Submitted January 27, 2021 by Matt Dieterich
Submitted January 19, 2021 by Matt Dieterich
NGC1512 by Martin Pugh with a CDK17.
NGC1398 by Martin Pugh with a CDK17.
NGC1055 by Martin Pugh with a CDK17.
NGC289 by Martin Pugh with a CDK17.
NGC 1977 by Martin Pugh with a CDK17.
M104 by Martin Pugh with a CDK17.
Gem Cluster by Martin Pugh with a CDK17.
Submitted September 18, 2020 by Matt Dieterich
NGC 7023 with a CDK500 by Jeff Lovelace.
Comet NEOWISE with a CDK600 by Kurious George
NGC 225 with a CDK350 by Kevin Morefield.
PK 136+05 with a CDK500 by Jeff Lovelace
M101 with a CDK600 by Kurious George.
Submitted August 3, 2020 by Matt Dieterich
Here is a view of an emission nebula in the constellation Centaurus known as the Running Chicken Nebula. The bright glowing red is hydrogen gas that is emitting red wavelengths of light after absorbing energy from nearby starlight. I used a CDK24 telescope and L-600 mount to capture 8 hours of images through LRGB filters from Observatorio El Sauce. I processed the images with PixInsight and Photoshop.
I imaged the Centaurus A Galaxy from the pristine dark skies of Observatorio El Sauce in Chile. The galaxy is an estimated 10 to 16 million light years away. Amazing to think that the galaxy is also 60,000 light years across! So that means the light takes 60,000 years to travel from one end of the galaxy to the other end! Considering 1 light year is 5.8 trillion miles I can’t even fathom that scale! Imaged in collaboration with Nick Dunckel and his CDK24 and L-600 mount. I used 10 x 5 minute exposures through LRGB filters
Pictured here is over 26-hours of exposure on a beautiful nebula visible in the Southern Hemisphere known as NGC3579. I used a CDK24 and L-600 mount to capture images with the FLI Proline 16803 CCD camera from the dark night skies of Observatorio El Sauce. The camera collected wavelengths of hydrogen gas (greenish color), sulfur (brownish red color), and oxygen (bluish color). When combined and mapped to RGB channels, the resulting Hubble Pallette colors are shown. Needless to say I was blown away while processing this nebula!
Submitted July 3, 2020 by Matt Dieterich
NGC 4565 with a CDK600 by Kurious George.
Submitted July 26, 2018 by Planewave Instruments
The Hercules Galaxies Cluster (Abell2151) taken with CDK17.
Submitted August 6, 2016 by Planewave Instruments
Abell 2151 – The Hercules Galaxy Cluster
by Bob and Janice Fera
Planewave CDK17 17″ f/6.8 Cassegrain
Apogee U16M CCD Camera
L:460 R:100 G:100 B:100 minutes
Sub Exposures: L:23x20m R:5x20m G:5x20m B:5x20mAll exposures unbinned
Image acquired with CCDAutopilot
Processed in CCDstack and Adobe Photoshop
Taken June 4-7, 2016 from Sierra Remote Observatories, CA
Submitted June 1, 2016 by Planewave Instruments
Taken by Saran Poshyachinda and Thanakrit Santikunaporn
CDK 700 from Thailand
Submitted May 30, 2016 by Planewave Instruments
Submitted July 21, 2015 by Planewave Instruments
CDK20″ with FLI-PL6303E camera. LRGB. L: 60mins. RGB: 5mins.
Located in the southern constellation Sculptor, this collisional ring galaxy was likely formed from a collision between two galaxies in the distant past. The blue ring of material is a region of active star formation dominated by hot blue stars. This ring of material is 150,000 light years in diameter which is larger than our own milky way galaxy. The Cartwheel Galaxy is 500 million light years away and glows at 15th magnitude.
CDK20″ @ F4.5. FLI camera. RGB: 45mins.
Possibly the finest globular cluster in the entire sky. Visible to the naked eye alongside the Small Magellanic Cloud, the massive ball of stars is 16,700 light years away from our solar system and is 120 light years in diameter. Unlike Omega Centauri (the skies bright cluster of this type) 47 Tucanae is much denser toward the core giving the cluster a “3D” appearance in the telescope.
