Oct 292014
 

I started a project to gather data for NGC7000 (the North America Nebula) with three hours of Ha data, shown below.  I took that data and applied it as a luminance to the RGB image of the Pelican Nebula I posted last month.  Here are the results.  Further work on NGC7000 will continue as the weather and moonlight permit.  This was all done with the FSQ106 and STL11000m.

NGC7000_Full_mono

And the update to the Pelican Nebula.  Note the difference in field of view between the two cameras.

Pelican_RGB

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Oct 202014
 
The Heart Nebula in Color

Here is IC1805, the Heart Nebula, with star forming region Melotte 15 at its center.  I was able to obtain the RGB data to add to the hydrogen-alpha monochrome image I posted recently.  Total exposure is 10.2 hours through Ha and RGB filters. FSQ106/STL11000m Here are two versions.  Click to enlarge. and a close-up of [...]

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Oct 132014
 
Barnard 144, Sh2-101 and Cygnus X-1

Here is a widefield view of the Barnard 144 region, including the Tulip Nebula (Sh2-101) and small open cluster NGC 6871.  Due to very poor weather, it’s just an hour of exposure through RGB filters and another hour in hydrogen-alpha, but the SBIG STL11k camera cooled to -25C produces very little noise, allowing for an [...]

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Oct 062014
 
The Heart under the Blood Moon

The the coming full moon is also known as a “Blood Moon”.  Through the bright sky of this nearly full blood moon, I captured this image of IC1805 — The Heart Nebula and the star forming region at its center, Melotte 15, in the constellation Cepheus.  The nebula lies about 7,500 light years away in [...]

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