12 April 2022

Leo Triplet (M 66 group) in Lrgb

 The Leo Triplet (also known as the M66 Group) is a small group of galaxies about 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. This galaxy group consists of the spiral galaxies M65, M66, and NGC 3628

The M96 Group is located physically near the Leo Triplet. These two groups may actually be separate parts of a much larger group, and some group identification algorithms actually identify the Leo Triplet as part of the M96 Group.

Telescope : SW Esprit 100ED
Mount : Skywatcher AZ-EQ5 GT
Camera : Atik 460 mono
Guiding : SW Evoguide 50mmED with QHY 5IIL
Filters :Baader LRGB Total exposure time : 10:30 minutes from 3 different nights
Programs I have used : Nina 1.10 _ PixInsight 1.8.8_ Photoshop CS6
Location: Grammatiko, Attiki


07 January 2022

IC 410 The Tadpoles -Hubble Pallette


Telescope : SW Esprit 100ED
Mount : Skywatcher AZ-EQ5 GT
Camera : Atik 460 mono
Guiding : SW Evoguide 50mmED with QHY 5IIL
Filters :Astrodon Ha 21*600sec_ O3 13*600sec_SII 9*600sec.Total time: 7 hours & 1ominutes
Programs I have used : Nina 1.10 & PixInsight 1.8.8
Location: Grammatiko, Attiki 

IC410 is a dusty emission nebula located in the constellation of Auriga at about 12.000 ly from Earth. It is part of a larger star forming region that also contains the Flaming Star Nebula. The gas structures in this picture are lit by the radiation from the open star cluster NGC1893 that lies in the center of the nebula. This star cluster is about 4 million years old, but in astronomical terms it is still very young, with hot, massive stars. At the top-left of the star cluster two more dense structures are visible. These are similar to the famous Pillar of Creation and they are composed of dust and gas leftover from the formation of the star cluster and are very likely to give birth to more stars in the future. As can be seen in the picture, these structures point away from the center of the nebula. This is because of the stellar winds and radiation pressure from the stars in NGC 1893. Due to these structure's shape, the nebula is also called the Tadpoles Nebula.