by Bill Snyder Astrophotography

The Star Bridge

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 The Star Bridge image is a composite image produced from several of my deep sky images combined with photo-editing software. The picture of the bridge (Herbert C. Bonner) was taken in the Outer Banks NC. I was driving home from vacation and started crossing the bridge, it appeared to ascend right up into the sky, and I thought how cool it would to be driving out this bridge into space. I decided this would make an interesting picture for the art shows I’ve been doing. I turned around and had Tina drive back over the bridge and drop me off in the middle so I could get a picture without any traffic on it. As she drove off I realized that there was not quite as much room on the side of the bridge as I anticipated, I thought maybe this wasn’t that great of an idea after all as I had to keep Very close to the side rail as the cars and trucks went by while I was waiting for a clear shot. I finally got enough shots that I felt I needed, and called Tina to drive back and pick me up. The Deep Sky images in this image are Pickerings Triangle, IC1795 Fishhead Nebula, NGC225 Sailboat Cluster, NGC6960 Witches Broom, M63 Sunflower Galaxy, M51 Whirlpool Galaxy, NGC891 Galaxy, NGC660 Polar Ring Galaxy, NGC5395 Heron Galaxy, NGC6992 Veil Nebula, NGC7635 Bubble Nebula, NGC1333, Sh2-115 Clouds of Cygnus, Total Deep Sky exposure time 227 hrs. Bridge exposure time 1/500 second.

Exposure Times

Pickerings Triangle, 16hrs   Fishhead nebula, 19hrs   NGC225 Sailboat Cluster, 19.5hrs   NGC6960 Witches Broom, 22hrs   M63 Sunflower Galaxy, 30.3hrs  M51 Whirlpool Galaxy, 24.5hrs  NGC891, 10.5hrs   NGC660 Polar Ring Galaxy, 14hrs   NGC5395 Heron Galaxy, 14hrs    Veil Nebula, 17hrs    Bubble Nebula, 9hrs   NGC1333, 12.5hrs    Sh2-115 18.5hrs

Total Exposure Time 227hrs

 

Names and location of images in photograph

Star Bridge E2 Object Information

 

Object Information

 Sh2-155 Nebula

Sh2-115 is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus. It is approximately 7500 light years away. The open star cluster in this is known as Berkeley 90. This object is located about 2.5 degrees Northwest of the bright star Deneb This image was a NASA APOD on June 14, 2013
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon Ha5nm OIII3nm SII5nm
Exposures Ha 7.6 hrs OIII 5.3hrs SII 5.6hrs 20min subs Total 18.5Hrs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2012

 

NGC6962 Eastern Veil Nebula
The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop (radio source W78, or Sharpless 103), a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. The source supernova exploded some 5,000 to 8,000 years ago, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, or 36 times the area, of the full moon). The distance to the nebula is not precisely known, but Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) data supports a distance of about 1,470 light-years.[2]
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon Ha5nm OIII3nm SII5nm
Exposures Ha 5hrs OIII 5hrs SII7hrs 20min subs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2013

 

NGC891 Galaxy
NGC891 is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Andromeda. It is approximately 30 million light years away. It was discovered by William Herschel on October 6 1784. Although this galaxy looks as we think our own galaxy would look like when viewed edge-on, recent high-resolution images of its dusty disk show unusual filamentary. These patterns are extending into the halo of the galaxy, away from its galactic disk. Scientists presume that supernova explosions caused this interstellar dust to be thrown out of the galactic disk toward the halo. The galaxy is a member of the NGC 1023 group of galaxies in the Local Super cluster.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Exposures R 1.5Hrs G 1.5Hrs B 1.5Hrs L 5.8Hrs LRGB 10min subs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2012

 

NGC1491 Nebula
NGC1491 is an emission nebula in Perseus. It is about 10,000 light years away.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon Ha5nm OIII3nm
Exposures Ha 7hrs OIII 4hrs SII 4hrs 20min subs Total 15hrs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2013

 

NGC1333 Dark Nebula
NGC1333 Is a dark and dusty reflection nebula in Perseus. It is approximately 1000 light years from Earth. There is much going on in NGC1333. In this dark and dusty Nebula there is also Emission and Reflection Nebula. There is new star formation with most of the stars being less than 1,000,000 years old. That’s very young for a star, considering our sun is 4.5 billion years old now. NGC spans about 6 light years across.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Exposures R 2hrs G 2hrs B 2hrs L 6.75Hrs LRGB 15min subs Total time 12.75 Hrs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2012

 

NGC7635 Bubble Nebula
NGC7635 The Bubble Nebula also known as Sharpless 162, and Caldwell 11, is approximately 7800 light years from earth. It is about 6 light years in diameter. NGC7635 lies in the constellation Cassiopeia. The powerful stellar winds from a Wolf-Rayet Star create the spherical bubble. A Wolf-Rayet Star is an unusually powerful star, discovered by astronomers Charles Wolf and Georges Rayet. This image is a Ha OIII BiColor image.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon Ha5nm OIII3nm
Exposures Ha 4hrs OIII 5hrs 20min subs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2011

 

NGC5395 Heron Galaxy
NGC5395 also known as Arp84 the Heron Galaxy is approximately 162 million light years away. NGC5394 is an interacting galaxy, believed to have cartwheeled through NGC 5395. This is a rather small galaxy at 2.7 x 1.3 arcmin.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Exposures RGB 2Hrs each L 8Hrs LRGB 15min subs Total time 14hrs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2012

