High resolution deep sky astrophotography with lucky imaging methods - analysis and detection of faint astronomical objects especially planetary nebulae (PN)

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Welcome - I am working on methods for image-based analysis and detection of faint astronomical objects, mainly Planetary Nebulae (PN), and about exposure techniques for high resolution astrophotography using lucky imaging. On my website you will find results of my work.

Latest Results

IC 349, also known as Barnard's Merope Nebula, is a nebula which lies 3500 AUs (0.06 light years) from the star Merope in the Pleiades cluster. Below in comparison with Celestron C14 and Takahashi Mewlon 210. I used my lucky imaging method, 1 second exposure time, stacked in Autostakkert, usage rate approx. 80 % of images, 3.600 s.

NGC 7662 (also known as the Blue Snowball Nebula, Snowball Nebula, and Caldwell 22) is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Andromeda. Taken with my Celestron C14 at about 3912 mm (F11) maximum focal length. I used my lucky imaging method, 1 second exposure time, stacked in Autostakkert, usage rate approx. 80 % of images, 6.000 s.

The Owl Nebula (also known as Messier 97, M97 or NGC 3587) is a starburst planetary nebula approximately 2,030 light years away in the northern constellation Ursa Major. Taken with my Celestron C14 at about 2462 mm focal length. I used my lucky imaging method, 1 second exposure time, stacked in Autostakkert, usage rate approx. 60 % of images, approx. 180 min exposure time.

The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392), also known as the Clown-faced Nebula is a bipolar double-shell planetary nebula (PN). The formation resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. NGC 2392 lies about 6500 light-years away in the constellation of Gemini. Taken with my Celestron C14 at about 3912 mm (F11) maximum focal length. I used my lucky imaging method, 1 second exposure time, stacked in Autostakkert, usage rate approx. 60 % of images.

NGC 2261 (also known as Hubble's Variable Nebula or Caldwell 46) is a variable nebula located in the constellation Monoceros. The nebula is illuminated by the star R Monocerotis (R Mon), which is not directly visible itself, taken with my Celestron C14 at about 2620 mm focal length and the lucky imaging method.

Andromedas Parachute or J014709+463037 is a very interesting deep sky object, a Quadruply Lensed Quasar at z=2.377, 11 billion light years away, taken with my Celestron C14 at about 2620 mm focal length and the lucky imaging method. Cool, the same quasar is shown 4 times by gravitational lensing. The story of the creation of this image you can find it on youtube Andromedas Parachute - through my Celestron C14 telescope maybe you want to watch it. More infos Article regarding discovery

The Einstein Cross (Q2237+030 or QSO 2237+0305) is a gravitationally lensed quasar that sits directly behind the centre of the galaxy ZW 2237+030, called Huchra's Lens. Four images of the same distant quasar (plus one in the centre, too dim to see) appear in the middle of the foreground galaxy due to strong gravitational lensing. Distant quasar Q2237+030 sits directly behind galaxy PGC69457 creating four images of the background quasar due to strong gravitational lensing. The quasar is 8 billion ly away, taken with my Celestron C14 at about 2620 mm focal length and the lucky imaging method. Deep dive CASTLES Survey

The Little Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 76, NGC 650/651, is a planetary nebula in northern constellation Perseus. The special, HST has detected that the central star, a white dwarf named WD 0139+513, is double. For amateur astrophotographer the stars are extremely difficult to separate, at least on my image the pair of stars appears elongated. The second component is slightly fainter than the main star and has a distance of 1.4 arcsec from it, taken with my Celestron C14 at about 2620 mm focal length and the lucky imaging method. Read more WDCatalog

IC 349 also known as Barnard's Merope Nebula, taken with my Celestron C14 at about 2620 mm focal length, First light with Lucky imaging.
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Cat's Eye Nebula (also known as NGC 6543) taken with lucky imaging method approx. 6.200 x 1 s. with ASI533 and Takahashi Mewlon-210 f9.3 (with corrector)
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Campbells Hydrogen Star (BD+30 3639 HD 184738), the star center of the Planetary Nebula PK 64+5.1, is a very unusual Wolf-Rayet star in the constellation of Cygnus. The PN has a size of only 6 arcsec, taken with lucky imaging method approx. 1.200x 500 ms. with ASI533 and Takahashi Mewlon-210 f9.3 (with corrector)
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The Ring Nebula (also catalogued as Messier 57, M57 or NGC 6720) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Lyra, taken with lucky imaging method approx. 3.900 x 1 second exposure time., with ASI533MC and Takahashi Mewlon-210, focal length 1961mm, first light
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Takahashi Mewlon 210 and Skywatcher EQ6-R mount

Takahashi Mewlon 210 and Skywatcher EQ6-R mount. I use this Takahashi Mewlon 210 in conjunction with the 0.8x Tak corrector/ reducer at F/9.3 and a focal length of 1961 mm exclusively for observing deep-sky objects with high-resolution lucky imaging


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