Another image has been uploaded. This time, it is a nebula that is not found in many of the astrophotos that can be seen online. Its proximity to two “monsters” like the Eta Carinae Nebula or the Statue of Liberty Nebula helps to overlook this one. An open cluster and a tiny planetary nebula can be found in the image, as well as the Southern Tadpoles…
This time, an image of NGC 7293, the helix Nebula has been uploaded. It is a very deep image, with more than 60 hours of exposure, especially with the Halpha filter (45.5 hours)… Its halo has been revealed with great detail. Please see it at:
The web site www.astrodrudis.com has been redesigned and it is already active. Please, browse it as much as you like. Should you want to leave a comment, please, do so, I will appreciate it.
This web site has been in “pause” mode during nearly four months, due to this changes. Now, I hope to catch up and will be uploading new images quite often until all pending images have been placed (about 45…).
A new image has been uploaded. This time it is the result of another joint project together with Don Goldman. This wide field view is a 6-panel mosaic taken with a TOA 130 refractor and encompasses about 7.8×5.2 degrees, grabbing most of the whole remnant, as well as the second SNR present in this area: Puppis A.
This image, taken with narrowband filters, has been also enriched with higher resolution images taken with the 20 inch reflector, adding 14 fragments that enhance the global resolution of the mosaic.
A new image, this time a 2-pane mosaic with NGC 3576 (the Statue of Liberty Nebula) and NGC 3603 has been uploaded. This region is a very active star formation area, and the open cluster fueling NGC 3603 is only 1 Million years old. This area hosts many interesting objects. The image, as well as many more details about this area, can be found at:
An image, the last wide field image of this season, of IC 4592, the Blue Horsehead Nebula, has been uploaded. It is a beautiful reflection nebula and it showcases a region that is often overlooked in favor of its close neighbor the Rho Ophiuchi Region.
The Small Magellanic Cloud is a region with a much higher rate of star formation, compared to the Milky Way. This image depicts NGC 261 and its immediate neighbors, all of them fueled by a close-by open cluster and forming stars at high rates. This is, as usual for nebulae, an image taken with narrow band filters (Ha and OIII). An annotated copy has also been included.