Submissions: 2015 August

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by alfredoxa » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:27 pm

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The famous Galician astrophotographer Oscar Blanco under the arch of the Milky Way in an area that will soon Starlight destination. The zodiacal light and the moon peeping and beautiful landscape of the "Terras de Trevinca" give the picture an added value by the team astrofografía foreground.

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El famoso astrofotógrafo gallego Oscar Blanco bajo el arco de la vía láctea en un territorio que pronto será destino Starlight. La luz zodiacal y la luna asomando y en precioso paisaje de las "Terras de Trevinca" otorgan a la fotografía un valor añadido junto al equipo de astrofografía en primer plano.

ImageMilky way and famous astrophotographer Oscar Blanco by Alfredo Madrigal, en Flickr

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67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko on August 18th

Post by Efrain Morales » Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:03 pm

Comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko on August 18th, 09:04ut. Now showing a nice tier drop form tail and slightly brighter (coma). Image not croped.
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by jfgout » Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:19 pm

Hi everyone, here is my contribution.

As you probably know, next month (September 28th, 2015) will see the fourth total lunar eclipse visible from the US in 2 years. This was an exceptional tetrad, providing great viewing opportunities especially to observers in North America. See: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/sc ... ar_tetrad/ for more details.
Because Lunar eclipses are one of nature's most beautiful spectacles, I was determined to make the most of it. So, I traveled to places with favorable weather and beautiful landscapes to enjoy each Lunar eclipse in a unique context (see detailed story below the image).

Image

Full resolution image (12,000 x 10,000 pixels): http://www.jfgout.com/Astronomy-Misc/i- ... pos-v1.jpg


Backstory:

April 15th, 2014 - Delicate Arch, Utah
My first trip was a 1,200+ miles (2,000km) journey to Utah to witness the April 15th 2014 total eclipse of the Moon from Utah's most emblematic landmark: Delicate Arch. After a flight from Indianapolis to Denver and a 6 hours drive to Moab, UT, the hardest part was still to come: the 1.5 miles hike to Delicate Arch. What is normally an easy hike becomes a nightmare when you carry 100 pounds of gear. A telescope, 4 cameras, an 8 feet traveling rail, many small accessories, warm clothes, water, food, ... But it was worth it and I got to enjoy the eclipse with the Arch in the foreground, in company of a dozen other people who also chose to spend the night there. You could see the shadow of the Arch projected by the Moon disappearing as the eclipse was getting deeper and deeper, and re-appearing after the totality. And from such a remote area, far away from the light population, the sky filled up with thousands of stars during the totality, with even the milky way rising on the East. Being so much dimmer and with all these stars in the background, the Moon looked much smaller than usual, but this is just a tricked played by the brain, an optical illusion making the ~half a degree disc of the moon appear bigger or smaller depending on the context.
After totality, most people start the hike back, and only another passionate photograph and I stay until the end.

More pictures from this eclipse: http://www.jfgout.com/Lunar-Eclipse-of-April-2014-Fr/


October 8th, 2014 - Monroe Lake, Indiana
The second trip was much shorter but no less epic! A short car ride with a canoe on the car roof to go see the eclipse from the shores of Monroe Lake, about 15 miles (25Km) from home. However, things did not look good when around noon on October 7th (~15 hours before the eclipse) a huge thunderstorm was dumping heavy rain over Bloomington. It was so dark, the street lights turned on for some time... But the weather forecast was still calling for a clear night. In the evening, we leave Bloomington to the sound of the tornado warning sirens, got lost on the small dirt roads going to the lake and finally launch the canoe shortly after sunset. A couple of trips in the canoe to transfer all the gear from the car to the camp site (again: telescope, traveling rail, cameras, camping gear, ...) and with some help from my 3 accomplices for the night we were quickly cooking some salmon on a fire under the stars. While everyone goes to sleep under the tents, I set up the gear. 4 hours of work to get everything ready, finishing just in time to go wake up everyone for the beginning of the show at 5am. After a bit more than an hour, while the Moon was still traveling across the shadow of the Earth, daylight was coming back from the East. A couple of minutes after the still-partially-eclipsed-Moon set below the horizon we were enjoying a glorious sunset over the lake.

