Deep Sky Astrophotography by Barry Wilson

Current Projects: (1) NGC2244 The Rosette Nebula; (2) Messier 78

( 1) NGC2244 The Rosette Nebula

The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is a large spherical H II region (circular in appearance) located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster NGC 2244 (Caldwell 50) is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter.

The cluster and nebula lie at a distance of some 5,000 light-years from Earth) and measure roughly 130 light years in diameter. The radiation from the young stars excites the atoms in the nebula, causing them to emit radiation themselves producing the emission nebula we see. The mass of the nebula is estimated to be around 10,000 solar masses. A survey of the nebula with the Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed the presence of numerous new-born stars inside optical Rosette Nebula and studded within a dense molecular cloud. Altogether, approximately 2500 young stars lie in this star-forming complex, including the massive O-type stars HD 46223 and HD 46150, which are primarily responsible for blowing the ionized bubble. Most of the ongoing star-formation activity is occurring in the dense molecular cloud to the south east of the bubble. A diffuse X-ray glow is also seen between the stars in the bubble, which has been attributed to a super-hot plasma with temperatures ranging from 1 to 10 million K. This is significantly hotter than the 10,000 K plasmas seen in HII regions, and is likely attributed to the shock-heated winds from the massive O-type stars. (Source Wikipedia).

WO 132FLT at F5.6; GM1000HPS; QSI683wsg-8 with Astrodon 5nm NB filters; SII 9 x 1200s; Ha 9 x 1200s; OIII 9 x 1200s.  Total integration 9 hours. Totnes home observatory. January 2018.

(2) Messier 78

The nebula Messier 78 (also known as NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year. M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that includes NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light. About 45 variable stars of the T Tauri type, young stars still in the process of formation as well as some 17 Herbig–Haro objects are known in M78. Wikipedia.

Takahashi FSQ106 at F5; 10 Micron GM1000HPS; QSI683wsg-8 with Astrodon filters; Lum 96 x 600s; R 48 x 600s; G 48 x 600s; Ha 30 x 600s. Total integration 45 hours. e-Eye Extremadura, Spain. December 2017 - January 2018.


ABOUT ME

I have been fascinated with astronomy since childhood ever since I read Patrick Moore's "The Observer's Book of Astronomy" and became a devotee of BBC's "The Sky at Night". This website aims to display what can be achieved by an amateur astrophotographer in their backgarden - Totnes, Devon, UK, in my case - equiped with dedication, patience and perseverance, especially from my family!

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Barry Wilson


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Nebulae images

Messier 78

Messier 78

The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M 78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year. M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light. About 45 variable stars of the T Tauri type, young stars still in the process of formation as well as some 17 Herbig–Haro objects are known in M78 (Wikipedia).

This is a composite Ha and LRGB image with data collected over a three year period with a variety of cameras on my Takahashi FSQ85. There are 300s and 600s subs for circa 14hrs of LRGB and 600s for circa 3hrs for Ha. Captured with a Takahashi FSQ85EDX at F5.3 and F3.9; using a QSI683-wsg8, Atik 383L+ and Atik 460EXM; Baader and Astrodon filters. January 2014 - 17. The various image scales were combined in PixInsight.