Astrophotography

Dide van den Heuvel

Astrophotography 2014

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M101 - Pinwheel Galaxy


Name:
Pinwheel Galaxy, Messier 101, M101 or NGC 5457
Date:
6, 8 & 9 March 2014
Exposure
: 12,5 Hour total, 51x 10min luminance, 8x 10min RGB, 12x 15min Ha 7nm
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/OAG
Camera:
SBIG CCD ST8300M
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The picture was taken under poor conditions with half moon and haze in the atmosphere. The Pinwheel Galaxy is a face-on spiral galaxy distanced 21 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major, first discovered by Pierre Méchain on March 27, 1781, and communicated to Charles Messier who verified its position for inclusion in the Messier Catalogue as one of its final entries

Messier 101 Galaxy

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M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy


Name:
Whirlpool Galaxy, Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194
Date:
25 & 26 february 2014
Exposure
: Total 8 Hr, 21x 10min luminance, 5x 10min RGB, 8x 15min Ha 7nm
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/OAG
Camera:
SBIG CCD ST8300M
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The Whirlpool Galaxy is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 nucleus in the constellation Canes Venatici. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy, but different methods yield distances between 15 and 35 million ly. Messier 51 is one of the best known galaxies in the sky. The galaxy and its companion (NGC 5195) are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars. The Whirlpool Galaxy is also a popular target for professional astronomers, who study it to further understand galaxy structure (particularly structure associated with the spiral arms) and galaxy interactions.

Messier 51 Galaxy

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M106 & NGC 4217 Galaxies


Name:
M106, NGC 4258 & NGC 4217
Date:
25 & 26 february 2014
Exposure
: 9 Hour total, L 37x 10min (IDAS LPS P2 filter) , RGB 6x 10min (Baader filters)
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/OAG
Camera:
SBIG CCD ST8300M
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

Messier 106 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. It is also a Seyfert II galaxy, which means that due to x-rays and unusual emission lines detected, it is suspected that part of the galaxy is falling into a supermassive black hole in the center.NGC 4217 is a possible companion galaxy of Messier 106.

Messier 106 & more galaxies

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IC405 - Flaming Star Nebula


Name:
IC 405, Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229 or Caldwell 31
Date:
2 November 2013, 3 & 7 January 2014
Exposure
: 5 Hr ISO400, 49x 6min with IDAS LPS P2 filter
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified,
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

IC 405 is an emission/reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. The nebula measures approximately 37.0' x 19.0', and lies about 1,500 light-years away.It is believed that the proper motion of the central star can be traced back to the Orion's Belt area. The nebula is about 5 light-years across.

Flaming Star Nebula - IC4052 November 2013, 3 & 7 January 2014 Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands - Newton f/3.8 800mm 49x 6min (5Hr) ISO400 IDAS LPS P2 filter

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Caldwell 49 - Rosette Nebula


Name:
Rosette Nebula, Caldwell 49
Date:
27 & 30 December 2013
Exposure
: 4;12 Hr ISO400, 42x 6min with IDAS LPS P2 filter
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified,
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The Rosette Nebula is a large region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The cluster and nebula lie at a distance of some 5,200 light-years from Earth and measure roughly 130 light years in diameter. The radiation from the young stars excite the atoms in the nebula, causing them to emit radiation themselves producing the emission nebula we see. The mass of the nebula is estimated to be around 10,000 solar masses.

Rosette Nebula27 & 30 December 2013 - Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands - Newton f/3.8 800mm Canon 450Da 42x 6min ISO400

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M81 - Bode's Galaxy


Name:
Messier 81, NGC 3031, Bode's Galaxy
Date:
7 & 10 may 2013 - Edit: 12 & 13 December 2013
Exposure
: 4,5 Hr ISO400, 35x 8min with CLS filter
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with Robtics coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified,
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

This is old data from May 2013 which I have reworked with new methods. Messier 81 is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. Due to its proximity to Earth, large size and active galactic nucleus, Messier 81 has been studied extensively by professional astronomers.Messier 81 was first discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1774.

Messier 81Prinsenbeek NL - Date: 7 & 10 may 2013 - Edit: 12 & 13 December 2013 - 4,5 Hr ISO400 - Canon 450Da & CLS - 8" Newton f/3.8 800mm

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Enlargement of the galaxy

NGC7000 - North America Nebula


Name:
NGC7000, Caldwell 20
Date:
10 December 2013
Exposure
: 3hr ISO400, 30x 6min with IDAS LPS P2 filter
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified,
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The North America Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, close to Deneb (the tail of the swan and its brightest star). The remarkable shape of the nebula resembles that of the continent of North America, complete with a prominent Gulf of Mexico.

NGC7000 - North America NebulaPicture saved with settings applied.

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NGC891 - Galaxy


Name:
NGC891, Caldwell 23
Date:
4 December & 6 December 2013
Exposure
: 4:24hr ISO400, 44x 6min with IDAS LPS P2 filter
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified,
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

NGC 891 is an edge-on unbarred spiral galaxy (actually barred) about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. It was discovered by William Herschel on October 6, 1784. The galaxy is a member of the NGC 1023 group of galaxies in the Local Supercluster.

NGC891Name: NGC891, Caldwell 23 Date: 4 December & 6 December 2013 Exposure: 4:24hr ISO400, 44x 6min with IDAS LPS P2 filter Telescope: 8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector Mount: NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD Camera: Canon 450D Baader modified, Location: Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

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NGC281 - The Pacman Nebula


Name:
NGC281, The Pacman Nebula, IC 11, Sharpless 184
Date:
17 june 2013 & 2 December 2013
Exposure
: 4:30hr ISO400, Subs: 8min with CLS filter & 6min with IDAS LPS P2 filter
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector & Robtics coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified,
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

NGC 281 is an H II region in the constellation of Cassiopeia and part of the Perseus Spiral Arm. It includes the open cluster IC 1590, the multiple star HD 5005, and several Bok globules. Colloquially, NGC 281 is also known as the Pacman Nebula for its resemblance to the video game character.

