Town of Livermore Falls, Maine

Town of Livermore Falls, Maine.
Canon T2i and ProOptic 8mm fish eye lens f/3.5.
Bracketed exposures of 10 seconds, 5 seconds and 15 seconds.
Processed in PhotoShop CS5 HDR Pro

Backyard Moonscape


Imaged from my backyard using Canon T2i and ProOptic 8mm fish eye lens f/3.5.
Livermore Falls, Maine

M101 the Pinwheel galaxy


M101 the Pinwheel galaxy
M101, the Pinwheel galaxy, is a face on spiral galaxy in Ursa Major measured at a distance of 21 million light years.  The bright structure to the right of M101 is the peculiar galaxy NCG 5474.  Peculiar galaxies are dwarf galaxies that form as a result of galaxies interacting.  The gravitational pull from nearby galaxies causes the peculiar galaxy to be of unusual shape size or composition.
This was imaged from dark skies of Chiefland, Florida and light polluted skies of Ocala, Florida.
Luminance:  combination of 8 minute, 15 minute and 30 minute subs totaling 11 hours and 8 minutes.
Red 6min x3 and 8min x3

Green 6min x3 and 8min x3
Blue 6min x3 and 8min x3

Imaging telescope:  Orion 80mm EON
Imaging camera:  QSI 683 wsg-8
Losmandy G11 with Gemini 2 German equatorial mount.

M81/M82 Bode's galaxy and Cigar galaxy


M81/M82 Bode's galaxy and Cigar galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
~11.8 million light years distant
The galaxy center is active with high rate of star formation caused by the gravitational effect from nearby spiral galaxy, M81.
Ocala, FL and Chiefland, Florida
RGB 6 min subs for a total of 1 hour each channel
Luminance (with IDAS LP filter) combination of 4 min, 6 min and 10 min subs totaling 6 hours and 16 min
Ha 15 min subs for a total of 1 hour

Additional 30, 15 and 6 minute subs in Luminance added from Chiefland, Florida totaling 4 hours

Photoshop CS5 CS5
Imaging telescope: Orion 80mm EON
Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II

M106 in Canes Venatici


M106 with accompanying galaxies NGC 4217, NGC 4248, NGC 4232, NGC 4231 and NGC 4220.
Spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici
~23.7 million light years distant
Ocala, FL (RGB)
Chiefland, FL (LUM)
Combination of 6 min and 10 min exposures stacked in DeepSkyStacker for a total of 6 hours 40 min
1 hours each RGB
3 hours and 40 min Luminance
2 hours 20 minutes Ha

Additional 15 minute subs in Luminance was added from Chiefland, Florida totaling 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Photoshop CS5
Imaging telescope: Orion 80mm EON
Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II
Hutech IDAS Light Pollution Suppression (LPS) Filter
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Markarian's Chain


Markarian's Chain
Markarian's chain is a chain of galaxies that form part of the Virgo cluster located in the constellation Virgo.
Imaged from Chiefland Star Party Group field (Luminance and RGB)
Luminance 6 minute (totaling 2 hours and 36 minutes) and 8 minute subs (totaling 4 hours and 8 minutes) unbinned
RGB 4 minute subs in each channel (totaling 120 minutes) binned 2x2
Imaging telescope Orion 80mm EON
Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8
Processed in Photoshop CS5
Losmandy G11 with Gemini 2 German equatorial mount