M 8 Nebula

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    M 8 nebula or more known as the "Lagoon Nebula" is a great target for all kind of telescopes, easy to see even with a small pair of binoculars together with the M8 nebula from a decent sky makes it one of the best "Summer" targets for Amateur Astronomers.

Location : Tragana Village - Greece

Telescope : Sky Watcher 80mm ED Apo refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" Luminance

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with ASI 290MM

Exposures : 15x300 seconds 

Dark - Bias - Flat reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

M 20 Nebula

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    M 20 nebula or more known as the "Triffid Nebula" is a great target for all kind of telescopes, easy to see even with a small pair of binoculars from a decent sky makes it one of the best "Summer" targets for Amateur Astronomers.

Location : Tragana Village - Greece

Telescope : Sky Watcher 80mm ED Apo refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" LRGB

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with ASI 290MM

Exposures : 15x300 seconds each filter

Dark - Bias - Flat reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

NGC 6960

Veil Nebula (part 01)

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  NGC 6960 is a part of the giant Veil Nebula complex, it is a great target from small telescopes with wide field, like my ED80mm or a small telephoto lens, and even with much bigger telescopes like my 10" Astrograph or a 11" SCT.

    The reason for beeing such a great target is just because it has a lot of fine details that can be seen with almost any field of view.

Location : Athens - Greece

Telescope : Sky Watcher 80mm ED Apo refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" Hydrogen Alfa 7nm & Oiii 7nm

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with ASI 290MM

Exposures : 25x600 seconds 

R(Ha)G(Oiii)B(Oiii)

Dark - Bias - Flat reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

IC 5067

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  IC 5067 is a nice and easy target for narrowband imaging if you live in the light polluted sky of a big city like I do.

   It is located in the constellation of Cygnus and it really pops easily with just a few nice exposures, small wide field telescopes are going to give you an amazing view of many nebulas around the center of the main one, but also a big telescope with narrow field of view will amaze you with the fine details that will reveal in the structure of the nebula.

Location : Athens - Greece

Telescope : Sky Watcher 10" F/4 Newtonian Astrograph

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" Hydrogen Alfa 7nm

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with ASI 290MM

Exposures : 30x600 seconds 

Dark - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

Sh2-155  "Cave Nebula"

Sh2-155 Cave Nebula

  Cave Nebula is a difficult target as it comes from the "Sharpless" catalogue wich means it has a lot of diffused Hydrogen. 

   Also by taking images from the center of Athens with a heavy light polluted sky I had to double the amount of the exposures that would be used in other more clear skyies.

Location : Athens - Greece

Telescope : Sky Watcher 10" F/4 Newtonian Astrograph

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" Hydrogen Alfa 7nm

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with ASI 290MM

Exposures : 75x600 seconds 

Dark - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

NGC 2244 "Rosette Nebula"

NGC 2244 Rosette Nebula

  Rosette Nebula is located near the Great Orion Constellation in Monoceros. A fairly easy target for small or moderate telescopes that can give great LRGB or HaSiiOiii images.

Location : Athens - Greece

Telescope : Orion US 80mm ED Apo Refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" Hydrogen Alfa 7nm

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with DMK21AU

Exposures : 25x300 seconds 

Dark - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

Elephants Trunk Nebula

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 This is Elephant Trunk Nebula in Cepheus constellation. A really beautifull nebula with nice dark structures. This picture is a mosaic of 9 frammes (3x3 mosaic) of the whole region.

Location : Athens - Greece

Telescope : Orion US 80mm ED Apo Refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" Hydrogen Alfa 7nm

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with DMK21AU

Exposures : 25x600 seconds for each framme

Dark - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

LBN 468 Nebula

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 LBN Catalogue nebulas are great targets for small telescopes under really dark sky, most of them are well imaged with wide field cameras and lens and are not often seen. This image was taken from Filipaioi mountain near the city of Grevena during the 13th Panhellenic Amateur Astronomers Gathering.

Location : Filipaioi / Grevena - Greece

Telescope : Orion US 80mm ED Apo Refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filters : Baader 2" LRGB

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with DMK21AU

Exposures : Lum : 900 seconds Subs with 8                              Hours total exposure Bin 1x1

                      Dark - Flat - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Photoshop

Iris Nebula - NGC 7023

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   Iris Nebula or NGC 7023 in the constelation of Cepheus is a really beautifull nebula with a lot of galactic dust around it. This image was taken from Filipaioi mountain near the city of Grevena during the 13th Panhellenic Amateur Astronomers Gathering.

