GUM 48a Nebula

This beautiful nebula consists of large HII region and some nice dark and reflection nebulae. Here are total of 174 minutes of HaLRGB frames combined.

SON, Atacama Chile.

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Chile 20″ CDK ‘LRGB First Light’, NGC 4945

I have started to operate a 20″ PlaneWave CDK telescope in San Pedro de Atacama. It’s mainly used for scientific surveys but every now and then I have opportunity to take some pretty pictures. Conditions are excellent down there. Average seeing is around 1.8 FWHM, sometimes even less.

I’ve been configuring ACP automation software to be able to automate most of our observations. We are also changing the dome control electronics to be able to operate it remotely.

This is 172 minutes of LRGB data.

NGC-4945-LRGB-v09-Final-03

NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula

Imaging color images with photometric filters might surprise you. I was certainly surprised of the green color of this nebula. Real color should be red because of strong Ha emission but obviously Rc, V and B filters disagree with that. Nevertheless this is total of 50 minutes exposure taken from Chile.

NGC-2070-CRVB-45min-v01-PI-

 

IC 434 a.k.a Horsehead Nebula First Light in Chile

This is my first light using using 20″ PlaneWave CDK telescope in Atacama Chile. I was using only photometric filters to acquire colors for this magnificent nebula. Total exposure is 84 minutes.

IC-434-RGB-v01

NGC 253 aka Silver Dollar Galaxy

This beautiful galaxy raises just above 30 degrees in New Mexico when at meridian. I was able to image this visually huge galaxy in two nights totaling exposure time of 186 minutes.

NGC-253-LRGB-v01-final

NGC 6888

I had a chance to shoot one moonless night in the middle of the monsoon at New Mexico. I picked up this target because I already had some data for it from previous sessions. This is total of 291 minutes of HaLRGB frames combined together with Photoshop.

NGC6888-HaLRGB-291min-v2

 

M63 Galaxy

Another image from NM couple nights ago. This galaxy is also called the Sunflower galaxy. Total exposure of 120 minutes.

M63-LRGB-v1

M5 Globular Cluster

Another nice globular cluster from NM. Total exposure 77 minutes.

 

M5-LRGB-v0.2

M14 Globular Cluster

Finally back in business. Two months since I was able to operate our remote observatory in New Mexico due broken motor to open up the roof. Now it’s fixed. First test image of the RC1. This is total of 80 minutes of LRGB exposures of this nice globular cluster.

M14-LRGB-v0.2

M41 Star Cluster, New Mexico

This is actually the first light color image of the second RC we just got operational in Rancho Hidalgo, NM. This 16 RC is equipped with Apogee U9 CCD with 9-position CFW. Image exposures are LRGB=18:18:18:18 minutes.

m41-lrgb-v1