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Rosette Nebula

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Mon, March 11, 2013 09:41:13

In the evening of march 4, 2013 I took a couple of pictures of the Rosette Nebula. Sky was good at the time I took these pictures. I used an unmodded Canon EOS 40D with a Canon EF 200 mm F2.8 telelens. Bellow the picture al the data.

Picture: Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237, NGC 2238, NGC 2239, NGC 2244 and NGC 2246).

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with ball head
Camera: Canon EOS 40D (un-modded)
Lens: Canon EF 200 mm F 2.8
Filter: IDAS LPS clip in filter
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Groevenbeekse Heide, Ermelo, the Netherlands
Software: Deepskystacker, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12
Description: Stack 7x120s + 5x90s + 5x60 s, ISO 1000, F 3.2

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http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosettenevel

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Orion

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Sun, January 20, 2013 19:53:20

Test image of Orion taken with my Canon EOS 40D and a Canon EF 35 mm F 1.4 lens. Unfortunately the focus is not good....

Picture 1: Orion

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 35 mm F 1.4
Filter: LPS clip in filter Hutech
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Public Observatory Bussloo
Software: Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: Stack of 17 images of 79 seconds, 800 iso F 3.2

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Zodiacal light & Milky Way

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Mon, December 19, 2011 10:59:58

An attractive picture of the Milky Way and the zodiacal light taken with a Canon EOS 40D with a 4.5 mm Sigma fish-eye lens. Right is the torch of Casper visible, he's busy with his Astrotrac.

Picture: All sky picture of the Milky Way

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Sigma 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM lens
Filter: None
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: One single shot of 57 seconds, F 3.2, 1600 iso

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Zodiacal light

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Mon, December 19, 2011 08:34:31

In the evening of 26 july 2011 I took some pictures of the zodiacal light, as seen from Hakos Guestfarm Namibia. Click here for an animation of how the constellations are positioned.

Picture: Zodiacal light from Namibia

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 15 mm F 2.8
Filter: None
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: One single shot of 115 seconds, F 3.2, 1000 iso

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Lagoon and Trifid Nebula from Namibia

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Sun, November 13, 2011 16:37:40

The Lagoon and Trifid nebulae are two famous nebulae in Sagittarius, and both nebulae can be seen with the naked eye from a dark site such as Hakos Namibia. They are easy to see with binoculars. This picture shows these two nebulae against the background of the dense star fields of the Sagittarius Arm of the Galaxy. The Lagoon nebula (Messier 8) is the larger (and brighter) nebula to the south of the smaller Trifid nebula (Messier 20).
3 August 2011:
I had while photographing these objects some problems with the Astrotrac mount. Unfortunately , from the 20 shots taken only two could be used for stacking. Even so, it is still a good result

Trifid Nebula (Messier 20, NGC 6514): Wikipedia
Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8, NGC 6523): Wikipedia

Picture: Lagoon (below) and Trifid Nebula.

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 200 mm F 2.8
Filter: None
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Canon Digital Photo Processing, Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: stack of 2 x 120 seconds , 1250 iso, F 3.2

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Milky Way in Scorpius

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Sun, November 13, 2011 12:59:34

Picture of the Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpion. Click on the image to see a animated GIF. The picture was taken with a cheap and simple Canon EF 35 mm F 2.0 lens.

Picture: Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpion, click on this image to see a animated GIF.

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 35 mm F2.0
Filter: None
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Canon Digital Photo Processing, Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12), Unfreese 2.0.
Description: stack of 4 x 180 seconds , 800 iso, F 4.0

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Zodiacal light and gegenschein from Namibia

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Sun, November 13, 2011 12:23:08

Image taken in the morning of 6 august 2011 with a Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye Lens. On this "all sky" picture you see the zodiacal light and the lightbride (It connects the zodiacal light with the gegenschein). Also visible are both Magellanic Clouds.

Picture: eastern Zodiacal light and lightbridge from Namibia.

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye Lens.
Filter: None
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Canon Digital Photo Processing, Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: stack of 4 x 300 seconds , 1250 iso, F 3.2

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The Milky Way in Centaurus

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Sun, November 13, 2011 11:43:37

29 juli 2011.
Part of the milky way in the constellation of Centaurus, taken with a simple Canon EF 35 mm F 2.0 lens. The bright stars in the middle and below are alpha Centaurus (also called Toliman) and beta Centaurus (Hadar). In the lower right corner the globular cluster Omega Centauri is visible.

Picture: Milky Way in Carina

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 35 mm F 2.0 lens.
Filter: None
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Canon Digital Photo Processing, Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: stack of 50 images of 60 seconds , 1000 iso, F 2.5

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Helix Nebula from Namibia

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Sun, November 13, 2011 11:28:21

The Helix Nebula is an example of a planetary nebula, or 'planetary' formed at the end of a star's evolution. Gases from the star in the surrounding space appear, from our vantage point, as if we are looking down a helix structure. The remnant central stellar core, known as a planetary nebula nucleus or PNN, is destined to become a white dwarf star. The observed glow of the central star is so energetic that it causes the previously expelled gases to brightly fluoresce.

The Helix Nebula in the constellation of Aquarius lies about 700 light-years away, spanning about 0.8 parsec or 2.5 light-years. Currently, the age is estimated to be 10,600+2,300 −1,200 years, based solely upon a measured expansion rate of 31 km·s−1. (wikipedia)

Picture: Helix Nebula

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 200 mm F 2.8 lens.
Filter: None
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Canon Digital Photo Processing, Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: stack of 4 images of 120 seconds (8 miutes total), 1250 iso, F 3.2

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eta Carina nebula

Astrotrac/PolariePosted by Koen Miskotte Mon, October 31, 2011 14:11:57

The Carina Nebula (also known as the Great Nebula in Carina, the Eta Carina Nebula, or NGC 3372) is a large bright nebula that surrounds several open clusters of stars. Eta Carinae and HD 93129A, two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, are among them. The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light years from Earth. It appears in the constellation of Carina, and is located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm. The nebula contains multiple O-type stars.

The nebula is one of the largest diffuse nebulae in our skies. Although it is some four times as large and even brighter than the famous Orion Nebula, the Carina Nebula is much less well known, due to its location far in the Southern Hemisphere (text from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carina_Nebula )

Unfortunately, de images I took from this object were not quite sharp...

Picture: eta Carina Nebula

Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 200 mm F 2.8 lens.
Filter: None
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Canon Digital Photo Processing, Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: stack of 4 images of total 9,4 minutes, 1250 iso, F 3.2

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