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Above is the very first image captured with the 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-106 (NGC-4258): A large inclined Sb type spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici. This image, taken on April 8, 2019 is an
integration of ten 6 minute exposures through the C-11 at f/2 using HyperStar and the SXVR-H694C color camera.
Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL. Post processed using PhotoShop CS2.
M-108 (NGC-3556) lower right, and M-97 (NGC-3587) upper left. A pleasing duo of deep sky objects that shows
an extreme depth of field. M-108 is a galaxy lying over 46 million light years from Earth, while M-97, commonly
called The Owl Nebula, is a planetary nebula in our own galaxy, lying just 2,000 light years from Earth. Both of
these objects are located less than 2.5 degrees SE of the bright star Merak (B Ursae Majoris) at the SW corner of
the bowl of the Big Dipper. Image taken on April 8, 2019, is an integration of ten 6-minute subs through the C-11
at f/2 (HyperStar). Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5. Post processed using PhotoShop CS2.
M-63 (NGC-5055): Located in Canes Venatici, about 5 1/2 degrees south of M-51. A fine Sb type galaxy that is
inclined at about 30 degrees to our line of sight. Because of the many "clumps" in the spiral arms, this galaxy is
referred to as a "flocculent" type galaxy. NOTE: Image acquired on 4/8/19, and is an integration of ten 6 minute
sub-exposures through the C-11 at f/2 using HyperStar and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C one-shot CCD
camera. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5. Post processed using PhotoShop CS-2.
M-16 (NGC-6611) Located 3 degrees north of M-17, The Omega Nebula. M-16 is a coarse open cluster enveloped in a vast
diffuse nebula. It is sometimes called the Eagle or Star Queen nebula. In the central part of the nebula are a number of dark
lanes which were made famous on a Hubble Space Telescope image as "The Pillars of Creation". M-16 lies at a distance of about
8,000 light years from earth. The small open cluster Trumpler 32 appears at the upper right corner of this image.
NOTE: This image obtained on the evening of July 27, 2019. It is an integration of 10 6-minute sub-exposures through the C-11 at
f/2 using HyperStar and the SXVR-H694C one-shot color CCD imager. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL 5. Post
processed using PhotoShop CS2, levels, curves, Carboni's Astro Tools, and NoiseWare.
NGC-896: This nebula, located in Cassiopeia, is the brightest and westernmost portion of the larger nebula IC-1805, which
is commonly called the Heart Nebula. This is a large complex cloud of ionized hydrogen which is illuminated by the many
hot blue-white stars in the region. This nebula lies at a distance of approximately 7500 light years from earth. Also shown
at the lower left hand side of the image is the small dense open cluster known as Tombaugh 4.
NOTE: This image is an integration of seven 6-minute exposures through the C-11 at f/2 using HyperStar and the Starlight
Express SXVR-H694C camera. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5 Pro. Post-processed using PhotoShop
CS2, levels, curves, Carboni's AstroTools, and Gradient XTerminator.