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Mily Way, stars clusters, molecular clouds and other objects

Subject: Milky Way

Author: Akihiro Yamazaki

Optics: DSLR Nikon D810a with Tamron 15-30 mm at 30 mm f/3 on tripod

Exposure: 12x 5 s at ISO 3200

Location: Japan

Date: 2022

Subject: Corona Australis and NGC 6723 with IFN

Author: Warren A. Keller and Brett Soames (acquisition)

Optics: Takahashi FSQ106 refractor

Accessory: LRGB filters


Exposure: some hours

Image processing: PinInsight 1.7, Photoshop

Location: NSW, Australia

Date: ~2015

W.Keller has developed the PixInsight software and is the author of the book "Insight PixInsight".

Subject: Milky Way

Author: Axel Mellinger

Optics: SLR Minolta with 28 mm f/2, on piggyback

Film: Kodak Ektapress PJM2 and PJ-400

Exposure: Stacking of 51 images, 30-45 min. each

Image processing: GIMP for flat-fielding and Aitoff projection

Location: California, South Africa, Germany

Date: July 1997 and May 2000

Subject: Rho Ophiuchus, and Milky Way to Scorpio (Antarès, M8, M20, M4)

Author: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Optics: Telelens

CCD: CentraIds with cooling system

Exposure: Stacking of 56 images, total integration time over 100 hours

Image processing: Yes

Location: Various places, mainly in the U.S.A.

Date: 2011

Won the "Flicker's Chosen Few" award and more than 10 other prestigious awards.

Subject: Rho Ophiuchus, and Milky Way to Sagittarius (Antarès, M16, M20)

Author: Stéphane Guisard

Optics: Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/3.6 refractor

Accessory: NJP160 mount


Exposure: Stacking of 1200 RGB images, total integration time ~200 hours

Image processing: Yes

Location: Cerro Paranal, Chile (ESO Obs.)

Date: 2009

The field is 24x30° wide. Included in the GigaGalaxyZoom project.

Subject: Orion and the Milky Way

Author: Johnny Wang


Optics: Téléobjectif Zeiss OTUS 100 mm f/1.4 + RGB filters

Accessory: iOptron CEM 70EC mount

Exposure: 70-80 h (mosaïc of 40 images exposed ~2h each)

Image processing: Adobe Photoshop CC 2019, PixInsight 1.8 Ripley PixInsight 1.8.8

Location: China (remote personal observatory)

Date: 2022

Subject: Barnard's Loop, Lambda Orionis, Rosetta and Fox Fur nebulae, Orion

Author: Stanislav Volskiy

Optics: Canon 200L lens

Accessory: ASA Direct Drive DDM60 PRO mount


Exposure: Stacking of 1400 LRGB images, 212 hours incl. 75 hours in Hα

Image processing: Yes

Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Date: 2013-2014

Subject: Barnard's Loop and Lambda Orionis, IFN, Orion

Author: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Optics: Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX refractor with reducer (386 mm f/3.6)

Accessory: Takahashi EM-400 mount, Orion StarShoot autoguider


Exposure: 28 hrs, stacking of 32 LRGB images (L:3x 5 min., R,G,B: 3x 3 min. each, Hα: 1x 15 min.)

Image processing: PixInsight, Photoshop

Location: San Antonio Lake, Henry Coe State Park, DARC Obs., California, USA

Date: 7-10 Oct and 12-14 Oct 2010

Field over 25° wide.

Subject: Orion and Barnard's loop

Author: Axel Mellinger

Optics: SLR Minolta with 135 mm f/2.8 stopped at f/4, on piggyback

Exposure: Stacking of 2 images, 45 min. each

Film: Kodak PJ-400

Image processing: GIMP for flat-fielding and transformation

Location: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Date: 31 Dec 1999 and 03 Jan 2000

Subject: M45, Taurus

Author: Oliver Czernetz

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII refractor

Accessories: Astro-Physics Mach1AP GTO+GTOCP3, Paramount MyT mount, guiding camera Starlight Xpress Lodestar

CCD: QSI 683 swg-8

Exposure: 10h33m or 62 LRGB images (L:15x 600 s, R:16x 600 s, G:16x 600 s, B:15x 600 s)

Image processing: PhotoShop CS5 Extended, Fitswork4 Fitswork 4, Auriga Imaging Registar, Deep Sky Stacker 3.3.2 DSS 3.3.2

