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Rosette Nebula

By chedd  
I photographed this last night using my modded Canon 350D through a Williams Optics 81mm refractor @F5.9
This is a pretty big object, my focal length is about 480mm......ish and is a total of 1 hour and 4 minutes exposure time.

It is the first time I have managed to get a photo of this, my previous 3 attempts have all ended in tears / bitter disappointment.

You can have a look at the equipment I used to take this image on my website here

Tags: Canon 350d Astrophotography Wildlife and nature Rosette Nebula Williams Optics GT81

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Philip_H 10 1.5k United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 7:23PM
Glorious and amazing capture.

RoyChilds 14 117 England
19 Mar 2012 7:26PM
wow and a bit different

chedd 10 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 7:29PM
Thanks for the comments. Any criticisms or tips on how to improve the image would be most welcome Smile
Leilani 17 29 3 England
19 Mar 2012 7:35PM
Beautiful! You got it right this time, I love the horse head nebula. Have you had your dslr modded? Awesome telescopic set up by the way. Smile
Jazzyjack 10 73 1 England
19 Mar 2012 7:35PM
What a stunning image. Second only to the Hubble telescope. Well done.
19 Mar 2012 7:40PM
A superb image, very well done.
Redpoll 11 Wales
19 Mar 2012 8:18PM
Amazing image, im always intriged how these images are created. Brilliant. Steve. Wink
Niknut Plus
12 3.3k 82 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 8:20PM
Terrific shot !!!.......amazing sight....really overwhelms the senses !!, mine anyway !.Grin

Looking at your web-site is a bit of a mind-blower too !!.....I admire your dedication !!!!!!
Stuart_B 13 5 England
19 Mar 2012 8:36PM
Excellent work!
chedd 10 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 9:17PM
Thanks again for the positive comments.

For scale purposes this nebula is the equivalent of approximately 5 full moons across Tongue

The Canon has had it's Infra Red blocking filter removed so it collects light from this type of emission nebula quite well. These type of objects ( including the Horsehead Nebula ) are star forming regions where young stars like those in the centre of this image ( collectively known as NGC 2244 ) excite the atoms in the nebula which in turn emit radiation producing these awesome objects. The stellar winds from this star formation are clearing a hole in the nebula's centre.......I got that off the NASA

Here is a link to one of NASA's photos of this stunning object which makes mine look almost embarrassing Rosette Nebula - NASA
Leilani 17 29 3 England
19 Mar 2012 10:10PM
Did you have your infra filter removed for you? His name wasn't Kevin was it by any chance?
Nothern_Licht 13 13 4 Scotland
19 Mar 2012 10:44PM
Well done. Great image. Very professional.
tonyb73 11 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 12:28AM
"NASA's photos of this stunning object which makes mine look almost embarrassing"....Dont put yourself down, NASA's photos are paid for by an almost inexhaustable budget (Taxpayers money), yours are by your own hard earned cash and studying. It is a superb shot by any standards. Your kit looks amazing, dare I question how much that lot cost?
RLF Plus
12 18 4 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 7:00AM
Well worth the effort.
Super shot of the heavensSmile
chedd 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 9:41PM
Well I got the camera second hand off a dude who was selling his astro gear because of hard times.......don't worry, I gave him a fair price Wink He had it done professionally but I am not sure who did the work. Another buddy of mine managed to do the work himself on a Canon 450D so I am waiting to see if he has a big gouge cut through his sensor or not !

The telescope used for this shot was around 900.00 It is expensive but no more so ( and maybe a lot less ) than a good camera lens.
Here is a link to the telescope on the Williams optics site if your interested

Once again thanks for commenting.
Leilani 17 29 3 England
20 Mar 2012 10:56PM
Hey, I love bargains!

It's not the sensor so much it's getting into the camera and the fiddly bladdy connectors! My ex-husband owns dslrastromod that's why I asked...I saw some real bodged jobs going on in the early days! Tongue Although, I am sure he's got it down to a tee now! lol Wink

Lovely set up and you are doing great with your images! Do you put your battery in a thermal bag to keep it warm...holds the charge for longer. Ah, yes, remember the days of sitting out in the flipping freezing weather and always hearing him moan about the street lamps...ironic, they now turn them off at night! Smile
chedd 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 11:21PM's funny how things have a habit of coming round GrinGrinWink

I will take your tip on the thermal bag, I was out in the observing field at Jodrell bank a few weeks ago at Stargazing live and got through 3 batteries in 4 hours !!
ugly Plus
14 9 58 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 12:15PM
Cracking images...
Over an hour do you use filters?

chedd 10 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 6:08PM
Thanks for the comment Dave. Yes I do, it's a light pollution filter....I live a couple of miles from the M6 motorway and the orange glow is shocking !!!

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