This website is dedicated to my passion for astrophotography, the night sky and Sir Patrick Moore who was and remains my inspiration. Here I present and share with you my Deep Space images captured from my tiny backyard observatory in Fremont, Michigan. 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.
Credit: André van der Hoeven, Terry Hancock, Fred Herrman, Mike van den Berg and Mathijn Ippel
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.
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
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.
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 bubble nebula, HST Palette (NGC7635
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.
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.
The Pinwheel Galaxy M101
The Whirlpool Galaxy M51
The Cocoon Nebula IC5146/Caldwell 19
Rosette Nebula Hubble Palette
Rosette Nebula in Natural Color
Gamma Cygni Region Mosaic
This is a 5 panel mosaic of the Gamma Cygni/Sadr Region, named after the central star Sadr/Gamma Cygni the central star of Cygnus's Cross surrounded by diffuse emission and dark nebulae and part of the much larger Cygnus Molecular Cloud.187 individual frames and a total exposure time of over 18 hours make up this Mosaic which covers an area approximately 6.5 x 5.4 degrees and is covering the same area of sky as 143 moons.This mosaic consists of 5 panels, all data was captured from my backyard observatory in Fremont Michigan late May early June 2014 except for the Crescent in April 2014 (and the inset data of the Crescent Nebula from 2012) Equipment used a QHY11 Monochrome CCD/Takahashi E-180.
Total Integration/exposure time 18.8 hours
Clouds Of Creation (Mosaic Of Orion's Belt)
This panoramic view Includes the very familiar three bright stars of Orion's belt Alnitak (to the left of the image), Alnilam and Mintaka. the most majestic 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". This is data I captured from my backyard observatory in Fremont, Michigan over 2 seasons 2013 and 2014 over 25 nights using a QHY11S and QHY9 Monochrome CCD's, several different telescopes were used including Takahashi E-80 F2.8, TMB92SS F5.5 Refractor and 12" f/8 Ritchey-Chrétien astrograph for enhanced detail of The Horsehead Nebula and The Orion Nebula. 420 individual exposures make up this 5 panel mosaic for a Total Exposure time of 45 hours
I am having an aluminum print made of this 40" high x 96" for ArtPrize 2014, please contact me if you would like to make a donation towards the production of this mammoth print.
M106 and Surrounding Galaxies
Seen in this image just to the right of center forming part of the gigantic Virgo Cluster Of Galaxies. Captured from my backyard observatory in Fremont Michigan. Click on this image to see in higher resolution with mouseover. (annotated image courtesy of astrometry.net) Total Exposure/Integration time 1.5 hours
Markarian's Chain & Surrounding Galaxies
Some Recent Images
The Seven Dusty Sisters (M45) This is a collaboration of The Pleiades with data from Kim Quick of Florida and myself. Kim collected 5 hours of LRGB using a Takahashi FSQ106/ST11000 remotely from New Mexico Skies which was combined, registered and post processed with my 4 hours of LRGB data using the QHY11S/Takahashi E180 from November of last year and my earlier data using a QHY9M/TMB92S captured from my home in Western Michigan.Total integration time 13 + hours
The Heart and Soul Nebula. My final image which completes this interesting project in the region of Cassiopeia is a 6776x4170 pixel 4 panel Mosaic of The Heart & Soul Nebulae also including Emission Nebula SH2-202 bottom left, Planetary Nebula HDW 2 also known as Sh2-200 near top left hand corner
The Heart Nebula IC1805.
The Heart & Soul Nebula Mosaic
The Soul Nebula IC1848
The Heart Nebula IC1805
The Heart Of The Triangulum Galaxy M33