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Comet Catalina from last Friday night, as an inverted mono picture. Sometimes it's easier to see space objects with faint details inverted like this so you can make out those glowing regions against white instead of the darkness of space (and computer monitors)! #astrophotography #Celestron #hyperstar #QHY12 10 X 30s + 10 x 60s exposures.

True Colour "Great Carina Nebula" ------------
This is 2+ hours of 180s exposures over 2 nights using my 9.25" SCT Telescope + QHY12 One Shot Colour CCD camera. In processing this, I've tried to draw out the details with respect to the natural colour of this MASSIVE southern hemisphere nebula.

You can tell a photo like this has been "over-photoshopped" if you can't see distinct orange and blue stars. If you can see orange and blue stars (and the photographer hasn't "painted" them back in using photoshop) then the colours of the rest of the photo are real and not enhanced artificially into unrealistic hues.

This photo is now PUBLIC DOMAIN and copyright free. 
See more of my work on http://deography.com #astrophotography #celestron #celestronfans #qhy12 #qhyccd #hyperstar3 #carina

Last nights Tarantula Nebula with proper colour correction and a nicer crop :) That inner detail in the nebula is just mind blowing. I love all #astrophotography but I just can't go past nebulae! 28 x 180s exposures / #hyperstar3 / #qhy12 #qhyccd #celestron #celestronfans

Sometimes I point my telescope at nondescript areas of the sky to see what happens, and explore. This is a small detail of CED 122 a large, faint diffuse nebula not far from the southern cross. It has distinct dark nebulas throughout it, not being lit or ionised by any nearby stars, not active. Just there, floating by itself on an intensely rich background of old Milky Way stars. 30 x 180s #celstron #9.25 #edgehd #hyperstar #qhy12 #celestronrocks #astrophotography #universetoday #photographingspace #nebula

This is the Prawn Nebula! Do you see it? I can't. This is also the result of 3 hours in the high wind, which buffeted the telescope and make all the stars big and soft. Despite the softness I spent a lot of time getting the natural colour am happy with such even colour throughout :) Taken tonight during the new moon in Byron Bay, NSW Australia. #celestron  #hyperstar, #qhy12  #nebulosity hours integration time. #nebula #astrophotography

The Sculptor Galaxy! AKA The "Silver Coin". My best attempt yet at a small distant galaxy using the full magnification of my Celestron 9.25 Edge HD. Though small, it's the largest and brightest you can image after LMC, Andromeda and SMC so it comes up pretty nicely framed. This 55 minutes of 300s exposures @ F10 reveal the faint dust lanes and the classic spiral galaxy structure, much like our own Milky Way. It is considered a "Starburst" galaxy which means it is forming stars rapidly. Only one supernova (the death of a star) has been observed here. #astrophotography #celestron #ig_astrophotography #edgehd #pixinisight #nebulosity #galaxy #qhy12 #qhyccd #universetoday #starviewig

I'm really happy with the output from this 1.2 hours of integration on the Flying Spaghetti Monster nebula! 4 x 20 minute subs in Ha ... with the full moon out :) Taken with hyperstar and QHY12 one shot colour CCD.. so this would have only taken 30 mins and have 66% more detail with a proper mono CCD which is a $5,000 purchase I'm not ready for just yet :) #astrophotography #fsm #celestron #celestronfans #qhy12 #narrowband #nebula #bnw_zone #bnw

2 hour and 27 mins of exposure time on The Sculptor galaxy has yielded my best galaxy image yet! That classic side on spiral shape. I used my new trick of using 2 different cameras - one for mono luminance and one for colour. This image is brought to you by Pink Floyd, Mr Robot and a bottle of South American Carmenere wine. #celestron 9.25 #qhy9 #qhy12 #astrophotography #byronbay #science #outreach #galaxy #celestronrocks #universetoday

Taken over 2 nights, this is a deep space astrophoto of the “Prawn” nebula 6,000 lightyears away from earth. This kind of deep space work takes a long time usually and this one is about 2.5 hours of exposure time in 3 and 5 minutes exposures. In fact most of the data was quite blurry because of wind, so I processed it separately and used it as a “luminance” layer over the sharp data which creates the glowing halo around the stars. Only 33 minutes of exposures were “sharp”. Celestron 9.25" Edge HD SCT / Hyperstar 3 / UHC Filter / EQ6 Mount / EQMOD / Stellarium / Astrotortilla / Nebulosity 4 / Photoshop #celestron #astrophotography #qhy12 #nebulosity #celestronfans #stellarium #prawn #nebula #edgehd

