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Submissions: 2023 March

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Post by Frank A. Rodriguez » Thu Mar 02, 2023 11:38 am

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From Tejeda. Gran Canaria Island. Canary Islands. Spain

Spectacular conjunction between Venus and Jupiter from the Tejeda basin and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient inhabitants of the islands looked at the sky and thousands of years later we continue to enjoy the sky as if time had not passed. Roque Bentayga stands out in the foreground in the heart of the island of Gran Canaria, a spectacular monolith and aboriginal sanctuary. In the background you can see the island of Tenerife about 90 km away
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Post by Frank A. Rodriguez » Thu Mar 02, 2023 11:40 am

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From Tejeda. Gran Canaria Island. Canary Islands. Spain

Spectacular conjunction between Venus and Jupiter from the Tejeda basin and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient inhabitants of the islands looked at the sky and thousands of years later we continue to enjoy the sky as if time had not passed. Roque Bentayga stands out in the foreground in the heart of the island of Gran Canaria, a spectacular monolith and aboriginal sanctuary. In the background you can see the island of Tenerife with the peak of the Teide volcano, about 90 km away, the highest peak in Spain.


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Post by Frank A. Rodriguez » Thu Mar 02, 2023 12:36 pm

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From Montaña Cabreja. Vega de San Mateo. Gran Canaria Island. Canary Islands. Spain

Spectacular conjunction between Venus and Jupiter from Montaña Cabreja in Vega de San Mateo. Gran Canaria Island with a almond tree


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Post by Robin_Onderka » Thu Mar 02, 2023 12:57 pm

Jupiter and Venus

Copyright: Robin Onderka @ www.instagram.com/robin_onderka

This was my view from Vyšehrad, which is a historic fort in Prague, Czech Republic, just over 3 km southeast of Prague Castle, on the east bank of the Vltava River.

Canon 6D, Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 - Panorama from tripod

ImageJupiter and Venus conjunction by Robin Onderka, on Flickr

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Post by the_astronomy_enthusiast » Thu Mar 02, 2023 1:49 pm

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Unbarred Spiral Galaxy NGC 3981 by William Ostling, on Flickr

Full processing write-up: https://theastroenthusiast.com/unbarred ... -ngc-3981/

This is another image from the telescope live archives. The data supplied was very hard to work with – the dead CCD rows had some sort of glow that couldn’t be calibrated out, so I had to model the irregular glow on my own using DBE and then subtract it out. I’ve also been trying out the new DeepSNR noise reduction module for pixinsight which seems to remove chroma noise from RGB data quite efficiently. It’s pretty cool to look at the full-quality version of this image and see all the tiny background galaxies – I don’t think many of them are in the PGC catalogue, but most of them should be in one of the SDSS releases.

NGC 3981 is about 65 million light years from Earth, but even at that great distance it is considered a neighbour of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The large stars in the image’s foreground are stars in the Milky Way. Because NGC 3981 is inclined towards Earth, astronomers are able to look right into the center of the galaxy. The bright center of the galaxy is dominated by a super-massive black hole (SMBH). The image shows the vast and delicate-looking spiral arms of the galaxy, which are star-forming regions full of dust. The disc itself is lit up with a host of hot young stars. Some of the spiral arm appears stretched out and misshapen, possibly due to an encounter with another galaxy at some time in the distant past.

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Post by Joel17 » Thu Mar 02, 2023 6:00 pm

ImageJupiter & Venus conjunction by Joel Klinger, sur Flickr

This night between the 1st and 2nd March, Jupiter and Venus were at their closest distance of 2023.
The encounter is only apparent in the sky, since Venus is at roughly 200 000 000 km from Earth while Jupiter is currently 866 000 000 km away.

This picture has been taken from Tours in France and shows the planetary couple in detail (with a focal length of 1800mm).

You can also notice 3 galilean moons (Ganymede, Io and Europe) and Venus clearly appears gibbous here.


