PELICAN NEBULA

With the improving weather I was able to finish this off. The benefits of longer exposures are starting to pay off. The image is a stacked composite of 90 five minute narrow band exposures taken through the Astro Physics 130MM Starfire refractor for a total exposure time of 7.5 hours. It was processed in Maxim DL and Photoshop.

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Panstaars C/2012 K1 (Update)

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Panstaars C/2012 K1 (Update)

This is the latest photo of this comet. It was imaged using a Hyperstar lens at F2 on a Celestron C11 Edge HD with a Starlight Xpress H9C color camera. The best of 90 images were stacked using Maxim DL and then the image was processed further in Photoshop CS6. The individual exposures ranged between 30 and 300 seconds.

The Outer Limits Galaxy – M104

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Otherwise known as the Sombrero Galaxy or Messier 104, a black and white photo of this galaxy was shown in the ending credits of each episode of the original version of “The Outer Limits.” It is fitting that the Sombrero Galaxy is the first deep space object taken from the Astro La Vista Observatory given its Southwestern theme. Hanging down from the Western tip there is a 10th magnitude star that the author of “Deep Sky Wonders” describes as a bauble. An interesting tidbit is that this Galaxy has a luminosity of 210 Billion Suns and is 16 times the brightness of the Milky Way. It doesn’t appear that the Universe will be running out of energy any time soon. This was taken with the 11 inch Celestron Edge HD at f/7 along with the QSI camera with RGB filters. It is a composite of approximately 20 stacked images with exposure times running between 60 seconds and 200 seconds.

I believe this is a fairly close replication of the photo that was taken for “The Messier Album” by John Mallas. Evered Kreimer took many of the photos for that book with a 12.5 inch f/7 Cave reflector from a location in Prescott, AZ where the Astro La Vista Observatory is located. I changed two things. I added a slight amount of color and I inverted the photo because I liked it better that way. 🙂