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This is the MAS astrophotography gallery which displays some of the images taken by our members. We hope to get so many that we have to start cycling the images through, just to keep the server space down. Visit often! The images taken from the observatory demonstrate the light-grabbing power of the CCD camera, even in a light polluted environment like New Berlin, WI.

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Ways to Explore These Images

What's New - The area below lists the most recent images taken from the top down.  Images of current interest are often found easily here.

Categories - The categories on the left menu display images organized by subject.  Seeing several images of the same or related objects can bring about a deeper appreciation and understanding.    Categories Include: Solar Images   Lunar Images   Planets   Globulars Clusters   Open Clusters   Nebulas   Galaxies   Comets   Wide Field   Cell Phone   Other Images  

MAS Showcase - This is the launching pad to view our images taken of distant Messier objects.  This area is special in that it showcases the power of the Observatory equipment in gathering these images.  A project to gather images of all 110 Messier objects from our observatory location was begun in Sept 2015 and it will take at least a full year to gather images of all these objects  Come see our progress.

Messier Showcase - This is a reordered list of the MAS Showcase to make it easier to locate specific Messier object images.  

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M45 by Gabe ShaugnnessyM45 - The Pleiades
Scope: TMB92SS @ f/4.4, Reducer: TRF-2008 0.8x, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, Mount: Mach1 GTO. Exposure: RGB - 30x5min., 2.5 hrs total exposure. Software: SGP, PHD2, APCC, Pixinsight. Dec. 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

NGC 2264 Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster - Chad AndristNGC 2264 Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster
Scope: TPO 202mm RCT, reduced to f/5.7. Camera: ASI1600MMC, -15C. Filters: Optolong NB 1.25"/ASI EFW8 Software: SGP, AP-ASCOM, PHD, Pixinsight. Ha 7.5nm: 27x300sec, OIII 6nm: 26x300sec, SII 6nm: 26x300sec.
Dec. 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

Orion Nebula - Arun HegdeOrion Nebula
Taken from Chandler, Arizona. Camera: 5D Mark IV, Lens: 400mm at f/5.6. iOptron Skytracker Pro. 76 x 16 seconds.
Dec. 2017
Photo: Arun Hegde

Horsehead and Flame Nebulas - Arun HegdeHorsehead and Flame Nebulas
Taken from Lake Bartlett, Arizona. Camera: 5D Mark IV, Lens: 400mm at f/5.6. iOptron Skytracker Pro. 159 x 15 seconds.
Dec. 2017
Photo: Arun Hegde

Lunar Eclipse 4/4/2015 by John AsztalosLunar Eclipse - 04/04/2015
Lunar eclipse over Mt. Evans, Colorado from Evergreen, CO. 50mm lens on a Pentax Kx on tripod. Various exposures. 
Apr. 4, 2015
Photo: John Asztalos

NGC 1499 - California Nebula - Paul BorchardtNGC 1499 - California Nebula
F-Scope, HyperStar at f/1.9 Canon T5 DSLR. Two side by side frames, each set a stack of 20 3-minute exposures. Processed in Pixinsight and combined in PS.
November 2017
Photo: Paul Borchardt


IC 1805 - Scott JamiesonIC 1805 - Heart Nebula
Celestron Edge 11 inch w/ focal reducer. Narrowband Ha, S2, & OIII. 5X1200 sec in each band. 5 hrs. total exposure. Processing: Pixinsight.
November 2017
Photo: Scott Jamieson

NGC 869 - Half of the Double Cluster - Chad AndristNGC 869 - Half of the Double Cluster
Scope: TPO 8RCT, Camera: ASI1600MMC CMOS, Gain/Offset at Unity, Temp -15C, L: 15x10s, R:15x10s, G:15x10s, B:15x10s. Software: SGP, Pixinsight
November 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

M45 - The Pleiades - Jason DoyleM45 - The Pleiades
Scope: Explore Scientific Mak-Newt Comet Hunter, Canon 60D @ ISO 1600. 33 minutes total = 11x180 sec. Stacked in DSS, processed in PS
November 2017
Photo: Jason Doyle

Sh2-155 Cave Nebula by Gabe ShaugnnessySh2-155 Cave Nebula
Scope: TMB92SS, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, SII (Red): 15x15min, Ha (Green): 15x15min, OIII: (Blue) 15x15min, 11.3 hrs total exposure. Software: SGP, PHD2, APCC, Pixinsight
November 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