 

NGC7000 The Cygnus Wall
The Cygnus Wall is in the southern area of NGC7000 also known as the North America Nebula. It is approximately 1800 light years from Earth, and is in the constellation Cygnus. The Wall is an energized shock front and contains the most concentrated star formations in the nebula. The size of the North America Nebula is about 4 full moons.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon Ha5nm OIII3nm SII5nm
Exposures Ha 6hrs OIII 6hrs SII 6hrs 20min subs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2013

 

NGC660 Polar Ring Galaxy
NGC 660 Polar ring Galaxy is approximately 20 million light years away in the constellation Pisces. A Polar Ring Galaxy is a type of galaxy in which an outer ring of gas and stars rotates over the poles of the galaxy. A rare galaxy, these galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings, perpendicular to the plane of the galactic disk. This may have been caused by capturing material from a passing galaxy.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Exposures R 2.1Hrs G 2Hrs B 3.6Hrs L 6.6Hrs LRGB 10min subs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2011

 

M51 Wirlpool Galaxy In the constellation Canes Venatici is approximately 25 million light years. Another interacting galaxy in the image is NGC5195. M51’s spiral structure was caused by NGC 5195 passing through the main disk of M51 about 500 to 600 million years ago. The galaxy and NGC5195 its companion galaxy are easily observed by amateur astronomers.The two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars. Supernova Sn2011dh was recently discovered visually by Tom Reiland of Glenshaw Pa. Sn2011dh 2 other supernovas were also discovered in this galaxy, one in 2005 and another in 1994.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon LRGB Ha5nm
Exposures RGB 3.5Hrs each L 8Hrs Ha 6hrs Ha 20min subs LRGB 15min subs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2012

 

M63 A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across. That’s about the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 sports a bright yellowish core in this sharp, colorful galaxy portrait. Its sweeping blue spiral arms are streaked with cosmic dust lanes and dotted with pink star forming regions. A dominant member of a known galaxy group, M63 has faint, extended features that could be the result of gravitational interactions with nearby galaxies. In fact, M63 shines across the electromagnetic spectrum and is thought to have undergone bursts of intense star formation. text from APOD
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon LRGB Ha5nm
Exposures RGB 3Hrs each L 12Hrs Ha 9.3hrs Ha 20min subs LRGB 15min subs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2014

 

M57 is in the constellation Lyra it is approximately 2300 light years from earth. It was discovered in January 1779 by Antoine Darquier de Pellepoix M57 is a planetary Nebula known as a Bipolar nebula whose thick equatorial rings visibly extend the structure through its main axis of symmetry. This object also has a large amount of Ha OIII and SII making it a very good tri color target for Narrowband imaging
Scope Planewave 17in
CCD Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon Ha 5nm OIII 3nm
Exposures Ha10hrs 30x20min OIII9hrs 27x20min SII9hrs 27x20min
Location: Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2011 – 2013

 

NGC6960 Witches Broom Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history, a new light would have suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know this light was from a supernova, or exploding star, and record the expanding debris cloud as the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant. This sharp telescopic view is centered on a western segment of the Veil Nebula cataloged as NGC 6960 but less formally known as the Witch’s Broom Nebula. Blasted out in the cataclysmic explosion, the interstellar shock wave plows through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar material. Imaged with narrow band filters, the glowing filaments are like long ripples in a sheet seen almost edge on, remarkably well separated into atomic hydrogen (red) and oxygen (blue-green) gas. The complete supernova remnant lies about 1400 light-years away towards the constellation Cygnus. This Witch’s Broom actually spans about 35 light-years. The bright star in the frame is 52 Cygni, visible with the unaided eye from a dark location but unrelated to the ancient supernova remnant.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera Apogee U16
Mount Paramount ME
Filters Astrodon Ha5nm OIII3nm SII5nm
Exposures Ha 7.3hrs OIII 7.3hrs SII7.3hrs 20min subs Total 22hrs
Location Sierra Nevada Mountains CA. Heavens Mirror Observatory SRO 2013

 

IC1795 To some, this nebula looks like the head of a fish. However, this colorful cosmic portrait really features glowing gas and obscuring dust clouds in IC 1795, a star forming region in the northern constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula’s colors were created by adopting the Hubble false-color palette for mapping narrow emission from oxygen, hydrogen, and sulfur atoms to blue, green and red colors, and further blending the data with images of the region recorded through broadband filters. Not far on the sky from the famous Double Star Cluster in Perseus, IC 1795 is itself located next to IC 1805, the Heart Nebula, as part of a complex of star forming regions that lie at the edge of a large molecular cloud. Located just over 6,000 light-years away, the larger star forming complex sprawls along the Perseus spiral arm of our Milky Way Galaxy. At that distance, this picture would span about 70 light-years across IC 1795.
Scope Planewave 17in
Camera SBIG STXL 11002 with AO-X
Mount Paramount
Filters Astrodon Ha3nm OIII3nm SII3nm
Exposures Ha 7hrs OIII 6hrs SII 6hrs 30min subs Total hrs 19 hrs
Location SRO Sierra remote Observatories CA. 2014

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