Date: 1st March 2023
Location: Tours, France

Skymax 150 + ASI662MC
1800mm, f/12
Mosaic of 2 rows of 8 panels

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Post by tommasostella » Thu Mar 02, 2023 7:06 pm

The Spaghetti nebula (Sh2-240)
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Copyright: Tommaso Stella
From: Taranto - Italy
Total integration: 31.25 hours

Sky: SQM 20,50
Lights: 71x900s (QHY168C) + 54x900s (OmegonVeTEC571C)
Telescope: Takahashi FS-60CB + Reducer 0,72x (255mm)
Camera: QHY 168C + Omegon veTEC571C
Filters: Optolong L-Ultimate
Mount: Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT
Processing: DeepSkyStacker, PixInsight, Photoshop CC
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Post by gilly » Thu Mar 02, 2023 10:36 pm

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Copyright: Jana Konecna
The pictures were taken on March 1 and 2. Place of Czech Republic Telce village
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Post by Meiying Lee » Fri Mar 03, 2023 3:57 am

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Photo description:
Yesterday (March 2), Venus and Jupiter were very close, with a distance of about half a degree, or about the size of the moon. This photo captures Jupiter, its moon, and Venus in close proximity to the top floor of Taipei 101, which has an elevation of 509 meters. Here is a link to a video of Venus and Jupiter setting: https://youtu.be/HJ1c5xr9Vu4.

Equipment Details:Canon R7 + 600mm Lens
Location : Taipei, Taiwan
Time: Mar 2,2023, 07:28 PM
Photographer : Meiying Lee (李美英)
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Post by Herbert_Walter » Fri Mar 03, 2023 4:49 am

NGC 4038/4039 - Viennese waltz in space

For me as an Austrian these are clearly 2 galaxies dancing Viennese Waltz
Astrophysicists consider NGC 4038 / NGC 4039 as interacting galaxies
at a distance of about 75 million light years in the constellation Corvus.
This pair of galaxies is also called Antennae galaxies, named for the long tails of gas and dust they eject.

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More info: https://www.skypixels.at/ngc4038-4039_IAS_info.html

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Post by kleinburgerphotography » Fri Mar 03, 2023 7:47 am

A photo from my happy place, from the Roque the los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma.

It shows the early Milky Way Core on February 19, 2023 over the impressive telescopes from the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma.It is a panorama of 12 photos (6 for the sky, 6 for the foreground) taken with a full frame astro modified camera and a 50mm lens.
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Post by -Amenophis- » Fri Mar 03, 2023 2:04 pm

Sh2-202, VdB14 and VdB15 (2 panels mosaic)
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Copyright: Thomas LELU
From: BOUVRON (54) - FRANCE
Total integration: 49h40 hours

Sky: Bortle 4
Filter IDAS LPS-P3 = 152x600"=25h20
Filter IDAS NBZ = 20x600" + 84x900" = 24h20
Telescope: ASA 10" Newtonian + Wynne corrector (912mm)
Camera: ZWO ASI2400MC
Mount: Paramount MyT
Over 12 nights (november to February)
Processing: AstropixelProcessor, PixInsight, Photoshop CC
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Post by PierandreaFolle » Fri Mar 03, 2023 9:36 pm

The Kiss
Jupiter and Venus kiss after an amazing sunset. A big heart for them impressed on the rock. The conjuction shot on 01.03.23 in Salento, Puglia, Italy

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ImageThe Kiss by Pierandrea Folle, su Flickr

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Post by WolfHeart » Sat Mar 04, 2023 7:56 am

Dark Clouds of Rho Ophiuchi

ImageDark clouds of Rho Ophiuchi by Ahmed Waddah, on Flickr



Story:

This is a widefield image of the most beautiful region of the night sky with Scorpius constellation within the milky way, the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex it has the most beautiful mix of natural mix of colors from stars, nebulae and dark nebulae stretching to the Ophiuchus constellation. In the heart is Antares, the yellow/orange star, the brightest star in the constellation. Next to it is M4, a globular cluster. We can also see the Blue Horse Nebula, a reflection Nebula lit by Nu Scorpii. You will see that distinct 3 star pattern of Acrab - Dschubba - Pi Scorpii with Antares just 1 hour before the galactic core occupy the same coordinates.

Image was an integration of the 3 panels covering that region and including partial dust from the galactic core. 2 Panels from last Febuary and a panel from last year.

