Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net: Blog http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog en-us All website contents are copyright (C) by Panagiotis Xipteras unless otherwise noticed astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Sat, 01 Jul 2017 19:28:00 GMT Sat, 01 Jul 2017 19:28:00 GMT http://dark.astrodigital.net/img/s7/v162/u449732640-o176239222-50.jpg Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net: Blog http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog 120 119 Ced214 in Cepheus http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2017/7/ced214-in-cepheus Ced214 in CepheusCed214 in CepheusTelevue NP127is, QSI683ws8, AstroDon 5nm filters, Takahashi NJP/JPZ mount.
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Exposure: Hα=5x600s, RGB=3x300s each channel.

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Cepheus nebula http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2017/7/ced214-in-cepheus Sat, 01 Jul 2017 19:27:13 GMT
The Cygnus Wall http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2017/6/the-cygnus-wall The Cygnus WallThe Cygnus WallNP127is 660mm, f/5.2, QSI683ws8, Astrodon 5nm filter, NJP-JPZ, Palette: Ha=4x600s, OIII=4x600s, GREEN(artificial made from Ha and OIII), S2=Ha, Ha=Green, O3=O3

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Cygnus nebula http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2017/6/the-cygnus-wall Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:55:38 GMT
NGC6939 & NGC6946 w/ supernova SN2017eaw in Cepheus http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2017/5/ngc6939-ngc6946-w/-supernova-sn2017eaw-in-cepheus A supernova in a distant galaxyA supernova in a distant galaxyThe supernova SN2017eaw in the galaxy NGC6946 on May 20th, 2017.
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Image: Televue NP127is, QSI683ws8, NJP/JPZ, (LPS)RGB, LPS:10x300s, RGB:300s each channel

 

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Cepheus NGC6939 NGC6946 SN2017eaw supernova http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2017/5/ngc6939-ngc6946-w/-supernova-sn2017eaw-in-cepheus Mon, 22 May 2017 19:54:56 GMT
A globular cluster embedded in a sea of stars - Messier 56 http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/7/a-globular-cluster-embedded-in-a-sea-of-stars---messier-56 M56 ( (L=RGB)-R-G-B)M56 ( (L=RGB)-R-G-B)NP127is, QSI683ws8, AstroDon

Image: Messier 56, RGB-R-G-B exposure, 5min. each channel, 660mm (f/5.2), KAF8300 CCD, (c) Panagiotis Xipteras

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/7/a-globular-cluster-embedded-in-a-sea-of-stars---messier-56 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:19:04 GMT
The Spider Nebula - IC417 Aurigae http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/4/the-spider-nebula---ic417-aurigae IC417 Aurigae - The SpiderIC417 Aurigae - The SpiderSII, H-alpha, OIII = 3x10min each, NP127is, QSI-683ws8, 660mm, f/5.2

Image 1: The Spider of Auriga - IC417 (SII,Hα,OIII composite)

IC417 Aurigae (Hα-OIII)IC417 Aurigae (Hα-OIII)BiColor image Hα, OIII = 3x10min each, NP127is, QSI-683ws8, 660mm, f/5.2 Image 2: The Spider of Auriga - IC417 (Hα,OIII composite)

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Auriga IC417 nebula http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/4/the-spider-nebula---ic417-aurigae Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:20:02 GMT
Galaxies in Leo - Messier 95, 96, 105 and friends http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/3/galaxies-in-leo---messier-95-96-105-and-friends M95, M96 and M105 in LeoM95, M96 and M105 in LeoThe galaxies M95 M96 M105 NGC3371 NGC3373 in Leo

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Galaxy Leo Messier NGC http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/3/galaxies-in-leo---messier-95-96-105-and-friends Sat, 05 Mar 2016 18:35:34 GMT
NGC5850 & Co. in Virgo http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/2/the-neighborhood-of-ngc5850-in-virgo NGC5850 and FriendsNGC5850 and FriendsFaint galaxies in the Virgo constellation.
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Exposure: Lum (through IDAS LPS P2)=7x300s, RGB=2x300s each.
Equipment: TeleVue NP127is (f/5.2), QSI683ws8, NJP-JPZ, Starlight Lodestar on FS-60C.