M76 - Little Dumbbell Nebula by Gabe ShaugnnessyM76 - Little Dumbbell Nebula
Scope: AT10RCT @ f/5.3, Reducer: CCDT67, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, RGB: 6x5min each, superlum from RGB frames, 1.5 hrs total exposure. Software: SGP, PHD2, APCC, Pixinsight
November 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

IC410 - Tadpole Nebula by Gabe ShaugnnessyIC410 - Tadpole Nebula
Scope: AT10RCT @ f/5.3, Reducer: CCDT67, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, Ha: 11x15min, OIII: 10x15min, 5.3 hrs total exposure. Software: SGP, PHD2, APCC, Pixinsight
November 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

NGC 891 by Gabe ShaugnnessyNGC 891
Scope: TMB130SS, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, RGB: 42x5min each - super-luminance made from RGB frames, 10.5 hrs total exposure. Software: SGP, PHD2, APCC, Pixinsight
November 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

Crescent and Bubble Nebulas by Gabe ShaugnnessyCrescent and Soap Bubble Nebulas
Scope: TMB92SS, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, Ha 3nm: 20x15min, OIII 3nm: 20x15min, 10 hrs total exposure. Software: SGP, PHD2, APCC, Pixinsight.
November 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

Jupiter by Paul BorchardtJupiter Io/Europa Transits - 05/26/2017
Jupiter with GRS with Io/Europa transits. A-Scope, Skyris 618M camera, a 2X barlow and RGB filters. Best 650 images, 1/180 sec exposures. Process: Registax and Photoshop. Nov 2017
Photos: Paul Borchardt

M73 by Lee KeithM73
6" scope with no motorized focus. Stack of 50 3 sec exposures.
October, 2017
Photo: Lee Keith

Helix by Chad AndristNGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula
Scope: TPO 200mm RC f/8, Camera: ASI1600MMC with EFW-8, 6.7 hrs exposure. Ha: 40x300sec OIII: 40x300sec
October, 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

NGC 7331 by Jeff KraehnkeNGC 7331 - With Stephan's Quintet
Scope: Stellarvue SVA130T-IS f/5, Camera: QSI 690WSG-8. Processing: The SkyX Pro. RGB: 7X10min each channel, 3.5 hours.
September, 2017
Photo: Jeff Kraehnke

M27 by Jeff KraehnkeM27 - Dumbbell Nebula
Scope: Stellarvue SVA130T-IS f/5, Camera: QSI 690WSG-8. Processing: PixInsight, The SkyX Pro. RGB: 7X10min each channel, 3.5 hours.
September, 2017
Photo: Jeff Kraehnke

M27 by Jason DoyleM27 - Dumbbell Nebula
Scope: Celestron C6 SCT, Camera: Canon 60D with Astronomics CLS 1.25" filter. Exposure: 30 minutes, 6*5min@3200
September, 2017
Photo: Jason Doyle

Sun  by Gabe ShaughnessySun
Scope: Lunt 60mm Pressure-tuned H-Alpha scope, Camera: ASI120MM, Software: Firecapture, Autostakkert, Pixinsight.
September 9, 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

North American Nebula by Tom SchmidtkunzNorth American Nebula
Canon Rebel-XT camera with IR filter removed. 5 3-minute exposures. Processing in Nebulosity.
September 2017
Photo: Tom Schmidtkunz

NGC 7822 by Gabe ShaugnnessyNGC 7822
Scope: TMB130SS, Camera: QSI683-wsg8, Ha: 20x15min, OIII: 30x15min, SII: 24x15min, RGB: 12x5min each. 20 hrs total exposure.
September 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

The Shark Nebula, LDN1235, by Gabe ShaugnnessyThe Shark Nebula - LDN1235
Scope: TMB92SS, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, Guide Camera: Starlight Xpress Ultrastar, Mount: Mach1 GTO. RGB: 102x5min. 8.5 hrs total exposure.
September 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

Elephant's Trunk Nebula, IC1396A, by Gabe ShaugnnessyElephant's Trunk Nebula - IC1396A
Scope: TMB130SS, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, Guide Camera: Starlight Xpress Ultrastar, Mount: Mach1 GTO, RGB: 16x5min each, 4 hrs total exposure.
September 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

