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This website is dedicated to my passion for astrophotography and the heavenly night sky. It is a means throughout which I present and share with you these images and my adventures throughout the cosmos. I hope you enjoy your visit.

 


Astrophotography by Terry Hancock

 

© Terry Hancock 2013. Use of any of my images without my permission except for personal use is prohibited. 

A few images from 2013 

m57 over 100 hours of imagery

Credit: André van der Hoeven, Terry Hancock, Fred Herrman, Mike van den Berg and Mathijn Ippel

The veil complex

m27  dumbbell Nebula

These images of M27, The Dumbbell Nebula are another international collaboration between Andre van der Hoeven, Fred Herrmann and myself.  M27 aka “Dumbbell” nebula is a planetary nebula 1300 light years distant in the constellation Vulpecula. 
 
This deep version uses almost 40 hours of data collected in Michigan, Alabama and Holland using different telescopes and CCD cameras which were later combined into one final image.   Using narrow band filters and very long exposures we were able to capture the outer hydrogen and oxygen shell of M27 which is not normally visible in amateur images and also present to you narrow band versions of this beautiful Planetary Nebula.

lobster tastes better with lemmon

Captured over 2 nights, the 14th and 15th July, I was oblivious to the fact that Comet Lemmon was visiting this neighborhood :), when I processed this at first I thought I had captured aircraft lights.
So much happening in this barrage of a cosmic garden with the M52 Cluster (top center) The Bubble Nebula NGC7635 (left of center), the emission and reflection nebula NGC7538 (lower central area) and Sharpless 157 or otherwise known as The Lobster Claw Nebula (bottom left) and Comet Lemmon in the upper right. 
Total Exposure time 8.5 hours

the andromeda galaxy LRGB + H-Alpha

pelican and north american nebula

the bubble nebula ngc 7635

sagitttarius quartet

Collaboration by Fred Herrmann and Terry Hancock



On friday morning the 11th October my good friend and student Mr. Clifford Spohn of Marion Ohio and I (as the remote observer) captured ISON using his QHY9 mono CCD/TEC 140 F7 Refractor as it makes it's way through the constellation of Leo very low in the sky.

comet ison


Here is a time lapse video I created from Cliff's 24 Raw LRGB sub exposures over 72 minutes on friday morning the 11th October. There are varying degrees of brightness due to the interlacing of various filters that we used for the color image. 

The Eagle Nebula and Pillars Of Creation (M16)



The bubble nebula, HST Palette (NGC7635

                       by Cliff Spohn and Terry Hancock


Captured on Monday, the 21st October 2013 from Cliff Spohn's remote amateur observatory in Marion Ohio.The first time in almost two weeks that we have had a break in the cloud and rain we could not miss this rare opportunity  to capture ISON using Cliff's QHY9 monochrome CCD camera  and TEC 140 F7, 5 inch Refractor telescope. Credit goes to Cliff for capturing the object while I did the calibration, stacking in CCDStack post processing in CS5 and video editing. Total Exposure time 93 minutes


Here is a time lapse video I created from Cliff's 31 Raw LRGB sub exposures over 93 minutes on monday morning the 21st October. There are varying degrees of brightness due to the interlacing of various filters that we used for the still color image. Captured by Cliff Spohn, processing by Terry Hancock.



Version 2
​Here is a time lapse video I created from Cliff's 31 Raw LRGB sub exposures over 93 minutes on monday morning the 21st October. In this version the comet appears stationary as it was composed while I was preparing to stack all the luminance images together for the final still image.   Captured by Cliff Spohn, processing by Terry Hancock.


 Orion, Horsehead Nebulae and Orion's Belt 
Here is an un cropped and panoramic view Including the very familiar three bright stars of Orion's belt Alnitak (to the left of the image), Alnilam and Mintaka. Part of the Orion Molecular Cloud and two of the most recognizable sky objects in the constellation Orion, these immense stellar nurseries are approximately 1500 light years distant "The Great Orion Nebula and The Horsehead Nebula".
190 individual exposures make up this 5 panel mosaic for a Total Exposure time of 11 hours

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