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North American Nebula from last night - what a difference a year makes

Discussion in 'Astronomy & Astrophotography' started by Skywatcher, Oct 4, 2008.

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    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

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    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

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    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:
     
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    Your pictures are absolutely amazing. Are they really those colours?
     
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    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
     
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    I asked about the colours as well, unbelievable arent they!
     
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    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
     
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    AHHHHHHHHHHH ok that explains it
     

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