Astro

Details from the Carina.

I spent a winter week end sifting through  the Hubble archives, exploring  and processing data from the  Carina Nebular system.  As a northern hemisphere astophotographer this was a rare treat but thanks to  ESA was made posible via the archives.

These are the images that materialized.  I hope you find them interesting.

Image credits : Processing Paul C Swift

Data: NASA, ESA, Hubble;

Details from the Carina Nebula

“Thou Shalt Not”
Somewhere lost in the billows of Carina Nebula lies a foreboding warning.
Image credits : Processing Paul C Swift
Data: NASA, ESA, Hubble;A kind of Tardigrade nebula! A close up from the previous image of Carina.

A kind of Tardigrade nebula!

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The Carina Nebula

 

 

Thank you for looking at the amazing Carina Nebula.

The nebula is a large, complex area of bright and dark nebulosity in the constellation Carina, and is located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm.

Image credits : Processing Paul C Swift
Data: NASA, ESA, Hubble;

I was looking for a composition and framing that would eliminate the usual brain recognition of this well known object. In my case recognition is not always a good filter for observing. I was also seeking compelling and fresh aesthetic presentation.

 

#fineart #Astrophotography #Space

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The Rossette Nebula a Blending of the Telescopes.

The Rossette Nebula in RGBL Ha OIII with a blending of telescopes.

This Hybrid broadband- Narrow-band image of the rossette nebula ( part of the giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros) was brought to you through the collaborative efforts of European astrophotographers Maurizio Cabibbo and Paul C. Swift.

Swift:

Processing by Swift : you will notice a proliferation of tiny refraction spikes> They are designed to blend the Newt High res portion of the image to the part made with refactors.
Imaging telescope: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 and AG14
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
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

Cabibbo
Imaging telescope:Takahashi Fsq 106 EDXIII f/3,6

Imaging cameraSbig Stl11000
Mount: Losmandy G11
Guiding telescope or lens: Orion SSAG on Orion Short Tube 80/400

 

 

So what goes into making of one of our collaborative images? Well usually several years of back-yard data collected in Italy and Spain from multiple telescope setups, combined to produce a more powerful multi-band  image. The image below illustrates some of the elements involved.

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Starry Night Sky

Thank you for looking at this multi band image of  “Sh2-155: A wondrously star encrusted gem in Cepheus.

Photographed with a large Newtonian reflector at my home in Valencia. 
Single: with RGBL,OIII,SII&Ha
Size:32 x 25.6 arcmin
Pixel scale:1.14 arcsec/pixel

Wikipedia: Sh2-155 is a diffuse nebula in the constellation Cepheus, within a larger nebula complex containing emission, reflection, and dark nebulosity.
Magnitude: 7.7
Constellation: Cepheus

#Astrophotography #Space

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Narrow-band excitement in Perseus

This is the NB version of our exploration of the California Nebula in Perseus.

Brought to you through the collaborative efforts of European  astrophotographers Maurizio Cabibbo and Paul C. Swift.  Processed by Swift.

Swift:
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

Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

Cabibbo
Imaging telescope:Takahashi Fsq 106 EDXIII f/3,6
Imaging cameraSbig Stl11000

Filters: Baader RGB HA
Mount: Losmandy G11
Guiding telescope or lens: Orion SSAG on Orion Short Tube 80/400

 

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Lava Flow in Cepheus

This image was photographed under northern skies, at my home in Valencia.
Integration 8 nights
Chroma Filter NB filters
AG14 Newtonian astrograph.
camera: Starlight Xpress Trius SX-814
Chroma Filter NB

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North America Nebula in Cygnus.

This is a mosaic of american nebula complex showing “Mexico” and “Gulf of Mexico” regions of NGC 7000, the North America Nebula in Cygnus.
You are looking at a 9 panels mosaic.
This image was photographed under northern skies, at my home in Valencia.
Viewing in full screen is recommended.
Chroma Filter NB filters
AG14 Newtonian astrograph.
camera: Starlight Xpress Trius SX-814
Chroma Filter NB
#Astrophotography #Space #narrowband

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Cosmic geode: “Watermelon tourmaline”

Expanding out across NGC 7822 with mixed refactors on this 3 panel mosaic.
Image credits:
Processing by Swift.
Data acquired by Swift by and a little by Candini
Hope you enjoy this one!
#Astrophotography #Space

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Dust-Scape in Cygnus

New and old data from 2017 & 2015 was combined to produce this new image of the Crescent Nebula in Cygnus. Higher resolution detail was photographed with a large Newtonian telescope and the wide-field data, with a fast refactor. Hope you enjoy the results.

 

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NGC 6888, The Crescent Nebula

NGC 6888, The Crescent Nebula
Composite image with H alpha, OIII, and the RGBL image
Image credits:
Processing by Paul C Swift
Narrow-band- data acquired by Paul C Swift and RGB by Carmelo Falco.
Enjoy!

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