Location: Deep Sky West Observatory, Austria

Date: 23 Sep 2016

Subject: M45, Taurus

Author: Shindler Leung

Optics: DSLR Canon EOS 700D (IDAS D1) with Canon EF 300 mm f/2.8L IS lens

Accessory: Vixen SXD2 mount

Exposure: 1h05m or 13x 300 s at f/3.2, ISO 1600 + 8 dark frames

Image processing: PixInsight, DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop CC

Location: Hong Kong

Date: 13 Dec 2015

Subject: M45, Taurus

Author: Chris Hetlage

Scope: Astro-Physics 130 mm f/8 EDT StarFire refractor on AP 600E GTO mount


Location: USA

Date: 2014

Subject: M45, Taurus

Author: George Greaney

Scope: Astro-Physics 155 mm f/7 EDF StarFire refractor

Exposure: Stacking of 4 color images exposed 50 minutes each

Film: Hypered Kodak PPF Pro 400, format 6x7

Image processing: Picture Windows 2.0, Photoshop 5.0

Date: 1998

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Subject: M45, Taurus

Author: Chuck Vaughn (AA6G)

Scope: Astro-Physics 130 mm f/8 EDT StarFire refractor with Field flattener

Accessory: RGB Schott Filters

Film: Kodak TP 2415

Exposure: RGB stacking, R:90 min., G:180 min., B:180 min.

Image processing: Yes

Date: Sep-Oct 1998

Location: California, USA, ~750 m of altitude (2500')

Subject: M45, traces of IFN, Taurus (field of ~15°)

Author: Vincent Cheng

Optics: Samyang 135 mm f/2 lens

Accessories: CentraIds CDS-5D2 cooling system (-12°C), Vixen GP2 mount

Exposure: 171x 1 min. at ISO 3200 + dark frames + bias frames

Image processing: PixInsight, Photoshop CS5

Location: Meizhou, China

Date: 17 Sep 2015

Subject: M45, NGC 1499 (California neb.) and OB2 Persei Association, IFN, Tau-Per

Author: Fritz Helmut Hemmerich

Optics: DSLR Sony A7s modified with Samyang 135 mm f/2 lens at f/2.5

Accessory: CentraIds CDS system (cooling at -12°C), Sky-Watcher EQ8 autoguided mount

Exposure: 4h30m (45x 360 s) under IDAS LPS-V4 (C2, Hα, Hβ, OIII) filter

Image processing: Yes

Location: Tenerife, Canaries island, 1180 m of altitude

Date: 3 Nov 2015

Subject: M45, NGC 1499 (California neb.) and OB2 Persei Association, Tau-Per

Author: Alan Dyer

Optics: 6x7 Pentax camera with 165 mm f/3.5 lens

Exposure: 18 minutes on Ektachrome E200 film (ISO 200)

Image processing: Photoshop (glow added around stars)

Location: USA

Date: 2003

Subject: M13, Hercules

Author: Maurizio Cabibbo

Scope: Takahashi refractor TOA 130 mm f/7.7 on Losmandy G11 mount

Accessory: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider (SSAG) on Sky-Watcher refractor 70/500

Exposure: 5 hrs LRGB stacking (L:120, R,G,B:60 min.)


Image processing: PinInsight and Photoshop CS5

Location: Casole d'Elsa, Siena, Italy

Date: June 2016

Subject: M13, Hercules

Author: Ray Gralak

Scope: RCOS 250 mm f/9 on Astro-Physics AP1200 GTO mount

Location: USA

Date: 28 May 2000

Subject: M13, Hercules

Author: Kunihiko Okano

Scope: 310 mm (12.2") f/5 Newtonian with SBIG ST-4 guiding system

Exposure: RGB stacking (R, G:16 min., B:24 min.)


Image processing: Real Color Enhancement Method

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Date: 1999

Subject: M13, Hercules

Author: Akira Fujii

Scope: 300 mm (12") f/5 Newtonian

Exposure: 40 minutes with Cold camera

Film: Fujichrome R-100

Location: Japan

Date: 1990

Subject: Omega Centauri, Centaurus

Author: Astrooptik

Scope: Zen astrograph 16", 400 mm f/8

Subject: CTA 102 (4C 11.69) and NGC 7305 (at its right), Pegasus

Author: Tom Polakis

Scope: 317 mm (12.5") f/6.7

Exposure: 3 minutes under V filter


Field : 45'x 30' on enlargment

Location: USA

Date : 16 December 2016

Subject: 3C273, Virgo

Author: David Hanon

Scope: 600 mm (24")

Exposure: RGB stacking


Date: ~2000

Location: USA

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