Submissions: 2023 May

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Post by rkas12 » Sun May 21, 2023 1:16 pm

NGC 2467 - Skull and Crossbones Nebula

Known as the "Skull and Crossbones Nebula", NGC 2467 is an extremely active stellar nursery that glows in deep reddish tones and is located within the constellation Puppis. Numerous stars and clusters come together to make this stunning stellar portrait. Among numerous gems in the region, dust lanes and dark globules mark sites of future star formation. One of the most notable clusters within NGC 2467, known as Haffner 18, houses around 50 stars. The NGC 2467 complex lies about 17,000 light-years away.

Photographed in narrowband emission (H-alpha & O-3) at El Sauce Observatory, Rio Hurtado, Chile, during May 2023.

Clear skies,

Copyright: @ae_astrophotons
Scope: Planewave CDK 24”
Filters: H-alpha & O-3
Country: El Sauce Observatory, Rio Hurtado, Chile (T-live)
Date: May 2023

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Post by KuriousGeorge » Sun May 21, 2023 4:37 pm

The Sombrero Galaxy (Reimagined). KG Observatory, Julian , CA.

I say "reimagined" for three reasons...

1. I wanted to capture what the Sombrero might looks like when approaching from a few million light years. The color would likely be "natural" with a smooth halo with no abrupt edge.

2. The May skies in Julian, CA are very dark (21.5+) and steady between weather changes.

3. This is my first use of the relatively new AI sharpening and denoise tools by Russel Croman. Thank you Kevin Morefield for your AI processing tips!
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Post by Chris Peterson » Sun May 21, 2023 5:39 pm

KuriousGeorge wrote: Sun May 21, 2023 4:37 pm The Sombrero Galaxy (Reimagined). KG Observatory, Julian , CA.

I say "reimagined" for three reasons...

1. I wanted to capture what the Sombrero might looks like when approaching from a few million light years. The color would likely be "natural" with a smooth halo with no abrupt edge.
Actually, it would look just the same from a few million ly away as it does from here, just larger. Same color (none), same contrast.

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Post by mmamtani » Sun May 21, 2023 11:34 pm

Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod.

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Milky rising behind the Coast Guard beach in Cape Cod, MA. I had to push myself to take the 2 hour drive during the weekday. This is my first attempt using a tracker.
Canon EOS-Ra, astro-version
Sigma 28mm f1.4
Benro Polaris.
6 images stacked - F2.2, 180 seconds, 800 iso, 28mm
F1.4, 20 seconds, ISO 6400.
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Re: Submissions: 2023 May

Post by Harles99 » Mon May 22, 2023 2:49 am

ImageLagoon (M8) and Trifid (M20) Nebulae by Harley Grady, on Flickr

M8 Lagoon and M20 Trifid Nebula's.

The Lagoon (M8) and Trifid Nebula (M20) are located in the Sagittarius region of the Milky Way. The Lagoon Nebula is also one of only two nebula that are visible with the Naked Eye. Both are emission nebula and are literal star factories, with their superheated gasses creating a beautiful glow. The Lagoon Nebula (left) is located approximately 5,200 light years away and the Trifid Nebula is about 9,000 light years away. Also pictured just above the Trifid nebula is M21 (NGC6531) or “Webs Cross”.

Shot on a ZWO ASI 2600MC Pro
51X300s exposures for
4.1 total hours of integration time
TS Optics 90mm APO Telescope.
Skywatcher EQ6R mount.

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Post by Astrodude13 » Mon May 22, 2023 3:19 am

ImageVela Nebula Detail by Blake Estes, on Flickr

Technical details are as follows:
Paramount ME
Celestron C14 Edge HD
Starizona Hyperstar 14 V4
Optolong L-Pro Luminance filter
ZWO ASI 6200MC Color Camera
124x180sec exposures
Processed in APP and Lightroom
Aurora HDR

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Re: Submissions: 2023 May

Post by ExplorerEGYWO » Mon May 22, 2023 10:24 am

ImageThe Egyptian Analemma by Wael Omar, on Flickr

What a journey! :o
The Lunar Analemma.
This is the first time that this phenomenon is imaged in EGYPT. The sequence of images was taken from 22 April to 17 May,2023. The idea of the image is that the moon return to its same position in the sky about 50 minutes and 29 seconds later each day so I took an image for the moon 50 minutes and 29 seconds later on successive days over almost a lunar month from the same place every day. Due to the tilted elliptical orbit of the moon this will result in a figure of "8" or infinity sign.