Submitted March 19, 2015 by Planewave Instruments
Scope Planewave CDK17
Camera SBIG STXL 11002 with AO-X
Filters Astrodon Ha3nm OIII3nm SII3nm
Exposures Ha 10hrs OIII 5.5hrs SII 7.5hrs 30min subs Total hrs 23 hrs
Location SRO Sierra remote Observatories CA. 2015
Submitted December 30, 2014 by Planewave Instruments
Exposures Ha 7hrs OIII 6hrs SII 6hrs 30min subs Total hrs 19 hrs
Location SRO Sierra remote Observatories CA. 2014
Submitted August 25, 2014 by Planewave Instruments
Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
Paramount ME II
24 hours HaLRGB
Submitted May 13, 2014 by Planewave Instruments
Camera: SBIG STX-16803
9 hours 20 minutes LRGB
Camera: SBIG STX-16803
3 hours 20 minutes LRGB
Camera: SBIG STX 16803
80 minutes LRGB
90 minutes H-alpha
Submitted December 14, 2013 by Planewave Instruments
Submitted September 13, 2013 by Planewave Instruments
Object – M20
CDK24 with IRF90 and DeltaT (on an AP3600 mount)
Camera – FLI PL16803 and FLI 7 Position Filter Wheel Baader LRGB filters
8x400s L @ 1xbinning
6x400s RGB @ 2xbinning
Submitted March 19, 2013 by Planewave Instruments
Taken with CDK700 (0.7 meter) Telescope
FLI ProLine 16803 Camera
Submitted November 30, 2012 by Planewave Instruments
© Bradley, GregCDK17, Paramount ME, FLI Proline 16803, Astrodon Gen 11 LRGB filters
LRGB 90 50 50 50
© Paquette, Andre The Pelican Nebula in Hubble PaletteTaken 20090901
ExposuresS-II: 13x900s (binned 2×2)HA: 14x900s (binned 2×2)O-III: 13x900s (binned 2×2)
Telescope: Planewave Instruments CDK12.5Camera: Apogee U16MMount: Celestron CGE ProFilters: Astrodon 3nm NarrowbandGuiding: Astrodon Monster MOAG, Lumenera Skynyx 2.0m, MetaGuide
© Paquette, AndreTelescope: PlaneWave CDK 12.5Camera: Apogee U16MMount: Celestron CGE ProGuide method: Astrodon Monster MOAGGuide camera: Lumenera Skynyx 2.0mGuide software: MetaGuide
Image scale 0.73″pixel.
Subframes:26x600s L9x300s R,G,B9x600s HA
Acquisition software: MaximDLProcessing software: custom, MaximDL, ImagesPlus, PhotoShop CS4
© Paquette, AndreM106, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici, accompanied by several other galaxies including NGCs 4217, 4248, 4231, and 4232.
Telescope: PlaneWave CDK 12.5Camera: Apogee U16MMount: Celestron CGE ProGuiding: OAG with Astrodon Monster MOAG, Lumenera Skynyx 2.0m, MetaGuide
Image consists of 150min L, 60min R,G,B (each) and 40min HA.
Data taken over two nights, starting March 16.
© Griffin, HapDateLocation: August 7-8, 2010 GriffinHunter Observatory Bethune, SCCamera: QSI 583wsg Filters: Astrodon E Series Generation 2 LRGBCCD Temperature: -10 CInstrument: Planewave CDK 12.5″Focal Ratio: f8Mount: AP-1200Guiding: Auto via the QSI camera’s built in Off-Axis Guider mirror and an SBIG ST-402 GuiderConditions: Hot and humid, clear for summer in SCWeather: 85-75 F, stillExposure: 270 minutes total (12 x 10 minutes Luminance, 5 x 10 minutes each RGB binned 2×2)Capture: CCDAutopilot 4 w Maxim DL Camera Control, focused automatically w FocusMax
Processing: Frame calibrations, alignment and stacking with ImagesPlus v3.80. Finishing in Photoshop CS4. Noise reduction with Noise Ninja.
This nebula gets its name from the fact that the main cloud is tri-sected by a dark nebula into three main sections. The beautiful red and blue colors come from the regions of the nebula where hydrogen is glowing (red) and reflecting starlight (blue). The red portion is excited to emission by the ultraviolet light coming from a triple star system embedded within. The distance to the Trifid is approximately 5200 light years, although there is a large disparity between various sources.
© Paquette, AndreTaken 20091111
Exposures50 min L (unbinned)25 min R, G, B (binned 2×2)
Telescope: Planewave Instruments CDK12.5Camera: Apogee U16MMount: Celestron CGE ProFilters: Baader LRGBGuiding: Astrodon Monster MOAG, Lumenera Skynyx 2.0m, MetaGuide
© Griffin, HapDateLocation: January 9, 2010GriffinHunter Observatory Bethune, SCCamera: QSI 583wsgFilters: Astrodon E Series Generation 2 LRGBCCD Temperature: -20 CInstrument: Planewave CDK 12.5″Focal Ratio: f8Mount: AP-1200Guiding: Auto via the QSI camera’s built in Off-Axis Guider mirror and a Starlight Express Lodestar GuiderConditions: Clear and coldWeather: 17 F, stillExposure: 150 minutes total (5 x 10 minutes each in RGB)Capture: CCDAutopilot 4 w Maxim DL Camera Control, focused automatically w FocusMaxProcessing: Frame calibrations, alignment and stacking with ImagesPlus v3.80. Finishing in Photoshop CS4.