Gear and acquisition details:

Nikon Z6II - Rokinon 135mm f/2 - IDAS NGS1 Filter - Optolong L Pro Filter - Fornax LightTrack II - Unguided
64 x 180" lights @F/2.8, ISO 1600 Total Integration: 3h 12' - 20 Darks, 50 Flats, 50 Dark Flats & 50 Biases

Stacked in APP, processed in Pixinsight and finalized in Adobe Photoshop

Location: Valley of Whales National Park, Al Fayoum, Egypt

Date: 18th , February, 2023
Time: 2.30 am - Cairo Time

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Post by rkas12 » Sun Mar 05, 2023 2:22 pm

Full size on Astrobin: https://www.astrobin.com/nwduli/?nc=user

This image features NGC 6188, or commonly dubbed as the Fighting Dragons of Ara. Instead of reiterating the same story over and over, I have decided to process it from a totally different angle and therefore convey another chaotic and yet full of hope tale. The way the frame is posted makes me reminder a surge of black energy emaneting from the bottom to the top !

NGC 6188 is quite a festival of young blue stars, hot red gas, and cool dark dust as depicted on the picture.

Warm regards,
Aygen

Acquisition details in short:
Processing : Aygen Erkaslan (@ae_astrophotography)
Data courtesy: DeepSkyWest
TOA 150
FLI PRO 16803
LRGB Combination
Chile

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Post by rkas12 » Sun Mar 05, 2023 2:58 pm

Link to Astrobin : https://www.astrobin.com/nwduli/B/

Forgot to upload the image from the other angle - my apologize.

This image features NGC 6188, or commonly dubbed as the Fighting Dragons of Ara.

NGC 6188 is quite a festival of young blue stars, hot red gas, and cool dark dust as depicted on the picture.

Warm regards,
Aygen

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Processing : Aygen Erkaslan (@ae_astrophotography)
Data courtesy: DeepSkyWest
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Chile

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Post by astrosirius » Sun Mar 05, 2023 7:26 pm

he Reflexion Nebula - Messier 78

At a relatively bright magnitude of +8, M104 is just beyond the limit of naked-eye visibility and is easily seen through small telescopes.

The Sombrero lies at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies and is one of the most massive objects in that group, equivalent to 800 billion suns. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and is located 28 million light-years from Earth.

Telescope: RC16"
Mount: ASA DDM85XL
Reducer: Massimo Riccardi Reducer 0.75x M63 small
CMOS:QHY268C (resolution 0.32"/px)

Total exposure: 18h (220x300sec)
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Post by astrosama » Sun Mar 05, 2023 10:10 pm

Venus Jupiter Conjunction positions above the Great Pyramid (Cosmic Dance )



ImageVenus Jupiter Conjunction positions above the Great Pyramid (Cosmic Dance ) by osama Fathi, on Flickr



Comparison of Venus and Jupiter's positions on February 22 with the Moon (Left) and Venus and Jupiter's positions on March 2 after switching places

simultaneously at 7:00 PM local time

On 22nd Feb
ImageCosmic Love above the Pyramids (Crescent MOON_ JUPITER _ VENUS) by osama Fathi, on Flickr

Over the Great Pyramid of Giza, VENUS and Jupiter are conjunct.

Gears:
Nikon Z6 Mod, Skywacher star adventurer tracker , Sigma 28-70 mm

Settings :

- 1/30 sec, ISO 200, f2.8 @70mm
1/20 sec, ISO 200, f2.8 @70 mm

Softwares: Adobe Photoshop 2022, Astrotools


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Post by astronajar » Mon Mar 06, 2023 7:42 am

Markrian's Chain
Stretch of galaxies that forms part of the Virgo Cluster. When viewed from Earth, the galaxies lie along a smoothly curved line
Member galaxies include M84 (NGC 4374), M86 (NGC 4406), NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435.
Near the center there appear the pair of interacting galaxies NGC 4438 and NGC 4435, about 50 million light-years away,
known to some as Markarian's Eyes.

Author: Fermin Jiménez Najar
Image link: https://astro.najar.ca/en/gallery/deep- ... in-v4.html


This image was taken in 4 nights from Poncitlán, Jalisco, Mexico, near the Chapala's Lake Riviera.
https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Ce ... BJ6BAhNEAg

From February 17th to 21st, 2023
13.5 hours integration, in a span of 4 nights.