The journey of this image was really challenging and exhausting, on top of that the sleepless nights I went through to stay awake waiting for the scheduled time to take the image of the moon. There were also some cloudy nights and i was a little lucky to see the moon through it when the time of the shoot came. I used Canon 200 D camera with 18 mm lens to shoot the images from the same location and i could see the moon in the images easily but On the last week, the time of the images were on day time , that's why you will see the moon images on these days a little blue ,also they were so faint but i could see them when i zoom deeply on the images but of course the details were absent so I come up with an idea to use my GOTO mount to point to the location of the moon as of course it would be impossible to see it by naked eye then I took an image of it with the help of my Redcat 51 scope then I put it on the same location of the moon on the 18 mm lens image.

Equipment used:

Camera: Canon 200 D.

Lens: canon 18-55 lens - Redcat 51.


To know location of the moon each day, all images were taken from same fixed place by 18 mm lens @ F5.7 ,different exposure time and iso values according to moon phase.

For details of the moon, images were taken @55mm and for images that were taken during day time, I use the Redcat 51 @ 250 mm with the GOTO mount.

Foreground image: ISO 100, 30 seconds, F 11.

I make some rotation for the whole Analemma to suit the foreground.

I have gone through this beautiful, Painful and one lifetime experience with a great hope to win APOD nomination, I did everything I could and spare nothing to make this image successful , took a vacation from work on the last 2 weeks to be ready for the moon images as they were after midnight and during day time. I climb up a 50 meters high Minaret to have a clear view of the pyramids and blend this view with the total analemma I imaged.
Location: Great Cairo, EGYPT.
Credit: Wael Omar WO /

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Post by andythilo » Mon May 22, 2023 11:01 am

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

Imaged from the UK over 2 nights, 19th & 20th May 2023
Altair EDT-F 130mm @ 910mm f7
ASI2600MC Pro no filter
EQ6R Pro
215 x 120s lights - 7h 10mins
40 x Darks, no flats/dark flats
Processed in PI

ImageM51_7hrs_210523_closeup by Andy Thilo, on Flickr

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Post by mathewbrowne » Mon May 22, 2023 9:05 pm

A highly rare appearance of the northern lights this far south! Another late night at my favourite local photo spot and finally the northern lights made a brief appearance too. I couldn't see much with the naked eye, but on the back of the camera, gentle pink rays began to form, just strong enough to beat the low cloud and light pollution beyond.

Settings: 14mm, f1.8, ISO 3200, 10 seconds

Nikon Z7II, Sigma 14mm f1.8 art lens

I was capturing a 15 minute timelapse and when I looked at the back of the camera I noticed a distinctive pink glow. Simultaneously, the Glendale aurora app notified me of an ongoing geomagnetic storm. So I shot 10 second frames for 20 minutes and hoped for the best. To my delight, I caught it on camera.

ImageNorthern Lights at Paxton's Tower, south Wales, United Kingdom © Mathew Browne via PhotoHound

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Post by barretosmed » Tue May 23, 2023 1:42 am



Canon 6D
Canon lens 24mm 1.4
smarteq pro
1 x 26"
iso 3200 f2.0

LOCATION: San Pedro de Atacama - Chile
DATE 04/16/2023

Adobe Lightroom Classic Adobe Photoshop Han K. Astrometric STAcking Program (ASTAP) Main Sequence Software Sequence Generator Pro (SGP) Open PHD Guiding Project PHD2 Pavel Mráz SkytechX Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight

Author: Fernando Oliveira de Menezes
(Organizing author of the book Amateur Astrophotography in Brazil) ... -no-brasil
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Post by chassaigne » Wed May 24, 2023 2:03 pm

Sh2-265, you can find at lower right hand side, is a very dimmed reddish H-alpha diffused nebula spread around 2 degrees northwest of Bellatrix. The nebula is one of gaseous matters forming the Orion Association, has a span of about 50 arc minutes. We can hardly recognize its detailed structures, contains complicated dark nebulae, looks like a ring structure.
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ImageSh2-265 Hargb 8h20mn by georges chassaigne, sur Flickr

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Post by chassaigne » Wed May 24, 2023 2:06 pm

Sh2-73is located in the constellation Hercules and was mistakenly included in the Sharpless catalog as an emission nebula.We now know that the nebula is simply a molecular cloud. With its relatively high galactic latitude, about 45°, the integrated light of the galaxy illuminates the nebula.
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Post by jose » Wed May 24, 2023 5:44 pm

M 63
Hola a todos mi nombre es Jose Maria Perez, osdejo esta foto por si la veis interesante
estos son los datos
R: 14 Light de 900 segundos, 14 Darks, 31 Flats y 40 Bias
G: 25 Light de 600 segundos, 25 Darks, 31 Flats y 40 Bias
B: 36 Light de 600 segundos, 36 Darks, 30 Flats y 40 Bias
L: 20 Light de 900 segundos, 20 Darks, 30 Flats y 40 Bias

CCD guiar: QHY5II
Un saludo
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Post by McFrost » Thu May 25, 2023 8:39 pm

The Sun setting behind Pilot Peak, 5-19-23 © Mack H. Frost

On Friday, May 19, 2023, I traveled to the top of the badlands mountains east of Cody, Wyoming, called the McCullough Peaks. There's an antennae farm on the highest peak and a good BLM road to access the site. From that site, one can see quite a ways in every direction, especially to the northwest. The site is just high enough to zero in on Pilot and Index Peaks in the North Absaroka Mountains east of Yellowstone National Park and Cooke City, Montana. Line of sight is 57-miles/92-km from mountain to mountain and I have no idea how many more miles of astmosphere the Sun had to shine through. Pilot Peak is a glacially carved tooth of volcanic rock that looks like a miniature Matterhorn. Using the Photo Pills app, I positioned my observing site and waited for the event.

I had a tripod mounted Canon 90D camera with an EF 100-400mm f/5.6 lens and a Canon 1.4X extender atteched. With the magnification factor of the camera's sensor added in, that gave me the equivalent of an 896mm lens. 1/400 sec @ f/10, ISO 400. Smoke from the huge forest fires in Alberta, Canada, had drifted into Wyoming and provided a natural filter for the sun's intense light, but increasing the fuzziness of the disk of the Sun. Right at 8:34 PM MDT, as calculated, the Sun started to be eclipsed by Pilot Peak. As it set lower towards the horizon, several large sunspots became more visible. I took many photos of the sunset and this one turned out to be one of the best. I have more images of this event in an album on my Facebook page: ... 116&type=3 Thanks for looking.
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Post by PatrickWinkler » Fri May 26, 2023 7:52 am

NGC 7331


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Re: Submissions: 2023 May

Post by Joel17 » Fri May 26, 2023 2:48 pm

ImageChenonceau and the Milky Way by Joel Klinger, sur Flickr

Here is an unseen (up to now) picture of the castle of Chenonceau (France): the Marques Tower and the Gallery with the Milky Way above, reflecting in the fountain of Catherine of Medicis with a perfectly still water. What a pleasure to witness such a rare magical moment!

Indeed a combination of multiple factors is needed to achieve this picture:
- a clear sky,
- being between April and June,
- no Moon and no wind,
- no vegetation in the basin,
- and the lights of the castle shut.
To be sure not to miss that moment, I have been waiting for it for a while - more than one year actually.

