Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer back log part 3 - Messier 13

I mistakenly had the cooling on the ccd shut off and forgot to turn it back on, as such I didn't have any matching darks to kill the hot pixels.  However, you can see that even 32x30s (16min) are enough to bring out well over 2,000 stars and many more that DSS couldn't count.  I was happy with the framing only AFTER I found NGC 6207.  Even still, I now see PGC2085077 at mag 16.15 and even fainter ones, 3501406 and 4507623 at mag 19++

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DSS star count

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Summer back log part 2

M9 in my 14" f/4.5 (1600mm FL)



Today's image is one I had shot before and was potentially one of my earliest Deep Sky images using a narrow field of view planetary camera and an 8" at f/10

OLD image

I think I like the redo better, but the higher resolution of the 8" at 2032mm FL

neither image is of polished time and quality subframes but it's always nice to reflect on your images past and present.

This recent M9 doesn't help advance my Messier collection but it was a good time killer between others this clear night!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer back log part 1

Needed for the Messier list that is in the final throws, here's M107, a loose globular cluster shot in lum only at varying exposures because of no guiding and an untrusty mount.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My 1st real HaLRGB image - Crescent Nebula

1st my weak previous attempt...


over 2hours with a smaller scope and a DSLR doesn't hold a candle to the power of Hydrogen Alpha and a CCD.

Here's 36minutes of total Ha+Lum+RGB:

Ha = 4 x 300 = 1200s (1x1)
L = 2 x 300 = 600s (1x1)
RGB = 2@ x 60 = 360s (2x2)
Total Time = 0.6 hours

Limited darks and flats applied, guiding is going well and i have a good, solid 3 camera approach to finding, guiding and imaging and am really ready for a clear Sunday for the +Virtual Star Party

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pluto starter image for 2013

Only a day  and four hours after the full moon made a near miss of occultation for me in NC, I got a low quality shot of Pluto.  Occultation was 20130721-1917EDT - 20130722-2301EDT time of shot.  I had very poor transparency and as such set out to make some darks, do some PEC training and find a good fitting with all my gear under the stars.  I snuck some shots of some objects including a blind shot at Pluto via a solid precise goto.  Here in the close up animation you'll see iffy collimation and poor focus, but the fact that it was only 3x60s in luminosity shows the capabilities of this setup quite well!  The animation shows an overlaid chart from skycharts/CdC and then a highlighted red circle.





Here's the full view


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

M20 Trifid Nebula in LRGB, climbing the learning curve ladder

I had a nice night last night and after some learning curves on the new equipment I did a trial of some LRGB imaging on M20.  It's too short of a total integration time but it was late and the last thing I did so I was rushed.  I didn't find a guide star so amazingly I used 30sec for Lum and 60sec for the color RGB.  I am pretty happy with the result!  Not bad for only 11minutes total!  I can guide now but didn't set it up for this blind shot.  Flats and Darks are next to add, for now I'm grabbing clear skies as they come!



Previous attempt a LIFETIME ago!



Acquired in Main Sequence Pro Software
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Assembled and Processed in Photoshop

I also got a needed Messier object, M6 for the collection: http://maphilli14.webs.com/mikesdeepskyphotos.htm



Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 15, 2013

1st North American Nebula (Hydrogen Alpha) - 2nd light in SBIG

I had intended to setup for my 1st +Virtual Star Party in over a month or two, but the weather had other designs.  I did manage to solve 2 big hurdles this night.  First, I got the SBIG CCD closer to the Coma Corrector with some shorter spacers which got rid of the comet shaped stars from the 1st light of the camera.  Second I got the OAG and guide cam focused and found some guide stars in the hazy clouds that kept all but magnitude 2 stars visible by eye.  I setup and took images not expecting much, but after 6x300s of Ha I found something I've never seen before in all my attempts with various scopes and cameras!!!


