Messier 81 & 82, with surrounding IFN

This is M81 & M82, also known as Bode’s and the Cigar Galaxy. This is a pair of beautiful galaxies in Ursa Major. Also in this image, is NGC3077. This is my longest image to date. I spent most of the time with the luminance filter. I was trying to capture the IFN that’s surrounding the region in the sky.

This group of galaxies is the closest galaxy group to our own very local group of galaxies which include the Milky Way

This was a total of 43 hours and 4 minutes of exposure time.

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IC63 (The Ghost of Cassiopeia)

IC63 Ghost of CassiopeiaJust in time for halloween. This is IC63 The Ghost of Cassiopeia. IC63 is 500 light-years away. The highly bright star Gamma Cassiopeia’s interaction with the nebula is slowly eroding the structure out.

This image was my second attempt at this target and I hope to try this again in the future to get more detail.

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Messier 31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) is the galaxy closest to us. This is a very bright object which can be observed with our naked eye.

This is my third attempt at our closest neighbor. I took this while I was at Cherry Springs State Park for the Black Forest Star Party.

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IC1396 (The Elephant Trunk Nebula)

IC1396, also known as The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, is a region full of installer gas and dust. Elephant’s Trunk Nebula is a star-forming region with several young stars.

This was my first attempt at a Hubble Palette false-color image. It’s not exactly a perfect representation of an SHO image, but I’m quite happy with how this came out.

I did not do a write-up on this target yet, but I will do it soon. This is my third attempt with this target, the previous attempts are documented below

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NGC 6888 (The Crescent Nebula)

NGC6888 Crescent Nebula This is NGC 6888 also known as the Crescent Nebula. I do not understand the name at all. Some people call i the Horseshoe Crab Nebula or Euro Sign nebula. I like the name Space Brain Nebula.

This was my first narrowband image. I processed it using an HOO Palette. I’m quite proud of the results I was able to achieve with this. I had originally planned on getting some RGB data for star colors, but time and the weather worked against me.

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