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Stunning photo of the Trifid Nebula — Chris Marklew

Trifid Nebula
Trifid Nebula

Chris explains:

It has been a while since capturing data for a new image (~6months), but here it is, The Trifid Nebula (NGC6514).
Image details
Telescope: FSQ106EDXIII
Camera: SBIG STT-8300M
Composition: LRGB (152:45:40:40) bin L 1×1, RGB 2×2
Captured: 25, 27, and 29 September 2013 – Canberra

Astronomy.net says the following about the photo:

Your results are:
(RA, Dec) center: (270.625564674, -22.996920876) degrees
Orientation: 1.19352109615 deg E of N
Pixel scale: 2.10083867783 arcsec/pixel
Your field contains:NGC 6531NGC 6514



Tarantula Nebula — Mark Nickols

Tarantula Nebula
Tarantula Nebula

Good astrophotography is completely reliant on reliable tracking by the telescope. You have the mount, your computer, tracking and guidance software, and all the pieces in the chain have to be working and communicating properly with each other. There’s nothing ‘plug-and-play’ about this game and when things don’t go right, it can be incredibly frustrating.

Mark Nickols, despite experiencing such problems, still managed to pull off this nice shot of the Tarantula Nebula, part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy close to ours at about 163,000 light years:

I’m currently battling some guiding issues. In the early hours two nights ago, after some frustrating hours on another target, as an additional experiment I turned the scope to the tarantula nebula. The guiding software refuses to work at all for this target I guess because it is too near the pole and the software complains that the stars are not moving enough too do a calibration. Anyway I got off just a small number of shots before things got very hazy and I had to give up. So here anyway is just 8 x 2 minute stacked exposures of the tarantula – unguided. Could have been centred better but could be worse.


The Dumbell Nebula, Messier 27 — by Jovan Kulic

Dumbbell Nebula M27
Dumbbell Nebula M27

The Dumbell Nebula is in the constellation Vulpecula, near Cygnus. Lovely work Jovan for a sight very low down through a lot of atmosphere.

Here is my latest image, The Dumbbell Nebula,  Messier 27. The data was collected over 2 nights a few weeks ago with the nebula just poking its head over my neighbour’s roof.

Ha 6 x 20 minutes.
RGB 5 x 5 minutes each.
The image is approx. 30 x 40 arc minutes.
Williams Optics GTF 81 mm, Focal Ratio F5.9
Losmandy G11 mount
Atik 320e mono camera
Baader Ha 7nm, R, G, B filters