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astroenthusiast

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  1. It has been pretty much cloudy with occasional rain here in Atlanta, GA for the past week. So, I have decided to start working on building a radio astronomy telescope with a 1.5m dish. My project will not make a dent in the field of radio astronomy, but it should yield some radio observations of the sun during cloudy days and maybe I will figure out in the future how to link several more dishes up to listen to faint DSOs. The image displayed here is of the galaxy NGC 4303 (center), a member of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. NGC 4303 lies 55 million light years away from our planet a
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    This is my work in progress gallery. I'm experimenting and learning how to produce beautiful images, as so many I've see here on Stargazers Lounge.
  3. I hoping to do a much better shot. I'll try the mono grey-scale once the skies clear.
  4. My name is Anthony.
  5. @Tan Zhi Qi Thanks Tan!!
  6. The partial image of the North American Nebula also designated NGC 7000, was captured using 65 sub-frames at 60 second exposures each, with a camera temperature at -24.1C. The processing software used was PixInsight, Adobe photoshop. The North American Nebula lies at 1,500 light years away from our planet and is in the constellation Cygnus, close to the star Deneb.
  7. @Tan Zhi Qi Thank you so much for the likes Tan!!!!
  8. The images of the Bode & Cigar Galaxies were captured using 200 sub-frames at 30 second exposures each. The astrophotography processing software used was PixInsight and Adobe photoshop for stacking and processing the final image. The amateur astrophotography equipment used, an APO Triplet 6.5” refractor at F/7. The camera used, an ASI2600 CMOS OSC.
  9. The Cigar Galaxy, Messier 82 was captured using 30 sub-frames at 30 second exposures each. The astrophotography software used to process the image was PixInsight and Adobe photoshop
  10. There is no comparison to the amount spectacular details the Hubble space telescope presents to us humans back here on Earth. I appreciate the beauty of Messier 82, the Cigar Galaxy. There is quite a bit of star formation going on in M82, according to NASA. I dream of one day the opportunity to visit the Cigar galaxy, but unless someone has a warp drive-bubble starship (Alcubierre drive) parked in Earth orbit, guess we will have to just enjoy images from NASA, and us amateur astrophotographer’s. The image was captured using 81 subframes at 60 second exposures each. The image was ta
  11. The image of Messier 81, the Bode Galaxy discovered by German astronomer Johann Elert Bode in 1774. M81 is in the constellation Ursa Major and lies at 11.6 million light years from our planet. Stargazers using small telescopes or binoculars should catch a slight dim patch of light, depending on the location and light pollution (Bortle scale) in the skies. Try using the averted vision trick, when viewing through binoculars or a small telescope. The image was taken using 50 subframes at 60 second exposures each, with a camera temperature of -20.5C. The amateur astronomical equipment us
  12. The Eyes Galaxies, located in the Virgo Cluster, with a distance between 50 – 52 million light years away. NGC 4438 & NGC 4435 are 100,000 light years apart, with an apparent magnitude of 10. The image was captured using 88 sub-frames at 60 second exposures each. The equipment used, an Explore Scientific ED165 mm F/7 FPL-53 APO Triplet refractor and ZWO ASI2600 CMOS one-shot color camera (OSC), along with a Baader Moon & Sky-Glow filter. There are multiple galaxies identified in the image, others were to faint to make out.
  13. The galaxies, NGC 4438 (center upper left) and NGC 4435 (center lower right), also known as the Eyes Galaxies are in the Virgo Cluster and lie at 50 million light years away from our planet. The distance between the two galaxies is 100,000 light years. There are multiple galaxies present, for one, Messier 86 (bottom center) the elliptical galaxy. The image was captured using 88 sub-frames at 60 second exposures each. The amateur astronomical equipment used: ES ED165 mm APO F/7 refractor, ASI2600 CMOS one-shot color camera (OSC) and Baader Moon & Sky-Glow filter.
  14. NGC 6503 - A wider field of view, image captured. There were 142 sub-frames used to capture the image of NGC 6503, with a camera gain of 230, cooled to -21.2C. The telescope used, Explore Scientific ED 6.5" APO triplet refractor at F/7 and a CMOS one-shot color (OSC) camera.
  15. The dwarf galaxy NGC 6503, according to NASA lies 18 million light years away in what appears to be an empty patch of galactic space, referred to as the Local Void. The lone dwarf galaxy sits by itself at the edge of the Local Void, in the constellation Draco. There were 142 sub-frames used to capture the image of NGC 6503, with a camera gain of 230, cooled to -21.2C. The telescope used, Explore Scientific ED 6.5" APO triplet refractor at F/7 and a CMOS one-shot color (OSC) camera. The information obtained from: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, 06/10/2015, https://lnkd.in/e7MhH8q I
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