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Galaxy NGC Virgo http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/2/the-neighborhood-of-ngc5850-in-virgo Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:58:02 GMT
Messier 74 - The Phantom Galaxy in Pisces http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/2/messier-74---the-phantom-galaxy-in-pisces Messier 74 - The PhantomMessier 74 - The PhantomThe Phantom Galaxy M74.
Data: NP127is, QSI683ws8, LPS-RGB less than 1 hour total exposure time from the backyard.
Image: Messier 74 - The Phantom Galaxy in Pisces

Messier 74 is a face-on spiral galaxy in Pisces, 32 million light years away. It hosts 100 billion stars.

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Messier Pisces galaxy http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/2/messier-74---the-phantom-galaxy-in-pisces Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:17:25 GMT
Galaxies in Leo - NGC2903/2916 http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/1/galaxies-in-leo---ngc2903/2916 NGC2903/2916 - Galaxies in LeoNGC2903/2916 - Galaxies in LeoTOA130, QHY8L, 3x15 min, IDAS-LPS-P2, JPZ.
More info at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC_2903
Image: Ancient light from the Leo constellation

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Leo galaxy http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2016/1/galaxies-in-leo---ngc2903/2916 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:53:54 GMT
A Magnificent Sunset on Christmas Day http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/12/a-magnificent-sunset-on-christmas-day Sunset Christmas 2015Sunset Christmas 2015Nikon d7100, Zeiss Distagon 25mm f/2.8, freehand Image: An unforgetable sunset on Christmas day

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) sunset http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/12/a-magnificent-sunset-on-christmas-day Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:08:13 GMT
Catalina C/2013 US10 http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/12/catalina-c/2013-us10 Catalina C/2013 US10Catalina C/2013 US10The comet Catalina C/2013 US10 in Virgo.
20.12.2015 03:55 MET
Image: The comet Catalina C/2013 US10 in Virgo on Dec. 20th, 2015 at 03:55 MET

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) C/2013US10 Catalina Comet Virgo http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/12/catalina-c/2013-us10 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:31:40 GMT
The Wild Duck Star Cluster - M11 Sct http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/12/the-wild-duck-star-cluster---m11-sct The Wild Duck Cluster - Messier 11The Wild Duck Cluster - Messier 11

Image: Inside the Galactic Plane - The Wild Duck Star Cluster - M11 Sct

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) M11 Messier 11 Scutum http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/12/the-wild-duck-star-cluster---m11-sct Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:06:52 GMT
The Magic Stars of Messier39 in Cygnus http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/12/the-magic-stars-of-messier39-in-cygnus M39 CygniM39 CygniDESCRIPTION:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_39

TECHNICAL NOTES:
This is a single 142 seconds exposure with an unmodified Nikon d3100 DSLR camera at ISO400. It has been taken under light pollution WITHOUT any LPS filter. Note the wonderful star colors in the field.

EQUIPMENT:
Telescope: 385mm (f/3.65)
Guider: SBIG ST7XME on a 355mm (f/6) scope.
Mount: JPZ
Software: Aperture v3.1.2 (Mac). Only histogram adaptions has been one in the NEF (raw) file.
Image: Messier 39 in Cygnus

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Cygnus Open Cluster http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/12/the-magic-stars-of-messier39-in-cygnus Fri, 04 Dec 2015 18:00:25 GMT
The Pleiades http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/11/the-pleiades The PleiadesThe Pleiades Image: The Seven Sisters (Messier 45)

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Pleiades star cluster stars http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/11/the-pleiades Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:45:00 GMT
The Tadpole Nebula - NGC1893 & IC410 in Auriga http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/11/the-tadpole-nebula---ngc1893-ic410-in-auriga IC410 in AurigaIC410 in AurigaHa:4x600s, RGB:300s each, NP127is, QSI683 Image 1: IC410 (HαRGB, NP127is, JPZ, QSI683, Astrodon E series)

IC410 in AurigaIC410 in AurigaPure RGB series 5x1200s median at low attitude 5-36 degrees, QHY8L, IDAS LPS P2, NP127is, good atmospheric conditions Image 2: IC410 (RGB, NP127is, JPZ, QHY8L, IDAS LPS P2)

