Astro

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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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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