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THE GRAND NEBULA

Harel Boren

The Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) is a massive starbirth region in Carina that is easily visible to the naked eye under dark skies.

Details: Officina Stellare Veloce RH 200 astrograph with SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera. Total exposure was 4 hours through Astrodon Gen II color filters.

CONTRASTS OF SAGITTARIUS

Kfir Simon

Reddish emission nebula IC 1284 in Sagittarius is paired with the blue reflection nebulae NGC 6590 and 6589.

Details: Dream Telescopes & Accessories 16-inch astrograph with Apogee Alta U16M CCD camera. Total exposure was 2 4/5 hours through color filters.

EAGLE OVER TURKEY

Tunc Tezel

The constellation Aquila the Eagle, with its bright star Altair, arches high above Keles Lake in Bursa Province, Turkey.

Details: Canon EOS 5D DSLR camera with 24-mm f/1.4 lens. Mosaic of four images, each exposed for 30 seconds at ISO 1600.

SUNSPOT SMEAR

Damian Peach

Among the largest sunspot groups so far this year, AR 1785 and 1787 are surrounded by the ever-churning granulation of the photosphere on July 6th.

Details: Celestron C14 with Baader AstroSolar safety film and ZWO Design ASI120MM video camera. Stack of multiple exposures.

NARROWBAND WESTERN STATE

Robert Fields

The California Nebula (NGC 1499) in Perseus displays faint wisps of gases that extend far beyond the familiar boundaries of this well-known object.

Details: Takahashi Epsilon 180 astrograph with SBIG STL-4020 CCD camera. Mosaic of four frames totaling 36 hours of exposure through Astrodon narrowband filters.

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Author:Walker, Sean
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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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