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M16 – The Eagle Nebula

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M16 - The Eagle NebulaThis photogenic Nebula was imaged from my light-polluted backyard in St. Catharines.  I was happy to at least pull out some of the nebula structure with my modest equipment and un-modified Canon 450D.  The Eagle Nebula is a region of active current star formation.  Most of you have probably seen the famous Hubble image "The Pillars of Creation" The details of capturing this image are below:Explore Scientific ED80 Triplet RefractorCelestron CG-5 Advanced Series MountOrion 50mm GuidescopeMeade Dsi II CCD CameraCanon 450d (un-modded)Images captured using Canon…

M81 and M82

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We had a few clear nights during this past week, and I was able to set-up and image for a few hours. I used 4.5 minute subs for this picture, which is the longest exposures I have ever used. I think I could go to about 5 minutes on a moonless night, but that's probably it for my light polluted backyard. I desperatly need to invest in an IDAS clip-in filter for my Xsi!Here are the details of this photo: 22 x 270" ISO 1600 Stacked with dark, bias and flat ES ED80 Triplet                    …

Leo Triplet

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The Leo Triplet of GalaxiesThis Saturday January 21st was or members observing night at my local astronomy club.  Only myself and one other member attended because of cold weather and a lot of cloud cover.  After setting up my gear at sundown, it wasn't until 3:30am that the clouds finally parted!  I started out by capturing light on M80 and M81, but because of its difficult position in the sky, and some technical difficulties, my fellow club member recommended that I try imaging the Leo Triplet.  I was able to capturing over about 1.5 hours on this subject, and I am very h…