Monthly Archives: November 2014

California Nebula

30 ноября


The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the US State of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually. It can be observed with a Hβ filter (isolates the Hβ line at 486 nm) in a rich-field telescope under dark skies.[1] It lies at a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth. Its fluorescence is due to excitation of the Hβ line in the nebula by the nearby prodigiously energetic O7 star, xi Persei (also known as Menkib, seen at center below it in the inset at right).

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ 106 ED

Imaging cameras: ATIK 460 EX Mono
Mounts: Takahashi EM 200 Temma 2
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FS 60 CB
Guiding cameras: QHY CCD QHY5-II
Software: Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight , Main Sequence Software Sequence Generator Pro, PHD 2
Accessories: Atik EFW2, Technical Innovations RoboFocus
Resolution: 2670×2120
Dates: Oct. 30, 2014, Oct. 31, 2014
Locations: La Azohia
Frames: Astronomik Ha 12nm 2″: 16×600″ bin 1×1
Integration: 2.7 hours
Avg. Moon age: 6.72 days
Avg. Moon phase: 43.03%

Аuthor: Kinch

Аstrophotography of the day of  SPONLI, 30.11.2014

Rosette Nebula

29 ноября


The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is a large, circular H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster NGC 2244 (Caldwell 50) is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula’s matter.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: TS OPTICS APO65Q 65mm F/6,5 Quadruplet Astrograph
Imaging cameras: Canon DSLR 1000(d) modifiziert
Mounts: CGEM
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Beroflex 67/400 mm
Guiding cameras: ASTROLUMINA ALCCD5
Resolution: 3906×2602
Dates: Dec. 11, 2013
Locations: Terassensternwarte
Frames: 17×420″
Integration: 2.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 8.75 days
Avg. Moon phase: 64.36%
RA center: 97.992 degrees
DEC center: 4.909 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.779 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -178.574 degrees
Field radius: 1.812 degrees

Аuthor: Wolfi2055

Аstrogotography of the day of SPONLI. 29.11.2014

Sun online and solar activity 27.11.2014


INFO FROM SIDC – RWC BELGIUM 2014 Nov 27 12:54:59 NOAA 2222 developed close to the southeast limb and is actively flaring. It was responsible for at least 10 C-class flares, including a C8.2 flare peaking at 00:47UT which was the strongest event of the observing period. Departing region NOAA 2209 was the only other region to produce a C-class flare. The other regions were quiet, with NOAA 2219 having some mixed polarities. The x-ray background flux increased from about B9 to nearly C2. A filament eruption was observed in the NW quadrant around 16:00UT on 26 November. A slow CME first observed in LASCO/C2 at 17:36 may have been associated to it. The other filaments were quiet. None of the observed CMEs are directed to Earth. Low-level M-class flares are possible. A sector boundary crossing (SBC) occurred around 03:00UT. IMF turned towards the Sun. Solar wind speed gradually increased from about 300 to 400 km/s. Bz varied between -7 and +9 nT, but was mostly positive after the SBC. The geomagnetic field was quiet. Geomagnetic conditions are expected to be quiet to unsettled, with an isolated active period not excluded.

Triangulum Galaxy



28 ноября


The Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light-years (ly) from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. It is catalogued as Messier 33 or NGC 598, and is sometimes informally referred to as the Pinwheel Galaxy, a nickname it shares withMessier 101. The Triangulum Galaxy is the third-largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, which includes the Milky Way, theAndromeda Galaxy and about 44 other smaller galaxies. It is one of the most distant permanent objects that can be viewed with thenaked eye.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi Epsilon 160
Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY22
Mounts: Losmandy G-11
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher ST80 Guidescope
Guiding cameras: The Imaging Source DBK21AF04
Software: Gemini ASCOM, PixInsight, Stark Labs PHD GUIDING, Nebulosity 3
Filters: Omega Optical B, Omega Optical OIII, Omega Optical Ha
Resolution: 2628×1968
Dates: Oct. 22, 2014, Oct. 23, 2014, Oct. 24, 2014
Locations: VT Home
Omega Optical B: 21×300″ -30C bin 1×1
Omega Optical Ha: 27×300″ -30C bin 1×1
Omega Optical OIII: 21×300″ -30C bin 1×1
Integration: 5.8 hours
Darks: ~15
Flats: ~15
Bias: ~15
Avg. Moon age: 18.82 days
Avg. Moon phase: 1.52%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00
RA center: 23.460 degrees
DEC center: 30.669 degrees
Orientation: 110.131 degrees
Field radius: 0.798 degrees

Аutor: Valts Treibergs

Аstrofotografía del día de  SPONLI, 28.11.2014

Sun online and solar activity 26.11.2014


INFO FROM SIDC – RWC BELGIUM 2014 Nov 26 12:25:23 Four C-class flare were observed, with NOAA 2217 producing the strongest event of the period (C2.9 peaking at 06:17UT). Slowly developing region NOAA 2219 and a new, currently unnumbered, region near the east limb merit some attention, as they were the sources of the other C-class flares. Numerous, but quiet, filaments are present on the solar disk, with the longest measuring 40 degrees and located in the NE quadrant. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed. Further C-class flaring is expected, with a small chance on an isolated M-class flare. Solar wind speed declined from about 400 to 320 km/s. Bz was mostly negative and varied between -6 and +4 nT. The IMF is directed away from the Sun. The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled (K<4), and is expected to remain so. Effects from an expected Sector Boundary Crossing and the possible high speed stream from the extension of a coronal hole may result in an isolated active period on 27-28 November.