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UPDATED 4hrs of exposure time on The Sculptor galaxy in L + RGB and a further 1.5 hrs Ha from +john mills to reveal the red glowing embers of the galactic plane.
I used my new trick of using 2 different cameras - one for mono luminance and one for colour. This image is brought to you by Pink Floyd, Mr Robot and a bottle of South American Carmenere wine. #celestron 9.25 #qhy9 #qhy12 #astrophotography #byronbay #science #outreach #galaxy #celestronrocks #universetoday

UPDATED 4hrs of exposure time on The Sculptor galaxy in L + RGB and a further 1.5 hrs Ha from @photosinferno (John Mills) reveal the red glowing embers of the galactic plane.
Spring and Autumn are galaxy seasons for both hemispheres so I've got a few more galaxies cooking in the laboratory to share with you soon as I gather more exposures! #celestron 9.25 #qhy9 #qhy12 #astrophotography #byronbay #science #outreach #galaxy #celestronrocks #universetoday

My friend Dylan O'Donnell is an astrophotography beast! Check out this stunning image of the Sculptor Galaxy (or NGC 253), a beautiful spiral galaxy that's located about 11.5 million light-years away. It's the most massive member of the Sculptor group of galaxies, one of the closest groups to our Local Group of galaxies.
This beauty is a starburst galaxy, meaning it's undergoing star formation at a very high rate. This period of heavy star formation has resulted in the formation of lots of massive star clusters (or super star clusters) near the galactic core, and lots of the highest mass stars as well. But its high rate of star formation means that stellar winds from things like the production of such high mass stars and their resulting violent supernovae is blowing out much of the gas from the galaxy, leaving it without much for further star formation. Galaxies like M82 and the Antennae Galaxies (which are actually two galaxies colliding) are experiencing the same thing, and will result in the fate.
Interesting how different galaxies are, isn't it? =) Well done, Dylan! #galaxy #starburst #SculptorGalaxy #Astronomy
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2 hour and 27 mins of exposure time on The Sculptor galaxy has yielded my best galaxy image yet! That classic side on spiral shape. I used my new trick of using 2 different cameras - one for mono luminance and one for colour. This image is brought to you by Pink Floyd, Mr Robot and a bottle of South American Carmenere wine. #celestron 9.25 #qhy9 #qhy12 #astrophotography #byronbay #science #outreach #galaxy #celestronrocks #universetoday

2 hour and 27 mins of exposure time on The Sculptor galaxy has yielded my best galaxy image yet! That classic side on spiral shape. I used my new trick of using 2 different cameras - one for mono luminance and one for colour. This image is brought to you by Pink Floyd, Mr Robot and a bottle of South American Carmenere wine. #celestron 9.25 #qhy9 #qhy12 #astrophotography #byronbay #science #outreach #galaxy #celestronrocks #universetoday

Sometimes I point my telescope at nondescript areas of the sky to see what happens, and explore. This is a small detail of CED 122 a large, faint diffuse nebula not far from the southern cross. It has distinct dark nebulas throughout it, not being lit or ionised by any nearby stars, not active. Just there, floating by itself on an intensely rich background of old Milky Way stars. 30 x 180s #celstron #9.25 #edgehd #hyperstar #qhy12 #celestronrocks #astrophotography #universetoday #photographingspace #nebula

Here's my Horsehead and Flame Nebula with full colour as promised! This is such a popular target for space nerds that you're probably seeing it from other Instagram accounts too, as it's in season and prime for photography. Although popular, it's actually pretty difficult to do well. That bright star Alnitak usually dominates the view, throwing light in all directions and obscuring the nebulosity. The Nebulosity is faint and takes a fair exposure so beginners have trouble with it. As usual I've rushed things and this image comes from only 12 exposures - 1hr Ha and 30 mins RGB. It's a quick and dirty way to get deep space objects super fast! #celestron 9.25" Edge HD #hyperstar #qhyccd #qhy12 #baader #highspeed #f2 #celestronrocks #astrophotography #ig_astrophotography #universetoday #natgeospace

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Darkness of space
#qhy12 10*30s + 10*60s exposure

