Submissions: 2021 July

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Post by ImNewHere » Fri Jul 09, 2021 2:56 pm

Centaurus A, also known as NGC 5128 or Caldwell 77, is a galaxy in the constellation of Centaurus. It was discovered in 1826 by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop from his home in Parramatta, in New South Wales, Australia. NGC 5128 is one of the closest radio galaxies to Earth, so its active galactic nucleus has been extensively studied by professional astronomers. The galaxy is also the fifth-brightest in the sky.

ImageCentaurus A by Scotty Bishop, on Flickr

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Swallows crossing the Sun

Post by lujafer » Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:12 pm

I share this composition, which corresponds to a flock of swallows that were crossing the sun at that moment.
In the sun you can see the sunspot AR2835

Telescope: Lunt LS50THa / B600PT
Main camera: ZWO ASI 174 MM
Mount: Celestron CGEM
Photograph taken from Les Fonts, Barcelona, SPAIN on 07/03/2021 at 10.30 AM


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Post by astronut2007 » Fri Jul 09, 2021 7:32 pm


Copyright: Alan C Tough

On the night of June 27/28 there was a spectacular display of Noctilucent Clouds over the north of Scotland. At times it covered more than half the sky. Here is a close up view showing some of the complex and beautiful detail visible that night. The 1.6 second exposure was captured at 01:07 UT on June 28 from Elgin, Moray, Scotland.

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Post by the_astronomy_enthusiast » Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:10 pm

NGC 5256 is a pair of galaxies in its final stage of merging. It was previously observed by Hubble as part of a collection of 59 images of merging galaxies, released on Hubble’s 18th anniversary on 24 April 2008. The new data make the gas and dust being whirled around inside and outside the galaxy more visible than ever before.

Data was used from the following proposals: ... t&id=10592 ... t&id=14095

Channel Assignment:
R: 814w, 673n
G: 435w, 814w
B: 435w

All processing was done in pixinisight.


ImageNGC 5256 - An ongoing cosmic collision by William Ostling, on Flickr

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Post by asymon » Sat Jul 10, 2021 4:20 pm

Cygnus from North America to Veil
Copyright: Alistair Symon You can see a higher resolution image here: ... es2021.htm

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Post by asymon » Sat Jul 10, 2021 4:22 pm

Sharpless 54 to Sharpless 41
Copyright: Alistair Symon You can see a higher resolution image here: ... ow2021.htm

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Post by tala » Sat Jul 10, 2021 4:25 pm

Pelican Nebula

This was one of my projects I have enjoyed the most as everything just worked !
Ha and Oiii were taken in 3 nigths straight, and Sii was taken about 2 weeks later due to weather conditions.
My wife said - "I want a picture to hang on the wall, but make it pretty with a lot of warm colors"
And I said - "Say no more, I got you"
The final data was so good, that I had the freedom to take to whatever "artistics" places I want, a oh boy that was fun!
This somehow looks like a painting from outer space, and I really glad I did not go with the conventional SHO colors.


- Telescope: GSO RC 8" Carbon Tube
- Camera: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro
- Mount: iOptron CEM70
- Guiding: ZWO ASI174MM mini + OAG
- Focal reducers: Astro Physics CCDT67
- Filters: Astrodon Ha 3nm · Astrodon SII 3nm · Astrodon OIII 3nm
- Software: PHD2 · N.I.N.A. · PixInsight

Astrodon Ha 3nm: 36x900" (9h) (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 2x2
Astrodon OIII 3nm: 18x900" (4h 30') (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 2x2
Astrodon SII 3nm: 12x900" (3h) (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 2x2
Integration: 16h 30'

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Post by ImNewHere » Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:51 am

IC 4604 is a large, blue reflection nebula located in Ophiuchus. The nebula is illuminated by Rho Ophiuchi, the triple star in the center of this image. This object is part of the Astronomy League Bright Nebulae Program.

ImageRhoOphiuchiClose by Scotty Bishop, on Flickr

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Post by stefanz » Sun Jul 11, 2021 8:23 pm

NGC2403 and NGC2404 in H-alpha and continuum light

NGC2403 is a spiral galaxy in Camelopardalis. NGC2404 is one of many large HII region inside the galaxy.

The image is calculated with and without H-alpha information. By toggling between the two variants the correlation between HII gas clouds and bluish regions (containing young stars and probably also OIII gas) can be visualized.

Click on the animation for detailed information and full resolution pictures.

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Post by Tom Glenn » Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:56 am

Moon, Venus, and Mars

ImageYoung crescent Moon with Venus and Mars by Tom Glenn, on Flickr

The young crescent Moon (4.4% illuminated) sets along side Venus and Mars. Although typically thought of as "nearest neighbors", neither Venus nor Mars are particularly close to Earth right now, at distances of 215 million km and 371 million km, respectively. Interestingly, Mercury (not visible here) is only 151 million km away from Earth, much closer than either Venus or Mars. And the Moon is 390,000km away at the time of this image. Image captured at 20:50 PDT from San Diego, CA on July 11, 2021, using a Nikon D5600 and 70-200mm lens at 135mm. Single exposure of 2s, f/2.8, ISO 100.

