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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Pinwheel Cluster in Auriga

Image: Messier 36 is the "Pinwheel Cluster"

Messier 36 is an open star cluster in the constellation of Auriga. It is a worthwhile target for small telescopes. Learn more about this object at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_36

Equipment:
Telescope: Takahashi FS-102 at f/5.9
Camera: SBIG ST-7XME
Adaptive optics: SBIG AO-7
Mount: Losmandy G11


Friday, October 10, 2014

A fascinating image of the SH2-240 nebula

Image: SH2-240, copyright (c) 2014 by H.Weber and M. Noller

We are proud to present you a demanding target tonight. This is the Simeis 147 (SH2-240) nebula in the Taurus constellation, a large and faint celestial object mainly considered by advanced space photographers. This image is exclusively published in this blog under the permission of its authors.

Exposure:
Hα: 8x1200 sec
OIII: 4x1200 sec
SII: 5x1200 sec

Equipment:
CCD astrocamera: ICX814-based CCD bei -15°C.
Filter: Baader narrowband filters.
Lens: Sigma 105 mm f2,8 at f/4.
Guiding: Takahashi FSQ 85 with Starlight Loadstar camera.
Mount: Losmandy G11.

Astrophotographers/ authors:
Image acquisition: Holger Weber, www.astroholgi.de
Photo processing: Markus Noller, www.deep-sky-images.de

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

A night full of magic

Image 1: The h+x star cluster in Perseus
Equipment: FSQ-106ED, fl=530mm (f/5), t=190s, QHY8L, JPZ mount

Image 2: NGC6791 star cluster in Lyra
Equipment: FSQ-106ED, QHY8L, JPZ mount

Image 3: Messier 38 in Auriga
Equipment: FSQ-106ED, QHY8L, JPZ mount

Image 4: NGC2232 open star cluster
Equipment: TOA-130, QHY8L, JPZ mount

Image 4: M13 - The Hercules Globular Cluster
Equipment: TOA-130, Nikon d3100, JPZ mount

Image 5: Messier 45 - Pleiades, the seven sisters
Equipment: FSQ-106ED, Nikon d3100, JPZ mount

When I am working on such delightful celestial objects, I sometimes think astrophotography is a pre-stage of poetry. The astrophotographer, invests all his experience trying to interpret a fact into a shapes and colors, so a poet tries to interpret his emotions after looking these pictures into wonderful words. /px
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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Diamonds in the sky - Messier 35

Image: Messier 35

Messier 35 redefines the term beauty in a timeless manner showing countless sparkling stars in a velvet background. 
(Image by Panagiotis Xipteras)

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The nebulas IC405 and IC410 in Auriga

Image 1: The bizarre structures of the nebulas IC405 and IC406 in the Auriga constellation

Image 2: Imaging setup

Equipment:Astrocamera: ICX814-based CCD on Canon 200mm (f/4) lens, Baader Ha (7nm) filter, 5x900s.
Autoguiding: Starlight Lodestar on Takahashi FSQ-85EDX (no kidding :-o)
Mount: Losmandy G11 mount with Gemini II GoTo controller on Berlebach tripod

Author: Holger Weber (Astroholgi), Germany, Internet: http://www.astroholgi.de