MadMan's Astronomy and Astrophotography Pages - Photos of the Week
Photos of The Week - Sept-Oct, 2013
2x2 panel Inserts - Trius 814 and H694 Camera
2h 30m Ha stack -
Trius 814
The Wizard Nebula - NGC 7380

NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula) is an open cluster discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787. William Herschel included his sister's
discovery in his catalog, and labelled it H VIII.77. It is also known as 142 in the 1959 Sharpless catalog (Sh2-142). This reasonably large nebula is
located in Cepheus.  9 hours of simultaneous narrow band Imaging - Hubble Palette.  Presented in a 'Micro-Macro-Mosaic' as I am calling it using the
following equipment:

- Tak FSQ-106 reduced to f3.6 and mounted with a SX Trius 814 mono camera - 'detail' insertion image.  Astrodon 5nm narrowband filters - 8.5 hours total - 20 minute exposures
- EF200 Canon lens mounted on a SXVR-H694 camera - wide field image.  Baader narrowband 2" mounted filters - 9 hours total - 20 minute exposures.  Capture and Processing:  
Losmandy G11 mount.  Nebulosity and PHD for capture.  DSS for registration and calibration.  PixInsight and PS4 for Processing.
4h 30m Ha stack -
SXVR-694
Gas extraction action
I ran on the Trius
image
Other sort of interesting by-products
SXVR-H694 Camera with Canon EF lens @ 200 mm fl -
9 hours of Sii, Ha and Oiii images stacked
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SX Trius 814 Camera in Tak 106 @ f3.6 - 8.5 hours of
Sii, Ha and Oiii images stacked
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Alternate
processings -->
Images blended in Photoshop with detailed image
inserted into wide-field image...
The Propeller Nebula - DWB-111

DWB-111 - The Propeller Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The Propeller Nebula is actually part of a much larger nebular complex that
includes numerous objects. Little is known about this object or the source of excitation that caused its shape.  10.5 hours of simultaneous narrow band Imaging -
Hubble Palette.  Presented in a 'Micro-Macro-Mosaic' as I am calling it using the following equipment:

- Tak FSQ-106 reduced to f3.6 and mounted with a SX Trius 814 mono camera - 'detail' insertion image.  Astrodon 5nm narrowband filters - 10.5 hours total - 20 min. exposures
- EF200 Canon lens mounted on a SXVR-H694 camera - wide field image.  Baader narrowband 2" mounted filters - 7 hours, 40 min total - 20 minute exposures.  Capture and
Processing:  Losmandy G11 mount.  Nebulosity and PHD for capture.  DSS for registration and calibration.  PixInsight and PS4 for Processing.
SXVR-H694 Camera with Canon EF
lens @ 200 mm fl - 7 h, 40m  of 20 m
exposures using Sii, Ha and Oiii filters
SX Trius 814 Camera in Tak 106 @ f3.6 - 10.5 hours of
Sii, Ha and Oiii images stacked
Images blended in Photoshop with detailed image
inserted into wide-field image...
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The California Nebula - Narrow Band Hubble Palette 2-Panel Mosaic

The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the
US State of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult
to observe visually.

Imaged with the following equipment:
- Tak FSQ-106 reduced with a Trius 814 mono camera - two frame 'detail' insertion mosaic
- EF200 Canon lens with a SXVR-H694 camera - two frame wide field mosaic.

The below image is two camera, two panel mosaic presented in a modified Hubble Palette.  It consists of a wider field image totalling 18 hours in two panels using the EF200 Canon lens
and the SXVR-H694 CCD.  Inserted into that is the detail from a narrower field of view imaged over 15 hours using a Tak FSQ-106 with a reducer and a SX-Trius 814 camera.  Total
hours of data total 33.  Elapsed imaging time was 18 hours using simultaneous data capture through the two imaging trains mounted on a Losmandy G-11.  
'bubble' region found in the California
Nebula
Other interesting by-products of Processing
Ha of the completed Double Mosaic
(Above)... Wide field double 2 camera, 2 panel
mosaic.  Tak/Trius image (15h) inserted into
the wide field EF200/H694 image (18h).  
Other, low exposure time images for the month:
Crescent Nebula - Hubble Palette -
H694 camera - C11 Edge HD scope @
f7 with SX Active Optics unit.
Sun - H694 Camera - Tak
106 reduced - Baader
filter film
M33 Core - C11 Telescope @ f7 -
H694 Camera - SX Active Optics
Unit - RGB + Ha
Wide-FIeld Milky Way - St.
George's Island - Canon 60Da
and Polarie portable mount
Color and Grey Scale 'Gas Extraction' Action I wrote in PS produces these images.  They
are useful for added luminance or reducing the stars in the final image using Layers and
the Opacity slider in PhotoShop.
(Right)... 15 hours of 20 minute subframes - Takahashi
FSQ-106EDXiii, Trius 814 camera, Astrodom narrowband Sii, Ha
and Oiii filters.  Manually modified Hubble Palette.