Annotated image


Yay!  Not too shabby for no darks, flats or any other calibs.  Merely 30min on a rather large nebula that has always eluded me!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Astro Spring Cleaning 2013

DAY 1

In an effort to catch up and comply with the 1 post a day rule, I am challenging myself to process and post 1 image a day!  Encourage me, some of these photos in my back log are not worthy of the fine images here!
Here's a nice open cluster Monoceros that is low for me and always in the trees.  I setup in the 'hole in the trees' (see VSP for Pluto) and nabbed it and some friends back in early January.



DAY 2

Working on night 2 of my back logs.  Here are some great tiny fuzzies in this image!

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DAY 3

Keeping up with my own promise day 3 in a row.  I dug deep to 2010 for this as it was mostly all processed just waiting for me.
On a side note, I think I've been using #ObservationManager  for nearly exactly 5 years.  I have 600 observations across 300 sessions!!!  All in a night-jobs work!
Oh, here's M103.  I love that little line of stars in the upper right too




DAY 4

Perhaps I should take a cue from +Lynn Easley and post over here instead of 1 image a day?  She and so many other set the bar high and I too am slowly crawling through the Messier objects.  Here's M93 from when +Akule 1s got started in DSO imaging.

I've assembled my Messier chart here: http://maphilli14.webs.com/mikesdeepskyphotos.htm

Oh, this is day4 of the backlog!
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DAY 5

Day 5 of clearing of my backlog is more recent and brought to you via the +Virtual Star Party (replay here: Virtual Star Party Feb 3, 2013)
Getting sharper looking?  I'd really like to dig deeper into these tiny gems of Planetary Nebula, here is the Eskimo Nebula and while I don't get the nice Ha, red knots I think this came out well for a wide-field, especially considering it's only about the angular size of Jupiter.
I wish it counted towards the Messier list, but this was credited to William Hershel many years after Messier and thus was not in the master Messier list.
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DAY 6



Day6 of backlog!

Here's the sun from a wonderful and unseasonably warm day in mid January 2013 I spent outside with the toddler.

I learned a bit about DSLR solar and planetary from +Cory Schmitz and here is a composite of both still and video.  I like the FOV of stills but the video provides a good detail more fine detail when processed through #autostakkert2  

If anyone knows the names of these sunspots or historical record of them I'd be grateful since I'm so timely at processing!  :)
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DAY 7

I hope everyone is watching the +Virtual Star Party and I feel bad I wasted my clear skies recovering from a nasty cold, but I will post this and go to bed, but here's M77 as inspired by the great +Gary Gonnella I didn't do it justice but it'll do for Day7 of catchup!
G'nite all!



DAY 8


More Planetary Nebula goodness!
For sure I will not be using ISO6400 anymore.  The noise is horrendous.  Also I have fixed the shadow of the OAG prism falling on the DSLR chip, which added tons of edge artifacts.
Day8
I'm finding most of these images are laying around for good reason.  I'm not super proud of most of them.  Mostly all a big learning curve, thanks for hanging in there with me!
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DAY 9

I think I beat my previous "Most Distant" object record.  Again not my best work, but here's Stephan's Quintet which has some interesting interactions of 4 of 5 galaxies in the cluster.  The 5th is merely a happenstance foreground galaxy.  The distance is estimated to be 290 million light years which beats the previous object I observed NGC7810/7803  
Day9 of backlogs!
BTW, I hate ISO6400, this is old from back in October 2012 and I really struggled to get these to stack well, I'm not sure why.

Tagging +Ray Sanders and +Thad Szabo for their potential interest
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DAY 10


Ok, I slipped yesterday and I'll double up today.
Day 10 of back log.  I think this was previously shared in partial, half-processed.  Here's the finished Jupiter with Io in transit, covering it's own shadow which only happens right near opposition.  The stat of elongation in the bottom of the image helps understand how close to opposition   At the precise moment of opposition the elongation is exactly 180.  Before and after are in the 170's.  This shot was taken only a day or so off from that exact moment and a rarity to get good seeing where the moon and shadow line up so nice!
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DAY 11