© Fera, Bob and JaniceThe Horsehead Nebula in Orion
Planewave CDK17 17″ f6.8 CassegrainSBIG STL11000M CCD CameraAstrodon FiltersLRGB CompositeL:100 R:60 G:60 B:60 minutesSub Exposures: L:5x20m R:6x10m G:6x10m B:6x10m RGB exposures binned 2×2Image acquired with CCDAutopilotProcessed in CCDstacK, PIXInsight LE and Adobe PhotoshopTaken December 17, 18, 2009 from Eagle Ridge Observatory, Foresthill, CA
© Fera, Bob
© Fera, Bob and Janice
M1- The Crab Nebula in Taurus
Planewave CDK17 17″ f6.8 Cassegrain
SBIG STL11000M CCD Camera
L:180 R:75 G:75 B:75 minutes
Sub Exposures: L:9x20m R:5x15m G:5x15m B:5x15mRGB exposures binned 2×2
Processed in CCDstacK and Adobe Photoshop
Taken November 14, 15, 2009 from Eagle Ridge Observatory, Foresthill, CA
© Snyder, BillCamera Apogee U16Mount Paramount MEFilters Astrodon Ha5nm OIII3nm SII5nmExposures Ha 4.3hrs OIII 4hrsSII4hrs 20min subsLocation Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRObillsnyderastrophotography.com
© Trottier, HowardObject: IC1396A, “Elephant’s Trunk Nebula”.Instrument: PlaneWave CDK17.Focal Ratio: f4.5 (with PlaneWave focal reducer).Mount: Paramount ME.Camera: SBIG STL-4020M.Dates: August 6-15 2010 (3 nights).Integrated exposure: L (300 minutes unbinned), RGB (100 minutes each, 2×2 binning).Location: Cabin in the Sky Observatory, South Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada.Image Capture: MaxIm DL, TheSky6, FocusMax.Image Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDInspector2, CCDStack2, CCDSharp, Photoshop CS5.Website: http:www.sfu.ca~trottierobservatory.html
© Snyder, BillCamera Apogee U16Mount Paramount MEFilters Astrodon LRGBExposures RGB 2Hrs each L 8Hrs LRGB 15min subs Total time 14hrsLocation Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRObillsnyderastrophotography.com
© Snyder, BillCamera Apogee U16Mount Paramount MEFilters Astrodon LRGBExposures RGB 1.5Hrs each L 7.5Hrs LRGB 15min subs Total time 12hrsLocation Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRObillsnyderastrophotography.com
Submitted November 21, 2012 by Planewave Instruments
© Geissinger, Rolf
M13 – Globular Cluster in HerculesTaken 20th July 2009 / Germany, RemseckExposures RGB: 11x600secTelescope: Planewave Instruments CDK12.5Camera: QHY8 (one-shot camera)Mount: 10micron GM2000Guiding: Mitsuboshi OAG, SX Lodestar, MaximDL Image processing: MaximDL, Photoshop CS3
© Wood, Kent
M104 Sombrero GalaxyDate: May 2009Starlodge ObservatoryPlanewave CDK 12.5SBIG STL 11000 CroppedLRGB 110:90:90:90
M101 – Pinwheel Galaxy
Taken 23th May 2009 / Germany, Remseck
Exposures RGB: 10x1200secTelescope: Planewave Instruments CDK12.5Camera: QHY8 (one-shot.camera)Mount: 10micron GM2000Guiding: Mitsuboshi OAG, SX Lodestar, MaximDLImage processing: MaximDL, Photoshop CS3
© Schnepel, Soenke
The Pinwheel Galaxy, M101
Planewave CDK 12.510 Micron GM2000 QCISTL-11000MLRGB (40:30:30:30 min., all 1 x 1 bin)Total Exposure Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Image processed with: MaximDL 5, CCDAutoPilot 4, CCDStack 1.4, Adobe Photoshop CS3Date: 04-22-2009Location: Luetjensee, GermanySeeing conditions: less good
Submitted November 20, 2012 by Planewave Instruments
Exposure time: 10 x 1200 sec
Camera: QHY8Scope: CDK 12.5″Mount: 10micron GM2000
M76Exposure time: 13 x 1000 secLocation: “balcony observatory ” Remseck / GermanyDate: 2008 / 12 / 30Camera: QHY8Scope: CDK 12.5″
