Amateur Astronomer Captures Amazing Photo of Iconic 'Pillars Of Creation'


From Quarks to Quasars, Astronomy Picture Of The Day 10/3/13 

                                       The Dumbbell Nebula  M 27 

M57 Discovery Images

Here is a nice image showing the discovery images of the halo's of M57 from 1937 and 1987 together with our image of M57. It nicely shows the developments in astrophotography and what can be acheived today with quite modest amateur equipment.

Hubble Comparison

This image shows the result of close cooperation between 5 astronomers (André van der Hoeven, Terry Hancock, Fred Herrman, Mike van den Berg and Mathijn Ippel) who have imaged M57 for over 100 hours in total. On the right is the result from the Hubble Space Telescope with the halo as imaged by the Subaru 8.2 m telescope in Hawaii. The result of the amateur image shows what current imaging equipment is capable of and It nicely shows the signal that we measured are real phenomenon in the shells.


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

                                               Comet Ison

One of the most exciting imaging projects I have been involved in. This time with my good friend and student Mr. Cliff Spohn who has been capturing ISON from his remote observatory in Marion Ohio. We hope to present more images of ISON soon but the window of opportunity narrows as it nears the sun

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M57 collaboration

Over 100 hours of M57 by André van der Hoeven, Terry Hancock, Fred Herrmann, Mike van den Berg and Mathijn Ippel

This image shows the ring nebula together with its very faint halo as imaged by 11″, 12″ and 17″ reflectors.

Total exposure time: 104 hours

Equipment Used:

André:  Celestron C11 with SXV-H9

Fred: Astro-tech 12″ RC with SBIG STT-8300

Terry: Astro-tech 12″ RC with QHY-9

Mathijn: Planewave 12,5″ with SBIG ST-11000

Mike: Planewave 17″ with SBIG ST-11000

Data Information:

H-alpha 1800s: 40x (André), 20x (Terry), 36x (Mike), 3600s: 4x (André), 5x (Fred)

RGB  Red 16x 10 min (Terry), 11x 30 min (Mathijn), Green 12 x 10 min (Terry), 11x 30 min (Mathijn), Blue 11x 10 min (Terry), 9x 30 min  (Mathijn)

Luminance 8x 15 min (Terry), 39x 30 min (Mike)

Total exposure time: 104 hours

Astrophotography by Terry Hancock

                                ISON INTERACTIVE MODEL

Model visualizes current position of comet, assumed trajectory and all important moments. It also contains interesting features such as movement in time or realistic mode. Soon they will add also view from the Earth. Courtesy of Michal Sadlon