Day 11 of backlogs!
Nice shot of Jupiter from a day before the previous post with GRS and setting GRS Junior!
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DAY 12

Day 12 of backlog brings us back to May of 2012.  This was one of the final of the season and first of a few with the Baader LRGB set.  It's not a bad shot for just laying around for 9 months!  It was taken a week before the Venus transit and my 4th kid was born shortly there-after, so I've been a busy beaver and it's good to start digging out!
Thanks for looking!
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DAY 13

Day 13, I am still ashamed to post the ISO 6400 mistakes, but after some serious hitting with a Photoshop hammer this one came out almost respectable.
Also, I looked in my logs and this would have been in the +Virtual Star Party if I saw the invite in time!  :)
I may double up again today and post a pre Venus transit group of sunspots tonight!
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Bonus Day 13
This one wasn't even in my logs, but happily waiting almost 1 year for me to finish processing!  You're welcome +Matt Oloff
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DAY 14

This is starting to read like a shipwreck's log...
Day 14, I am still swimming in year old Mars photos.
Look at what I did with this NEARLY YEAR OLD data!  :)

IR-RGB done somewhat interestingly in WinJUPOS.

Syrtis Major is prominent in the center on the Central Meridan.  South of that, towards the bottom is Hellas shrouded in clouds and fog.  Elysium is on the evening (right) limb also shrouded in clouds.  It's late spring and the North Polar Cap is melting and sublimating leaving much moisture in the atmosphere!
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Bonus day 14 from over a year ago!
I started this commitment in effort to get my disk utilization off of 100%
So far so good!
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DAY 15

Copping out on a real shot, here's some trials I did of my Off-Axis guider and DBK.  Here's a close up of Mizar's true double after the clouds killed my views of M94 tonight.  :(
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DAY 16

And I day 16, he posted something current!
So I nabbed this one last night!  I wished the clouds stayed away for the VSP on Sunday, but they didn't.  And all day Monday was nice, but then around 10, the clouds came back limiting me to only 12 subs of 2min each.  Using ISO400 this time with proper flats and darks, I got a NICE even image.  The seeing, focus, and collimation contributed to a good amount of star bloat, but I like this!
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DAY 17

Day17 of not-so backlogs.  Taken this week Monday.  In a quest to photograph the complete Messier collection, I 'have' to include this blunder of M40, which according to Wikipedia,

"was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764 while he was searching for a nebula that had been reported in the area by Johann Hevelius. Not seeing any nebulae, Messier catalogued this double star instead. It was subsequently rediscovered by Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke in 1863. Burnham calls M40 "one of the few real mistakes in the Messier catalog," faulting Messier for including it when all he saw was a double star, not a nebula of any sort.[1]"

The double in the lower left is what I assume to be M40, aka Winnecke 4.

I included as many of the nearby galaxies as I could frame, there are MANY galaxies.  Near the top there are a handful include the brightest, NGC4335 at
Magnitude: 13.64.

Near the bottom is another set that I insected in the image that includes galaxies like PGC: 4537203 as faint as mag 19!!!

The count that Cartes Du Ciel gives is about 52 galaxies in this framed view of less than 1 degree!  I didn't try to count.  If some one wants to voulnteer, I'll include an image of where the galaxies are.

Also, if anyone can find me the redshifts or distances of the extended PGC I'd be happy!!
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DAY 18

Day 18 brings us back to January 5, 2013.  This is a WONDERFUL looking cluster in a 14" telescope with a 2" 40mm eyepiece!  STUNNING!  
Also, it seems that this Messier object, now in my collection, was another near misstep.  He reported coordinates that were off by several degrees declination.  Discover is often credited to Caroline Herschel (GO GIRLS)
This is an ISO6400 shot, but came out well as it is SHORT in exposure and LARGE in number 57 x 10s.  I think it came out well using an interesting processing technique I'll start in another thread.
Thanks for staying with my backlog!
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DAY 19


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Whereforartthou Comet PANSTARS???
This is day 19's shot of as +Tim Jensen calls it, Comet Plane-Starrs