The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, NGC 5194, NGC 5195Location: Starlodge ObservatoryCamera: SBIG STL 11000Scope: Planewave CDK 12.5LRGB 45:90:90:90
The Orion Nebula, M42Planewave CDK 12.510 Micron GM2000 QCISTL-11000MLRGB (2 x 180 sec each channel, all 1 x 1 bin) Total Exposure Time: 24 minutes
Image processed with: MaximDL 5, CCDAutoPilot 4, CCDStack 1.4, Adobe Photoshop CS3Date: 01-07-2009Location: Luetjensee, GermanySeeing conditions: good
Submitted November 17, 2012 by Planewave Instruments
M33, The Pinwheel GalaxyDate: August 2008Location: Starlodge ObservatoryCamera: STL 11000Telescope: CDK 12.5LRGB: 300:140:140:140 (12 hours)
© Murphy, Stephane
Object: IC 5146, The Cocoon NebulaTotal exposure: HaRGB 300:60:60:60.Location: Granville, OhioDate: Sept 2008Aquisition: CCDAutopilot 4.0 + CDK 12.5 + STL11002M + MOAG ST-402, Astrodon Gen2 Filter.Processing: CCDstack, and CS3
Submitted November 16, 2012 by Planewave Instruments
Object: M13 – The Hercules Cluster
Image details:Location: Star Lodge ObservatoryDate: May, 2008Telescope: Planewave CDK 12.5Camera: SBIG STL 11000LRGB 35:20:20:20
Object: M16 – The Eagle Nebula
H-alpha: 180 minutesLum: 180 minutesRed: 90 minutesGreen: 90 minutesBlue: 90 minutes
Equipment: CDK12.5, STL11000
Object: M27, The Dumbbell Nebula
Date: July 3rd, 2008Location: Stonecreek ObservatoryTelescope: PlaneWave CDK12.5Equipment: SBIG STL11000, Software Bisque Paramount, Astrodon RGB Filters, Astrodon MOAG (off axis guider), Optec TCF-S3LRGB: 0:60:60:60Acquisition: CCDAutopilot4.0Processing: CCDStack and Photoshop CS3
Object: M31- The Andromeda Galaxy, the Core Region
Red: 60 minutes (10 x 6min)Green: 60 minutes (10 x 6min)Blue: 60 minutes (10 x 6min)
Equipment: CDK12.5, STL11000M, 10 Micron GM2000 QCI GEM, PlaneWave 2.75″ (EFA) Electonic Focuser
Processed with MaxIm DL, Focus Max, CCDStack, CCDAutoPilot 4, Photoshop
Object: M13 – The Hercules Cluster
Exposure: 50 minutes, 5 x 10min Luminance
Equipment: CDK12.5 and GM2000 GEM by 10-Micron
1. PlaneWave 2.75″ Focuser with EFA (Electronics Focus Accessory).2. PreciseParts custom Planewave to Optec Pyxis 3″ adapter3. Optec Pyxis 3″ camera rotator4. Optec 3″ to AP 2.7″ adapter (female)5. Astrodon’s Monster Off-Axis Guider AP 2.7″5.1. Attached remote STL guider5.2. Astrodon’s STL-adapter5.3. Attached STL-11000
IC5146 Cocoon NebulaLocation: Starlodge ObservatoryJuly 2008Scope: CDK 12.5Camera: SBIG STL 11000LRGB 230:100:100:100
Object: IC 5146 – The Cocoon Nebula
Red: 240 minutes (8 x 30min)Green: 240 minutes (8 x 30min)Blue: 240 minutes (8 x 30min)
Date: May, 2008Location: Starlodge ObservatoryTelescope: Planewave 12.5 CDKCamera: SBIG STL 11000LRGB 200:120:120:120 (9 hours total exposure time)
© Seavey, Richard
Object: M1 – The Crab NebulaField Center: RA 5h 34.5m DEC +22d 01mField Size: ~ 48 x 33 arcminutesExposure: LRGB = “coming” minutesInstruments: CDK12.5 f/8 with STL-11000Location: “info coming”Date: “info coming”Conditions: ~ 2.5-3 arcsecond seeingProcessing: “info coming”
Submitted June 28, 2012 by Planewave Instruments
Scope Planewave CDK17
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon LRGB Ha5nm
Exposures R2hrs G1.5hrs B1.5hrs L 7.5Hrs Ha 3hrs Ha 20min subs LRGB 10min subs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO
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