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Mily Way, stars clusters, molecular clouds and other objects

Subject: Milky Way

Author: Axel Mellinger

Optics: SLR Minolta with 28 mm f/2, on piggyback

Exposure: Composite of 51 images, 30-45 min each

Film: Kodak Ektapress PJM2 and PJ-400

Image processing: GIMP for flat-fielding and Aitoff projection

Location: California, South Africa, Germany

Date: July 1997 and May 2000

Subject: Rho Ophiuchus, and Milky Way to Scorpio (Antarès, M8, M20, M4)

Author: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Optics: Telelens

Accessory: CentraIds CCD and cooling system

Exposure: Composite of 56 images, total integration time over 100 hours

Image processing: Yes

Location: Various places, mainly in the U.S.A.

Date: 2011

Won the "Flicker's Chosen Few" award and more than 10 other prestigious awards.

Subject: Rho Ophiuchus, and Milky Way to Sagittarius (Antarès, M16, M20)

Author: Stéphane Guisard

Optics: Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/3.6 refractor

Accessory: NJP160 mount

Exposure: 1200 R,G,B images, total integration time ~200 hours


Image processing: Yes

Location: Cerro Paranal, Chile (ESO Obs.)

Date: 2009

The field is 24x30° wide. Included in the GigaGalaxyZoom project.

Subject: Barnard's Loop, Lambda Orionis, Rosetta and Fox Fur nebulae, Orion

Author: Stanislav Volskiy

Optics: Canon 200L lens

Accessory: ASA Direct Drive DDM60 PRO mount

Exposure: 1400 LRGB images, 212 hours incl. 75 hours in H-alpha


Image processing: Yes

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Date: 2013-2014

Subject: Barnard's Loop and Lambda Orionis, Orion

Author: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Optics: Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX refractor with reducer (386 mm f/3.6)

Accessory: Takahashi EM-400 mount, Orion StarShoot autoguider

Exposure: 28 hrs, composite of 32 LRGB images (L:3x 5 min, R,G,B: 3x 3 min each, Ha: 1x15 min)


Image processing: PixInsight, Photoshop

Location: San Antonio Lake, Henry Coe State Park, DARC Obs., California, USA

Date: 7-10 Oct and 12-14 Oct 2010

Field over 25° wide.

Subject: Orion and Barnard's loop

Author: Axel Mellinger

Optics: SLR Minolta with 135 mm f/2.8 stopped at f/4, on piggyback

Exposure: Composite of 2 images, 45 min each

Film: Kodak PJ-400

Image processing: GIMP for flat-fielding and transformation

Location: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Date: 31 Dec 1999 and 03 Jan 2000

Subject: M45, Taurus

Author: Shindler Leung

Optics: DSLR Canon EOS 700D (IDAS D1) with Canon EF 300 mm f/2.8L IS lens

Accessory: Vixen SXD2 mount

Exposure: 1h05m or 13x 300s at f/3.2, 1600 ISO, 8 dark frames

Image processing: PixInsight, DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop CC

Location: Hong Kong

Date: 13 Dec 2015

Subject: M45, Taurus

Author: Chuck Vaughn from AA6G

Scope: Astro-Physics 130 mm f/8 EDT refractor with Field flattener

Exposure: RGB composite, R:90min, G:180min, B:180min

Film: Kodak TP 2415 with RGB Schott Filters

Image processing: Yes

Date: Sep-Oct 1998

Location: California, USA, ~750 m of altitude (2500')

Subject: M45, Taurus (field of ~15°)

Author: Vincent Cheng

Optics: Samyang 135 mm f/2 lens

Accessory: CentraIds CDS-5D2 cooling system (-12°C), Vixen GP2 mount

Exposure: 171x 1 min at 3200 ISO + dark frames + bias frames

Image processing: PixInsight, Photoshop CS5

Location: Meizhou, China

Date: 17 Sep 2015

Subject: M45, NGC 1499 (California neb.) and OB2 Persei Association, Tau-Per

Author: Fritz Helmut Hemmerich

Optics: DSLR Sony A7s modified with Samyang 135 mm f/2 lens at f/2.5

Accessory: CentraIds CDS system (cooling at -12°C), Sky-Watcher EQ8 autoguided mount

Exposure: 4h30m (45x 360s) under IDAS LPS-V4 (C2, Ha, Hb,OIII) filter

Image processing: Yes

Location: Tenerife, Canaries island, 1180 m of altitude

Date: 3 Nov 2015

Subject: M45, NGC 1499 (California neb.) and OB2 Persei Association, Tau-Per

Author: Alan Dyer

Optics: 6x7 Pentax camera with 165 mm f/3.5 lens

Exposure: 18 minutes on Ektachrome E200 film (200 ISO)

Image processing: Photoshop (glow added around stars)

Location: USA

Date: 2003

Subject: M13, Hercules

Author: Kunihiko Okano

Scope: 12.2" f/5 Newtonian with SBIG ST-4 guiding system

Exposure: RGB composite, R:16 min, G:16 min, B:24 min


Image processing: Real Color Enhancement Method

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Subject: M13, Hercules

Author: Akira Fujii

Scope: 12" f/5 Newtonian

Exposure: 40 minutes with Cold camera

Film: Fujichrome R-100

Location: Japan

Subject: 3C273, Virgo

Author: David Hanon

Scope: 24"

Exposure: RGB composite


Location: USA

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