Gregg's Astronomy & Astrophotography
Recent Images 11/22/2016
IC 405 Flaming Star Nebula  IC 405 Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga. AE Aurigae is sometines called a "runaway star" because it seems to moving through the galaxy and is not associated with IC 405.  It wa probably born in the Orion complex and ejected 2 million years ago by gravitational interaction with other stars. It is also known as the Flaming Star and lends its name to IC 405. IC 405 is part of a larger emission area cataloged as Sh2-229. For additional close up views of the Flaming Star Nebula, see the APODs from 11/10/2015 and 1/7/2013.
This image is an HαLRGB composite of 465:560:130:120:110 minutes (about 23 hours total exposure) made from November 5-18, 2016, from my remote observatory in Animas, New Mexico.  I used an SBIG STL11000M camera and an ASA 10N astrograph to record the image. The data was acquired and assembled using CCD Commander and MaximDL with final processing done in  Photoshop
 
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This page illustrates what can be photographed using amateur telescopes and a CCD camera.  I currently use an SBIG STL11000M camera and have previously used SBIG and Starlight Xpress cameras, as well as a Cookbook 245 camera that I built myself.  Most of the images in this web site were taken from my backyard near a busy street with several street lights.  Not only is the CCD camera a great imaging tool, but it allows "real time" observation of objects not normally visible in areas with moderate-severe light pollution.