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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.

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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”.

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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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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.

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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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Barnard 35

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Barnard 35 – Dark Nebula in Orion – IAS Remote Telescope, Hakos, Namibia – Jan 2024 – LHaRGB v1

Another astro image with data from the IAS remote telescope, Barnard 35, a dark nebula in Orion. Nothern hemisphere form southern skies, or the other way round? ;-)

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Shai-Hulud Nebula ;-)

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Shai-Hulud Nebula ;-) – CG 4 – Cometary Globule in Puppis – IAS Remote Telescope, Hakos, Namibia – Jan 2024 – LHaRGB v1

Another CG in Puppis, also called “God’s Hand” trying to snatch PGC21338, but for me it looks more like a sandworm.

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Cometary Globules CG30, CG31, CG38

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CG30, CG31A-E, CG38 – Cometary Globules in the Gum Nebula and more Dark Nebulae in Puppis – IAS Remote Telescope, Hakos, Namibia – Jan 2024 – LRGB v1

New data from the IAS remote telescope, comprising 2 panels for this mosaic. Somewhat uncharted territory in Puppis, at least regarding the NGC and IC catalogs, with several cometary globules in the outskirts of the very large Gum Nebula.

More scientific details about the objects can be found in this older publication by ESO, see page 71, section 2.1.4 CG30/31 and HH12.

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Abell 194 Galaxy Cluster

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Abell 194 – Galaxy Cluster in Cetus – IAS Remote Telescope, Hakos, Namibia – Dec 2023 – LRGB v1

More data from the IAS remote telescope, the Abell 194 galaxy cluster in Cetus. Featuring NGC 519, 530, 535, 538, 541, 543, 545, 547, 548, 557, some ICs and tons of PGCs, see below.

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