Adam Lundie - Eatons Hill Observatory

Here is a collection of astronomical photos taken by Adam Lundie at Eatons Hill Observatory.

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Popular Tags:   Nebula Galaxy Planet Processing Messier Caldwell

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Trifid Nebula in HaLRGB thumbnail
03-Aug-2016
Almost everyone has a go at imaging the Trifid nebula, which is composed of 3 different type of nebulae; emission, reflection, and absorption. When I noticed some faint red glow in the background, I decided to try integrating some long hydrogen emission line frames to see if I could get any structure out of it. I'm quite happy with the resulting background structures!

Spiral Galaxy Caldwell 101 thumbnail
11-Jul-2016
Caldwell 101 is a spiral galaxy about 31 million light-years away, tilted towards our line of sight. It is thought to be one of the most Milky Way-like spiral galaxies in our immediate vicinity. It also has at least one distorted companion galaxy similar to the Magellanic Clouds.

Eagle Nebula thumbnail
05-Jul-2016
The Eagle Nebula is located 7000 light years away and is home to the famous "Pillars of Creation", shown in the centre of this image. This photograph is presented in the Hubble narrowband palette, which shows the distrubution of Hydrogen (green), Oxygen (blue), and Sulfur (red) gasses.

Caldwell 68 and Globular Cluster NGC6723 thumbnail
26-Jun-2016
Less than 500 light-years away and blocking light from more distant, background stars in the Milky Way, the densest part of the dust cloud of Caldwell 68 is about 8 light-years long. At its tip is a group of reflection nebulae cataloged as NGC 6726, 6727, 6729, and IC 4812. A characteristic blue color is produced as light from hot stars is reflected by the cosmic dust.

Astronomy as Art - The Many Faces of Narrowband thumbnail
16-Jun-2016
Narrowband images are rarely presented as true color light. When imaging in narrowband, colors are assigned to each channel based on the specific emission lines captured. One of the most common choices is the SHO Hubble Pallet, but the choices for mixing colors are endless. Here are 9 examples of how an image of a planetary nebula may be colored.

Revisiting the Lagoon Nebula with a new telescope. thumbnail
10-Jun-2016
I was lucky enough to snag a second hand 900mm refractor at a good price. I needed a bright target to test it with. The Lagoon Nebula is a giant interstellar cloud around 4077 light years away, classified as an emission nebula and as an H II region.

NGC6357 in Narrowband thumbnail
07-Jun-2016
NGC 6357 is a diffuse nebula in the constellation Scorpius. The nebula contains many proto-stars shielded by dark disks of gas, and young stars wrapped in expanding gases. It is also known as the Lobster Nebula. Presented is a narrowband SHO photograph in the Hubble Space Telescope palette.

Galaxies NGC5101 and NGC5078 thumbnail
31-May-2016
This two panel mosaic shows the large galaxies NGC5101 (left) and NGC5078 (right), approximately 89 and 94 million light years distant. Galaxy IC879 is interacting with NGC5078, while galaxy IC4222 is shown in the bottom right corner. Numerous other small galaxies appear throughout the background

Mars Is Difficult thumbnail
29-May-2016
Although Mars is at it's biggest and brightest this week, it's so small, it's a difficult subject to get any detail out of.

Hispania Passing NGC 5101. The Brightest Asteroid I've Ever Seen thumbnail
19-May-2016
Hispania (1915 WT) is the brightest asteroid I've ever seen. It's so bright, I had to remove it from each frame for plate solving to work. Also moving through the frame is another named asteroid: Geowilliams (1984 UL2)

First Narrowband, Difficult Subject: Planetary Nebula Sh2-313 thumbnail
10-May-2016
For my first foray into narrowband imaging, I have chosen a very dim & difficult target: planetary nebula Sh2-313, also known as Abell 35 and PK 303+40.1

Asteroid 2001 TM120 Passing NGC 5078 thumbnail
19-Apr-2016
While looking through the data captured of NGC 5078, I discovered a very dim object slowly moving through the field of view. I have identified the object as main belt asteroid 2001 TM120, magnitude 15.5.

Southern Pinwheel Galaxy M83 thumbnail
11-Apr-2016
The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light-years away. It is one of the closest and brightest barred spiral galaxies in the sky.

Animation of Sombrero Processing Steps thumbnail
10-Apr-2016
When it's cloudy I will go back to an image and animate the steps I took so I can watch it from start to finished. Presented in this animation are the main processing steps in sequence from my image of the Sombrero Galaxy.

Colliding Antennae Galaxies thumbnail
06-Apr-2016
The Antennae Galaxies, also known as NGC 4038/NGC 4039, are a pair of interacting galaxies ~45 million light years away. They are currently going through a starburst phase, in which the collision of clouds of gas and dust, with entangled magnetic fields, causes rapid star formation.

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