The North America Nebula

27 ноября

The North America Nebula (27 ноября or Caldwell 20) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, close to Deneb (the tail of the swan and its brightest star). The remarkable shape of the nebula resembles that of the continent of North America, complete with a prominent Gulf of Mexico. It is sometimes incorrectly called the “North American Nebula”.

Technical card
Imaging telescopes or lenses: Tecnosky Apo triplet 80/480
Imaging cameras: Canon EOS450D
Mounts: Skywatcher NEQ6 PRO
Guiding telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher 70/500
Guiding cameras: QHY5 II
Focal reducers: TecnoSky Spianatore/riduttore 0,8x
Software: PixInsight 1.8, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Photoshop CS5
Filters: Hutech IDAS 2″ LPS D1
Resolution: 4290×2856
Dates: Oct. 17, 2014
Locations: Germignaga
Frames: 45×300″
Integration: 3.8 hours
Avg. Moon age: 23.21 days
Avg. Moon phase: 38.75%
RA center: 314.265 degrees
DEC center: 44.059 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.804 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -179.373 degrees
Field radius: 2.007 degrees

Аuthor: Andrea Pistocchini

Astrofotography of the day of  SPONLI, 27.11.2014

Sun online and solar activity 25.11.2014


INFO FROM SIDC – RWC BELGIUM 2014 Nov 25 12:24:52

Three C-class flares were observed, all originating from NOAA 2217. The
strongest was a C2.8 flare peaking at 18:09UT (24 November). The other five
sunspot regions were quiet. No Earth directed CMEs were observed.

More C-class flares are expected, with a small chance on an isolated
M-class flare.

Solar wind was at nominal values, with wind speed mostly between 350 and
400 km/s, and Bz between -6 and +4 nT. The IMF is directed away from the
Sun. The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled (K<4), and is expected to
remain so.

Andromeda Galaxy

26 ноября


The Andromeda Galaxy /ænˈdrɒmɨdə/ is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years (2.4×1019 km) from Earth[4] in theAndromeda constellation. Also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224, it is often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts. The Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, but not the nearest galaxy overall. It gets its name from the area of the sky in which it appears, the constellation of Andromeda, which was named after the mythological princessAndromeda. The Andromeda Galaxy is the largest galaxy of the Local Group, which also contains the Milky Way, the Triangulum Galaxy, and about 44 other smaller galaxies.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific ES102ED Explore Scientific
Imaging cameras: Canon 650D Canon DSLR
Mounts: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan Skywatcher
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope Orion Mini 50mm guidescope
Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider Orion
Software: AstroTortilla, Astro Photography Tool – APT APT, Carte Du Ciel, Photoshop CS 6 PS CS6, PHD2 Guiding PHD
Resolution: 5208×3476
Dates: Oct. 25, 2014
Locations: Ranskill Observatory
Frames: 10×300″
Integration: 0.8 hours
Avg. Moon age: 1.06 days
Avg. Moon phase: 1.26%
RA center: 10.674 degrees
DEC center: 41.246 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.260 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -111.657 degrees
Field radius: 1.096 degrees

Аuthor:Julian Matthews

Аstrophotography of the day of  SPONLI, 26.11.2014

Sun online and solar activity 24.11.2014


INFO FROM SIDC – RWC BELGIUM 2014 Nov 24 12:16:19

Five low-level C-class flares were observed over the last 24 hours. The largest was a C4.1 peaking at 11:04UT in NOAA 2217, which was also the source of 3 other C2 flares. One of these peaked on 23 November at 16:14UT and was associated to a non-Earth directed CME, first visible in LASCO at 16:24UT. NOAA 2216 produced the remaining C2 flare. The other regions were quiet, with NOAA 2209 still maintaining a weak delta spot in its trailing portion. More C-class flares are expected, with a chance on an isolated M-class flare. The IMF is directed away from the Sun, with Bz varying between -7 and +4 nT. Solar wind speed varied between 470 and 360 km/s and is currently near 400 km/s. The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled (K<3), and is expected to remain so, with an isolated active period possible.

Messier 10

25 ноября


Messier 10 or M10 (also designated NGC 6254) is a globular cluster of stars in the equatorial constellation of Ophiuchus. The object was discovered by the French astronomer Charles Messier on May 29, 1764, who cataloged it as number 10 in his catalogue and described it as a “nebula without stars”. In 1774, German astronomer Johann Elert Bode likewise called it a “nebulous patch without stars; very pale”. Using larger instrumentation, German-born astronomer William Herschel was able to resolve the cluster into its individual members. He described it as a “beautiful cluster of extremely compressed stars”. William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse thought he could distinguish a dark lane through part of the cluster. The first to estimate the distance to the cluster was Harlow Shapley, although his derivation of 33,000 light years was much further than the modern value.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: SharpStar 107 PH, TSAPO65Q
Imaging cameras: Atik 460EX
Mounts: Sky-Watcher EQ6 Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Tecnosky Telescopio guida 60/228mm
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar
Focal reducers: SHARPSTAR Flattener 2″
Software: PHD guiding, Maxim DL, photoshop, Auriga Imaging RegiStar
Resolution: 1800×1440
Dates: Aug. 11, 2013, Aug. 16, 2014
Locations: Casa Suoceri in Calabria
HUTECH IDAS LPS P2: 6×300″ -6C bin 1×1
ZWO LRGB: 6×300″ -8C bin 1×1
Integration: 1.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 12.25 days
Avg. Moon phase: 41.00%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 3.00
RA center: 254.293 degrees
DEC center: -4.094 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.041 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -86.649 degrees
Field radius: 0.653 degrees

Аuthor: Rino

Astrophotography of the day of SPONLI, 25.11.2014