DAY 20

Day 20's backlog is a day late!  I'm still catching up and learning a lot along the way.  Here's M47 from Friday night!
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DAY 21

Day 21!  Three straight weeks of catchup.  This too is a more recent work from Friday and another for m Messier collection!  If I can I'll nab more tonight and process the best from Friday, a set of 3 galaxies, M105 and co.
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DAY 22

Shared publicly  -  Mar 12, 2013
Worthy of a re-share with additional comments.  I've tagged this photo with a star that has an exoplanet (NOT photographed), but the star is easily visible and was tricky to track down as there are multiple coordinates given and it was not plotted properly on#CartesDuCiel  
The only shot I got in preparation for the +Virtual Star Party  last night before the clouds just ruined my views!
Day 22 is more current of the 'backlogs' but not to fear there is PLENTY of old stuff to get to still!
Also, there seems to be a member star with an exoplanet, but I can't find the star at the coordinates that are listed on wikipedia?!!
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DAY 23

I nabbed me a comet tonight!
Day 23, more fresh content, still a backlog!




DAY 24

Day 24 brings you more recent work, from last Friday and the coup de gracias for that session.  I had an extra 30minutes on top of this 1hr, but it was 5minute subs and didn't take as well to stacking in#DeepSkyStacker  for some reason.  Either the darks or mismatch, or groups or user error?!
Enjoy an early one today!
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Bonus day 24 of backlog brings us back to the glorious Jupiter opposition of 2012, October 14th!
enjoy, Io, it's shadow, the Great Red Spot and Oval BA aka GRS Jr.
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DAY 25

Still working on my favorite #Lakewheeler   #panstarrs  shot, but this one is nicely framed and will be your 1st Day 25 backlog photo!





#panstarrs   Me too!  Night #2 and a preview for day 25 when I find the best of about 3Gig of raw photos!  Here's a random one, passed lightly through Photoshop.
just a tease from the great #LakeWheeler  DAY 26

DAY 26

Day 26 brings us an average looking Jupiter from back in August of 2012.  I struggled with WinJUPOS derotation on this one, yes I still owe everyone a tutorial, but since I can't get it perfect I'm holding out!
Note Ganymede in the upper left!
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DAY 27

A day late for day 27 of backlogs is another recent.  I go through the pain of setup and always intend to grab as much data as I can.  I had planned a long session on M95 & M96 together in the same frame.  Before finishing the night on that I tried for NGC2903, a nice and somewhat large galaxy near Leo's head.  I had a happy mistake and found this nearby galaxy, NGC2916 instead.  I only found it wasn't the galaxy I wanted today when plate solving it in Astrobin.  So, I was close as NGC2903 would have been in the same frame, but alas the clouds stole the night from me!  :(
One more for today means my catchup will be caught up!  :)
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DAY 28

And for day 28 of catchup...
Venus!
After the awesome Transit of Venus last year, the planet moved into the morning and somewhat quiet seclusion.  I snapped a photo back in August only in Ultra Violet B&W.  I have a question for the Venusian aficionados.  Venus is said to rotate retrograde.  Is it merely lefthanded, backwards or is it actually upside down?
Back on track and full 4 weeks of digging out of this pile of goodness!
Thanks for staying up late with me to view this AFTER the +Virtual Star Party
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DAY 29

Day 29 gives us a more recent, but needed and required Orion Nebula.  I took 15 x 30s unguided ISO 400.  Only 7 of them stacked in DSS.  WHY?  :(
Here's the result and not too shabby!
I kinda wish someone asked me about this name, I would have called it the cotton candy nebula, but maybe I over did the processing?!?
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DAY 30

Day30 of the shrinking but not yet gone backlog, brings us back to October.  I had a string of a few good nights for Jupiter but this one had some sleep related wiring issues with the CFW control.  I ended up shooting some B&W using the IR-UV blocking filter (Lum) only.  Here's the result, a nice animation and the only Ganymede transit I got all season!
After one straight month I may start to share over in the Astronomy or Astrophotography communities, so be sure do circle me or follow those communities too!
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DAY 31

