M45 – Pleiades

The Pleiades also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, are an open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the star clusters nearest Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.

The cluster is dominated by hot blue and luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Reflection nebulae around the brightest stars were once thought to be left over material from the formation of the cluster, but are now considered likely to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium through which the stars are currently passing.

Plejady / Pleiades - M45
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NGC 2264 – Christmas Tree Cluster / Collinder 112

Object is located in the Monoceros constellation and are located about 800 parsecs or 2,600 light-years from Earth. NGC 2264 is the location where the Cone Nebula, the Stellar Snowflake Cluster and the Christmas Tree Cluster have formed in this emission nebula. For reference, the Stellar Snowflake Cluster is located 2,700 light years away in the constellation Monoceros. The Monoceros constellation is not typically visible by the naked eye due to its lack of colossal stars.

NGC 2264 – Christmas Tree Cluster / Collinder 112

Źródło: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC_2264

Unfortunately, the source photos contain a lot of noise. Probably all because of the unusual ISO that I set in the camera and other option that has been turned on. I’ve been experimented and realized that the settings I had on the camera definitely sucked. Today I think that I know, what is the key steps to taking good photos on my Canon.

  • Photographs (Oct. 2019) has been taken at Zwardoń.
  • Equipment: Canon 6D, Newton 100/200 [mm], comma corrector, NEQ6Pro., MGen II autoguider.
  • Composition: APP
  • Processing: Raw Therapee + GIMP + dodatki (Linux)
  • Lights: 8 x 479[s], ISO 1000
  • Darks, Bias, Flats, DarkFlats

M42 / NGC 1976 – Great Nebula in Orion

M42 – Great Nebula in Orion – Also known as NGC 1976. This is the brightest nebula on the sky. It is located in the Orion constellation, south direction from Orion belt. The diameter of the nebula is 30 light years. The distance from Earth is 1344 thousand light years.

With this photo, I’ve tested my Mgen II Lacerta autoguider and in my opinion it did a very good job.

M42 - Orion Nebula / Mgławica w Orionie

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula

Zdjęcia (Październik 2019) wykonane w Zwardoniu. Standardowa miejscówka zlotów Katowickiego PTMA.

Sprzęt: Canon EOS 6D, Sky-Watcher 200/1000 [mm] na EQ6 Pro., Mgen II Lacerta Auto Guiding.

Photographs (October 2019) made in Zwardoń. A standard place of meetings of the Polish association of astronomy enthusiasts – Katowice dep.

Equipment: Canon EOS 6D, Sky-Watcher 200/1000 [mm] on the EQ6 Pro. and Mgegn II Lacerta autoguider.

  • Composition: APP (13 frames)
  • Processing: RawTherapee and GIMP v2.10.18 + add-ons (Linux)
  • Lights: 13 x 600[s], ISO-400;
  • Bias, Flats

M101 / NGC 5457 – Pinwheel Galaxy

is a face-on spiral galaxy distanced 21 million light-years (six megaparsecs) away from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. M101 is a large galaxy, with a diameter of 170,000 light-years. By comparison, the Milky Way has a diameter of 100,000 light years. It has around a trillion stars, twice the number in the Milky Way. It has a disk mass on the order of 100 billion solar masses, along with a small central bulge of about 3 billion solar masses.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andromeda_Galaxy

Pinwheel Galaxy (M101 / NGC 5457)

A good example showing how a coma mirror can break a nice picture. I’ve hope, that the coma corrector I will buy in the coming week, will eliminate the above mentioned optical defect in the entire camera frame.

M101 / NGC 5457 - Pinwheel Galaxy - 50% crop
  • Photos taken at May 2020,
  • Equipment: Canon EOS 6D, CT10 Newton 1200/250[mm], F4.8, NEQ6Pro.,
  • Composition: Astro Pixel Processor,
  • Processing: GIMP + plug-ins,
  • Lights: 81 x 120[s], ISO 1600,
  • Correction frames: Flats, DarkFlats, Darks, Bias