Submissions: 2020 July

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Post by prjrang » Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:54 pm

Copyright: Prashant Ranganath

Title: Elephant's Trunk Nebula (IC 1396) in Hubble Palette SHO Narrowband

The Elephant's Trunk Nebula (IC 1396), located in the constellation Cepheus is an extremely dense region that contains a myriad of objects and details. From the swirling dark dust clouds to the bright emission regions, various structures can be easily made out, making this a popular target to image in the mid-summer to fall in the northern hemisphere. Located around 2400 light-years from Earth, the Elephant's Trunk Nebula is the dark elongated dust globule at the bottom of this image. It is actually about 20 light years across, which makes the entire region that much more impressive in terms of its size! The nebula is a region of star-formation, where the swirling gas and dust condense to form new protostars. This image is a false-color narrowband image that mimics the traditional "Hubble Palette" in terms of its colors. It was taken by combining images that show the Hydrogen, Sulfur, and Oxygen emission in the object and them mapping each of those to Green, Red, and Blue color channels, respectively. The data was captured from my backyard just outside of Houston, TX, and was gathered over a period of 6 nights in May and July.
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Post by FormerInstants » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:42 am

ISS & Comet Over Luray, VA (Redux) by Alan Olson, on Flickr
Copyright: Alan Olson

Title: ISS & Comet NEOWISE over Luray, VA

Description: On the evening of Saturday July 18, 2020, the ISS passed through the tail of the comet NEOWISE. This is a composite image of seven 20-second stills taken atop Mary's Rock in Shenandoah National Park, looking down over the town of Luray, VA. Weather conditions were not quite ideal for viewing, but the clouds were kind enough to allow this image to happen.

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Post by ramdom » Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:12 am

The Lion Nebula B369/Ced203/LDN1150/LBN473/LDN1150/LDN1156/LDN1154/LDN1161/LDN1163/Sh2-132 (c-lhoos/sho)
Also includes: WR-153/GP Cephei, RW Cephei.

Total integration: 60.4 hours/3625 minutes (263x5m = ~22h for Ha + 278x5m = ~23h for O3 + 184x5m = ~15h for S2).
More detail and different versions are here:
Full sized image of my first choice is at: ... _60.4h.jpg

Camera: QHY163M (16mp mono) CMOS cooled to -15 degrees C.
Telescope: Takahashi FC100DF Steinheil fluorite doublet apochromat refractor @ f/4.9.
Reducer: Takahashi FC-35 2".
Mount: Paramount MyT.
Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, 3nm O3, 3nm S2.
Software: Sharpcap, PixInsight.

As always, thanks for looking!

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Post by KuriousGeorge » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:36 am

NGC6340 and neighbors in Draco (Deep). KG Observatory, Julian, CA.
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Post by StefanoDeRosa » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:02 am

Comet NEOWISE over Marina Morea
Copyright: Stefano De Rosa Please find above three images taken on July 19 and 20, 2020, showing comet NEOWISE over the "Van Gogh style" landscape of Marina Romea, few kilometers from Ravenna (North-East of Italy)

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Post by alcarreño » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:03 am

Copyrights: Observatorio Astrofotografico de Ocentejo
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ImageEl cisne gran campo 2020 reducida by Raul Villaverde, en Flickr

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Post by zema88 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:47 pm

Comet NEOWISE from Colle Fauniera (Cn, Italy)
Single shot
Copyright: Paolo Demaria

Last night was one the best of my astrophotography life: clear sky at 2400 m with mists on the plain, good company and a beautiful comet in the sky. What more could you ask for?
Single shot with Canon Eos 6D and Tamron 24-70 f / 2.8 at 28mm.
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Cuneo, Italy
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Post by mdieterich » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:10 pm

Comet NEOWISE from Craters of the Moon National Monument
Copyright: Matt Dieterich Hard to describe the feeling of hiking through Craters of the Moon National Monument at night exploring the stunning dark skies. We hiked down to a lava flow to photograph Comet NEOWISE and on the way back up the trail I had to stop and capture this single exposure. The comet's blue ion tail is absolutely breathtaking!

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Post by Harles99 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:52 pm

Had a blast taking pics of C/2020 F3 NEOWISE. Unfortunately between the weather forecast this week and work schedule, I wont have a chance to photograph it again.

