Thursday, June 13, 2013

Whirpool galaxy M51 in Canes Venatici

Explanation: Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (left), NGC 5195. The pair are about 31 million light-years distant and officially lie within the angular boundaries of the small constellation Canes Venatici. Though M51 looks faint and fuzzy to the human eye, the above long-exposure, deep-field image taken last month shows much of the faint complexity that actually surrounds the smaller galaxy. (Text from apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090526.html)
This photo was taken for four nights in May and June 2013 in Crimea and Khlepcha observatory near Kiev, Ukraine.
Equipment: reflector S&D 10" f/4.7, Mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr-2. Off-axis guidecamera Orion SSAG.
LRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L=20*900 sec. bin.1 RGB: 10*900 sec. each channel, bin.1 Total exposure 12.5 hours.
North left.
Processed Pixinsight 1.8 and Photoshop CS6.

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Explanation: Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (left), NGC 5195. The pair are about 31 million light-years distant and officially lie within the angular boundaries of the small constellation Canes Venatici. Though M51 looks faint and fuzzy to the human eye, the above long-exposure, deep-field image taken last month shows much of the faint complexity that actually surrounds the smaller galaxy. (Text from apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090526.html)
This photo was taken for four nights in May and June 2013 in Crimea and Khlepcha observatory near Kiev, Ukraine.
Equipment: reflector S&D 10" f/4.7, Mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr-2. Off-axis guidecamera Orion SSAG.
LRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L=20*900 sec. bin.1 RGB: 10*900 sec. each channel, bin.1 Total exposure 12.5 hours.
North left.
Processed Pixinsight 1.8 and Photoshop CS6.

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The longest day


The longest day, originally uploaded by Michal Sleczek.

Prigradica, Korcula island, Croatia

Prigradica is a small fishing town on the northwest coast of the island of Korcula, surrounded by old vineyards and olive groves, 4 km away from Blato, 12 km from the town of Vela Luka and 45 km from the town of Korcula. Prigradica is one of the earliest inhabited bays on the island, was established as a valued export port wine and olive oil from the nearby Blata. Many ancient stone houses, contribute to the fact that Prigradica preserved authentic rustic character of times past.

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Prigradica, Korcula island, Croatia

Prigradica is a small fishing town on the northwest coast of the island of Korcula, surrounded by old vineyards and olive groves, 4 km away from Blato, 12 km from the town of Vela Luka and 45 km from the town of Korcula. Prigradica is one of the earliest inhabited bays on the island, was established as a valued export port wine and olive oil from the nearby Blata. Many ancient stone houses, contribute to the fact that Prigradica preserved authentic rustic character of times past.

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Alien Onions - Explore #1 6/13/13

The onions seem to be some kind of alien society gathering to pay homage to the oaks and setting sun.
It's different out here in Creston.
Back to back Explores...wow, what a thrill.

(Kevin, I was thinking about your cabbage fields.)

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The onions seem to be some kind of alien society gathering to pay homage to the oaks and setting sun.
It's different out here in Creston.
Back to back Explores...wow, what a thrill.

(Kevin, I was thinking about your cabbage fields.)

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Eilean Donan Castle Dusk


Eilean Donan Castle Dusk, originally uploaded by Ally Mac.

Alasdair McIntosh - Property, Architectural and Landscape Photography

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If you've been to the Isle of Skye you'll know that in almost all cases you have to drive past Eilean Donan Castle. You'll also know that unless you are a local it's a criminal offence to drive past it without getting out the camera (okay that might well be a lie, but not many people would be arrested even if that was the case).

Anyhoo, I couldn't resist stopping myself especially as the night was approaching, and I knew the dusky shot I was after wouldn't require too long a wait.

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If you've been to the Isle of Skye you'll know that in almost all cases you have to drive past Eilean Donan Castle. You'll also know that unless you are a local it's a criminal offence to drive past it without getting out the camera (okay that might well be a lie, but not many people would be arrested even if that was the case).

Anyhoo, I couldn't resist stopping myself especially as the night was approaching, and I knew the dusky shot I was after wouldn't require too long a wait.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Winterton Newfoundland


Winterton Newfoundland, originally uploaded by AdamNF.

Taken in September

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Taken in September

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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Place de la Concorde


Place de la Concorde, originally uploaded by Vortexmind.

Night traffic shot taken at la place de la Madeleine - You can see place de la Concorde, the Obelisque and the Bourbon Palace

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Night traffic shot taken at la place de la Madeleine - You can see place de la Concorde, the Obelisque and the Bourbon Palace

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Paris - Night Shot


Paris - Night Shot, originally uploaded by Vortexmind.

The capital of France

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The capital of France

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Common Loon


Common Loon, originally uploaded by Canonshooterman.

At sunrise.

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At sunrise.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

House of Parliament


House of Parliament, originally uploaded by Vortexmind.

London - Embankment

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London - Embankment

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Statua equestre - Piazza Cavalli

Piacenza, Italy

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