On that panorama of 39 pictures, the Milky Way shows its beautiful internal structures with dense starry areas sometimes hidden by huge dust clouds. Some pink nebulae can also be found (in the galactic heart, above the forest, yet also in the top left corner of the picture). A surprise too: a light airglow appears here and there, especially at the left of the Marques tower and above the forest on the right of the picture (it is here visible as red-pink colored strips).

Date: 19th May 2023
Location: Chenonceaux, France

Nikon D610 Astrodon + Sigma 35mm Art
Panorama of 3 rows of 13 pictures
- Sky: 1 row of 13 pictures, each one being a stack of 5 shots at 8s, f/2, ISO3200
- Castle: 1 row of 13 pictures at 20s, f/2, ISO3200
- Fountain: 1 row of 13 pictures at 30s, f/2, ISO3200
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Re: Submissions: 2023 May

Post by barretosmed » Fri May 26, 2023 10:33 pm

Markarian's Chain of Galaxies


Esprit 150mm triplet
zwo asi 6200mc
Mount CEM120
Frames 196X300"

LOCATION: Munhoz - MG - Brazil
DATES: From 03/23/2023 to 05/21/2023

Adobe Photoshop, ASTAP, SGP, PHD2 and PixInsight

Author: Fernando Oliveira de Menezes
(Organizing author of the book Amateur Astrophotography in Brazil) ... -no-brasil
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Re: Submissions: 2023 May

Post by maxifalieres » Sat May 27, 2023 12:04 am

Hi! I'm sharing this picture of the Crescent Moon taken today 26-05-23 in my backyard with my telescope 200 f4.

Luna Cresciente
by Maximiliano Falieres, en Flickr

I hope that you like it an consider it an APOD


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Post by cosmicwreckingball » Sat May 27, 2023 5:09 pm

Sol 2023-5-25

Giant resolution images of our Star! Zoomable and comparable at different layers of wavelength on the Sun. Click the link below to see the detail and resolution (around 12K). Captured by myself from Chattanooga TN and then coded onto my website for a true unique look at the different layers of our Star. The more detail I manage to reveal, the more ORGANIC our star looks to me!

Visible in the selectable, zoomable, and interactive images are:

1- The Photosphere at 540nam (green) - processed in green because that is the color visible through a telescope at that wavelength. Captured by my 100mm SkyWatcher Evostar and an Altair Hershel Wedge.

2- The lower level of the Chromosphere at 390nmm, visible in the Calcium K spectrum (purple). Captured with my 80mm Lunt CaK 1800 blocking filter on a Lunt Engineering telescope.

3- The upper level of the Chromsophere at 640nm (orange x 2) and it's inversion to reveal the movement of the filaments of hot plasma. Captured through my Lunt 80mm Hydrogen Double Stack telescope.

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Re: Submissions: 2023 May

Post by ArtOfPix » Sat May 27, 2023 6:59 pm

- NGC6188, Edge Nebula
- Deep sky 762mm LRGBHOO
- Constellation Ara the Altar


Last week I already show you the fighting dragons of Ara, back then I edited an acquired image set at 1500mm focal length. Today I show this wonderful nebula again, but this time with pictures I took via remote telescope in Australia. With a focal length of 762mm you can now see the dragons in all their glory :-) Developed as a LRGBHSO version in blue/orange - I hope you like it! Happy Pentecost weekend to you all!

The colors in NGC 6188 are due to the presence of various chemical elements in the gas, such as hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur. The energetic radiation from the young stars in this beautiful nebula excites these elements and causes them to glow with different colors. This creates an impressive visual spectacle.
NGC 6188, or the Edge Nebula, is a large H-II region in the constellation of Ara, located in the southern hemisphere. It is a vibrant and colorful assemblage of gas and dust, made to glow by intense radiation from young, hot stars. The H-II region is approximately 4,000 light-years from Earth and spans an area of about 200 light-years. It is part of a larger star-forming region that also includes open star cluster NGC 6193. The energetic radiation from the young stars causes the surrounding gas to become ionized, resulting in the characteristic glowing clouds and filaments. A stunning example of how new stars are formed and how gas and dust interact in the Universe. Exploring NGC 6188 and similar H-II regions is helping to deepen our understanding of star formation and galaxy evolution.

