Space Journal

M16 and the Eagle Nebula.

M16 and the Eagle Nebula in Ha, LRGB.

The data for this image of M16 was shot at my Home observatory in Valencia and  in Sicily by Carmelo.  By combining the data from these two very different telescopes the fast Newtonian 14″ telescope and Carmelo’s 16″ home build RC, we were able to benefit from the two very different optical systems.

Image credits:

Processing by Paul C Swift

Photography by Carmelo Falco and Paul C Swift

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Swan nebular in narrowband

Welcome back Milky way galaxy! Our home.

It is so good to be shooting narrowband again.
Thank you for looking at the Swan nebular in narrowband. The brownish red colour is caused by emission from ionized hydrogen gas.

Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: SX 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Filters: Chroma narrow-band filters
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The Trifid Nebula

M20 another well know jewel encrusted object from the stellar mine fields of Sagittarius. Excavated low on my southern horizon, last night.
#Astrophotography #Space L180x60 binx2 at F3.8 with drizzle integration plus RGB x 180 x 26×3.

Distance to Earth: 5,200 light years
Magnitude: 6.3
Coordinates: RA 18h 2m 23s | Dec -23° 1′ 48″
Constellation: Sagittarius
Apparent dimensions : 28 arcmins
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The Swan Nebula

I hope you enjoy viewing this Ha, RGBL image of the Swan Nebula. This wonderful structure is located in the rich star-fields of Sagittarius. The Swan has a very high dynamic range an provides an exiting processing and photography challenge for and budding astrophotographers out there.

Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: SX 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Filters: Chroma narrow-band filters
#Astrophotography #Space

Magnitude: 6
Constellation: Sagittarius
Coordinates: RA 18h 20m 26s | Dec -16° 10′ 36″
Distance: 5,000-6,000 ly
Apparent dimensions (V): 11 arcmins
Designations: M17, Swan Nebula, Sharpless 45, RCW 160, Gum 81

 

 

 

 

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The Fox Fur Nebula

Thank you for looking at the strange and amazing textures of the Fox Fur Nebula. It is located in Monoceros and included in the Christmas Tree cluster. The brownish red colour is caused by emission from ionized hydrogen gas. This image is the result of a rework of narrowband data from my AG14 Newtonian telescope, photographed earlier this year.. Hope you enjoy it.

Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: SX 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Filters: Chroma narrow-band filters
#Astrophotography #Space

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Abell 2151 Galaxy Cluster

Thank you for viewing the Hercules Cluster, located 500 million light from earth, consisting of a couple of hundred galaxies known as Abell 2151.

This image was photographed  from my home in Valencia.

Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph

Imaging camera: SX 9.2mp Sony SX814

Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX

Filters: chroma, luminance 120×70 bin x3, chroma RGB x120 x 50 Bin x3

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M63 The Sunflower Galaxy

This image of M63 was made in Europe with approximately 35 hours of combined integration.
The data was photographed at my Home observatory in Valencia and more luminance data for the galaxy and core was shot in Sicily by my friend Carmelo Falco at his Home observatory . By combining the data from these two very different telescopes the fast Newtonian 14″ telescope and Carmelo’s 16″ home build RC, we were able to benefit from the two very different optical systems. From the Newt: Speed for the faint nebular detail and high core detail from the 16″RC.
Source wikipedia: “M63, NGC 5055, or the Sunflower Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici consisting of a central disc surrounded by many short spiral arm segments.
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Iris Nebula

Photographed from my back-yard in Valencia. over one night with quarter moon light interference.
Imaging telescope: AG14 astrograph
Imaging camera: SX 9.2mp Sony SX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Filters: chroma, luminance 300×40, chroma RGB x300 x 15
Contains: NGC 7023 , a bright reflection nebula and Caldwell object in the constellation Cepheus. 1,300 light-years away from earth and spanning six light years. The dominate central color is blue however there is also a faint red luminescence.

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The Cigar Galaxy, M82

Contains: M 82, Bode’s nebulae, NGC 3034
M 82, Bode’s nebulae, NGC 3034
M82 was previously believed to be an irregular galaxy. In 2005, however, two symmetric spiral arms were discovered in near-infrared images of M82.
This image was photographed at my home in Valencia.
Imaging telescope or lens:AG14
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Frames:
Chroma LRGB Ha CCD Filter set
Baader Luminance 2″: 40×600″ bin 2×2
Integration: 36 hours
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

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M13: Great Cluster in Hercules 2017

I teamed up with Carmelo Falco to produce this image of M13. We talked about doing a full throttle version of this Northern gem. We both set about collecting lots of data over the past week, Carmelo with is wonderful 16″ RC in Sicily and me with my AG14 Newtonian telescope here in Valencia. The combined effort resulted in this image which I processed this morning. We hope you enjoy it.

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