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Łukasz Socha
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Supermoon imaged on December 3rd, 2017 with QHY163 camera and Meade ACF10" telescope. It was at the distance 352,000km at that moment.
And in January there will be another supermoon at Jan, 2nd and yet another one at Jan, 31st. This day it will be Full Moon, Supermoon and Blue Moon as well :)
Higher resolution at my blog http://astrojolo.com/astrophotography/solar-system/supermoon/
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Meade ACF 10" f/10 tube is a new guest at my roll off observatory. Although it is not yet fully equipped (missing guiding, reducer and focuser) I was able to do some first lights and first observations. If you are interested in this telescope you may read my thoughts here:
http://astrojolo.com/gears/meade-acf-10-f-10/
http://astrojolo.com/gears/meade-acf-first-light/
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28.11.2017
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This little dot in the enlarged area is a quasar with redshift value of 4.265. That corresponds to 12.41 billion years. At this time the Universe was pretty young, and the first galaxies were "only" about 1 billion years old. I identified this object at my M101 image using SDSS survey page - its apparent brightness in g filter is 21.78mag. Image below was made at my suburban backyard using 130mm refractor and QHY163M camera - it is 240 minutes of total exposure time with luminance filter.
http://astrojolo.com/more-than-pictures/12-41-billion-years-away/
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Over October nights I verified if it is possible to record dark nebulae under suburban sky. It turned out to be possible, but it is not easy, and the outcome is not breathtaking. But anyway I prefer LRGB palette over narrowband, that's why I shot LRGB as often as it is possible. Image below was made with 130mm refractor, QHY163M camera and EQ6 mount. It is 8 hours of total exposure with LRGB filters.
http://astrojolo.com/astrophotography/other-nebulae/light-polluted-iris/
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I added some color to my 8 hours hydrogen Bubble - it is 3x40 minutes of RGB and 20x10 minutes of OIII band and merged it all together to a frame like below. Image was shot under suburban skies with 130mm refractor and QHY163M camera on EQ6 mount. There are M52 open cluster and NGC7635 nebula in there, but also faint KjPn 8 planetary nebula - you can check http://astrojolo.com/astrophotography/emission-nebulae/bubble-and-elusive-kjpn-8/ for more details on it.
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Last few nights at my location was not good in terms of transparency (plus some Moon above), but seeing was decent. I decided to try on well known Bubble nebula and to reveal some detail inside the bubble. I am pretty happy with the result. Image was made with 130mm refractor, QHY163M camera with Ha filter and EQ6 mount. It is 8 hours in 10 minutes subframes made under suburban sky. Image below is a crop, full frame is at http://astrojolo.com/astrophotography/emission-nebulae/into-the-bubble/
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Since M31 do not fit into my large scale setup I decided to picture this beauty with 135mm telephoto lens and QHY163M camera. Image below is LRGB composite with 120 minutes of total exposure time. It was made at star party in Zatom, Poland. Two satellite galaxies M32 and M110 are easily visible, and also whole lot of distant globular clusters nearby M31 with the largest known globular cluster Mayall II that is two times more massive than Omega Centauri. More details at http://astrojolo.com/astrophotography/galaxies/m31-and-mayall-ii/
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It has been two years since I started to do deep sky imaging with CMOS cameras. They are more and more popular among astroimaging amateurs and pretty similar in use to "classic" CCD cameras, however there are some differences, like for example new settings. I tried to collect my experiences and findings about CMOS settings in this blog entry: http://astrojolo.com/gears/cmos-setting-challenge/

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This is wide field view of Cocoon nebula in Cygnus. It is LRGB composite (3h) with a bit of Ha band (1h), so both dark dusty nebulae and some hydrogen molecular clouds are visible. Also several open clusters have been recorded with most prominent M39 to the right of the frame center.
Image was recorded in Anticiana, Toscana with Samyang 135/2 lens and QHY163M camera.

http://astrojolo.com/astrophotography/wide-field/cocoon-and-friends/
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At the holiday end over few August nights I collected these almost 20 hours of narrowband plus RGB frames of well known Crescent nebula. My goals were to register oxygen nebula envelope and also Soap Bubble nebula (left bottom part) that has been discovered only ten years ago. And here they are :)
Image was made with QHY163M camera and 130mm refractor on EQ6 mount. It is 8.5h of Ha and Oiii each plus 3x30 minutes of RGB.
http://astrojolo.com/astrophotography/emission-nebulae/crescent-and-soap-bubble/
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09.09.2017
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