Melotte 15 in Hubble palette


Melotte 15 is an Emission nebula with star cluster in the center of the Heart nebula located in the constellation Cassiopeia. 
Imaged from Ocala, Florida through Ha, OIII and SII . filters 
20 minutes exposures combined to a total of: 
3 hours Ha (binned 1x1) 
2 hours and 20 minutes OIII (binned 1x1) 
2 hours and 20 minutes SII (binned 1x1) 
Processed in Photoshop using Hubble Palette 
Imaging Telescope: Astro-Tech 8 "Ritchey-Chr├ętien 
Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8 
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II german equatorial mount

**This image can be seen as featured in NationalGeographic.com "Best New Space Pictures: Jellyfish Wave, Moons Dance and Sun Winks".

NGC 7635 the Bubble nebula in Hubble palette


NGC 7538, the Bubble nebula, is an HII Emission nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia around 7,100 to 11,000 light years from Earth.The bubble is created by intense radiation and stellar winds from nearby stars. . This was collected over several nights this past month from my light polluted skies of central Florida 
Ha 20min subs totaling 4 hours. 
OIII 20 min subs totaling 3 hours. 
SII 20 min subs totaling 3 hours. 
Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8 
Imaging Telescope: Astro-Tech 8 "Ritchey-Chretien with a focal length of 1625mm (f / 8)
Losmandy G11 with Gemini II equatorial mount
Taken October 10, 11, 26 and 27, 2013

NGC 7293 the Helix nebula


NGC 7293, the Helix nebula, in the constellation Aquarius measured to be 700 light years from Earth.  This was imaged late in September and into October from my light polluted skies, using Ha and OIII filters.  The Helix nebula is a planetary nebula and was named so based on the appearance of a helical structure from the vantage point here from Earth.  The colors are from gas expelled from a dying star.  As a star fuses all of it's hydrogen at the core and begins to fuse helium, the outer shell becomes much cooler than the core and the gravity from the star can no longer hold it near therefore expelling the outer shell.  This process will continue until a dim ember of a star, a white dwaf, is left.  
Ha 20min subs totaling 1 hour and 20 minutes.
OIII 20 min subs totaling 2 hours.
Imaging camera:  QSI 683 wsg-8
Losmandy G11 Gemini II German equatorial mount.
Imaging telescope:  Astro-Tech 8" Ritchey-Chretien with a focal length of 1625mm (f/8)
Taken September 26 and October 5, 2013
**This image can be seen as featured in NationalGeographic.com "Best New Space Pictures: Galactic Goblins, Alaskan Glows".


Helix in Hydrogen alpha

I am slowly getting back into a decent weather pattern so hopefully I'll be imaging on a regular basis soon.  Here is Helix nebula in Hydrogen alpha.  This is 1 hour and 20 minutes of integration time with the AstroTech 8 inch RCT and the QSI 683 wsg-8.  I am hopeful to get in some OIII soon (I'm just waiting for a break in the clouds).
Helix nebula, a planetary nebula, is about 695 light years away in the constellation Aquarius and is the closest planetary nebula to Earth.
More to follow....