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Post by the_astronomy_enthusiast » Mon Jul 12, 2021 1:04 pm

A new look at NGC 6052

Data was taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3)

Located in the constellation of Hercules, about 230 million light-years away, NGC 6052 is a pair of colliding galaxies. They were first discovered in 1784 by William Herschel and were originally classified as a single irregular galaxy because of their odd shape. However, we now know that NGC 6052 actually consists of two galaxies that are in the process of colliding.
A long time ago gravity drew the two galaxies together into the chaotic state we now observe. Stars from within both of the original galaxies now follow new trajectories caused by the new gravitational effects. Eventually things will settle down and one day the two galaxies will have fully merged to form a single, stable galaxy.

When first released, this image was processed in a way that did not show the H-alpha regions clearly. I thought these regions were an important part of the galaxy, so I tried to bring them out as best I could.

Data was used from the following proposals: ... t&id=14066

R: 814w, 665n
G: 555w, 438w
B: 438w, 336w

Processing was done in pixinisight.


ImageA new look at NGC 6052 by William Ostling, on Flickr

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Post by Nicolas Adriano » Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:23 pm

The Fighting Dragons of Ara

Copyright: Nicolas Adriano

Image URL: ... 421e28.jpg
Dragons of Ara - HaRGB.png
The Dragons of Ara is a notoriously faint emission nebula located in the Milky Way arch close to the iconic constelation of Scorpion. Although I used the Ha to enhance the nebulosity, the Dragons of Ara aren’t an easy target, especially when shooting from the inner city under light polluted skies. Despite all the challanges, I think I managed to get a decent natural looking color balance.

Dates: 07 and 08 July 2021
Location: MG, Brazil. Suburban Skies (Bortle 5, calculated SQM ~19.87)
Camera: Nikon D5300 (modded) @ ISO400
Optics: Rokinon 135mm F/2.0 ED UMC
Mount: Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer
Exposure Detail: 88x120s [H-alpha] + 83x120s [RGB] | Total Integration = 342’ or 5hrs42min, unguided.
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Post by Colombiando » Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:33 pm

Copyright: Santiago Hernandez

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Post by Tracer » Tue Jul 13, 2021 12:28 am

One year anniversary of my first comet capture
July 10, 2020 3:20 AM Regina SK, CA
Stack of 2s x 19 with DSLR & 71mm refractor

Comet NEOWISE thru dawn noctilucent clouds
Comet Neowise.jpg
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Post by ac4lt » Tue Jul 13, 2021 2:05 am

This is M51, the iconic Whirlpool Galaxy, but for the the star of the show (no pun intended!) is how this pair of galaxies almost makes gravity something you can see. The ballet of gravitation interaction, while frozen in time, feels active and full of motion.


This is 21 hours, 20 minutes of HaLRGB data taken with a Planewave CDK14/FLI ML16803 that is at Sierra Remote Observatories. Data was collected from late June 2021 to mid-July. The system is run by an imaging team consisting of myself (Linda Thomas-Fowler), Timothy Triche, John Kasianowicz and Gowri Visweswaran. Processing on the image was done by me.

For a full size version as well as more technical details, please see:

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Post by KuriousGeorge » Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:17 am

The Blinking Planetary (Caldwell 15). KG Observatory, Julian CA.

1st of 3 objects for the July Dark cycle.

This object got my attention from a 58 hour multiple-exposure capture by Mark Stiles using a Skywatcher MN190...

I was curious if I could get similar results in just a few hours using only 5-minute exposures in Ha, OIII, R, G and B.

The 16803 CCD could not do it. It would require many hours of both 15 minute and 5 minute exposures to capture both the faint outer halo without over exposing the core.

This is where the ASI6200MM Pro CMOS really shines. After lots of experimentation, I found this amazing CMOS camera allowed me to get nearly the same SNR using 1 hour of 5-minute exposures as the 16803 using 5 hours of 15 minute exposures. And then I'd need to take another set of 5-minute exposures with the 16803 for a well-exposed core. With the 6200, I could do it all with just 5-minute exposures in under 5 hours. The 16803 would have needed closer to 15 hours for the same results with much more processing to blend the 5 and 15 minute exposures.

"When observers look directly at Caldwell 15 through a small telescope, they typically see only the nebula’s sparkling-white central star. However, by averting one’s gaze, glancing away from the central star, the nebula's bulbous dust clouds come into view. This optical trickery earned this planetary nebula the name the "Blinking Planetary.”

