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NGC 6823 (Open Cluster)   [obsolete]

Image Details:

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: n/a (Prime)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 1000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5
Exposure: 4 x 10min @ ISO 100
Total Exposure: 0hrs, 40min
Date: 8/16/2004, ~12:30am PDT
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: None
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, flat field, registration, Kappa-Sigma stacking
  • Photoshop: Levels, image size, cropping, JPG conversion

Image Description:

NGC 6823 is a small open cluster in the constellation of Vulpecula. I tried to capture the faint nebula NGC 6820 upon which this open cluster is superimposed, but the conditions just wouldn't support it. (Use your imagination and you'll be able to see a trace of it.) Many thanks to my neighbor for turning on his flood lights as I was shooting this object. Grrrrr. <grin> That's ok, because this was yet another set of test shots as I try to debug my autoguiding setup. This is a 50pct crop of the full-size frame, scaled for display on the web. North is up.

 
M101 (Pinwheel Galaxy)
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M101 (Pinwheel Galaxy)

[Hα+R G B]

Mouse-over to see annotations. (Requires Javascript) Click to see high-res version.

Image Details:

Camera: Mofidied Canon Rebel XT (350D): Hutech Type I Filter Replacement
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: Celestron/Baader Multi Purpose Coma Corrector (MPCC)
Filter: Hutech Hα Front Filter (HA-FF)
Effective Focal Length: 1000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5
Exposure: 88 x 4min @ ISO 400 (RGB), 30 x 8min @ ISO 1600 (Hα)
Total Exposure: 9hrs, 52min
Date: 5/25/2006 and 5/29/2006 (RGB); 6/15/2006 (Hα)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: GADFly 1.0.5
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, registration, gradient removal
  • JimP: Flat field, Kappa-Sigma Stacking, White balance, HαRGB combination, ASINH stretching
  • Photoshop: Sharpening, Levels, cropping, JPG conversion
  • Neat Image: Noise reduction

Image Description:

This is M101, aka, the Pinwheel Galaxy, a stunning spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major. Adding 4hrs of Hα to this recent RGB image really brought out the emission nebulae in M101. Note that mousing-over the above image, in addition to displaying the object labels, will switch back-n-forth between the HαRGB image and the standard RGB image, very clearly showing the effect of the additional Hα data. See that RGB image for more details about M101. A higher-resolution image is also available. North is up.