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Mike Phillips and I have a HUGE backlog of unprocessed images that I'm trying to dig out from and have been posting on the Space community.  I have 30 straight days of postings and images over there, so here's day 31 of back log brings us again back to October, the day before the Color Filter Wheel (aka CFW) lost my grip of control.  I had a bunch of captures but none seemed to come togther in #WinJUPOS  so here is the top, single image.  It is kind of the boring side of Jupiter and there's no special transits of moons or anything.  I Do like the NEB's white streaks (outbreak?).  I hope to find more gems like this one, but I may start scraping the bottom of the barrel soon!
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DAY 32

I've really stuck with my commitment to clear out my hard disk.  Here's day 32 of my 1 a day regiment.  This is somewhat recent from only as far back as December.  I caught Europa in transit with shadow, then moved over to catch (previously posted -http://astromaphilli14.blogspot.com/2013/01/high-resolution-asteroids-ceres-and.html) Vesta and Ceres before moving back to Jupiter (after median flip).  That's going to be part two for another day!
Enjoy!
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DAY 33

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Mike Phillips and I have a HUGE backlog of unprocessed images that I'm trying to dig out from and have been posting on the Space community.
Day 33 is the 2nd half of yesterday's post.  The seeing conditions deteriorated but I like seeing the GRS and Jr in the same shot.
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DAY 34

Day 34 of what I suppose is a major spring cleaning, let's face it, the weather's been terrible and NOW is the time to do it.
This is a bit of a redo and some practice on my budding DSO skills.  Here's M29 and a redo from my previous 8" tests back in 2010 (http://multiply.com/mu/maphilli14/image/1/photos/89/1200x1200/23/MAP-M29-20100902.jpg?et=nkGnt%2CJwhvnuPnuX6BjaHg&nmid=287921959)
I wish it helped further my Messier hunt to completion, but it's not, it is a big jump in quality from the 8"

If you've missed the last few they're in my stream or over on the Amateur Astrophotography communities!
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DAY 35

Day 35 brings me WAAAY back to the HOT June of 2008.  According to my logs, "EXTREMELY hot temps are choking out the South East US.  Daytime temps are blasting out records of late spring in the upper 90's (F) with
forecasts in the 100's (F) in the coming days. "
yes, I have logs from 2008 *and* half processed images.  In this case I'm glad I held off, I added an artificial flat, noise reduction and some spot curves to really bring this one to life. I have to say it feels good to be on top of something so old finally!
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Shared publicly  -  Mar 24, 2013
Bonus Day 35.  most of you have seen the M25 Pluto from the VSP last summer, but here it is again, framed and qr coded to the youtube video finder chart search.
I framed it for use with the Messier list: http://maphilli14.webs.com/mikesdeepskyphotos.htm
The images link to the picasa/g+ albums now and so I upload, and decided to add some commentary
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DAY 36

Day 36, here's a REALLY ancient one from 2007 and I never felt right about it, M44 a really big cluster, closet open cluster to Earth and worthy of a redo, but only after I bag all the Messier objects.
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DAY 37

Day 37...
1st, This is from LAST YEAR!  2012, not current, last year, 12 months old...
Perhaps my best Saturn ever.  I have been trying to catch the Encke gap / minimia (http://ejamison.net/encke.html)
Topaz denoise really helped me push the sharpening beyond where I would be comfortable without it.
Glad I found this one laying around in wait for me!  :)  
Now where did my clear skies go?  I'm ready for another go!
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DAY 38

Shared publicly  -  Mar 27, 2013
My evergoing spring cleaning brings us back to the +Virtual Star Party from February 3, 2013.  I started the show with the Horsehead and didn't get much time on the subject, but here's the efforts and please no more ISO 6400 on the Canon 7D for me!
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DAY 39


