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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

NGC300 Galaxy - A widefield photo I stole from the "partly cloudy" weather forecast tonight. 22 x 120s unguided exposures : total 44 minutes. This galaxy is 5 MILLION light years away. Basically, when the light from this galaxy began it's journey from space to my camera, Wooly Mammoths were roaming the earth. #astrophotography #celestron #edgehd #qhy12 

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

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.

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

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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

I went back and did it properly!

Apart from a few mistakes, I'm very happy with this 2.5 hour session last night on this stunning region of deep space! Easily one of my favourite southern sky regions - it's the complete package! Away from the flashy and crowded milky way regions, the Corona Australis Molecular cloud is a beautiful mix of dark and reflection nebulas. The two brighter blue stars in the middle are both binary stars, but you can only tell by the double diffraction spikes on the lower one as they are so close together. The brightest binary is a variable star system which means it dims and brightens over weeks and months. They are young stars, still collecting mass. The beautiful globular cluster above it makes the whole area quite compelling!
Celestron 9.5" / 30 x 5m / QHY12 RBG CCD / UHC Filter / PHD2 Guiding / Hyperstar3 F2 reducer
Acquired and stacked in Nebulosity 
Post processing in PixInsight and Photoshop #astrophotography #QHY12 #Celestron #EdgeHD #hyperstar #nebula #PixInsight #nebulosity #darknebula #straya

Check out this crazy sh@% in space. I took this image last night, only about 35 mins of data. It's my second attempt at this ever and I think it's one of my favourite regions of deep space. There is just so much going on here, a cluster, brilliant blue stars, binary stars, reflection nebula and a massive dusty dark nebula. For all my fellow antipodeans, this is the Corona Australis molecular cloud! I'll be doing this one again properly, but couldn't help but share this rough version today.  #astrophotography #nebulosity #PixInsight #Celestron #darknebula #corona #australis #deepspace #EdgeHD #QHY12 #qhyccd #hyperstar

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

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

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

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