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Best of Images by Dan Doolan

Welcome to my album of Astrophotographic images!

It is here that I have progressed over the past ten plus years in trying to capture the perfect Astronomical image. Starting with a modified Webcam, the Starlight Express MX7-C and now the Canon Rebel XT all from my humble set-up in Southern Ontario Canada.

above - M27 - Nebula

M27 Cropped RCX400 guided (10 x 600sec) 100 min exposure

Telescope: RCX400 12" f5.4 Prime Focus - Canon Rebel XT (FR 6.3 - Lumicon Deep-Sky Filter (Hb, OIII, Ha)

RC Gradient X 

Comet Lulin  - Feb. 28th  2009

Composite 40 minute exposure - Sat. Feb. 28th. She was flying by about 5 degrees NW from Regulus from my backyard. I used
the Canon Rebel attached to my Orion 80mm 2 minute subs - she sure was moving fast!

 In order to eliminate star trials I first aligned on the comets nucleus and did a Sigma Median Combine eliminating the Star field trails then I combined the clean comet image over the star field. The result is a 40 minute exposure with no star trails!

Can you spot the two galaxies along the tail, they are 3020 and NGC 3024 in the magnitude 12-13 range.


 

The Beautiful  "Seven Sisters"  - M45

20 x 3minutes exposure - LP Filter  & FR Telescope: Orion ED80mm  Prime Focus w/ 0.8 FR - Canon Rebel XT Acquired using DSLR Focus; ImagesPlus 2.80;   Noise Reduction by NEAT. Guided - PHD Feb 13th, 2009

 

M42 - The Great Orion Nebula

22 x 3minutes exposure - LP Filter  & FR Telescope: Orion ED80mm  Prime Focus w/ 0.8 FR - Canon Rebel XT Acquired using DSLR Focus; ImagesPlus 2.80;   Noise Reduction by NEAT. Guided PHD - Feb 16th, 2009

 

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Rosette Nebula and Star Cluster -NGC2244 March 22 & 23, 2007

The final image of the Rosette Nebula a beautiful large nebula complex in Monoceros. Over two nights of acquiring the data last week, I was able to use just over 3 hours in exposure time (cropped).  Worked on the color balance and bringing out the Ha data thanks to the Lumicon DSF.

Camera: Canon Rebel XT (Lumicon Deep Sky Filter); Telescope: Orion EDO80mm Refractor; Guided on the RCX400 3 hour Exposure over two nights March 22nd and March 23rd.  (5min Subs); Calibrated darks and Raw images with ImagesPlus 2.80 Acquired using DSLR Focus; Post-production using Adobe CS2; Noise Reduction Neat Image Demo SW; Location: Caledon Ontario

 

IC 5146 in Cygnus

July 28th & July 30th 2008 - Exposure 2.66 hours Orion 80EDmm, Mount used: EQ6 Guided 5 minute subs using PHD; Camera: Canon Rebel XT IC 5146 is an open Cluster and Nebulosity

 

Andromeda Galaxy (Reprocessed)

Taken over two nights from my observatory in Caledon, Ontario - 4.1 hours in total exposure (my deepest one yet) time through the Orion 80ED, LP Filter with SCT 6.3 reducer. Camera: Canon Rebel XT Acquired: Focus DSLR Reduced ImagesPlus 2.80 Post: Adobe CS2 Nov 23rd, 2006

19x ten minute subs 1600ISO Averaged; 12x five minute subs 1600ISO Averaged; Combined ADD Darks Grad x and NEAT applied. Reprocessed with Noel Carboni v1.5 Astronomy Tools for Photoshop.

M31 is the famous Andromeda galaxy, our nearest large neighbor galaxy (2.2 Million Lights years), forming the Local Group of galaxies together with its companions (including M32 and M110, two bright dwarf elliptical galaxies), our Milky Way and its companions, M33 which I took a shot of two nights ago.

The Monkey Nebula (NGC2174) in the constellation Orion.

 Taken  March 20th, 2007 from my observatory in Caledon, Ontario - Poor Seeing - 16 x  5 minute in total exposure  time through the Orion 80ED, LP Filter. Camera: Canon Rebel XT Acquired: Focus DSLR Reduced ImagesPlus 2.80 Post: Adobe CS2; Nick C Astronomy Tools 1.5v (Published in SkyNews magazine.)

 




NGC7000 Close-up of the North American Nebula.

Orion ED80mm guided (11x500sec) 1.5 hour exposure - no Filter Sept. 26th 2006 Telescope: Orion ED80mm  f6 Prime Focus - Canon Rebel XT Acquired using DSLR Focus; Calibrated and Stacked in ImagesPlus 2.75; applied Curves, Levels, Colour  in Photo Shop CS;  Noise Reduction by NEAT.