2010 NOV: Narrowband photography on NGC18932010 NOV: Narrowband photography on NGC1893

Image 3: IC410 (HαRGB, FS-102, G11, ST7 XME, Baader filters)

 

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Auriga IC NGC Nebula http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/11/the-tadpole-nebula---ngc1893-ic410-in-auriga Sat, 07 Nov 2015 21:12:22 GMT
The Ring Nebula http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/11/the-ring-nebula The Ring Nebula in LyraThe Ring Nebula in LyraThis is a planetary nebula in the Lyra constellation. The dying star is visible in the centre of the ring (see also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_Nebula)

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) messier nebula planetary nebula http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/11/the-ring-nebula Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:09:19 GMT
The Pinwheel Galaxy in Ursa Major (M101) http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/10/the-pinwheel-galaxy-in-ursa-major-m101 The Pinwheel GalaxyThe Pinwheel GalaxyPinwheel Galaxy (also known as Messier 101 or NGC 5457)
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Equipment: QHY8L on TOA130 750mm (f/5.8)

"The Pinwheel Galaxy (also known as Messier 101 or NGC 5457) is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major." [Source: Wikipedia]

More Info at:
http://messier.seds.org
http://en.wikipedia.org
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Exposure data: QHY8L, TOA130, f/5.4, total of 7 exposures with 15min each, photos stacked via SigmaClip in MaximDL, Crop

 

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) M101 Ursa Major galaxy http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/10/the-pinwheel-galaxy-in-ursa-major-m101 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:37:31 GMT
Red Moon & Stars - Super Moon Eclipse 28.9.2015 http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/9/red-moon-stars---super-moon-eclipse-28-9-2015 Red Super Moon Sept.28th, 2015Red Super Moon Sept.28th, 2015Super Moon Eclipse Sept. 28th, 2015
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Equipment: Nikon D3100, Televue 76 with TV compressor (380mm, f/5), Vixen GP (green)
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(c) Panagiotis Xipteras, Germany
Image 1:  Super Moon Eclipse 2015. That was the view through the eyepiece. No kidding.

The equipmentThe equipment

Image 2: Televue 76 (f/5), Nikon d3100 DSLR, GP mount on a Gitzo GT3532S tripod.

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) Moon Moon Eclipse Nikon Televue76 http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/9/red-moon-stars---super-moon-eclipse-28-9-2015 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:43:14 GMT
Double Stars of the Northern Sky http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/9/double-stars Topas and Saphir - Albiero CygnusTopas and Saphir - Albiero CygnusTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount Mesarthim in AriesMesarthim in AriesTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount Polaris, the North StarPolaris, the North StarTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount Gamma AndromedaGamma AndromedaTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount Epsilon PerseiEpsilon PerseiTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount Castor in GeminiCastor in GeminiTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount Zeta PSc in PiscesZeta PSc in PiscesTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount Struve 485 in CamelopardalisStruve 485 in CamelopardalisTelescope: Takahashi Mewlon 210 (f/11.5), Camera: TIS DBK21, Exposure: Video stream, Mount: Takahashi JPZ Mizar in Ursa MajorMizar in Ursa MajorTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount 65PSc in Pisces65PSc in PiscesTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount 6Tri in Triangulum6Tri in TriangulumTelescope:TAL-2M, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: less than 5 seconds, Photography: afocal with 20mm TS eyepiece, Mount: TAL mount   

 

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) DoubleStars Stars http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/9/double-stars Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:18:58 GMT
Stars and Galaxies in Leo http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/8/messier-95-m96-m105-ngc3371-ngc3373 Messier 95, M96, M105, NGC3371, NGC3373Messier 95, M96, M105, NGC3371, NGC3373Quick shot of M95, NP127is, Lodestar, FS60C, QSI683ws8, R=3x300s, B=2x300s, G=3x300s, L=2x600s Image 1: Messier 95, M96, M105, NGC3371, NGC3373 in the Leo constellation

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astropana@astrodigital.net (Amazing skies are dark.astrodigital.net) M105 M95 M96 Messier NGC3371 NGC3373 galaxy http://dark.astrodigital.net/blog/2015/8/messier-95-m96-m105-ngc3371-ngc3373 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:04:21 GMT