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M13 (Great Cluster in Hercules)   [obsolete]

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Image Details:

Camera: Mofidied Canon Digital Rebel (300D): Hutech (no filter)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Negative Projection (Barlowed)
Additional Optics: TeleVue 2x Barlow
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 2250mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/11.1
Exposure: 30 x 1min @ ISO 1600
Total Exposure: 0hrs, 30min
Date: 6/4/2005 10:34:53 PM PDT (start)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: Manual
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, Flat field, Best frame selection, Registration, Gradient removal
  • JimP: Kappa-Sigma stacking, White balance, ASINH stretching
  • Photoshop: Levels, cropping, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is the Great Cluster in Hercules, aka M13, a showcase globular cluster for stargazers in the Northern Hemishpere. This was taken on the same night and with the same lousy conditions as this M57 image. See that writeup for more details on the conditions and the processing.

For this image, I used fellow Saratogan Rich S.'s modified 300D (Thanks Rich!), though the modified camera probably didn't make much of a difference with this particular object. Check out my previous attempt at M13 for a comparison. This is the full frame, shrunk for display on the web. The full-resolution image is also available. North is up.

 
NGC 7331 (Deer Lick Group and Stephan's Quintet)
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NGC 7331 (Deer Lick Group and Stephan's Quintet)

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Image Details:

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: Celestron/Baader Multi Purpose Coma Corrector (MPCC)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 1000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5
Exposure: 15 x 8min @ ISO 400
Total Exposure: 2hrs, 0min
Date: 9/22/2004, ~12:40am PDT (start)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: Manual
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, flat field, registration, normalized Kappa-Sigma stacking, background fit, cropping
  • Photoshop: Levels, image size, cropping, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is a rich field of galaxies in the constellation of Pegasus. The two major groupings are the Deer Lick Group, in the upper-left, and Stephan's Quintet in the lower-right. NGC 7331 is the largest and most obvious galaxy in this picture, and is the "showcase piece" in the Deer Lick Group. The tracking seemed a bit better in the frames of this image versus previous ones, perhaps due to the insertion of the barlow lens in the guide scope, doubling its effective focal length. This is a composite crop of both galaxy groups at roughly 75% size. A full-resolution image is also available. North is up.

 
M3 (Globular Cluster)
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M3 (Globular Cluster)   [obsolete]

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Image Details:

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Negative Projection (Barlowed)
Additional Optics: Celestron/Baader Multi Purpose Coma Corrector (MPCC)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 2250mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/11.1
Exposure: 12 x 2min @ ISO 800
Total Exposure: 0hrs, 24min
Date: 6/1/2005 10:40:31 PM PDT (start)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: Manual
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, Flat field, Best frame selection, Registration, Gradient removal, Richardson-Lucy deconvolution, LRGB computation, ASINH stretching
  • JimP: RGB to Luminance conversion (NTSC weighting), Kappa-Sigma stacking, White balance
  • Photoshop: Levels, cropping, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is M3, a Globular Cluster in the constellation of Canes Venatici. This was taken on a night of better seeing and less wind than the night of my M13 image. Even though most of the frames showed tracking and flexure problems, the 12 that remained gave a nice stack, and Richardson-Lucy deconvolution tightened it up a bit further. This is the full frame, shrunk for display on the web. The full-resolution image is also available. North is up.

 
NGC 5044 (Galaxy Group)
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NGC 5044 (Galaxy Group)

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Image Details:

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: Celestron/Baader Multi Purpose Coma Corrector (MPCC)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 1000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5
Exposure: 18 x 4min @ ISO 800
Total Exposure: 1hrs, 12min
Date: 5/31/2005 10:35:43 PM PDT (start)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: Manual
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, registration, gradient removal
  • JimP: Flat field, Kappa-Sigma Stacking, White balance, ASINH stretching
  • Neat Image: Noise reduction
  • Photoshop: Levels, cropping, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is the not-so-cleverly named NGC 5044 Galaxy Group in the constellation of Virgo, significantly South and a bit East of Markarian's Chain, also in Virgo. The large spiral in the lower left is NGC 5054, which may or may not be associated with the rest of the galaxies in this group. The image above is a 50% scaled version of the original, cropped for display on the web. The full size image is also available. North is up.