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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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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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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Supernova in M82 (SN2014J)

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About the SN2014J

Popular Name Supernova in M82
Catalogue Name SN2014J
Constellation Ursa Major
Distance (Light Years) 12 Million
Additional Information Type 1a Supernova in M82
Photographic Information
Exposure L-3x5min, RGB-2x5min
Equipment SBIG ST-8300m, Atlas EQ-G, Astro-Tech 111mm refractor,
Processing Deep Sky Stacker, Pixinsight
Imaging Location Rancho Canada Del Oro, CA

 

 

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