ImageGoodbye Comet NEOWISE. See you in 6000 years by HDG Studios, on Flickr

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Re: Submissions: 2020 July

Post by peter2014a » Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:53 am

C/2020 F3 NEOWISE and FISH 2020 july 21 , Hsinchu city , Taiwan

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Post by Ronan Hunt » Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:42 pm

ImageComet F3 2020 (NEOWISE) by Ronan Hunt, on Flickr

Comet F3 2020 (NEOWISE)

Here’s my best effort at Comet NEOWISE. We got a perfect clear night at last here on Sunday 19/07/20. We took a trip out to Lough Owel near Mullingar for a clear northern horizon and darker skies. One of the best nights under the stars I’ve had, probably the best since camping on Skye last year. We also met some fellow astronomers which was a first. You could see the comet tail spreading across the sky for ages. Well over the length of my outstretched hand. The core has dimmed compared to a week earlier but the tail is much bigger and longer. The comet makes its closest approach on the 23rd of July and the tail should be longest then so get out there and try spot it while you still can. It’s getting dimmer everyday as it moves away from the sun.

I was very pleased to get both tails and the newly formed green coma at the head. The yellow is the dust tail debris being blasted off by the pressure from the suns radiation. The ion tail is formed by ions being dragged from the comet by the suns magnetic field and lit up by the suns light. It points directly towards the sun. The green is caused by C2 escaping the comet and could indicate parts of it have opened up.

After seeing other astrophotographers lauding the benefits of flat frames, I took a full set of calibration frames this time, darks, flats and bias. I should really do it more often. In terms of exposures I used a mix of 16, 2 and 6, 5 minute exposures for a total of 62 minutes integration. Fate was with us and it was during the darkest bit of the summer twilight. Processing in Pixinsight was following Warren Keller's comet guide. Followed up with starnet and the usual stretching. I do have some stacking artefacts and messed up some of my range masks so I’ll need to go back and reprocess in future. The sky was a good bortle 4 possibly bortle 3.

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Tripod: Skywatcher Stainless
Camera: canonuk 600d modified
Telescope: williamoptics Redcat 51
Guiding: zwo mini guidescope and asi 120mm mini

Controlled by ASIair.

Processed in Pixinsight and Lightroom.

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Post by fsimonetti » Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:16 pm

By the wheat fields in the outskirts of Göttingen, Germany.

NEOWISE and friends by Franco Simonetti, en Flickr

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Re: Submissions: 2020 July

Post by barretosmed » Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:00 pm


Stephan's Quintet, formed by the galaxies (NGC 7317, NGC 7318a, NGC 7318b, NGC 7319 and NGC 7320) is located in the lower left corner. These galaxies are part of the Hickson Compact Group, which contains galaxies groups that are likely to merge, maintaining strong interaction between them.
In the upper right corner is the NGC 7331 galaxy, about 40 million light years away. What draws the attention of this galaxy is the galaxy's nucleus appears to be slightly decentralized, with one side of the disk appearing to extend farther from the nucleus than the opposite side. It is part of the NGC 7331 group, which list four other members, affectionately called "fleas": the lenticular or unbarred spirals NGC 7335 and 7336, the barred spiral galaxy NGC 7337 and the elliptical galaxy NGC 7340.


Apo 150mm Scientific Explorer
Qhy 16200a colled
Filter: Planetarium Baader LRGB 2 "
20 x 300 "bin1 L + 17 x 200" bin2 RGB
Electronic Focuser: Moon Lite
Mount: Ioptron Cem60
Polar alignment: Sharcap
Capture: Sequence Generation Pro
Processing: Photoshop CS6, Pixinisight

Seeing: 4
Transparency: 5

21 to 23 of May of 2020 in Munhoz- MG-Brazil
11 to 13 June 2020 in Jales-SP-Brazil

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Post by KuriousGeorge » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:00 pm

Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) from < 1" seeing. KG Observatory, Julian CA.

Sorry, I'm a little late to the M101 party. (-:

I wasn't planning on shooting M101 this year.But I changed my plan while working . The seeing was just too good to pass it up.

I could only get good results from 9:15 PM to around 11:30 PM. So it took over a week to collect what you see here.

