Leo Triplet

About the M66 Group

Popular Name Leo Triplet
Catalogue Name M65, M66, NGC 3028
Constellation Leo
Distance (Light Years) 36 Million
Photographic Information
Exposure L-2x15min, 8x10min, RGB-6x10min
Equipment SBIG ST-8300m, Atlas EQ-G, Astro-Tech 111mm refractor,
Processing Deep Sky Stacker, Pixinsight
Imaging Location Lake San Antonio, CA

Notes:

We took this image during the wee hours of morning at Lake San Antonio, when Leo was just starting to rise. Processing took a long time, but the result is quite worth the effort. It is interesting to note that the extremely faint tail of NGC 3028 (bottom center) is barely visible in the image.

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Elephant Trunk Nebula IC1396

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About the Elephant Trunk Nebula IC1396

Popular Name Elephant Trunk Nebula
Catalogue Name IC1396
Constellation Cepheus
Distance (Light Years) 2400 LY
Photographic Information
Exposure L-2x15min, 8x10min, RGB-6x10min
Equipment SBIG ST-8300m, Atlas EQ-G, Astro-Tech 111mm refractor,
Processing Deep Sky Stacker, Pixinsight
Imaging Location Lake San Antonio, CA

Notes:

We took this image during the wee hours of morning at Lake San Antonio, when Leo was just starting to rise. Processing took a long time, but the result is quite worth the effort. It is interesting to note that the extremely faint tail of NGC 3028 (bottom center) is barely visible in the image.

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Van den Berg 152

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About VDB 152

 

Catalogue Name VdB 152
Constellation Cepheus
Distance (Light Years) 1400 LY
Photographic Information
Exposure L-7x20min R-4x15min G-4x15min B-4x15min Total Integration Time: 5 hours and 20 minutes
Equipment SBIG ST-8300M, Paramount MyT, Astro-Tech 111mm refractor
Processing Deep Sky Stacker, Pixinsight
Imaging Location Lake San Antonio, CA

Notes:

VdB 152 is a faint reflection nebula in the constellation Cepheus. This nebula is possibly the faintest object we have yet attempted to image. This required us to take very long exposures both to bring out the extensive reach of the interstellar dust and to show the dusty brown hue of the nebula. While processing this image, we also used some new techniques that significantly improved the quality of the final result. This was also our first time using our new mount. As a result, while climbing the steep learning curve, we ended up exposing for almost 13 hours, but only got only 5 hours and 20 minutes of useable data.

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Messier 101

 

Popular Name Pinwheel Galaxy
Catalogue Name M101
Constellation Ursa Major
Distance (Light Years) 21 Million
Photographic Information
Exposure Ha-9x15min L-8x10min RGB-5x5minTotal Integration Time: 5 hours and 5 minutes
Equipment SBIG ST-8300m, Atlas EQ-G, Astro-Tech 111mm refractor,
Processing Deep Sky Stacker, Pixinsight
Imaging Location Golden State Star Party, CA

Notes:

Each red speck within this galaxy is a nebula like any in our Milky Way! These nebulae in the Pinwheel Galaxy emit red light, in the “H-alpha” wavelength. We used an H-alpha filter to get the red nebulae in this galaxy. The dark skies from GSSP combined with the H-alpha data allowed us capture very faint details, such as the sweeping spiral arms.

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Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year Category Winner

The Horsehead Nebula (IC434): 

The famous Horsehead Nebula is arguably the most recognizable celestial object. This image comprises the dark nebula (Barnard 33), the surrounding red emission nebula (IC 434) and the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024).

We took the image during a trip to remote Lake San Antonio, where Milky Way is easily visible. We decided to spend the entire trip capturing this iconic nebula, and the results were quite impressive for us.

This image was taken with a monochrome CCD camera, which we had recently acquired. We took multiple images with red, green, blue, and clear filters in front of the camera . We then combined the images into one full-color image. In total, we took 1 hour and 30 minutes of exposure.

 

What the judges said:

This is a superb image of the Horsehead Nebula. It shows clearly the well-known red glow that appears to come from behind the horsehead. This glow is produced by hydrogen gas that has been ionized by neighbouring stars. The image draws particular attention to the cloud of heavily concentrated dust within the horse’s head. This is silhouetted against the red glow because it blocks so much of the light that is trying to get through.

Will Gater, a judge in the competion said: “The star colours are beautifully controlled in this image. The detail in the horse’s head and the Flame Nebula are particularly good, too.”

 

Another image of ours, the Heart Nebula, won Highly Commended in the same competition.

http://www.brahmand.me/2014/01/04/heart-nebula-in-cassiopeia/

More about the images at:

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/2014-winners/young

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