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The Horsehead and Flame Nebula in the constellation Orion is one of the most iconic targets in the night sky and one of the most easily recognisable due to its distinctive shape. It is incredibly difficult to see visually, partly due to the brightness of the star Alnitak (brightest and largest star in image), it requires a large telescope, very dark clear skies and a hydrogen beta filter to see and even then some people have difficulty seeing it, however, it is very easy to take pictures of and responds very well to long exposures with DSLRs or specialist CCD cameras with either LRGB or narrow band filters. This was taken with Ha, OIII and SII narrow band filters on my Televue NP127/FLI astrograph with a FLI Microline 814x camera with a total of 8 hours exposure time

The Horsehead and Flame Nebula in the constellation Orion is one of the most easily recognisable and iconic deep sky objects in the winter skies. It is a challenge for visual astronomers as it is incredibly difficult to see and requires a large telescope, a hydrogen beta filter and very dark clear skies and even then it is hard to see. However, for the imaging astronomer it is very easy to photograph especially in Ha light as in this image. This 21x10 minutes exposure with a Ha filter on my Televue NP127/FLI astrograph with a FLI Microline 814x camera

IC410 - Tadpoles Nebula in the constellation Auriga. This is a total of over 10 hours total exposure time through Ha, OIII and SII filters. This took several weeks to finish due to bad weather, the Nebula is part of a much wider field of nebulous cloud including IC405 - Flaming Star Nebula which can be seen elsewhere in this magazine

Sh2-132 lies in the constellation cepheus, this is a total of 11 hours exposure time taken over three nights

NGC896 is part of the much larger 'Heart Nebula' in the constellation Cassiopeia. This was taken over three nights despite a bright moon in the sky and is over 12 hours of total exposure time

Sh2-170 is a very faint emission nebula lying in between the constellations Cassiopeia and Cepheus. This is over 14 hours of total exposure time. It is very close (in relative terms) to NGC7822 which is another emission nebula/star forming region that I have imaged and posted elsewhere in this magazine

NGC7822 in the constellation Cepheus is a star forming region. This is just over 11 hours total exposure taken over three nights through Ha, OIII and SII filters

IC1805 - Heart Nebula in Cassiopeia. This is 12 hours of total exposure through Ha, OIII and SII filters. With the smaller camera chip the field of view is much smaller than the widefield shot of IC1805 and IC1848 posted in this magazine

NGC7635 - Bubble Nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula itself appears to be a bubble inside a much fainter bubble, it almost has the appearance of a party balloon. this was taken over three nights with a total of over 11 hours exposure time

NGC281 - Pacman Nebula sits in the constellation Cassiopeia and gets its nick name from the arcade game monster of the same name which it resembles. The mouth can be easily seen and if you look carefully so can the eye. This is over 8 hours of exposure time taken with my FLI microline x814 camera on a Televue NP127/FLI astrograph

NGC7380 - Wizard Nebula in HST palette, this nebula sits in the constellation cepheus and gets its name due its resemblance of a wizard, the pointed hat, nose, hands and cape should be evident. This is 10 hours exposure time

NGC7380 - Wizard Nebula shot in Hydrogen alpha light. The nebula lies in the constellation Cepheus. This is over 4 hours exposure time

Sh2-101 "Tulip Nebula" sits about 6,000 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. It gets its name due to its resemblance to the shape of a tulip flower, it is made up of different emitting gasses and dark dust. This is over 10 hours of exposure through Ha, OIII and SII filters

NGC6888 - Crescent Nebula mapped to the Hubble Space Telescope palette, this is over 10 hours exposure time taken through Ha, OIII and SII filters

I shot 23x10 minutes of Ha data for this last night, the sky was a bit Hazy and there was a full moon but the results look promising so far. I will be shooting some OIII and SII data over the next few nights or so weather permitting, when it's finished I will post a link to the full size image. NGC6888 is in the constellation Cygnus

The 'Elephants Trunk' nebula is part of a much larger nebulous region IC1396. There is a combination of dark nebula and emission nebula where stars are being formed. This is almost 8.5 hours of total exposure time

This is three hours of Ha data of IC1396 which i took last night. I will be shooting some OIII and SII data later to create a full colour image

M101 - Pinwheel Galaxy sits over 20 million light years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy contains lots of hydrogen emitting regions (shown in red), in order to show this separate exposures have to be taken with a Hydrogen alpha filter and then blended with the red and blue data before combining to create a colour image. The total exposure time is over 18 hours taken over a two month period

IC5070 (Pelican Nebula) is a large emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, it is much larger than field of view of this Microline 814X camera can cover so this is the 'interesting' part of the nebula. The exposure time is 9 hours total through SII, Ha and OIII filters taken through my Televue NP127/FLI astrograph on a Paramount ME computerised mount. This is the first full colour image that I've taken with this camera