More pictures from this eclipse: http://www.jfgout.com/08Oct2014eclipse/


April 4th, 2015 - Big Sur, California
For this eclipse, only the end was visible East of the Rockies. So I decided to go visit my friends Bob and Jaime in Santa Cruz, California and enjoy the eclipse with a view of the Pacific ocean. After all, it's only a 2,000 miles (3,000 Km) trip...
We ended up in a small creek, North of Big Sur, in the Garrapata State Park. Again, I let people sleep while setting up my usual gear, with the help of my friends' friend Ricardo who tagged along for the trip. What better way to wait for the eclipse than observing the tide recessing and listening to the sound of the Pacific and its powerful waves breaking on the rocks of the Californian shore? And then the eclipse. The slow disappearance of the Moon paced by the waves, the short totality and the stars filling the sky, ... This time again, the partial eclipse was still underway when the daylight started warming the landscape. Quickly, packing all the gear before the rising tide swallowed the tripods with the cameras, and back to Santa Cruz for a long nap. Third total eclipse of the Moon in 12 month, third success...

More images from this eclipse: http://www.jfgout.com/Lunar-eclipse-of-April-4th/


September 28th, 2015
The next lunar eclipse will take place on September 28th, 2015 and again will be visible from the US. East of the Rockies, all parts of the eclipse will be visible and even if you live West of the Rockies you will enjoy a partially-eclipse Moon rise followed by the total eclipse. For those of you in Alaska and Hawai, only the very end (after totality) will be visible. More details here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEp ... Sep28T.pdf
And I? Well, you can be sure I will be on the road, somewhere, chasing clear skies and breathtaking landscapes to complete a tetrad of Lunar eclipses hunting and bring the last picture to this composition.


Note that if you miss the eclipse of September 28th, 2015, the next one will be on January 31st, 2018 and will also be visible from North America (see: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEp ... Jan31T.pdf).

Have a nice day,

Jean-Francois Gout

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by rwittich_de » Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:02 am

From North America to Pelican, Mark II

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Around zeta Cephei

Post by Kapkowski » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:30 am

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Interesting area around zeta Cephei, full od dark Barnard nebulas ( B 169, 170,171,174,368)
Taken with mobile setup ( FSQ 106N, STL 11000M and Takahashi EM-10) from Trogir, Croatia.
Aquisition data at Astrobin.
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by Hung-Hsuan Yen » Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:07 pm

Perseus' challenge
APOD.jpg
Location: Mt. Jade North Peak, Taiwan

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by Salvopa » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:54 pm

I finally finished - Complex of the Veil (RGB + V4)
42 mosaic panels made by city

Image

Here it is where I live:
Image
183 Hours - 523x420sec for each channel - 38 Nights - from June 23 to August 16
Unfortunately having an average of 15.5 SQM I can do better
Hope you like it.
equipment:
Avalon M-Zero - RC8 (1150FL) - Sxv-H16 - RGB Baader - Idas Lps V4

regards
Salvatore Spinoso - Palermo/Italy
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by shaunnesy » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:02 pm

SAC SH2 - 101 the Tulip Nebula
Hubble palette , 17 hours total wit h 5 hrs Ha , 6 hrs O111 and 6 hrs S11 . 900 sec subs and 1200 sec subs O111 and S11.

full size image at http://shaunreynoldsastro.com/p18930873 ... #h53f89f98
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by marioweigand » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:33 pm

