MadMan's Astronomy and Astrophotography Pages - Photos of the Week
Photos of The Week - May through October, 2015
Various imaging results after a very wet summer.  Canon 60Da, Trius 814,
SXVR-H694 - G11 mount, Tak FSQ-106 EDxiii and Canon lenses
Finally got some data capture during October over 4 nights.  Recorded a number of DSO's.   Processing results
below.  Hope you like them!
NGC 1333 is the currently most active region of star formation in the Perseus molecular cloud. The presence of emission-line stars and Herbig-Haro objects
first established NGC 1333 as an active region of star formation. Today, NGC 1333 is one of the best studied extremely young clusters of low to intermediate
mass stars. This region is rich in sub-mm cores, embedded YSOs, radio continuum sources, masers, IRAS sources, SiO molecular jets, H2 and HH shocks,
molecular outflows, and the lobes of extinct outflows. Dozens of outflows from embedded and young cluster members criss-cross this region. While the complexity
and confusion of sources and outflows has made it difficult to unravel the relations between various components, NGC 1333 has illuminated the roles of feedback
and clustering phenomena in star formation.
Above: NGC 1333 Final.  Cropped.
6 hrs R,G,B bin 1x1 10 minute subs plus 2 hours R,G,B bin 2x2 5 minute subs plus 3.5 hours of Lum bin 1x1 10 minute subs.  
Colorization from a 6 hour former processing using an SXVR-M25C camera.  Processed PixInsight and Photoshop, StarSpikes Pro.  
8 hours of RGB uncropped.
11.5 hours of LRGB uncropped.
Three processing renditions to the right
and below.   11.5 hours LRGB.  Tak
FSQ-106EDx iii, Trius 814 camera,
guide lodestar on G11 mount.  
Captured with  SGP, processed with
PixInsight and Photoshop.   

Double Cluster in Perseus
1 hour - 5 minute subs - Canon 60Da in
Takahashi FSQ-106 EDXiii @ f5.0
Pixinsight, Photoshop
Some Processing
Almost no processing.
The Triangulum Galaxy (M33):
The Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light-years (ly) from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. It is
catalogued as Messier 33 or NGC 598, and is sometimes informally referred to as the Pinwheel Galaxy, a nickname it shares with
the Andromeda Galaxy and about 44 other smaller galaxies. It is one of the most distant permanent objects that can be viewed with
the naked eye.
Above: For the purists - no
diffraction spikes
About this Image:
Imaged in a Tak FSQ-106EDXiii refractor at f3.7, this image is a composite done with two cameras imaging simultaneously side-by-side on a G11 mount
over 3 nights.  Totaling more than 11.5 hours, it includes 4h and 45 m from a Trius 814 CCD (R,G,B  57 x 5 min subs bin 2x2) : 2 h and 15 m from a
Trius 814 CCD (Ha 9 x 15 min subs bin 1x1) and 4h and 15 m from a Canon 60Da DSLR (iso 1600, 51 x 5 minute sub-frames).  Captured with
Sequence Generator Pro and guided by a Lodestar guide-cam, the image was pre-processed using Deep Sky Stacker and post-processed, mixed and
blended in Pixinsight and Photoshop.
Bubble Nebula and Messier 52 Open Cluster - Hydrogen Alpha Filter
2 hour - 6x20 minute exposures  - Trius 814  Takahashi FSQ-106 EDXiii @ f5.0, Pixinsight,