15 January 2020

Travel to Budapest. The Paris of East.


Budapest (/ˈbdəpɛst/, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbudɒpɛʃt]) is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, and the tenth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits. The city has an estimated population of 1,752,286 over a land area of about 525 square kilometres (203 square miles). Budapest is both a city and county, and forms the centre of the Budapest metropolitan area, which has an area of 7,626 square kilometres (2,944 square miles) and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33% of the population of Hungary.
The history of Budapest began when an early Celtic settlement transformed into the Roman town of Aquincum, the capital of Lower Pannonia. The Hungarians arrived in the territory in the late 9th century, but the area was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241–42.Re-established Buda became one of the centres of Renaissance humanist culture by the 15th century. The Battle of Mohács, in 1526, was followed by nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule. After the reconquest of Buda in 1686, the region entered a new age of prosperity, with Pest-Buda becoming a global city after the unification of Buda, Óbuda, and Pest on 17 November 1873, with the name 'Budapest' given to the new capital. Budapest also became the co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I. The city was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Battle of Budapest in 1945, and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

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12 December 2019

IC 405 (also known as the Flaming Star Nebula) in Ha filter


IC 405 (also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is an emission and reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It shines at magnitude +6.0. Its celestial coordinates are RA  05h 16.2m dec +34° 28′. It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae and is located near the emission nebula IC 410, the open clusters M38 and M36, and the K-class star Iota Aurigae. The nebula measures approximately 37.0' x 19.0', and lies about 1,500 light-years away from Earth. It is believed that the proper motion of the central star can be traced back to the Orion's Belt area. The nebula is about 5 light-years across.

Telescope : TS 65Q apo
Mount : Skywatcher AZ-EQ5 GT
Camera : Atik 460 Exm
Guiding : Off-axis with Meade DSI 2
Filters : Astrodon Ha 5nm
Total exposure : --

03 September 2019

Lobster Claw Nebula(Sh2-157)


Sh2-157 in HaRGB

 Sharpless 157, also known as the Lobster Claw Nebula, is a bright emission nebula that lies in the constellation Cassiopeia. It lies just south of the better-known Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635). Within this image of the Lobster Claw are a few other objects. Planetary Nebula PLN 110-0.1 is located near the center of the upper-right quadrant. The bright nebular spot near the center of the image is Lyn's Bright Nebula 537 (LBN537), also known as Sharpless 157a. The small cluster of stars just above the bottom pincer is Markarian 50 and the bright cluster of stars located above the top pincer is open cluster NGC 7510.

Telescope : TS 65Q apo
Mount : Skywatcher AZ-EQ5 GT
Camera : Atik 460 Exm
Guiding : Off-axis with Meade DSI 2
Filters : Astrodon Ha 5nm (29x900sec) all 1x1bin
             RGB Baader (12x300sec) all 1x1bin
Total exposure : 10 hours and 15 minutes from 2 different nights at Grammatiko,Attiki,GR


09 July 2019

North America &Pelican Nebula Mosaic


Mosaic 3x3 (9 panels) in Ha filter with Atik 460Exm 
Telescope : TS 65Q
Camera : Atik 460EXm
Guider : Off-axis with Meade DSI 2
Mount : Skywatcher AZ-EQ5 GT
Grammatiko,Attiki/GR
Total Time : 12 hours in 4 nights