Southern Scorpius 6-panel Mosaic
http://www.skytrip.de
Copyright: Mario Weigand
http://www.skytrip.de/deepsky/south_scorpius2015c.jpg
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Larger! (4000 x 2786 px, 10 MB)
Even larger! (8022 x 5587 px, 33 MB)

greets

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by tommy_nawratil » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:50 pm

the western veil of course is a Popstar of sky photography, and I tried to set it bright on stage -
Lacerta Photonewton 10" f/4 and Moravian G2-8300 LRGBHaOIII
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see full version here: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5749/205 ... 5f_o_d.png
clear skies - Tommy

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by alfas » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:30 am

Venus, Jupiter, and lavenders after sunset
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by Astromontufar » Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:06 am

Curiosity, through the eyes of the Astrophotographer

Copyright: Sergio Montúfar Codoñer
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by asteroide06 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:41 am

Stormy clouds beyond the Cheiron mountain, as seen from the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, plateau de Calern, France.

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Jean-Marc Mari, Biot, France

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by Topazas » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:44 am

Me and friends gazing at the very faint northern lights in Lithuania. Digital photography and very clear weather let me capture aurora without geomagnetic storm in progress.

Tadas Janušonis, Biržai district, Lithuania 2015 August 17
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

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The Colossal Condor Galaxy - NGC 6872

Post by strongmanmike » Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:07 pm

Some 300 Million Light years away and over 500,000 light years across, NGC 6872 (top right)
is the second largest spiral galaxy known in the universe!
Copyright: Michael Sidonio

Larger image here: http://www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/ ... 7/original

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M22 Stars Galore!

Post by strongmanmike » Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:18 pm

Almost lost within the rich star fields of Sagittarius, M22 is the third brightest globular cluster in the sky and visible to the naked eye from a dark sky location.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/589/2069 ... 3010_b.jpg
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Copyright: Michael Sidonio

Large image here: http://www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/ ... 6/original

There is also a tiny faint planetary nebula deep within M22 called GJJC1
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by Stefan Westphal » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:44 pm

NGC 7000 in Narrowband
Copyright: Stefan Westphal

Bicolour-Version: More Data can you see here: http://www.astrobin.com/203156/
NGC7000_Bicolour_forum.jpg
Hubble-palette: More Data can you see here: http://www.astrobin.com/202712/
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by Sergio » Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:10 pm

NGC 6357 - Star field in Scorpius

NGC 6357 is one of the several gems we could find in the Constellation of Scorpius. This wild field picture shows the region where the nebula is located. The nebula is situated in the plane of our Milky Way so it stands out over a populated star field. For visual observers NGC 6357 is easily located because the nice star pattern called "The four Juanitas" (Las Cuatro Juanitas) actually they are five with visual magnitudes ranged from six to seven. Those stars form a colourful "J" or a "hockey stick" shape, which stands out very well with binoculars, finders or low power telescopes.

More info at
http://www.baskies.com.ar/PHOTOS/NGC%20 ... 20DSRL.htm

Cheers to all
Sergio
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by AlexMaragos » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:15 pm

The Milky Way rises over the towns & villages
of north-central Peloponnese, West Greece.
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The Milky Way over Peloponnese, Greece by Alexandros Maragos

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by afesan » Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:31 am

Omicron-2 Cygni, LBN 331 More information and higher resolution: http://afesan.es/Deepspace/slides/LBN%2 ... us%29.html

Clear skies,
Antonio

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by samuelegasparini » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:56 am

The Dumbbell Nebula - M27
From my personal observatory in Castelfiorentino (Fi) Italy

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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by Davide Manca » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:52 am

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Barnard 150 is part of the dark nebular complex in Cepheus
It is also know as "Seahorse nebula" as it may resemble a seahorse
The interstellar dark matter in this cloud is so dense that it completely obscures stars in its background
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Re: Submissions: 2015 August

Post by samuelegasparini » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:53 am

Rho Ophiuchi Area
Boren Simon 20 cm F/2.8
Exp: 42x5 min Luminanza + 8x5 min RGB
with Moravian G2-4000 in binning 1x1 - 15°
Samuele Gasparini http://www.astrobook.it
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