NGC 1316 has been uploaded!

Hi all,

A new image has been uploaded. This time it’s a galaxy. A very peculiar one named NGC 1316, Fornax A or even the “Galactic Killer” as ESO states in their web site. This is a very peculiar Elliptical/Lenticular galaxy that has been the target of many telescopes. The outer structure (that is very faint) and the dust lanes in the core region reveal several galactic mergers (or cannibalization as some authors prefer to name it). You can find it at:

https://astrodrudis.com/ngc-1316-fornax-a/

Enjoy!

Josep

A new image has been uploaded! The cat’s paw nebula

Hi all,

The result of a big effort has been completed and uploaded. The 1×2 mosaic of the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) has taken a much longer time than I initially expected. The images were taken during the 2015 and 2016 seasons (our Summer) and finally it has seen the light!

You can find it at:

https://astrodrudis.com/ngc-6334-the-cats-paw-nebula/

Enjoy!

Josep

 

A new image has been uploaded: The Bubble nebula, NGC 7635

Hi all,

A new image has been uploaded! This time it is the Bubble Nebula, NGC 7635, taken with the Schulman Telescope (a wonderful 32 inch, located in Mount Lemmon, AZ) during a Beta Test trial. As, due to the weather, the Blue images could not be taken, this image has used the frames taken in OIII with a 17 inch telescope located in New Mexico. Strange as it may sound, it seems to have worked, and the bluish tinted sectors of the nebulas appear quite naturally…

You can find it (as well as some more information about the blending process) at:

https://astrodrudis.com/ngc-7635-the-bubble-nebula/

Enjoy!

Josep

 

M20 in mixed narrowband and broadband blue, selected as AAPOD (Amateur APOD)

Hi all,

The mage of M20 in mixed narrowband (Ha + OIII) and broadband blue, has been selected as an AAPOD on Jan 14th, 2017. Please take a look at it at:

http://www.aapodx2.com/2017/20170114.html

This image was taken as a new way to capture mixed emission and reflection nebulae and there are some more to come…

Enjoy!

Josep

NGC 3324, the Gabriela Mistral Nebula, a new version

Hi all,

 

A new image has been uploaded! The Gabriela Mistral Nebula, NGC 3324, has been processed with a modified Hubble Color Palette. The intention, as usual, is to try to reveal more detail in areas where two or more different gases overlap and grasping the differences are hard to see.

The explanation of what has been done can be found (below the first explanatory text) at:

https://astrodrudis.com/ngc-3324-the-gabriela-mistral-nebula/

And the direct link to the larger image is:

https://astrodrudis.com/portfolio/ngc-3324-the-gabriela-mistral-nebula-in-modified-hcp/

Enjoy!

Josep

 

A new image has been uploaded!

Hi all,

 

After a brief period without new images, I have uploaded a new image. This time, it means a new view of an old chap. The Lagoon Nebula, M08, taken originally in narrowband, has been reprocessed in a different color mapping. Each master file (Ha, OIII, SII) has been deconstructed into six (or seven) different layers with different image density. Then, all layers have been mapped to different colors (19). The result is an image that reveals different compositions and different intensities.

You will find the result at:

https://astrodrudis.com/m-08-a-new-narrowband-color-mapping/

Being this a new approach, I will thank as many comments as you can have…

Enjoy,

Josep

 

A new image has been uploaded!

Hi all,

This time, another emission nebula, N11, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, has been uploaded to the web site. This nebula has a remarkably high rate of new stars being born. In the center of the image, you will see the Bean Nebula, that was the target for a well known ESO image. You will find it at:

https://astrodrudis.com/n11/

 

Enjoy!

Josep

 

 

This time, an animation had been uploaded!

Hi all,

 

This time, I have uploaded an animation. It is the result of an interesting project that I have done together with Don Goldman: the expansion of NGC 2736, a nebula that is part of the Vela Supernova Remnant. In the web site, you will find many more details of what we did, as well as the animation that shows that the Heavens are far less “immutable” than usually thought of. They change, but they take their time… Take a look into:

https://astrodrudis.com/ngc-2736-the-expansion-revealed/

I must confess that I enjoyed working in this project as much as getting the final result!

Enjoy!

M 16 has been completely reprocessed!

Hi all,

 

Following some comments from a good friend, Aleix Roig, the image of M16 has been completely reprocessed. I have found a flaw in the algorithm I was using to get the raw frames aligned, and now the image shows its full, crisp resolution, with enough detail in critical areas (like the Pillars of Creation, the Bok globules…).

Please take a look into it. You will find it at:

https://astrodrudis.com/m-16-ngc-6611-the-eagle-nebula/

Enjoy!

Josep

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