Pacman nebula - NGC 281 Picture saved with settings applied.

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NGC6888 - The Crescent Nebula


Name:
NGC6888, The Crescent Nebula, Caldwell 27, Sharpless 105
Date:
2 & 3 june 2013 & 10 november 2013
Exposure
: 386min (6:26hr) ISO400, Subs: 8min with CLS filter & 6min with IDAS LPS P2 filter
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector & Robtics coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified,
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The Crescent Nebula (also known as NGC 6888, Caldwell 27, Sharpless 105) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, about 5000 light years away. It was discovered by Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel in 1792. It is formed by the fast stellar wind from the Wolf-Rayet star WR 136 colliding with and energizing the slower moving wind ejected by the star when it became a red giant around 250,000 to 400,000 years ago. The result of the collision is a shell and two shock waves, one moving outward and one moving inward. The inward moving shock wave heats the stellar wind to X-ray-emitting temperatures.

NGC6888 -Crescent nebulaPrinsenbeek NL - 2/6/13, 3/6/13, 10/11/13 - 386min ISO400 - Canon 450Da & CLS - 8" Newton f/3.8 800mm

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NGC7635 Bubble Nebula


Name:
NGC7635 - Bubble Nebula - Sharpless 162 - Caldwell 11
Date:
 30 june 2013, 6 july 2013 & 31 october 2013
Exposure
: 442min (7:22hr) ISO400, Subs: 8min with CLS filter & 6min with IDAS LPS P2 filter
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector & Robtics coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified,
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object wikipedia information

NGC 7635, also called the Bubble Nebula, is a H II region emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It lies close to the direction of the open cluster Messier 52. The "bubble" is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot, 8.7 magnitude young central star. The nebula is near a giant molecular cloud which contains the expansion of the bubble nebula while itself being excited by the hot central star, causing it to glow. It was discovered in 1787 by William Herschel.

NGC35 Bubble Nebula 7:22HrPrinsenbeek NL - 30/6/13, 6/7/13, 31/10/13 - 422min ISO400 - Canon 450Da & CLS - 8" Newton f/3.8 800mm

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NGC6995 - Eastern Veil Nebula


Name:
NGC6995 - Eastern Veil Nebula (part of Veil Nebula)
Date:
30 october 2013
Exposure
: 42min - 7x 6Min ISO400
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified, Cool box temp 4c - Sensor temp 14c & IDAS LPS P2 Filter
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop (radio source W78, or Sharpless 103), a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. The source supernova exploded some 5,000 to 8,000 years ago, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, or 36 times the area, of the full moon). The distance to the nebula is not precisely known, but Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) data supports a distance of about 1,470 light-years.

NGC6995 - Eastern Veil NebulaPicture saved with settings applied.

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IC1396 - Elefant Trunk Nebula


Name:
IC1396 - Elefant Trunk Nebula
Date:
27 october 2013
Exposure
: 3.5 hours - 34x 6Min ISO400
Telescope:
8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with GPU f/4 coma corrector
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified, Cool box temp 4c - Sensor temp 14c & IDAS LPS P2 Filter
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The Elephant's Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. The piece of the nebula shown here is the dark, dense globule IC1396A; it is commonly called the Elephant's Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths, where there is a dark patch with a bright, sinuous rim. The bright rim is the surface of the dense cloud that is being illuminated and ionized by a very bright, massive star that is just to the west of IC1396A. The entire IC1396 region is ionized by the massive star, except for dense globules that can protect themselves from the star's harsh ultraviolet rays.!

IC1396 - Elefant Trunk Nebula - 3,5hrPrinsenbeek NL - 27/10/2013 - 3.5 hours - 34x 6Min - Canon 450Da & CLS - 8" Newton f/3.8 800mm
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Triangulum Galaxy

Name: Messier 33, M33, or NGC 598
Date: 26 october 2013
Exposure: 3 hours - 23x 8Min ISO400
Telescope: 8" Newton f/3.8 800mm with Robtics coma corrector
Mount: NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera: Canon 450D Baader modified, Cool box temp -2c - Sensor temp 8-10c & CLS Filter
Location: Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light years (ly) from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. The Triangulum Galaxy is the third-largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, which includes the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy and about 30 other smaller galaxies.

Messier 33 - Triangulum GalaxyPrinsenbeek NL - 6/10/2013 - 23x 8Min ISO400 - Canon 450Da & CLS filter - 8" Newton f/3.8 800mm - Cool box temp -2c - Sensor temp 8-10c
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Andromeda Galaxy


Name:
Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224
Date:
28 september 2013
Exposure
: 2 hours - 13x 10Min ISO400
Telescope:
Refractor TS ED APO 90/500 f/5.5 with Robtics flattener
Mount:
NEQ6-pro, controled by EQmod/CdC, guided by QHY5/9x50 Finder Guider/PHD
Camera:
Canon 450D Baader modified, Sensor temp 20c (coolbox off) & CLS Filter
Location:
Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands

Object Wikipedia information

The first picture with the new telescope. The 2 hour exposure time was too short to get a good signal-to-noise ratio but nevertheless the result is not bad. The results bode well for the future!

Messier 31 - AndromedaPrinsenbeek NL - 28/9/2013 - 13x 10Min ISO400 - Canon 450Da & CLS - Refractor TS ED APO 90/500 - Sensor temp 20c
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