Supernova 2017eaw in spiral galaxy NGC-6946: This is an image which was obtained on Monday morning May 29th,
2017 at Land of Oz Observatory. It is a 1-hour exposure (ten 6-minute subs) through the C-11 HyperStar using the SXVR
H694C color imager. According to internet sources, the supernova was at 12.9 magnitude when this image was
taken. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5 Pro. Post processed in PhotoShop CS2, levels, curves, Astro
Tools, Gradient EXterminator and StarShrink.
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Above is the very first image captured with the new Starlight Express SXVR-H694C One-shot
color camera. It was taken on July 14, 2012 and is an integration of Fifteen 90 second
exposures of the Lagoon Nebula through the C-11 using the Hyper Star 3 System at f/2. The
images were captured and combined in Maxim DL Pro v. 5.12. Post-processed using PhotoShop
CS, levels, curves, saturation, Gradient X-Terminator and Astro-tools. Converted to JPEG format
using Photoshop Save for Web.
M-13 (NGC-6205): The great globular cluster in the constellation Hercules. This magnificent object shines at magnitude
5.7, and is an easy naked-eye object from a dark sky site. Photographically it has an apparent diameter of 22 arcminutes.
The small spiral galaxy NGC-6207 is visible just below and to the left of M-13.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of July 14, 2012, and is an itegration of thirty 50-second sub-exposures
through the C-11 at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 imaging system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C color CCD
astrocamera. The images were captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro and post-processed using Photoshop CS,
Astro-tools, Gradient X-terminator and NoiseWare.
M-16 (NGC-6611): A star cluster and nebula located in the constellation Serpens. Discovered in 1745 by
de Chesaeux. The nebula is an H-II region in which intense star formation is taking place. The star cluster
is composed of stars which condensed from this huge cloud of hydrogen gas. The cluster contains over
400 stars. The central portion of the nebula became famous in a Hubble image titled "Pillars of Creation".
This cluster and nebula lie at a distance of approximately 6500 years from Earth. The smaller star cluster at
the lower left-hand corner of the frame is Trumpler 32.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of July 14, 2012 and is an integration of twenty 120-second
exposures through the C-11 at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C
1-shot color CCD camera. Captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop
CS, levels & curves, star reduction, Gradient Exterminator, and NoiseWare.
M-20 & M-21: M-20, commonly called the "Trifid" nebula is located in western Sagittarius, just north of the
center of our galaxy. It is a "combination" object, comprised of a star cluster, an emission nebula (the red
portion)a reflection nebula (the bluish portion), and a dark nebula (the three dark lanes). It lies about 5200 light
from Earth. M-21, to the north, is a bright open cluster of hot young stars. The brightest members are blue-white
giant stars. This cluster lies much closer than the nebula, at around 2500 to 4000 light years from Earth.
NOTE: This image captured on the evening of July 14, 2012 and is an integration of ten 90-second exposures
through the C-11 at f/2 using HyperStar and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C camera. Captured and combined
in Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop CS, levels, curves, color balance, Gradient Exterminator,
M-52 and the "Bubble" Nebula: This pair of objects is located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. M-52 is
a bright, rich open star cluster that lies approximately 4000 light years from Earth. The "Bubble" nebula, or
NGC-7635, is an Hydrogen II emission nebula that is centered on the star SAO-20575. The intense radiation
or "stellar wind" from this very hot energetic star is blowing the gas away from it, forming the "bubble".
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of October 15, 2012, and is an integration of eight 5-minute
guided exposures through the Celestron 11-inch scope at f/2, using the HyperStar 3 imaging system and the
Starlight Express SXVR-H694C 1-shot color CCD camera. Guiding via the Orion Starshoot autoguider connected
to the 80mm APO refractor and controlling the mount through PHD Guiding software. Captured and combined
using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed in Photoshop CS, using levels & curves, color balance, star reduction and
Gradient Exterminator. Filtered and converted to jpeg format using NoiseWare.
SUPERNOVA 2017ein in galaxy NGC-3938: This supernova was discovered on May 25th,
2017. NGC-3938 is a large face-on spiral galaxy in Ursa Major. The above image was captured
on June 19th, 2017, and is an integration of eight 360-second exposures through the C-11 at
f/2 using HyperStar and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C camera. Guided, captured and
combined using Maxim DL5. Post processed in PhotoShop CS2.
THE VIRGO GALAXY CLUSTER: This image is centered on the group of galaxies commonly known as "Markarian's Chain", which extends from the bright elliptical
galaxy M-84 at the southwest (lower left) end of the chain, and extending to the northeast (upper right), through the larger elliptical galaxy M-86, on past NGCs
4435 and 4438 (which is distorted from interaction with 4435), on northeastward to another pair of galaxies, NGCs 4458 & 4461, and then on to NGC-4473, and
then north to the bright barred spiral galaxy NGC-4477. To the east of this chain of galaxies lies the massive elliptical galaxy M-87, with its companions. In all, there
are over 35 galaxies captured on this image, ranging from the brightest, 9.5 magnitude M-87, down to tiny 16th magnitude galaxies appearing as faint fuzzy spots.
NOTE: This image was acquired on the evening of May 17th, 2018, and is an integration of ten 6-minute exposures through the C-11 at f/2 using HyperStar and the
ZWO-ASI-071-MC one-shot color imager. The image was guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5 Pro, and was post-processed using PhotoShop CS2,
levels, curves, color balance & saturation, Gradient XTerminator and StarShrink.
M-101: The magnificent face-on spiral galaxy located just above the end of the handle of the Big Dipper (Ursa Major). This
beautiful galaxy lies at a distance of 21 million light years from earth, and is 50% larger than our MIlky Way galaxy.
NOTE: This image, obtained on June 5, 2018, is one hour and 12 minutes of exposure (12 6-minute subs) through the C-11 at
f/2 using HyperStar and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694-C CCD imager. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5.
Post-processed using PhotoShop CS2, levels, curves, sharpening, AstroTools, GradientXTerminator and StarShrink.