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.
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.
183 individual frames make up this final image which I captured in January and December 2012. Consisting of LRGB, H-Alpha, OIII and SII filters for a Total Exposure time of 17.8 hours.
The constellation of Orion is home to many treasures, including the Orion Nebula seen here. A small part of the immense Orion Molecular Cloud, M42 is perhaps the most studied extra-solar object in the sky.It is so very close to the Earth, only 1350 light-years, that this star forming region has opened the door to our understanding the processes that create stars and planetary systems. Only 24 light-years across, The Orion Nebula contains at least 2000 newborn stars with many still forming.