Orion and the running man

Orion and the running man

After a few months waiting for it, I finally got to play with my new telescope and I revisited The Orion Nebula (M42). This time, I could include the Running Man Nebula as well (NGC 1977). Their light took roughly 1500 years to cross space and hit the sensor of my camera. I am very pleased as I could gather much more information this time. Considering that the moon was 97% illuminated yesterday night, I didn’t think I could be able to salvage these details. Looking forward to some clear and dark nights.
For those interested in the technical details, this is a stack of the best 50% of 78 light frames, stacked with 20 dark frames (used to reduce the heat noise from long exposures), 20 flat frames (to reduce vignetting and dust), as well as 20 bias frames (used to detect camera noise and dead pixels). The camera is an EOS 550d modified for astrophotography.
Taking the photos was the quick part (fortunately as it was just about to freeze last night). A couple of computer hours were necessary to bring all the details out.

Posted by Christian Gloor (mostly) underwater photographer on 2019-03-20 16:17:42

Tagged: , Orion , running , man , nebula , M42 , M43 , space , astrophotography , night , telescope , Celestron

Hot Shot Z Trains

Hot Shot Z Trains

In the last portion of the 20th Century, this train was known on the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe as the 991. Seen here, the ZWSPNBY speeds through Empire, CA., on a warm afternoon. This train crew is doing their best to make up time as computers in Fort Worth, TX., are causing havoc system wide. Meanwhile, the Amtrak California San Joaquin train I was aiming for, leaves a trail of dust in the distance.

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Posted by FranksRails Photography, LLC. on 2017-08-21 15:44:23

Tagged: , Ambulance , EMS , Police , Firefighter , Pierce , Orion , Southern Pacific , Asti , Cloverdale , Amtrak , FranksRails Photography LLC. , Caltrain , AMTK , JPBX , UP , CDTX , Coast , Sub , Peninsula , Union , Pacific , California , Autoracks , Long , Exposures , Time , Lapses , VTA , Railroad , New , Flyer , Gillig , Rapid , Routes , Trains , Busses , Rails , S.M.A.R.T. , Sonoma-Marin , Area , Rail , Transit , DMU , Nippon , Sharyo , CHP , Sonoma County Sheriff , California Highway Patrol , Golden Gate Transit , North Western Pacific Railroad , NWP , NWPRR , KSFO , San Francisco International Airport , Boeing , Airbus , Embraer , Canadair , United Airlines , American Airlines , British Airlines , Luftansa , KLM , UAE , Corvette , C2 , Southwest Airlines , Modesto , MAX , Modesto Area Transit , StaRT , Stanislaus Regional Transit , Gillig Phantom , MAX Gillig Phantom

M42 LRGB

M42 LRGB

M42 the great Orion nebula

This is the queen of the winter sky. The great Orion nebula. No words to describe this magnificent object. In the picture there’s also the "running man" nebula, on the left.
This is my first attempt to process this object which has an high dynamic range with a very lightful core and faint dusts in the neighbours.

T:Takahashi FSQ 106ED @f/3,65 w 0.73x focal reducer
M: Astrophysics Mach1 GTO
C: QSI 690ws-g8
G: Lodestar X2
F: Astrodon RGB E-Gen2 set
Foc: Sharp Sky Pro foucser
CPU: Eagle-S Primalucelab

Sw: Sequence Generator Pro – PHD2 – Pixinsight 1.8

R:G:B=20:20:20 x 180" + Syntetic L
Bias: 31
Dark: 31
Flat: 50

Posted by DocRX on 2017-01-22 19:02:34

Tagged: , M42 , great , orion , nebula , sword , Astrometrydotnet:id=nova1909927 , Astrometrydotnet:status=solved

Orion Nebula in 3D: X stereo

Orion Nebula in 3D: X stereo

Hubble space telescope image has been converted to stereoscopic format. Obviously it is totally impossible to see the nebula in real 3D since the stereoscopic base required would involve inter-stellar distances, so this is imaginary hyperstereoscopy. The nebula is a huge gas and dust cloud and parts of it are collapsing by gravity into stars – a stellar nursery.

View in 3D by going cross-eyed. If you cannot perform optical gymnastics, 3D versions in anaglyph format are available on Flickr. Red/cyan anaglyphs give good stereo but poor colour. Amber/Blue (ColorCode) anaglyphs give good colour and fair stereo but a dark right eye image. Try all 3 formats to find your favourite for computer stereo.

Posted by kiwizone on 2007-09-15 23:25:06

Tagged: , Hubble , Orion , Nebula , stereo , cross-eye , astronomomy , kiwizone , nzphoto , John Wattie