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M-82 (NGC 3034), highly processed to accentuate the unusual features of this spiral galaxy found within Ursa Major.  Located 17 million light years distant, and also known as Bode's Galaxy (after its discoverer). The center appears to be undergoing a violent eruption, with wisps of 'filiments' tracing over 30,000 light years from the core of this 55,000 light year diameter galaxy.  However, currently it is believed that there are a large number of supernova and stars in the early stages of formation, which may be related to M 81 ploughing through this galaxy some 40 million years ago. Imaged with Meade LX-200 at F-4.5 (with Lumicon Giant Easy Guider) autoguided with SBIG ST-4 (with guidescope) using Taurus parafocal system and Kodac PPF-400 for 45' .  As noted, heavily processed with Adobe Photoshop (12/1/99 by KBQ).

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NGC 6894, a faint planetary nebula located in Cygnus.  The central star, nova and source of the planetary nebula, has a visual magnitue of 17.6.  This nebula has a diameter of only 40 arc seconds.  Imaged with Meade GPS LX-200 at F-10 using SBIG STV autoguider with guidescope.  Captured with SBIG ST10-ME with L,R,G and B filters for 360 seconds each, processed with CCDSoft and Adobe Photoshop (May 17, 2003, KBQ).
 
 
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Mars, imaged with LX 200 GPS on 10/09/03, on the same evening as the image on page one (different processing).  Taken with Astrovid Color StellaCam EX with Taurus Planetary Setup using 3X barlow lense ( F ratio of 30, based on barlow lense).  Processed with Adobe Photoshop and K3CCD Tools, 150 of 506 images processed using planetary wizard and 2X option (KBQ)
 
 
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Mars, imaged on 7/18/03 using Astrovid Stella-Cam EX with NP-101 Tele Vue refractor with 5x powermate (effective F ratio of 27 based on powermate).  Processed with the planetary wizard on K3CCD tools with 50 of 200 images saved, stacked and processed (KBQ). Sky conditions were poor with upper atmosphere disturbance and significant water content in air, per 'cleardarkskys' website for Greene, Maine.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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NGC 869, part of the stunning dual open star cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884) in Perseus.  NGC 869 is the brightest of the two with a number of blue early-B giants and supergiants present.  This is therefore a relatively young open cluster, perhaps 6 million years old, and 7,200 light years distant.  The cluster is about 29 arc minutes in diameter.  Imaged by Dr Richard Kahn with GPS LX-200 at F-4.5 (using Lumicon Giant Easy Guider) and autoguided with SBIG STV with guidescope.  ST10-ME used with R,G and B filters for 180 seconds each and processed CCDSoft and Adobe Photoshop (Dec 18, 2002, Photographed by Dr. Richard Kahn).
 
 
 
 
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M65 (NGC 3623) in Leo. This galaxy is one of several which make up the so called "Leo I Galaxy Cloud".  Leo and Virgo are a virtual treasure house of galaxies, the most famous grouping of which is the "Virgo Supercluster", of which our galaxy is a part.  M65 is about 31 light years distant and 2' by 7' in angular size.  Taken with a GPS LX-200 with an SBIG ST10-XME and AO, with RGB each at 5 minutes.  Processed (including deconvolution) with CCDSoft and Adobe Photoshop (KBQ, 3/28/04). Sky conditions fair. 
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NGC 5907, a beautiful edge on galaxy located in the constellation Draco.  Noted for its elongated central core and faint dark lane located along its western edge.  Imaged with 12" GPS LX-200 using SBIG STV with guidescope (altered Lumicon viewscope, 8 cm aperture and 30 cm focal length).  SBIG ST10-ME used with L. R, G and B channels at 360 seconds each, processed with CCDSoft and Adobe Photoshop (June 16, 2003, KBQ). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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M-20 (NGC 6514), the Trifid Nebula.  A beautiful emission nebula of glowing hydrogen (red) separated into "three" (some would say four) segments by dust lanes, with its accompanying blue reflection nebula.  Located in the constellation of Sagittarius.  Taken with Meade 12" GPS LX-200 (at F-4.5 using Lumicon Giant Easy Guider) with SBIG ST10-ME, and autoguided with guidescope using SBIG STV.  Red, Green and Blue filters used for 300 seconds each and processed with CCDSoft and Adobe Photoshop (July 18, 2003, KBQ).
 
 
 
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Jupiter as imaged on a night with "fair" seeing and trasnparency.  Imaged with a 2X TeleVue barlow and Meade 12" GPS LX-200 using the Meade LPI video camera and software.  Camera exposure time of 0.090 seconds.  Composite (aligned and processed) of 56 images, with approximately 150 images rejected automatically due to poor quality.  (KBQ, 3/28/04).
 
 
 
 
 
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