NGC7635 – The Bubble Nebula Wide-field

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Revisiting the Bubble Nebula from last year, the area surrounding the Bubble is rich with nebulosity and cluster M52, making it a fine wide-field target.  In this case, I decided to shoot narrowband — typically, narrowband star colors are purple or off-color depending on the palette used, and for this particular image, I decided to mix in natural color RGB … Read More

M45 – The Pleiades

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M45 – The Pleiades or Seven Sisters is a favorite of mine.  A relatively close star cluster, the dust the cluster is moving through creates a beautiful reflection nebula.   This image was created from 30 600s luminance, 30 300s luminance, 30 60s luminance, and color from 20 each of RGB data binned 2×2 with a QSI683 mono camera and TAK FSQ106 … Read More

M13 – Hercules Globular Cluster

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M13 — the Hercules Global Cluster (so named as it’s in the constellation Hercules) — contains about 300,000 stars.  This object is quite easy to see in small telescopes, but generally not visible with the naked eye.  According to NASA’s APOD, near the core of the cluster, upward of 100 stars would be contained within a 3 light year sized cube.  … Read More