M20 - Trifid Nebula by Chad AndristM20 - Trifid Nebula
Camera: ASI1600MMC, Scope: TPO 8RC f/8 1625mm FL. 1.2 hours in LRGB, L: 57x45s, R: 20x60s, G: 20x60s, B: 20x60s. Processing in Pixinsight.
August 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

M16 - Eagle Nebula by Chad AndristM16 - Eagle Nebula
Camera: ASI1600MMC, Scope: TPO8RC, 1625mm FL, f/8. 2.8 hours integration: Ha 11x300s, OIII 11x300s, SII 11x300s. Pre/post processing done in Pixinsight.
August 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

Solargraph - Lee KeithSolargraph from the MAS Observatory
Solargraph from a "camera" sitting on a post just north of B Dome. The "camera" was a 16 oz can with a piece of B&W photo paper in with a pinhole - i.e., a pinhole camera. From solstice to solstice. Dec 2016 - June 2017
Photo: Lee Keith

M27 by Tom MaxwellM27 - The Dumbbell Nebula
Scope: Explore Scientific 127MM Triplet. Camera: ZWO ASI1600 Cooled OSC. 35 exp, 180 sec each. Processed in Deep Sky Stacker and PS.
July 2017
Photo: Tom Maxwell

M16 by Tom MaxwellM16 - The Eagle Nebula
Scope: Explore Scientific 127MM Triplet. Camera: ZWO ASI1600 Cooled OSC. 60 exp, 60 sec each. Processed in Deep Sky Stacker and PS.
July 2017
Photo: Tom Maxwell

M57 Test Image by Scott JamiesonM57 - First Light Image
Test image. No cooling, no flats, no darks. C11 Edge F10 telescope, ZWO ASI 071 Color camera. 10 exp, 45 sec each. Processed in Nebulosity.
July  2017
Photo: Scott Jamieson

The Sun  by Tamas KriskaSun Side-By_Side in White Light & H-Alpha
5" f/5 White Light Solar Scope and 80mm f/7 Lunt H-Alpha Solar Scope at the MAS Observatory. 
July 8, 2017
Photos: Tamas Kriska

The Sun  by Lee KeithThe Sun in Ha
60mm Ha Solar Scope

July 8, 2017
Photo: Lee Keith

NGC 6946 - Fireworks Galaxy and Supernova SN2017eaw by Chad AndristNGC 6946 - Fireworks Galaxy and Supernova SN2017eaw
Scope: TPO 8" RC, Camera: ASI1600mmc, L: 22x180s, R: 20x180s, G: 19x180s, B: 18x180s, Total: 4 hours. Processing in Pixinsight.
May 28-29, 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula by Gabe ShaugnnessyM27 - The Dumbbell Nebula
Scope: TMB130SS, Camera: QSI690-wsg8, L: 24x5min, RGB: 16x5min each, Software: SGP, PHD2, APCC, Pixinsight. 6 hrs total exposure.
June 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

ISS Transit of the Sun  by Gabe ShaughnessyISS Solar Transit
Herschel Wedge on a TMB92SS with a 0.8x reducer. Prime focus. 
June 7, 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

The Sun  by Paul BorchardtSun in H-Alpha
80mm f/7 Lunt H-Alpha Solar Scope. Camera: Imaging Source DMK 51AU02AS. Prime focus. 
June 21, 2017
Photo: Paul Borchardt

The Sun  by Jeff KraehnkeSun in H-Alpha
80mm f/7 Lunt H-Alpha Solar Scope. Camera: Imaging Source DMK 51AU02AS. Prime focus. 
June 11, 2017
Photo: Jeff Kraehnke

The Sun  by Paul BorchardtSun in H-Alpha
80mm f/7 Lunt H-Alpha Solar Scope. Camera: Imaging Source DMK 51AU02AS. Prime focus. 
June 15, 2017
Photo: Paul Borchardt

Jupiter by Nolan ZadraJupiter
Jupiter with the shadow of Io. A-Scope (12.5 f/9 reflector) with a
ZWO224c camera. 
May 2017
Photo: Nolan Zadra