Technical Data
Gain : 0, Offset : 50
Exposure: 13.5 hrs (162 shots x 5 min)
Camer: ZWO ASI 2600 MC Pro
Telescope: Askar Fra 400 mm ( f/5.6 )
Mount: Celestron AVX
N.I.N.A
PixInsight + Affinity Photo

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Post by ExplorerEGYWO » Mon Mar 06, 2023 1:22 pm

ImageThe Desert Whales by Wael Omar, on Flickr
The Desert Whales

My panorama image for the Milky way in one of the most famous UNISCO World Heritage in EGYPT, Wadi El - Hitan.

Whale Valley or Wadi El- Hitan , in the Western Desert of Egypt, contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2005 for its hundreds of fossils of some of the earliest forms of whale, the "archaeoceti"

I stopped at the entrance gate of this protected area and start my imaging session to take a very rare image for the entrance with the winter Milky way arc in the sky. So, in the ground of this image there are the fossils of whales which stayed there for millions of years and in the sky, there are the stars that are way from us by millions of light years. There is also this unfamiliar air glow under the Milky way arc , I really don't know what cause this air glow in the sky especially in this dark sky location.

As this area has no artificial light and very far away from city so it’s completely dark , that's why I used my small torch to make light painting for the ground , This was really pain ,exhausting and risky so I put the warning triangle away from my location by 500 meters with flashing beacon to alert any vehicle on the road ( But Fortunately there were no vehicles at all as it’s a very remote place but I put my precautions to save myself from any vehicle approaching my location) .

I run all over the place to make the light painting quickly to avoid blocking the road with my vehicle then I started to put my tracker off the road and started taking the sky images.



Equipment used:

Camera:

Sony A7 III astro modified Ha

Lens:

Sigma 50 mm F1.4

Canon 70-300 mm lens

Tracker:

Star adventure 2i

The sky image is a panorama of 12 images, each is 60 seconds, F 2.8, iso 2000.

Foreground image is 8 images for the same view and same place but with light painting over different parts on the scene, I put the camera away from my vehicle by 500 meters and use the canon lens at 75 mm to have a wide field of view. each image is 10 seconds, iso 3200, F 7.

All images for sky and foreground were taken in same place and time .

Location : Wadi El-Hitan ,EGYPT.

Credit: Wael Omar WO /https://www.instagram.com/waelomar_astrophotography/

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Post by the_astronomy_enthusiast » Mon Mar 06, 2023 3:57 pm

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Peering into the faint outer halo of Messier 83 by William Ostling, on Flickr

Full write-up here: https://theastroenthusiast.com/peering- ... essier-83/

This is another image from the archives of telescope live – the spiral galaxy M83. I noticed while processing that this dataset was deep enough to include a fainter outer halo that I couldn’t find, so I wanted to show as much of this new halo as I could. It was tricky to balance the brightness of the core with the brightness of the outer halo, but using some pixelmath tricks in conjunction with HDR and GHS I think I was able to do a pretty good process. Given that this dataset was so good, I did a lot of sharpening to it, so the core and dust lanes are extremely clear! This is about 15 hours of data from Chile.

Big, bright, and beautiful, spiral galaxy M83 lies a mere twelve million light-years away, near the southeastern tip of the very long constellation Hydra. Prominent spiral arms traced by dark dust lanes and blue star clusters lend this galaxy its popular name, The Southern Pinwheel. But reddish star forming regions that dot the sweeping arms highlighted in this sparkling color composite also suggest another nickname, The Thousand-Ruby Galaxy. About 40,000 light-years across, M83 is a member of a group of galaxies that includes active galaxy Centaurus A. In fact, the core of M83 itself is bright at x-ray energies, showing a high concentration of neutron stars and black holes left from an intense burst of star formation. This sharp composite color image also features spiky foreground Milky Way stars and distant background galaxies.

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Post by astrohokie » Tue Mar 07, 2023 12:43 am

Flying with solar Active Regions 3246, 3242, & 3241

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Copyright: Mark Hoffman

Imageby mark h, on Flickr

Caught a plane while shooting a time-lapse of solar Active Regions 3246, 3242, & 3241 on March 5, 2023

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Post by wrightdobbs » Tue Mar 07, 2023 12:55 am

"Crepuscular Rays over Florida"

Phenomenal crepuscular rays were observed this evening over Tallahassee. They were enhanced thanks to the haze in place and when this cumulus cloud moved in front of the sun the show began!

Captured with a DJI Air2s drone about 400ft up just outside of Tallahassee, Florida on the evening of March 6, 2023.

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