Galaxies & Nebulae Images

Images of galaxies and nebulae, all taken by members of Oldham and Rochdale Astronomy.

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Author name: Bradley Swift

This is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Lyra. Planetary nebula are so named because, they are small, round and look like planets.
A planetary nebula is a star entering the final phases of it's life cycle. The more massive stars go out in spectacular style as a supernova. The smaller stars, like that of our Sun. Enter their penultimate phase, that of a white dwarf star, with a little less pazzazz. Though they are no less beautiful.

Captured on 10th of February in Newhey, UK.

Boring techie bit:
Skywatcher quattro 8" S & f4 aplanatic coma corrector
HEQ5 pro mount guided with an Altair 50mm & GPcam setup
Canon 450D astro modded with Astronomik CLS CCD EOS APS-C clip filter. Intervalometer used to control the exposures.
15 exposures of 180 seconds at ISO 800 (perhaps over exposed it).
Stacked in DeepSkyStacker with darks, flats, dark flats & bias frames. All processing done with StarTools.
Author name: Graham Moss

This is the Horsehead Nebula from 24th Jan, cloud interrupted!

The red image is 14x480s Ha. The stars are 14x120s RGB processed separately. Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop.

Esprit 150 with Starlight Xpress SXVH16 mono camera with filters.
Author name: Matthew Singleton
The North American Nebula with the Cygnus Wall, shot over two nights as we have just about no dark time left. Testing my new Optolong L-Enhance filter which seems to be doing a fine job of eliminating all the street lights and security lights. Around 3 hours of subs (72 x 180s), Altair Lightwave 80mm APO, Old Canon 50D on its last legs, tracked and guided.
Author name: Graham Moss
The central area of the Rosette Nebula from yesterday evening (01/03/2021).
Narrowband image with RGB=S2/Ha/O3 filters. 8x500s each filter. Overlaid with RGB star images (8x60s RGB) since narrowband stars often have funny colours.
Esprit 150 and SXV-H16 camera.
Author name: Mark Forbes
The Rosette Nebula (Caldwell 49), a large diffuse H ll nebula region in the constellation of Monoceros (The Unicorn) with an open cluster of young hot stars at its heart, the Rosette is approx 4900 light years from Earth. This image is just over 1.5hours of exposure I captured last night 01.03.21.
Altair Astro 72EDF f/6 x1.0 flattener 🔭
AA IMX183C PROTEC Hypercam 📷
AA Triband Filter
AA 50mm Guider with AA GPCAM2 130M guide cam
iOptron CEM25P mount and iPolar alignment
AA Portable Pier
Pegasus Astro Pocket Power Box
Data: 20x 300sec Lights
30x dark, 30 flat and 30 dark flat, calibration frames.
Gain: 398 Unity
Offset / Black level: 24
TEC Temp: -5 C
Capture software: SharpCap 4.0 beta
PHD2.6.9 dev4, using multi star guiding.
Integration with Astro Pixel Processor, HaOlll-colour process.
Processed with PixInsight and Photoshop 2021

Author name: Graham Moss

This is Orion Nebula from last night (27th Feb 2021) in narrowband, where I've assigned RGB=S2/Ha/O3. Exposures 6x480s S/H/O. Slightly washed out with the full moon nearby, but narrowband helps in these situations.

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