A late day 39 of spring cleaning is a bit of a trial night.  Bad seeing hit on a Jupiter photo, which I've probably not posted yet either.... not yet.
Here's 2 good frames that were part of a good learning curve in the move to using ISO 400.  I have another redo of M35 here too: https://plus.google.com/photos/108750361778865447048/albums/5707994338205684529/5707994335853746978
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DAY 40

Caught up again, here's a Saturn from early this morning.  I shot quite a bit of data but this single RGB run seems to be the best of it for now.  Seeing was quite variable and better than the previous attempts for 2013's apparition.  I think with the weather being so bad I'll have time to play more with the data, but for now, day40 has me staying on top of things!
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DAY 41

Spring cleaning marches on for day 41.  This is another redo of a star cluster in effort to reign in my DSO skills.  Actually practice is good but this night of February 15, 2013 I was after Asteroid 2012 DA 14 but was thwarted, or that is another post later.  Here is the previous version with the same telescope, different camera and techinques: https://plus.google.com/photos/108750361778865447048/albums/5846502832257385345/5847448881610861282?banner=pwa
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DAY 42

Spring cleaning marches on for day 42.  I was really hoping to get more than 14mintues on this nice pair of galaxies.  I really worked hard to get the subjects framed nicely AND get a guide star for the OAG.  I am posting in the off chance the weather doesn't improve before the torrents of tree pollen start.
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DAY 43


Rolling along with the spring cleaning here's a nice Pre-Transit of Venus (evening apparition).  The color you see is not what you eye would see but more of a false, broad spectrum color image made from Red = Infra-Red, Blue = UltraViolet and Green a blended mix of the two.  
Here's the initial rushed versions:
and a the 3 frame animation:
Time to close the books on this day's catchup of day 43.
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DAY 44

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A day late day 44 of my 1 a day spring cleaning... This is actually a redo but I think I like the original better thusfar: https://plus.google.com/photos/108750361778865447048/albums/5778747074605794177/5822629057329421122?banner=pwa
This was a hangout that was planned to be an on-air one by +Mitchell Duke and myself, but youtube was down for maintenance and so we only got +Ryan Meader and +Paul Stewart .  Ok, today's day 45, back to it!
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DAY 45

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Day 45 of the one a day spring cleaning might bring me closer to ending the books on 2012's Jupiter.  This was a great view of GRS and Jr from a hangout with +Cory Schmitz and +Chris Ridgway
Good times guys, where'd all our clear skies go???
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DAY 46

Shared publicly  -  Apr 4, 2013
Day46 brings me to a clean main computer.  That makes 2 of the them now.  Now onto the home server and external drives which are loaded with old stuff!  I wonder how long this spring cleaning can go on for?!
So today's image is from my 8" SCT at f/25 using everyones favorite+Virtual Star Party color planet cam the DBK.21AU618.AS cam from+Astronomy Cameras   The 8" had just had the dec gears replaced by yours truly and is going to get an upgrade to house the DSLR and 200mm f/4 lens for some great wide-field shots soon!
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DAY 47

Michael A. Phillips

Amateur Astrophotography  -  Apr 7, 2013
Day 47 (should be Friday) is as current as it gets, as it was taken on Friday!  :)  Th e final, and lesser of the objects from this session.  It rounds out 1 more Messier object for my quest of a complete set.  It is one of the 'Anemic Galaxies' from my previous post.
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DAY 48

Michael A. Phillips

Amateur Astrophotography  -  Apr 8, 2013
Day 48 (should be Saturday's) and I sigh as I fall behind in my catch up!
Here's a redo of M95 & M96,  now with  a meager 20 minutes over 3 nights.  I had more but I lapsed and let the focus go soft and they didn't stack properly.  This was from Friday and the 2nd of 3 targets, with the next one, M100 will be Sunday's image (I know it's Monday!)
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DAY 49