This is a small portion, of IC5070 which is also known as the 'Pelican Nebula' in the constellation Cygnus. This is 3 hours of data taken with a hydrogen alpha (Ha) filter with my Televue NP127/FLI astrograph. The large format FLI Proline 16803 was swapped for my new acquisition, an FLI Microline 814 which uses a much smaller sensor chip with smaller pixels so it has higher resolution and a much smaller field of view. I will be adding some more Ha data as well as OIII and SII to create the full colour image. One of the images in my magazine is the full colour wider field view of this taken with the larger format sensor for comparison

This is a wide field shot of NGC2264 (Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster), also within the star cluster is another nebula which has been nicknamed the "Fox Fur" nebula due it's resemblence to a fox fur. This area of sky lies in the constellation Monoceros. I started shooting data for this at the beginning of November but the weather has been pretty bad over the last couple of months so I only managed to finish it last night. Exposure times are 28x10 minutes Ha, 18x10 minutes OIII and 9x10 minutes SII, this was then mapped to the Hubble palette so SII:Ha:OIII = R:G:B It was taken with my Televue NP127/FLI astrograph on a Paramount ME mount

This is a reprocess of the Sh2-132 image that I posted earlier. This version has a better colour balance but is still processed from the same data as before. This is one of the wonderful things about digital data in that it never "goes off" which allows for changes and re-processes at a later date

Sh2-132 which is also known as the "Lion Nebula" due it's shape resembling that of a male lion with the head and tail being easily recognisable. This was taken over several nights with a total exposure time of almost 13 hours through Ha, OIII and SII. The last of the data was shot on November 5th so I had to contend with bonfire smoke and then high mist later in the evening. The image data was taken with the Televue NP127/FLI astrograph

Sh2-132 "Lion nebulae" in the constellation Cepheus. This is still a work in progress and is 4 hours exposure of Ha and 1.5 hours of OIII. I need to take more OIII and some SII to finish the image. This was taken with my Televue NP127/FLI autograph

This is me and my imaging set up in my back garden. The system consists of a set of custom made "wheely bars" with a sturdy pier/tripod set up on top. The red part is a Paramount ME computerised equatorial mount. The main Televue/FLI imaging telescope, focuser, filter wheel and camera is the large white and black apparatus while the smaller red telescope and camera is the auto guiding system that makes very fine corrections to the tracking motion of the mount while the imaging is taking place. Everything is powered by mains electricity or USB and the whole system is controlled via USB and a laptop PC which is set up in my shed (out of shot). The main imaging camera's sensor chip is cooled to -35c to function at it's optimum level

IC1805 and IC1848 (Heart and Soul nebula) lie in the constellation Cassiopeia. The area is so large that it requires two separate images to be taken of each nebula and then "stitched" together using software to create a mosaic as seen here. This is over 17 hours exposure time so far and more data will be added to improve the image. This was taken with a Televue NP127/FLI astrograph through Ha, OIII and SII filters

The Tulip Nebula, or Sharpless 101 (Sh2-101) or the Cygnus Star Cloud is a H II region[1] emission nebula located in the constellation Cygnus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of a tulip when imaged photographically. It was catalogued by astronomer Stewart Sharpless in his 1959 catalog of nebulae. It lies at a distance of about 6,000 light-years (5.7×1016 km; 3.5×1016 mi) from Earth. The Tulip nebula, at least in the field seen from earth, is in close proximity to microquasar Cygnus X-1, site of one of the first suspected black holes. Cygnus X-1 is the brighter of the two stars (lower star) in close vertical proximity just to the right of the Tulip nebula in the image presented here.[2] This was taken over three nights with over 12 hours of exposure time

Sh2-86 is one of the Sharpless catalogue of hydrogen emitting regions. There is very little OIII and SII compared with the amount of Ha so a fair amount of extra processing was required for the weaker channels. The central part of nebula which surrounds an open star cluster contains some interesting 'trunk' like structures of dark nebula. This nebula and star cluster lie in the constellation Vulpecula. The field of view is approximately 3.5x3.5 degrees

Sh2-129 (Flying Bat Nebula) and OU4 (Giant Squid Nebula) in the constellation Cepheus. Sh2-129 only emits in Ha and SII and is the larger of the two nebula in the greenish yellow colour. OU4 was only discovered by chance in 2011 by French astroimager Nicolas Outters, it is incredibly faint and only emits in OIII, it is the blue coloured nebula and is thought to be a bi-polar planetary nebula. It requires a lot of data and some considerable stretching during processing just to get it to show

This is a cropped section of the IC1396 image that I recently posted, this shows the "Elephant's Trunk" nebula in better detail