The Blinking Planetary’s bright, white remnant star — known as a white dwarf — is surrounded by a greenish orb of gas and dust, the outer layers of the burned-out star that jettisoned into space. This cloud is flanked on both sides by bursts of red gas called FLIERS, or fast low-ionization emission regions. In these relatively young features, electrically charged atoms shoot off into space at supersonic speeds.

Also known as NGC 6826, Caldwell 15 is about 2,200 light-years away from Earth. Young and small, the planetary nebula is only about a thousand years old and less than half a light-year across."
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Post by Raphdubuc » Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:58 pm

M8 and M20 Summer peak in Canada, because these objet are low on the horizon. With a good sky M8 is possible to see with the naked eye.
60 pictures 80 seconds each subs
Canon 6D modded with Telescope service 130 apo
Pixinsight and PS6

Copyright: Raphaël Dubuc

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Post by Florian Kainz » Tue Jul 13, 2021 6:12 pm

Reflection of Messier 4 in a Satellite?


Capturing a series of images of the sky around the star Antares I noticed a satellite trail in one of them. The trail looks as if the satellite reflected light coming from the Messier 4 globular cluster into the camera. I'm not sure if stars other than the sun can produce visible reflections in objects orbiting the earth, but this picture suggests that it is possible.

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Post by vanamonde81 » Tue Jul 13, 2021 6:53 pm

Analemma of the Sun
Copyright: György Soponyai

The previous eight years I completed numerous analemma projects in order to record and present the famous "Celestial Eight". With this newest (and probably the last) photo I would like to present a new aspect of this wonderful astronomical phenomena. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown last Summer I decided to use this meadow as foreground of the photo. Ten minutes of walk from my home, absolutely no danger of infection.

I recorded the celestial path of the Sun every 40 minutes from sunrise to sunset three days after Summer- and Winter Solstices. Also recorded the "dots" of the Eight-curve at local noon (11:44) from 2020-06-24 to 2021-05-21. At last I added these captured Solar disks to the foreground image that was taken on 2020-09-05, four days after the Sun had left the crossing point of the analemma.


Technical details:
2020.06.24. - 2020.05.21. Mogyoród, Hungary
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + Sigma EF 8/4.0
foreground: 3 x 1/200 sec, f/18, ISO 100
solar disks: 1/8000 sec, f/4, ISO 100 + ND 1000 filter

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Post by astrodoc » Tue Jul 13, 2021 8:42 pm

ImageIC 1318 by Dave & telescope, on Flickr

IC 1318 and Butterfly Nebula in SHO. Linked image to full resolution version and capture info.
Location: Mayhill, NM
June 2021
S,H,O 11,10,12 hours respectively

Thanks for looking!
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Post by prath83 » Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:14 am

ImageIC1318C_SHO_RGB_v12 by Prathamesh Pavaskar, on Flickr

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ106EDXII
Mount: ASA DDM60 Pro
Camera: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro
Guiding: Unguided
Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, 3nm OIII, 3nm SII
• 75 X 300s Ha at Gain 200 Offset 50
• 125 X 300s OIII at Gain 200 Offset 50
• 100 X 300s SII at Gain 200 Offset 50

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Post by michelmakhlouta » Wed Jul 14, 2021 6:30 am

Sh2-115 & Sh2-116 - The nameless Parent & child in Cygnus

Sharpless 115, the faint emission nebula, lies along the edge of one of the outer Milky Way's giant molecular clouds, about 7,500 light-years away. The nebular glow is powered by hot stars in star cluster Berkeley 90. The cluster stars are likely only 100 million years old or so and are still embedded in Sharpless 115.

SH2-116 is a small nebula, also known as Abell 71, was first classified as a planetary nebula but recent studies show it to be an HII region instead, and is classified as an emission nebula. The nebula surrounding SH2-116 is part of SH2-115.
Full Resollution: ... muqi8S.jpg

Rig details:
Mount: Avalon Instruments Linear Fast Reverse
OTA: Sky Watcher Esprit 120ED
Camera: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro + Chroma 3nm SII/HA/OIII filters
Autoguiding: ZWO ASI290MM + ZWO OAG
Software: PHD2, SGPro, PixInsight
Integration: 43 hours
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Post by Andromeda 2013 » Wed Jul 14, 2021 2:33 pm

M-42 Orion Nebula

This image was generated, first by downloading the R, G and B fits images of M42 from the HST legacy archive. The images were:

ORION (hlsp) ACS/WFC B hlsp_orion_hst_acs_colorimage_b_v1_drz
ORION (hlsp) ACS/WFC G hlsp_orion_hst_acs_colorimage_g_v1_drz
ORION (hlsp) ACS/WFC R hlsp_orion_hst_acs_colorimage_r_v1_drz

Processed by me: P.I. PCC

Copyright: Daniel Pasternak ©
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