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rosette_done_ha2Mb.jpgRosetta in HA.490 viewsStill lots of noise in the surroundings so will need more exposures.MartinDec 28, 2014
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Eta_Carinae_done_ha2Mb.jpgEta Carinae with the EQ8 mount.801 viewsMartinDec 28, 2014
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Eta_Carina.jpgEta Carinae523 viewstest image with OAG.MartinFeb 12, 2014
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Lagoondone2Mb.jpgLagoon nebula659 viewsDone with the ED100 and Hutech FR/FF.MartinMay 15, 2013
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triffid_done2MB.jpgTriffid nebula726 viewsDone with the ED100 and Hutech FR/FF.MartinMay 15, 2013
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Eta_blue1Mb.jpgEta Carinae506 views7X5 minute RGB and 7X10 minute LuminanceMartinJan 05, 2012
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Eta_2Mb.jpgEta Carinae.625 viewsFocused on the dimmest star without a Bahtinov mask worked better than with a mask.MartinJan 02, 2012
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M42_570Kb.jpgM42.534 viewsQHY9 mono on ED80 and guided with a finderscope on a G11 with Gemini2
5 Minute LRGB with the core blended in with 30 second LRGB.
MartinOct 21, 2011
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Etadone.jpgEta Carinae.629 viewsThis is done with the QHY9M.
RGB each 5X200 Seconds.
Luminance 8X600 Seconds.
Telescope: ED80 with 0.85 reducer/flattner.
MartinJan 16, 2011
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M45.jpgM45.537 viewsIn astronomy, the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters (Messier object 45), is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. Pleiades has several meanings in different cultures and traditions.

The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars was thought at first to be left over from the formation of the cluster (hence the alternate name Maia Nebula after the star Maia), but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium that the stars are currently passing through. Astronomers estimate that the cluster will survive for about another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighborhood.
MartinNov 11, 2010
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Horsehead.jpgHorsehead.687 viewsThe Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in bright nebula IC 434) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just below (to the south of) Alnitak, the star farthest left on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which is similar to that of a horse's head when viewed from Earth. The shape was first noticed in 1888 by Williamina Fleming on photographic plate B2312 taken at the Harvard College Observatory.

The red glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming.
MartinNov 11, 2010
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Tarantula-done.jpgTarantula nebula.764 viewsThe Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus, or NGC 2070) is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It was originally thought to be a star, but in 1751 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille recognized its nebular nature.

The Tarantula Nebula has an apparent magnitude of 8. Considering its distance of about 49 kpc[2] (160,000 light years), this is an extremely luminous non-stellar object. Its luminosity is so great that if it were as close to Earth as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula would cast shadows. In fact, it is the most active starburst region known in the Local Group of galaxies. It is also the largest such region in the Local Group with an estimated diameter of 200 pc.[3] The nebula resides on the leading edge of the LMC, where ram pressure stripping, and the compression of the interstellar medium likely resulting from this, is at a maximum. At its core lies the compact star cluster R136 (approx diameter 35 light years)[4] that produces most of the energy that makes the nebula visible. The estimated mass of the cluster is 450,000 solar masses, suggesting it will likely become a globular cluster in the future.
MartinOct 28, 2010
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