Category Archives: Astrophotography

Blue Lagoon

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M8 – Lagoon Nebula – SHO w/RGB Stars v2

Oldie, but goldie. The Blue Lagoon, not in Iceland, but in the constellation of Sagittarius, Messier 8 (M8), the Lagoon Nebula. Remote acquistion at the IAS Observatory, Hakos, Namibia.

More details at Astrobin.

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Carina Nebula Centered on Mystic Mountain

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NGC 3372 – Carina Nebula Centered on Mystic Mountain – SHO w/RGB Stars

One of the drop-dead gorgeous objects in the southern skies is the Great Carina Nebula, NGC 3372, of course. Imaged here in narrowband SHO colors with added RGB stars, using the new IAS remote telescope “Dieter”.

More details at Astrobin.

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A Tale of Three Black Holes

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Gaia BH1 Starfield in Ophiuchus – LRGB v1
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Gaia BH2 Starfield in Centaurus – LRGB v1
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Gaia BH3 Starfield in Aquila – LRGB v1

With #3 recently discovered in the analysis during preparation of Gaia DR4 data, there are now 3 black holes in the Gaia catalog. Or more precise, 3 binary systems consisting of a companion star and a likely stellar-mass black hole.

So I took the opportunity to capture the corresponding starfields with the new IAS remote telescope “Dieter” at Hakos, Namibia. The images only show the companion stars, of course. ;-)

Regarding the BH3 image, at first I wasn’t sure whether I found the right object, as the catalog gives the coordinates RA=19h39m18.7115472s, DEC=+14d55m54.010992s and the read-out in Pixinsight showed ICRS RA=19h39m18.68s, DEC=+14d55m50.3s. But thanks to the discussion with Ulrich Bastian I found out that it is necessary to take into account the large proper motion of the object, which results in almost 4″ deviation in declination. Calculating the current position for 2024.5 with Astropy yields RA=19h39m18.66368537s DEC=+14d55m50.2085012s.

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10th Anniversary Galaxy

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NGC 6744 – Pavo Galaxy – v1

Almost exactly 10 years ago, I photographed the magnificient Pavo Galaxy with the IAS 20 inch AK3, my first object with such a “big scope”. Here’s the result of June 2024, with much more exposure time on the very same telescope. I originally planned to use my QHY268M with the AK3, but this camera is now used at the new IAS remote telescope. So back to the roots with a ASI294MC Pro one-shot-color camera.

Image of the Day 2024-07-07 at Astrobin!

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Fluffy Globular Cluster

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NGC 5139 – Omega Centauri Globular Cluster – LRGB v1

The first light of the new IAS remote telescope at Hakos, Namibia. NGC 5139 aka Omega Centauri, the most massive known globular cluster in the Milky Way.

More details at Astrobin.

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Prawn Nebula

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IC 4628 – Emission Nebula in Scorpius – SHO w/RGB stars v1

“Second” light of the new IAS remote telescope at Hakos, Namibia, featuring IC 4628, the Prawn Nebula in Scorpius. (Actually taken while on-site in June. ;-)

Details at Astrobin.

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Solar Storm Aurora

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Solar Storm Aurora #1

You don’t get this often: colorful aurora at 51° latitude, north-east of Cologne, Germany. A strong solar storm is currently impacting Earth.

Das sieht man auch nicht alle Tage: Polarlichter in allen Farben über den ganzen Himmel bei heimischer 51° Breite, nordöstlich von Köln. Ein massiver Sonnensturm trifft gerade auf die Erde.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2024 – Inverted Corona

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Total Solar Eclipse 08 Apr 2024 – Corona Composite Inverted v2

Different processing of the corona exposure series, using PixInsight’s FFTRegistration script to align the images, which worked rather well.

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