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Skywatcher
04-10-2008, 10:59 AM
Sorry if you are beginning to find these tedious - please let me know and I will desist.

About a year ago I got my first pic of this huge nebula

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/NAstax_smallHA.jpg

I was really chuffed with it but knew there was so much more detail to grab.

Last night was clear and dark for what seems like ages - was a little hazy with high cloud at times though. Anyway i spent about an hour on this 1 object and I think you will agree there is a bit more detail in this now :D

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/october0408Ngc7000small.jpg

keith
04-10-2008, 11:04 AM
just a bit more detail there yeah :D :lol:

Absolutely amazing picture Chris... makes me want to get out there. So this is a massive cloud of dust, gas and plasma which could potentially even form a star at some point? or erm something entirely different :lol:

piglet
04-10-2008, 11:06 AM
Your pictures are absolutely amazing. Are they really those colours?

Skywatcher
04-10-2008, 11:18 AM
Colours are as taken I have not changed them at all and yes keith you are right - nebulas are either Star forming areas in general or caused by stars exploding

keith
04-10-2008, 11:28 AM
I asked about the colours as well, unbelievable arent they!

Skywatcher
04-10-2008, 11:33 AM
you will only ever seethe colour by taking a photo though as you use your rod cells to see at night and they don't see colours - the only excepton is the orion nebula which is very bright so you can see it as a greeny tinge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebula

keith
04-10-2008, 11:34 AM
you will only ever seethe colour by taking a photo though as you use your rod cells to see at night and they don't see colours - the only excepton is the orion nebula which is very bright so you can see it as a greeny tinge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebula

AHHHHHHHHHHH ok that explains it