NGC3718 in Ursa Major

A very nice galaxy, which I believed to be really difficult and very dim. In the end the picture comes out quit ok, with good colors and lots of details. It’s an amazing exploration trying to identify all distant objects including quasars and galaxies many beyond the 20th magnitude.

Taken in Meldert (Hoegaarden) with the 120mm Esprit @ F7, ASI2600mc, 340x120s. Stacking and processing in AstroPixelprocessor, finishing in CC Elements.

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Crab Nebula in Taurus, Messier 1

A view on this supernova remnant that exploded in the year 1054, the supernova was visible during 23 days in daylight, and became 4 times brighter than Venus.

Image combination from Grandpré and Meldert, 79×60″ on Gain 100, Esprit120 F7,5 ASI2600MC

Messier 1 cropped

Messier 1 full view 75% reduced

Taurus Molecular Cloud

Another image from the Grandpré weekend end of February. In total 120x120s or 240′, or 6hrs of Nikon D750 ISO 800 with the EDPH 76MM F 4,5

It’s called “molecular” because these clouds have showed evidence of very complex molecules. In fact this complex is the closest stellar nursery to Earth at a distance of only 400 lightyears.

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