Cigar Galaxy, Messier 82, NGC 3034

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Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It is about five times more luminous than the whole Milky Way and one hundred times more luminous than our galaxy’s center. The starburst activity is thought to be triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81, and M82 is a member of the M81 Group. As the closest starburst galaxy to our own, M82 is the prototypical example of this type of galaxy. SN 2014J, a Type Ia supernova, was observed in the galaxy on 21 January 2014,  see 2014 supernova. In 2014, in studying M82, scientists discovered the brightest pulsar yet known, designated M82 X-2.

Imaging cameras: Canon Hutech Modified 6D
Mounts: Astro-Physics AP 1600
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Software: PixInsight,  Adobe Photoshop CC (64 Bit),  PHD2 Guiding
Accessories: Innovations Foresight On-axis guider XT
Resolution: 4336×2936
Dates: April 15, 2015
Frames: 49×600″
Integration: 8.2 hours
Avg. Moon age: 25.22 days
Avg. Moon phase: 19.64%
RA center: 148.978 degrees
DEC center: 69.682 degrees
Orientation: -136.916 degrees
Field radius: 0.252 degrees
Locations: Hangar Observatory at Bend Airport, Bend, Oregon, None
Author: John Hayes

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Spiral galaxy Messier 106, NGC 4258

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Messier 106 (also known as NGC 4258) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. It is also a Seyfert II galaxy. Due to x-rays and unusual emission lines detected, it is suspected that part of the galaxy is falling into a supermassive black hole in the center. NGC 4217 is a possible companion galaxy of Messier 106.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Gso RC 10″ GSO
Imaging cameras: FLI MicroLine 8300 CCD-camera FLI
Mounts: Astro-Physics Mach1AP GTO with GTOCP3
Guiding telescopes or lenses: 90mm Guidescope Guidescope
Focal reducers: Astro Physics CDDT67
Software: Photoshop CS 6 Photoshop CS6, Pixinsight 1.8
Filters: Baader 2″ Green,  Baader 2″ Blue, Baader 2″ Red,  Baader 2″ Lum
Accessories: Starlight Xpress lodestar 2
Resolution: 3084×2058
Dates: April 20, 2015
Frames:
Baader 2″ Blue: 10×300″ -35C bin 2×2
Baader 2″ Green: 9×300″ -35C bin 2×2
Baader 2″ Lum: 14×600″ -35C bin 1×1
Baader 2″ Red: 10×300″ -35C bin 2×2
Integration: 4.8 hours
Avg. Moon age: 1.37 days
Avg. Moon phase: 2.09%
RA center: 184.756 degrees
DEC center: 47.297 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.767 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -5.667 degrees
Field radius: 0.395 degrees
Locations: Home Observatory, Home, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Author: Patrick (Paddy) Gilliland

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NGC 4631, Whale Galaxy

27.04

NGC 4631 (also known as the Whale Galaxy or Caldwell 32) is an edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. This galaxy’s slightly distorted wedge shape gives it the appearance of a herring or a whale, whence its nickname. Because this nearby galaxy is seen edge-on from Earth, professional astronomers observe this galaxy to better understand the gas and stars located outside the plane of the galaxy.
Observation Notes : Very bright, very large, very much elongated 6 X 1 in PA 90, bright middle. At 100X this very mottled galaxy is a rather bizarre shape that members of the Saguaro Astronomy Club call “The Slug”. Discovered in 1787 by William Herschel.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C11 Celestron
Imaging cameras: 40D Canon
Mounts: CGEM Celestron
Guiding telescopes or lenses: 80mm EON Orion
Guiding cameras: Orion Star Shooter
Focal reducers: 6.3 reducer Celestron
Software: Deep Sky Stacker,  photoshop, Noel’s Tools,  5.00 Images Plus
Resolution: 800×520
Dates: May 8, 2011
Frames: 23×120″
Integration: 0.8 hours
Avg. Moon age: 4.48 days
Avg. Moon phase: 21.07%
RA center: 190.566 degrees
DEC center: 32.495 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.941 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 119.413 degrees
Field radius: 0.390 degrees
Locations: Leesburg home, Leesburg , Florida, United States
Author: AlBroxton

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Light Pillars and Airplanes

26.04

A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical column of light which appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect, sometimes also called the crystal beam phenomenon, is created by the reflection of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds. The light can come from the Sun (usually when it is near or even below the horizon) in which case the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar. It can also come from the Moon or from terrestrial sources such as streetlights.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8
Imaging cameras: Canon 6D
Software: Adobe Lightroom 5.7,  Photoshop CS6
Resolution: 2560×1280
Dates: April 23, 2015
Frames: 1×10″ ISO6400
Integration: 0.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 4.52 days
Avg. Moon phase: 21.43%

Author: Samuli Ikäheimo

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Spiral Galaxy NGC 3718

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NGC 3718 is a highly disturbed galaxy in Ursa Major. Astronomers originally thought that NGC 3718 was a Lenticular Galaxy. However later photos showed two faint extensions that emerge from the envelope on opposite sides of the periphery, showing that it is most likely a spiral galaxy.  The distance to NGC 3718 is roughly 52 Million Light Years.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron De-forked CPC 1100 Edge
Imaging cameras: Atik 4000
Mounts: Tak EM200 Temma 2
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron De-forked CPC 1100 Edge
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar2
Filters: Baader RGB
Resolution: 982×996
Dates: April 23, 2015
Frames: 63×300″
Integration: 5.2 hours
Avg. Moon age: 4.52 days
Avg. Moon phase: 21.43%
RA center: 173.270 degrees
DEC center: 53.055 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.080 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 5.377 degrees
Field radius: 0.210 degrees
Author: cfpendock

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The Whirlpool Galaxy, Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194

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The Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194) is an interacting  grand-design  spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way, but different methods yield distances between 15 and 35 million ly. Messier 51 is one of the best known galaxies in the sky. The galaxy and its companion (NGC 5195) are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars.