Telescope: Takahashi TOA-130, Reducer, 762mm
Camera: FLI 16803 Camera, Astrodon Gen2 E Series Filter, 3nm
Lights: 8xLuminance per 240s, / 8xRed/8xGreen/8xBlue per 240s, / 8xhAlpha/8xSII/8xOIII per 300s Bin1x1
Location: iTelescope.Net at Siding Spring Observatory Australia

Image editing:
Mainly Pixinsight, Photoshop, Lightroom, GraXpert, BTX Blur Terminator, Noise Terminator, Star X Terminator

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Re: Submissions: 2023 May

Post by behyar » Sat May 27, 2023 7:40 pm

NGC4631 The Whale Galaxy ... 1_LRGB.asp
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Post by Kinch » Sun May 28, 2023 5:57 pm

Cascade in the Eastern Veil
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Post by Rafeee » Sun May 28, 2023 6:49 pm

H-alpha sun - Amazing CME
Copyright: Rafael Schmall

At the moment, there is no ... space weather phenomenon worth mentioning. I liked the comment on the page dealing with space weather, meanwhile there is the huge CME which is approx. It flew out of the Sun at 5 million km/h... It could probably have been a more peaceful kind of ejection, but it was still a Solar disturbance.

I think the whole thing was very pleasant with the usual inverted solar disk. I have never seen such an eruptive protuberance, even though I often observe the Sun.

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Exif data: exp: 1,0ms, gain:50, 30sec 10%
Processing: Adobe Photoshop, PIPP, FireCapture

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Post by astrosirius » Sun May 28, 2023 9:00 pm

Trio Galaxies in Virgo Constellation NGC 5363 and NGC 5364 and NGC 5360

NGC 5363 is the elliptical galaxy in the upper-left corner of the image. And NGC 5364 is the spiral galaxy in the lower right. These two galaxies are likely in the early stages of gravitational interaction.

NGC 5360 The small one is a Lenticular Galaxy classified as (S0-Aa) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification.

Telescope: RC16"
Mount: ASA DDM85XL
Reducer: Massimo Riccardi Reducer 0.75x
CMOS: QHY268C (resolution 0.32"/px)
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Post by jarkoh8888 » Mon May 29, 2023 5:32 am

The Winged Helm of Thor - NGC2359

NGC 2359, commonly known as Thor's Helmet, is an emission nebula located in the constellation Canis Major, approximately 15,000 light-years away from Earth. It measures about 30 light years across.

It earned its nickname "Thor's Helmet" due to its resemblance to the legendary headgear worn by the Norse god Thor.

Thor's Helmet is an example of a superbubble, which is a large cavity formed by the combined stellar winds of massive stars and the shockwaves from supernova explosions. The central star responsible for shaping the nebula is a Wolf-Rayet star, a highly evolved, massive, and extremely hot star nearing the end of its life.

The nebula itself is composed of glowing gas and dust, with a distinct bubble-like structure surrounding the central star. The intense stellar winds from the Wolf-Rayet star have created shockwaves that compress the surrounding interstellar material, causing it to glow brightly.

The colors seen in the nebula are the result of different elements present in the gas. Broadband and narrowband data was used to compose this image. Red hues come from ionized hydrogen gas (HII regions), while blue and violet tones come from doubly ionized oxygen (OIII regions). The yellow hues come from ionised sulphur gas (SII regions).

This was taken from my observatory in the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve in South Australia in January and February 2023. About 45 hours of imaging time was required for this image.

Link to uncompressed image: ... 2x3050.jpg
Acquisition Data:
Imaging Site: Swan Reach Imaging Services
Mount: Paramount ME
Lens: Takahashi Mewlon 250 CR, 2500mm@ F10
Camera: ZWO ASI 2600
LRGB: 300:65:65:65 min
HOS: 740:410:910 min
total Integration 45:55 hours
Temp:-10 degrees
Gain: 100
Offset: 50