Location : Filipaioi / Grevena - Greece

Telescope : Orion US 80mm ED Apo Refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filters : Baader 2" LRGB

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with DMK21AU

Exposures : Lum : 900 seconds Subs with 8                              Hours total exposure Bin 1x1

                   RGB : 600 seconds Subs with 4 hours total at Bin 2x2

Dark - Flat - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Photoshop

Sharks Head Nebula

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   VDB_150 is a magnificent "Dark nebula" in the constelation of Cepheus. This image was taken from Filipaioi mountain near the city of Grevena during the 13th Panhellenic Amateur Astronomers Gathering.

Location : Filipaioi / Grevena - Greece

Telescope : Orion US 80mm ED Apo Refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filters : Baader 2" LRGB

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with DMK21AU

Exposures : Lum : 900 seconds Subs with 8                              Hours total exposure

                   RGB : 600 seconds Subs with 4 hours total at Bin 2x2

Dark - Flat - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - PixInside - Photoshop

Image Processing by : Evangelos Souglakos

NGC 7000 North America Nebula

 This is NGC 7000 Nebula in Cygnus constellation. A really beautifull nebula with nice dark structures. This picture is part of the center of that nebula as it is much bigger than our FOV, 

One of our plans is to start taking more frammes of the region in order to make a great mosaic of this great nebula.

Center (RA, Dec):(314.616, 43.952)

Center (RA, hms):20h 58m 27.840s

Center (Dec, dms):+43° 57' 06.088"

Size:1.69 x 1.28 deg

Radius:1.060 deg

Pixel scale:1.86 arcsec/pixel

Orientation:Up is 9.31 degrees E of N

Location : Athens - Greece

Telescope : Orion US 80mm ED Apo Refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" Hydrogen Alfa 7nm

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with DMK21AU

Exposures : 25x600 seconds 

Dark - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

Orion over the Mountains of Greece

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 Orion is propably one of the most known constellations to the public, it is an easy constellation to recognize ever from a light polluted city like Athens and also hosts some of the most amazing nebula there is to observe in the night sky.

  During March of 2019 we had the chance to travel for a workshop of Solar observing in a remote city of Greece, and in the route we had some amazing view of this constellation, this is a picture of Orion traveling above the Greek Mountains were the mountain itshelf is light by the moon.

Location : near Agrinio City

Camera : Canon EOS 6D

Lens : 35mm F/1.4 Prime

Exposure time : 10 Seconds

ISO : 6400

Software : Lightroom & Photoshop

Horshead and Flame Nebula

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  Horshead and Flame Nebulas in Orion are 2 of the most photographed nebulas of the night sky, each one of them is a great target for a moderate to big telescope, but both of them together are great for a wide field small refractor.

    As I am living in Athens, the capitol of Greece I am always using narrowband filters to take pictures of nebulas like theese. Here is a portrait of those two nebulas using a Hydrogen Alfa filter.

Location : Athens - Greece

Telescope : Orion US 80mm ED Apo Refractor

Camera : SBIG STF -8300M

Filter : Baader 2" Hydrogen Alfa 7nm

Mount : Orion Atlas EQG (EQ6) 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with DMK21AU

Exposures : 10x600 seconds 

Dark - Flat - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Lightroom - Photoshop

Milky Way Portrait

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   Milky Way is our own galaxy. Beeing able to travel around and get away from the light pollution of the city, we can get some of the most amazing views of the night sky we can ever have. This is one of the best things on beeing an amateur astronomer, you travel to find the perfect location to take pictures of the night sky, and when you find it, the sky never stops to amaze you.

Location : Mt. Parnon at South Greece

Camera : Canon EOS 6D

Lens : 17-40 f/4

Exposure time : 30 Seconds

ISO : 6400

Software : Lightroom & Photoshop

Veil nebula mosaic

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  Veil complex is a beautifull target for small telescopes and telephoto lens, This is a mosaic that we captured a few years ago using a telephoto lens and a CCD camera with a Hydrogen Alfa filter, while we were having vacation at a Greek island named Rhodes.

   The sky there was great letting us use extreme exposure times without overexposing our background due to light pollution.

Telescope : 300mm f/4 telephoto lens

Camera : Atik 16 Hr mono CCD 

Filter : Baader Hydrogen Alfa 7nm

Mount : Sky Watcher HEQ-5 

Guiding : 50mm finder scope with DMK21AU

Exposures : 5x900 and 5x1600 second for each picture of the Mosaic

Dark - Flat - Bias reduction.

Software : MaxIm DL - Photoshop

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