Tarantula Nebula in color

This is the Tarantula Nebula, taken from my backyard on Nov 10 under heavily polluted skies. One can’t even see the LMC without aid! It’s my first attempt at deep sky imaging at full magnification of my Celestron EdgeHD9.25 and using RGB filters for the first time! This is 20x60s Red 20x60s Green 20x60s Blue Processing in Pixinsight I’m ultimately not sure what the colors are supposed to look like, but I like this take for a first attempt that

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Helix Nebula Take One

The Helix Nebula, also known as The Helix, NGC 7293, is a large planetary nebula (PN) located in the constellation Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, this object is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae.[1] The estimated distance is about 215 parsecs (700 light-years). It is similar in appearance to the Cat’s Eye Nebula and the Ring Nebula, whose size, age, and physical characteristics are similar to the Dumbbell Nebula,

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Orion Nebula Take One

This is my first ever view of the Orion Nebula with my telescope! And I’m amazed at what I got after a long night. This only a single image unfortunately, and there are a ton of other mistakes, but it’s a record for me to compare progress over the coming summer. It was a beautiful night in Melbourne and Microsoft decided to take 3 hours to force an update, so I only started at midnight. On the left hand side

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Sculptor Galaxy Take 2

Tonight I managed my first round of deep sky object imaging with PHD2 guiding successfully. I managed 15 frames of 30s taken in mono (I don’t yet have RGB or narrowband  filters for my Hyperstar lens). Taken from my backyard in Melbourne, this is the Sculptor Galaxy again. There’s more detail and some evidence of the dust patterns in this one. Processing: 30x15s mono Camera: ZWO ASI 1600mm-cooled Telescope: Celestron 9.25″ EdgeHD with Hyperstar lens Tracking: PHD2 Capture: Sequence Generator

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