RA center: 202.485 degrees
DEC center: 47.211 degrees
Orientation: 98.181 degrees
Field radius: 0.221 degrees
Author: Gianluca Belgrado

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NGC 3576, Statue of Liberty Nebula

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NGC 3576 is a minor nebula in the Sagittarius arm of the galaxy a few thousand light-years away from the Eta Carinae nebula. Eventually this nebula even received six different classification numbers. Currently, astronomers call the entire nebula NGC 3576. A popular nickname is “The Statue of Liberty Nebula” because of the distinctive shape in the middle of the nebula.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Vixen R200SS f/4
Imaging cameras: ATIK 383L+ Mono
Mounts: Gemini G42 Observatory+
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Vixen R200SS f/4
Guiding cameras: ATIK 383L+ Mono
Focal reducers: Teleskop-Service Coma corrector
Software: Pixinsight 1.8
Filters: Baader Planetarium Ha 7nm,  Baader OIII,  Baader SII SII 7nm Filter
Resolution: 2960×2191
Frames: 80×180″
Integration: 4.0 hours
Author:  Jonathan Durand

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IC1396 HA-SHO, Elephant trunk Nebula

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The Elephant’s Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. The piece of the nebula shown here is the dark, dense globule IC 1396A; it is commonly called the Elephant’s Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths, where there is a dark patch with a bright, sinuous rim. The bright rim is the surface of the dense cloud that is being illuminated and ionized by a very bright, massive star (HD 206267) that is just to the west of IC 1396A.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: TS 90mm F6.6 APO Triplet – 2.5 “focuser
Imaging cameras: SBIG 8300M
Mounts: AZ EQ6 GT SkyWatcher‎
Guiding telescopes or lenses: TS APO65Q 65mm F/6,5 Quadruplet Astrograph
Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider Orion Autoguider
Focal reducers: TS-Flattener 2,5″
Software: PixInsight
Filters: Baader 7nm Ha Ø 36,  Baader SII 8nm Ø36,  Baader OIII 8.5nm Ø36
Accessories: Orion Star Shoot Auto Guider Orion Starshoot Auto-Guider,  SBIG Filter Wheel FW8-8300
Resolution: 1198×1240
Dates: April 10, 2015
Frames:
Baader 7nm Ha Ø 36: 20×900″ -10C bin 1×1
Baader OIII 8.5nm Ø36: 13×900″ bin 1×1
Baader SII 8nm Ø36: 13×900″ bin 1×1
Integration: 11.5 hours
Avg. Moon age: 19.96 days
Avg. Moon phase: 72.49%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 9.00
RA center: 324.483 degrees
DEC center: 57.480 degrees
Pixel scale: 3.706 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -93.058 degrees
Field radius: 0.888 degrees
Locations: centre ville, ANTIBES, 06, France

Author: Stéphan & Fils

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Spiral galaxy NGC 891

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NGC 891 (also known as Caldwell 23) is an edge-on unbarred spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. It was discovered by William Herschel on October 6, 1784. The galaxy is a member of the NGC 1023 group of galaxies in the Local Supercluster. It has an H II nucleus. The object is visible in small to moderate size telescopes as a faint elongated smear of light with a dust lane visible in larger apertures. In 2005, due to its attractiveness and scientific interest, NGC 891 was selected to be the first light image of the Large Binocular Telescope. In 2012, it was again used as a first light image of the Discovery Channel Telescope with the Large Monolithic Imager.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Gso RC 12″ Ritchey-Chretien
Imaging cameras: canon 350 D Baader
Mounts: Swan Astro WS180GT
Resolution: 3292×3301
Frames: 50×360″
Integration: 5.0 hours
RA center: 35.632 degrees
DEC center: 42.348 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.268 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 87.739 degrees
Field radius: 0.174 degrees
Author: nicola76

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Spiral Galaxy IC 2574 (Coddington’s Nebula)

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IC 2574, discovered by Edwin Coddington in 1898 and classified first as a nebula, is actually a dwarf irregular galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major and is part of the M81 group of galaxies.
An extract taken from a study by S. Steward & F. Walter 2000: In the standard picture (e.g., Weaver et al. 1977; McKee & Ostriker 1977; Chu et al.1995), these structures are believed to be created by young star-forming regions that supposedly eject a great amount of mechanical energy into the ambient ISM in terms of strong stellar winds and subsequent supernova (SN) explosions.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Planewave Instruments CDK 12.5″
Imaging cameras: FLI Proline 6303E
Mounts: Losmandy Titan 50
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Planewave Instruments CDK 12.5″
Software: PixInsight,  Maxim DL,  Software Bisque TheSky6,  Larry Weber FocusMax
Filters: Baader Planetarium LRGB Filter Set
Accessories: Starlight Xpress AO-LF
Resolution: 2150×1434
Dates: Feb. 24, 2012
Frames: 26×900″
Integration: 6.5 hours
Avg. Moon age: 1.95 days
Avg. Moon phase: 4.26%
RA center: 157.188 degrees
DEC center: 68.426 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.043 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -53.081 degrees
Field radius: 0.374 degrees
Locations: Observatori d’Agulló, Àger , Lleida (Catalonia), Spain
Author: Pere Gil

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