M8 - M16 Region

5 part Schmidt Camera Panorama

Uploaded 9/22/04

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 This huge 25 degree long strip of sky is made from several nights of schmidt camera shots combined to make one large composite panorama. At the bottom of this sequence is the Lagoon nebula, followed by the Trifid above, M24 star cloud, M17 to M16. Hoards of extremely faint red nebulosities are strewn throughout the field as well. It was painful to reduce this large detailed image for web publication, even the 1600 tall shot had many stars simply disappear because they were reduced in size to sub pixel on the reduction. At any rate, you get the feel for the depth and beauty of this part of the sky that we all come to appreciate and enjoy!
Instrument: 8" f/1.5 Celestron Schmidt Camera Platform: Homemade GEM Film: Kodak Supra 400 CCD Autoguider: ST4 Exposure: Each 8mins Filters: NONE Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6800 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: 15 C Processing: Photoshop HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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