The 32 15-minute luminance subs were between 1.42" and 2.32". Average was 2.03" before deconvolution. Given seeing is usually measured as described at ... monitor-2/, we suspect this is seeing under 1".

So here's my 2020 M101 contribution to Starship Asterisk* – with a little touch of Ha to finish it off. (-:
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Post by Cosmic Photons » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:15 pm

Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise and Iridium Flare
Camera: Canon 6D
Camera lens : 200mm f/2.8
iso 1600 45sec single exposure
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Copyright: Kostas Tsekas-Theodore Arampatzoglou
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Post by peter2014a » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:42 am

Deep Impact ,
July 22 2020 by foxlin , hsinchu city , Taiwan

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Post by KuriousGeorge » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:30 am

C/2020 F3 (Neowise) in 24". KG Observatory, Julian, CA.

Now just barely high enough to clear the edge of the dome. Shot between 9:15 PM (19° alt) and 9:30 PM (17° alt). Then it's gone.

Here the L600 mount tracks the comet's exact motion for maximum resolution during the 1 minute exposures.

Star trails are then removed. A second capture is then taken the next day with the same framing. But this time the comet is out of frame and we can track on the stars and screen the two.
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Post by Lucadinoi » Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:51 am

Pelican Nebula

Triplet Apo 80/480 with asi zwo294 pro
Mount eq6 pro
39X360s filter l-enanche

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Post by Robin_Onderka » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:53 am

Comet in a Crystal Ball

Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) has undoubtedly become one of the best phenomena in recent years, but it is already moving away from us. That's why I decided to keep this comet together with the Big Dipper for eternal memory in this crystal ball. The town in a background is Třinec (Trzyniec) in Czech Republic.

I attached the crystal ball together with the base to a small tripod. The camera was mounted on the second tripod significantly lower than the ball itself and at an angle that corresponded to reality, and the comet was thus engaged. The distance of the camera from the ball was about 1.5 meters. To focus inside of the ball, I was moving my focus ring slightly while taking pictures in between to find a perfect spot, because the stars were not visible in a ball when zoomed in with Live View.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II + Samyang 135 m f/2

10 x 6” f/2.8 ISO 6400 | for the inside of the ball, stacked for noise reduction
1 x 30” f/4 ISO 1600 | for the outside of the ball to make it sharper

Date and Location:
22nd July 2020 | 22:58 CEST | Loučka (835 m), Bystřice, Czech Republic

Copyright: Robin Onderka |

ImageComet in a Crystal Ball by Robin Onderka, on Flickr

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Post by skywondersie » Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:14 pm

The dark skies are finally coming back to high-latitudes. While almost everyone would call this time of the year, the mid-season of Milky Way chasing, and probably almost everyone has seen it already at this point, here at high-latitudes we are just starting to enjoy it since until now we were lacking proper nights. This shot was taken on Sunday 19 July at Co. Wicklow, Ireland, taking the rare opportunity of no clouds, almost astronomical night and no moon.

The image was taken with the Canon EOS Ra at ISO 6400, Samyang 24mm f2.
Sky: 5x20 sec tracked.
Foreground: 3x20 sec

Milky Way over Wicklow
Copyright: Antonio Martin-Carrillo

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Post by a.carrozzi » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:37 pm

The night of Sunday July 19th was really remarcable: a fully clear one on a New Moon day. The comet was simply amazing at naked eye, with a few degrees of dust tail clearly visible, and through binoculars. The shot was taken near Monchio, in the Appenines near Modena, under a good rural to suburban sky and It is the result of over 17 minutes of integration.
Canon EOS 6D and Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 on SkyWatcher Staradventurer. 52x20s f/2.8 3200 ISO
ImageC/2020 F3 Neowise - July 19th 2020 by Alessandro Carrozzi, su Flickr

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Post by Nordavind » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:16 pm

comet Neowise over the little village Conco (Asiago plateau), Italy

Nikon D610 + Tamron 90mm macro 2.8
Sky: 40x3s f/2.8 5000 ISO
Foreground: 1x13s f/5.6 800 ISO
Conco_AsiagoPlateau2[1].jpg ... ateau2.jpg
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Post by SpookyAstro » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:28 am

ImageComet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 7/22/2020 by Transient Astronomer, on Flickr

Image Credit and Copyright Tom Masterson


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