.

Realizing Dew was fast becoming a problem, I dashed out to the local Decathlon (sports shop) to buy an exercise mat which was soon transformed into a light weight dew shield. With the assistance of some double sided Velcro tape the problem was solved! This is a single sub of the well known Soul Nebula from last night. Ha x1200sec bin x2,

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Melotte 15 in the Heart

“The heart of the matter” Melotte-15
Melotte-15 is the star cluster located at the heart of the Heart Nebula. Stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars.
Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Integration 28 hours

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Maiden voyage with the AG14 astrograph

First of all, Merry Christmas to all astro folks and friends out there. This post is about my maiden voyage with the AG14 astrograph (Recently acquired Orion Optics large Newt) After quite some time spent on a learning to colimate the the beast using the Catseye system and other miscellaneous odds and ends required for basic setup, such as, the need for an additional counterweight. The clouds finally cleared last night and I was able to run some test shots with the new Astrograph. This image is made of a stack 18 un-calibrated 1800 sec bin x 2 subs in Ha and OIII. Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph 1330mm F3.8 Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814 Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX Focus was manually set up once with a mask and the system ran uninterrupted for the night. I am waiting for a Baader steel drive to arrive which will allow full focus automaton. Located about 5000 light years from Earth, the center image shows the Rosette star formation region.

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Heaven’s Gate SH2-124

SH2-124 is a faint emission nebula located in the constellation of Cygnus.
Imaging telescope: Vixen VSD 100 f/3
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3
Filters: Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm and Chroma SII 3nm
Dates: Nov..Dec…2016
Frames: 46×1800″ at F3
Integration: 45.0 hours
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

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Ou4 the Giant Squid Nebula in Ti-colour with added SII

Ou4 the Giant Squid Nebula in Ti-colour with 10 hours of added SII. A mysterious, squid-like apparition cataloged as Ou4 ( OIII to blue), and Sh2-129 also known as the Flying Bat Nebula ( Ha to red) located in the constellation Cepheus Imaging telescope: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814 Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 Filters: Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm and Chroma SII 3nm Dates: Nov.. 3, 2016 Frames: 44x1800" at F3 Integration: 44.0 hours Avg. Moon age: 1.81 days Avg. Moon phase: 3.67% Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

Ou4 the Giant Squid Nebula in Ti-colour with 10 hours of added SII.
A mysterious, squid-like apparition cataloged as Ou4 ( OIII to blue), and Sh2-129 also known as the Flying Bat Nebula ( Ha to red) located in the constellation Cepheus
Imaging telescope: Vixen VSD 100 f/3
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3
Filters: Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm and Chroma SII 3nm
Dates: Nov.. 3, 2016
Frames: 44×1800″ at F3
Integration: 44.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 1.81 days
Avg. Moon phase: 3.67%
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

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Ou4 the Giant Squid Nebula

Ou4 the Giant Squid Nebula, Data in from last night 1800 x 14 OIII Chroma at F3 Ha Tonight! Looking at the individual subs there is not much to see but when they are all stacked and treated the elusive squid begins to reveal it's

Ou4 the Giant Squid Nebula, Data in from last night 1800 x 14 OIII Chroma at F3
Ha Tonight! Looking at the individual subs there is not much to see but when they are all stacked and treated the elusive squid begins to reveal it’s self.

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