 

 

North American Nebula (NGC7000) & The Pelican Nebula .

Orion ED80mm guided (11x300sec) 1600 ISO exposure - FR 6.3 and my new LP filter  Oct 31, 2006

M71 Globular Cluster

Orion ED80mm guided (11x300sec) 1600 ISO exposure - FR 6.3 and my new LP filter July 18th 2007

NGC6960 VEIL West

Cropped RCX400 guided (4 x 600sec) 40 min exposure

Telescope: RCX400 12" f5.4 Prime Focus - Canon Rebel XT (FR 6.3 - Lumicon Deep-Sky Filter (Hb, OIII, Ha)

NGC6992 VEIL Nebula East

Cygnus Cropped Orion ED80mm guided (12x300sec) 1 hour exposure - No Filter

Telescope: Orion ED80mm  f6 Prime Focus - Canon Rebel XT Acquired using DSLR Focus; Calibrated and Stacked in ImagesPlus; applied Curves, Levels, Photo Shop CS; Little Noise Reduction by NEAT.  Sept 26th 2006

 

Mars

Meade RCX400 Webcam - 12.06.2005 1000 Frames Stacked

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy Wide Field

Telescope: Orion EDO80mm Refractor; Guided on the my new EQ6 mount. EQdirect (Shoestring Astronomy) and guided using PHD software. 12 x 5 min exposures

M3 Globular Cluster

18 minutes exposure 21/06/2007

 

M57 Ring Nebula and IC 1296

RCX400

 Saturn 03.27.2006

Meade RXC400 Webcam

 

Oct. 28th 2007

Comet Holmes

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10sec single .jpg exposure - Canon Rebel - 12" Meade  RCX400

June 21

 Wide Field of NCG5229 (upper Right); M51 (Middle); IC4263 & NGC 5169 (Lower Left)

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The final image consisted of 12 x 5 minute sub-exposures. Camera: Canon Rebel XT - No filter

Better Colour; Telescope: Orion EDO80mm Refractor; Guided on the my new EQ6 mount. EQdirect (Shoestring Astronomy) and guided using PHD software.

Darks applied. Touched up in CS2.

June 19

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 M3

The final image consisted of 12 x 3 minute sub-exposures. Camera: Canon Rebel XT - No filter

Better Colour; Telescope: Orion EDO80mm Refractor; Guided on the my new EQ6 mount. EQdirect (Shoestring Astronomy) and guided using PHD software.

June 17th

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NGC6207 (upper right) & The Great M13 Globular Cluster

The final image consisted of 12 x 3 minute sub-exposures. Camera: Canon Rebel XT (Lumicon Deep Sky Filter); Telescope: Orion EDO80mm Refractor; Guided on the my new EQ6 mount. EQdirect (Shoestring Astronomy) and guided using PHD software.

March 20th

New moon of Spring. Taken  from my observatory in Caledon, Ontario - - 1 x 0. 5 sec in total exposure  time through the Orion 80ED, LP Filter. Camera: Canon Rebel XT Acquired: Focus DSLR R

March 18th

The Flame and Horse Head Nebula Taken  from my observatory in Caledon, Ontario - Poor Seeing - 16 x  5 minute in total exposure  time through the Orion 80ED, LP Filter. Camera: Canon Rebel XT Acquired: Focus DSLR Reduced ImagesPlus 2.80 Post: Adobe CS2; Nick C Astronomy Tools 1.5v

Feb 23st

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The Moon passing by The Pleiades (M45) or The seven Sisters.

A quick snapshot taken  from my driveway  in Caledon, Ontario - Poor Seeing - 2x 0.5sec exposure 300m lens Canon Rebel XT camera.

Dec 19th

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Above - M1 Crab Nebula 

Taken  from my observatory in Caledon, Ontario - Poor Seeing - 600sec x  6 1 hour in total exposure  time through the Orion 80ED, LP Filter. Camera: Canon Rebel XT Acquired: Focus DSLR Reduced ImagesPlus 2.80 Post: Adobe CS2; Nick C Astronomy Tools 1.5v (Reprocessed 02.04.2007 - Spike added)

Nov 23rd & 24th

Above - M33 - the Pin wheel Galaxy

Telescope: Meade RCX400 12" f8 Prime Focus w/ 6.3 FR - Canon Rebel XT Acquired using DSLR Focus; ImagesPlus 2.80; applied Curves, Levels, Colour  in Photo Shop CS2;  Noise Reduction by NEAT.

Total exposure - 3 hours using 5 minute sub-frames. 