M92 / The Owl Nebula by Chad AndristM97 / The Owl Nebula
Scope: TPO 8" Ritchey-Chretien at native f/8, Camera: ASI1600MMC cooled CMOS. Optolong 6.5nm Ha and OIII filters. Exp: 1.7 hours. Ha: 17x180s, OIII:17x180s.
May 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy by Gabe ShaugnnessyM51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy
LRGB - Scope: TMB130SS, Camera: QSI690-wsg8. 5 hrs total exp. L: 18x5min, RGB: 14x5min each. Software: SGP, PHD2, APCC, Pixinsight.
May 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

Jupiter by Paul BorchardtJupiter - 05/12/2017 - 1.5 Hours Apart
Left: Jupiter with GRS and Europa, 1:37UT. Right: Jupiter with Io, 3:01UT. A-Scope, Skyris 618M camera, a 2X barlow and RGB filters. Processed in Registax and Photoshop. May 2017
Photo: Paul Borchardt

Jupiter by Lee KeithJupiter

4 images of Jupiter in a single night. 180mm Mak.
May 2017
Photo: Lee Keith

M101 / Pinwheel Galaxy 1 by Chad AndristM101 / The Pinwheel Galaxy
Scope: 8" TPO RC. ASI1600MMC cooled CMOS mono camera. Total exp: 3.1 hours. Ha: 5x360s, 3x120s / L: 2x30s, 1x60s, 9x180s / R: 2x60s, 1x90s, 1x180s, 9x240s / G: 2x60s, 1x90s, 9x240s / B: 2x60s, 1x90s, 9x240s.  May 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

Moon by Jeff KraehnkeMoon
Z2 Observatory - M Scope: 8 inch Celestron SCT. Canon T6i camera and processing in Autostakkert.
May 2017
Photo: Jeff Kraehnke

M53 and NGC5053 by Gabe ShaugnnessyM53 and NGC5053
Scope: TMB130SS, Camera: QSI683-wsg8 w/ Astrodon RGB filters, Guide Camera: Starlight Xpress, Ultrastar Mount: Mach1 GTO. RGB: 7x5min each, 1.8 hrs total exp. May 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

Sun in Ha by Lee KeithSun in Ha

Scope: 60mm Coronado Ha solar scope.
April 2017
Photo: Lee Keith

M57 - Ring Nebula by Gabe ShaugnnessyM57 - The Ring Nebula
LRGB - Scope: AT8RC, Cam: ST8300, Exp: 2 hours, L: 12x10min, RGB: 4x5min each. Ha Data - Scope: Edge HD925, Cam: QSI683-wsg8, Exp: 4.5 hrs, Ha: 18x15min. April 2017
Photo: Gabe Shaughnessy

M8 - The Lagoon Nebula  by Paul BorchardtM8 - The Lagoon Nebula
F-Scope, HyperStar at f/1.9 Canon T5 DSLR. ISO 1600. 20 exps of 2 min each along w/ 20 more at 30 secs each. Processing in Nebulosity, Pixinsight, and Photomatix Pro. April 2017.
Photo: Paul Borchardt

Orion Nebula  by Paul BorchardtOrion Nebula
F-Scope, HyperStar at f/1.9 Canon T5 DSLR. 30 subs each of 1, 5, 30, and 120 second exposers. Processed in Nebulosity, PixInsight, HDR with Photomatrix Pro.
April 2017
Photo: Paul Borchardt

Jupiter  by Jason DoyleJupiter
Jupiter with Io (left) and Europa (right). Celestron C6 SCT. 3 videos x 500-1000 frames 640x480 ZWO ASI120MC.
April 2017
Photo: Jason Doyle

Horsehead / Flame Nebula  by Jason DoyleHorsehead & Flame Nebula

F-Scope, HyperStar at f/1.9 Canon T5 DSLR. 
April 2017
Photo: Jason Doyle

M81 / 82  by Paul BorchardtM81 & M82
F-Scope, HyperStar at f/1.9 Canon T5 DSLR. 150 min. exp, 60X150 sec. Processed in Nebulosity and Photoshop.
April 2017
Photo: Paul Borchardt

Monkey Head Nebula by Steve WiencekNGC2174 - Monkey Head Nebula  
ImagePlus, Nebulosity, and Photo Shop. Hubble Pallet, 3 hours each Ha, SII and OIII, 15 Min exposures.
Apr 2017
Photo: Steve Wiencek