Michael A. Phillips

Shared publicly  -  Apr 9, 2013
Day49's spring cleaning, which was posted 'on time' this past Sunday was actually taken during the +Virtual Star Party   While watching the replay, I realized that the live views were dim and wholly uninteresting.  I intend to up that game.   In the meantime, here's M87, brightest radio sources in the sky.  You heard that +Nicole Gugliucci ??
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DAY 50

Michael A. Phillips

Shared publicly  -  Apr 10, 2013
Day 50 was yesterdays image and another from the VSP this past Sunday.  It's much smaller than M87 and only 2 of the unguided subs stacked.  I was happy to get the 4 targets I did during the VSP and 1 more after.  Now only 1 day behind in my catchup for spring cleaning.
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DAY 51

Michael A. Phillips

DeepSkyObjects  -  Apr 10, 2013
Day 51 of my spring cleaning of the hard drive is the 3rd from this week's #VSP   and a tiny galaxy that is a part of my growing, but not yet complete Messier collection.  
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DAY 52

Michael A. Phillips

Amateur Astrophotography  -  Apr 10, 2013
A wonderfully rich field of M49 is Wednesday's Day 52 spring cleaning of the hard drive and another current #VSP  image.  This was a nice image as I spent the pre-party portion of the show soaking in 31 x 60s unguided shots.  I count a good dozen or so galaxies here and am happy with this shot as a half-planned session.
oh and i'm back on pace at 1 a day and ready to tackle the remaining 2 current ones before hitting the really old ones this weekend!
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DAY 53

Michael A. Phillips

Shared publicly  -  Apr 11, 2013
Day53 rounds out the VSP images.  This was not taken during the VSP but after the show ended.  Not a great shot at 18minutes, but the main galaxy, M60 is the brightest and is visually overlapping a tiny spiral just above!
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DAY 54

Michael A. Phillips

Space Photos - Only post 1 per day  -  Apr 12, 2013
Messier 100 everyone!
This is from exactly 1 week ago and a nice ~1hr soak of light from 55Million LY away.  A nice looking spiral for a change and the Coup de grĂ¢ce of the night and month of DSO observing so far, perhaps best since I got +Akule
I do hope to do much better and have learned a lot about proper ISO, exposures  guiding with an OAG, etc.
I really need to get a good 2-3 hrs of light on one subject but in my quest for a complete messier list, I skip around too much.  I hope to get complete stats on my messier progress, but I'm assuming to be well more than halfway between this scope and the previous 6" schmidt-newt.
Here is the last 'current' image and your 1-a-day spring cleaning image day 54!!
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DAY 55

Michael A. Phillips

Shared publicly  -  Apr 13, 2013
Dragging the old archives for day 55's duplicate.... I think I miscounted and am clearly distracted with 3 year old captures.  In part I'm moving my site from the defunct multiply.com to G+
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DAY 56

Michael A. Phillips

Shared publicly  -  Apr 14, 2013
Day 56, 8 straight weeks of cleaning 1 image a day from my vast reserves.  I was putting the baby to bed tonight when I realized why I'm so far behind.  It is mostly because I am present with my kids as often as I can, living in the moment to watch them grow.  I will take photos of them along the way and drown in that set of photos too, but finally now after all these years (this is from 2010 btw) have I come to realize and hopefully be at peace with the fact that the universe will wait while the kids and bond and grow.
oh, yeah, this is called the Iris nebula, thanks for reading!
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Loving husband, proud father, computer geek, astro freak, music lover, sports nut and general fun-loving guy

I think I'm the kind of person who doesn't like strong opinions.  It doesn't matter if I agree with your opinion or not, it's not factual, it never will be 100% factual and I don't care for it.  That's probably why I hate politics.

I've always loved facts, provable facts of nature and things concerning science.  

Over time, I found that most facts are mostly reference and it was the creation of and discovery of new things that intrigued me.

"A good friend once told me you are our memory
without them we equal nothing
And all I can see is the place I wanna be
Suddenly my life was so free
Leaves at my feet, blown to the ground
their echoes are reaching my ears
Nights coming fast, suns going down" - A7x