The Pinwheel Galaxy, M33, is a very large, beautiful, face-on spiral galaxy. Several emission nebulae inside of M33 can be seen as red pink patches in this photo.

Comet Swan Comet Swan - tails enhanced

Above - Comet Swan - 2x300sec exposure - LP Filter  & FR

Telescope: Orion ED80mm  Prime Focus - Canon Rebel XT Acquired using DSLR Focus; ImagesPlus 2.80; applied Curves, Levels, Colour  in Photo Shop CS2;  Noise Reduction by NEAT.

 

Aug 8th 2006

Above - M101 Pinwheel galaxy Cropped RCX400 guided (12x300sec) 1 hour exposure (A little noisy need more data)

 

Telescope: RCX400 12" f5.4 Prime Focus - Canon Rebel XT (FR 6.3 - Lumicon Deep-Sky Filter (Hb, OIII, Ha)

 

July 22nd 2006 (Reprocessed)

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Above - M57 Cropped Wide Field (45 minutes) RING NEBULA taken on June 30th

Telescope: RCX400 12" f8 Prime Focus - Guided Canon Rebel XT

 

July 19th 2006

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Above - M17 Swan Nebula Cropped (15 x 120 sec)

Guided 15 x120 sec; Graded each frame (5 x 120 "Added" into Three Groups then "Combined" in ImagesPlus. Used new Filtering technique to create more depth.

Telescope: Orion 80mm ED

Camera: Canon Rebel XT, 800ISO, 15x120sec; Guided on the back of my RCX400.

Acquired using DSLR Focus; Calibrated and Stacked in ImagesPlus; applied Curves, Levels, RC Gradient X Terminator in Photo Shop CS; Little Noise Reduction by NEAT.

 

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July 18th 2006

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Above - M92 Cropped Wide Field (15 x 120 sec) Globular Cluster

Telescope: Orion 80mm ED - Guided  Canon Rebel XT

June 30th 2006

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Above - M57 Cropped Wide Field (45 minutes) RING NEBULA

Telescope: RCX400 12" f8 Prime Focus - Guided Canon Rebel XT

June 24th 2006

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Above - M5 Cropped Wide Field

June 24th 2006

Above - M16 Wide Field (46.6 minutes) Cropped

Here is a wide field shot I took of M16 Eagle Nebula.

Telescope: Orion 80mm ED

Camera: Canon Rebel XT, 800ISO, 14x200sec or 46.6 minutes exposure. Guided on the back of my RCX400.

Acquired using DSLR Focus; Calibrated and Stacked in ImagesPlus; applied Curves, Levels, RC Gradient X Terminator in Photo Shop CS; Little Noise Reduction by NEAT. Applied some new techniques that I picked up from Tony H. down in Suffern, NY's NEAF Imaging Forum last month. Not like the Hubble, of course, but as you know this is the famous "pillars of creation" image but not bad for a 46 minutes shot. I love the columns of hydrogen gas and dust!

June 15th, 2006

Above - M27 - Dumbbell Nebula (1 hour exposure) RCX400 12"  & Canon Rebel XT 

This is a shot I took on June 15 2006 of the Dumbbell Nebula; it is the brightest planetary nebula in the night sky, it was the first planetary to be discovered in the night sky by Charles Messier on July 12, 1764. This is what is left over from an exploded star, very cool! It lies about 1200 light-years away from us so the light image that you see in this shot has been traveling for over 1200 years to get here.  The Dumbbell contains multiple gas shells moving away from the central star which you can see. The blue colour is oxygen and the Red colour is Nitrogen moving away from the core at about 30km/sec. I hope to capture some Hydrogen Alpha later next week. The central star of M27 is quite bright at mag 13.5, and an extremely hot blueish subdwarf dwarf at about 85,000 K

June 4th, 2006

Above - M3 - Globular Cluster (30 minute exposure) RCX400 12"  & Canon Rebel XT 

This is a shot I took on June 4th of M3 3 x 10 minute exposures. My first successful attempt at 10 minute guiding.

I used a program called K3CCD 3 works well with my Mintron Video Camera.

Above - M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy (50 minute exposure) RCX400 12"  & Canon Rebel XT 

This is a shot I took on June 5th of M51 50 minute exposures. Getting better, poor seeing that night. will try again soon

for this is one of my personal favorites. .

theta Aquil - Beautiful Blue star

NGC2924 - Flame & Horse head Nebula

Jupiter - 02.25.2005 Meade LX200 GPS 10"/Webcam

This is a shot I took on 02.25.2005. Jupiter ith Europa and her shadow. Double on the image to enlarge.