The Sculptor Galaxy! AKA The "Silver Coin". My best attempt yet at a small distant galaxy using the full magnification of my Celestron 9.25 Edge HD. Though small, it's the largest and brightest you can image after LMC, Andromeda and SMC so it comes up pretty nicely framed. This 55 minutes of 300s exposures @ F10 reveal the faint dust lanes and the classic spiral galaxy structure, much like our own Milky Way. It is considered a "Starburst" galaxy which means it is forming stars rapidly. Only one supernova (the death of a star) has been observed here. #astrophotography #celestron #ig_astrophotography #edgehd #pixinisight #nebulosity #galaxy #qhy12 #qhyccd #universetoday #starviewig

Last crack at this classic before it sets over the horizon. The Eagle Nebula in One Shot Colour RGB. 5 x 10m exposures @ f10 / 2350mm magnification. The "pillars" are fairly clear though more integration time, higher aspect and better alignment would improve this quick run. I'm just happy to be imaging something after a few fruitless nights! Celestron Edge HD / Nebulosity / PHD2 / PixInsight / Photoshop. #astrophotography  #pixinsight #qhy12 #qhyccd #eagle #nebula #starviewig #ig_astrophotography #universetoday #celestron

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Instagram only! I'm not going to share this one on any other network. If you live in the northern hemisphere : this little fuzz ball of space ice is heading your way. It's getting brighter by the day and could be the brightest comet you've seen for decades. Or not. It's a comet so who knows. It's scheduled to peak around New Years and will still be visible in the Southern Hemisphere until nov-dec so might be a great show for the whole world. you heard it here first (maybe) - Comet Catalina! remember that name. 20 x 60s / #Celestron #QHY12 #hyperstar #astrophotography #PixInsight

Oh it's so nice to be back behind the telescope again! Here is the "swan" nebula as I imaged live on the +Global Star Party tonight. I don't know where the swan is, so I'm sorry if this is upside down or whatever. :) You can watch the replay of the 1hr show on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeCalC56EAg  #astrophotography #Celestron #EdgeHD #swan #omega #nebula #PixInsight #nebulosity #qhyccd #QHY12 #globalstarparty #nebula #Hyperstar3

The beautiful duality of the “Trifid” nebula, where two stars and two dust and gas clouds produce two completely different colours. The red cloud is energised by it’s young star’s ionsation, while the blue cloud is illuminated by the sheer heat and brightness of it’s hotter blue star. The interplay between the faint red and blue in the outer darkness is absolutely stunning. 140 minutes integration time with #Celestron #EdgeHD 9.25″ SCT, UHC Filter, #Hyperstar3 Lens & #QHY12 One Shot Colour RGB CCD Camera @ -15 degrees Celsius. Processed in #PixInsight #astrophotography #nebula #publicdomain #astronomy

This is the Prawn Nebula! Do you see it? I can't. This is also the result of 3 hours in the high wind, which buffeted the telescope and make all the stars big and soft. Despite the softness I spent a lot of time getting the natural colour am happy with such even colour throughout :) Taken tonight during the new moon in Byron Bay, NSW Australia. #celestron  #hyperstar, #qhy12  #nebulosity hours integration time. #nebula #astrophotography

I'm really happy with the output from this 1.2 hours of integration on the Flying Spaghetti Monster nebula! 4 x 20 minute subs in Ha ... with the full moon out :) Taken with hyperstar and QHY12 one shot colour CCD.. so this would have only taken 30 mins and have 66% more detail with a proper mono CCD which is a $5,000 purchase I'm not ready for just yet :) #astrophotography #fsm #celestron #celestronfans #qhy12 #narrowband #nebula #bnw_zone #bnw

True Colour "Great Carina Nebula" ------------
This is 2+ hours of 180s exposures over 2 nights using my 9.25" SCT Telescope + QHY12 One Shot Colour CCD camera. In processing this, I've tried to draw out the details with respect to the natural colour of this MASSIVE southern hemisphere nebula.

You can tell a photo like this has been "over-photoshopped" if you can't see distinct orange and blue stars. If you can see orange and blue stars (and the photographer hasn't "painted" them back in using photoshop) then the colours of the rest of the photo are real and not enhanced artificially into unrealistic hues.

This photo is now PUBLIC DOMAIN and copyright free. 
See more of my work on http://deography.com #astrophotography #celestron #celestronfans #qhy12 #qhyccd #hyperstar3 #carina

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