Starlight Express SXVR-H694C Images
Images taken using the HyperStar 3 Imaging System
and the 6 mega-pixel 1-shot color CCD Camera

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FIRST LIGHT IMAGE
FROM
THE NEW STARLIGHT EXPRESS SXVR-H694C
6 MEGAPIXEL ONE-SHOT COLOR CCD CAMERA
Above is the very first image captured with the new Starlight Express SXVR-H694C One-shot
color camera.  It was taken on July 14, 2012 and is an integration of Fifteen 90 second
exposures of the Lagoon Nebula through the C-11 using the Hyper Star 3 System at f/2. The
images were captured and combined in Maxim DL Pro v. 5.12. Post-processed using PhotoShop
CS, levels, curves, saturation, Gradient X-Terminator and Astro-tools. Converted to JPEG format
using Photoshop Save for Web.
M-16 (NGC-6611): A star cluster and nebula located in the constellation Serpens. Discovered in 1745 by
de Chesaeux. The nebula is an H-II region in which intense star formation is taking place. The star cluster
is composed of stars which condensed from this huge cloud of hydrogen gas. The cluster contains over
400 stars. The central portion of the nebula became famous in a Hubble image titled "Pillars of Creation".
This cluster and nebula lie at a distance of approximately 6500 years from Earth. The smaller star cluster at
the lower left-hand corner of the frame is Trumpler 32.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of July 14, 2012 and is an integration of twenty 120-second
exposures through the C-11 at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C
1-shot color CCD camera. Captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop
CS, levels & curves, star reduction, Gradient Exterminator, and NoiseWare.
M-17 (NGC-6618): Commonly called either the Swan or Omega nebula. It is located in the constellation of
Sagittarius and was discovered by de Cheseaux in 1745 and cataloged by Messier in 1764. It lies between
5000 and 6000 light years from Earth and is approximately 15 light years in diameter. This nebula is a region
of Hydrogen gas that is illuminated by a cluster of young hot stars which are embedded in the nebulosity.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of July 14, 2012 and is an integration of ten 90-second
exposures taken through the C-11 at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C
1-shot color CCD camera. Captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop
CS, levels & curves, star reduction, Gradient Exjterminator, and NoiseWare.
M-20 & M-21: M-20, commonly called the "Trifid" nebula is located in western Sagittarius, just north of the
center of our galaxy. It is a "combination" object, comprised of a star cluster, an emission nebula (the red portion)
a reflection nebula (the bluish portion), and a dark nebula (the three dark lanes). It lies about 5200 light years
from Earth. M-21, to the north, is a bright open cluster of hot young stars. The brightest members are blue-white
giant stars. This cluster lies much closer than the nebula, at around 2500 to 4000 light years from Earth.
NOTE: This image captured on the evening of July 14, 2012 and is an integration of ten 90-second exposures
through the C-11 at f/2 using HyperStar and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C camera. Captured and combined
in Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop CS, levels, curves, color balance, Gradient Exterminator,
and NoiseWare.
M-52 and the "Bubble" Nebula: This pair of objects is located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. M-52 is
a bright, rich open star cluster that lies approximately 4000 light years from Earth. The "Bubble" nebula, or
NGC-7635, is an Hydrogen II emission nebula that is centered on the star SAO-20575. The intense radiation
or "stellar wind" from this very hot energetic star is blowing the gas away from it, forming the "bubble".
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of October 15, 2012, and is an integration of eight 5-minute
guided exposures through the Celestron 11-inch scope at f/2, using the HyperStar 3 imaging system and the
Starlight Express SXVR-H694C 1-shot color CCD camera. Guiding via the Orion Starshoot autoguider connected
to the 80mm APO refractor and controlling the mount through PHD Guiding software.  Captured and combined
using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed in Photoshop CS, using levels & curves, color balance, star reduction and
Gradient Exterminator. Filtered and converted to jpeg format using NoiseWare.
M-13 (NGC-6205): The great globular cluster in the constellation Hercules. This magnificent object shines at magnitude
5.7, and is an easy naked-eye object from a dark sky site. Photographically it has an apparent diameter of 22 arcminutes.
The small spiral galaxy NGC-6207 is visible just below and to the left of M-13.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of July 14, 2012, and is an itegration of thirty 50-second sub-exposures
through the C-11 at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 imaging system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C color CCD
astrocamera. The images were captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro and post-processed using Photoshop CS,
Astro-tools, Gradient X-terminator and NoiseWare.
The "Helix" Nebula (NGC-7293): A large, dim planetary nebula in the constellation of Aquarius. One of the
closest planetary nebulae to earth. It lies approximately 700 light years away, and is about 1.75 light years in
diameter. Visually, it is 12 X 16 arcminutes in diameter, almost half the size of the full moon.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of September 10, 2012, and is an integration of fifteen 120
second exposures through the 11-inch Celestron at f/2, using the HyperStar 3 imaging system and the Starlight
Express SXVR-H694C 1-shot color CCD camera. Captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed
in Photoshop CS, levels, curves & color balance, Astro-Tools and Gradient X-terminator. Converted to JPEG
format using NoiseWare.
M-78 (NGC-2068): A diffuse reflection nebula located about 2.3 degrees NE of Zeta Orionis, the eastern-most
star in the "belt" of Orion. It is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and lies approximately 1600 light years
from Earth.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of December 17, 2012 and is an integration of four 10-minute
exposures through the 11-inch Celestron at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 imaging system. Captured and combined
using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop CS, levels, curves, Astro-tools and color balance. Noise
filtered and converted to JPEG format using NoiseWare.
NGC-7331 and "Stephan's Quintet": NGC-7331 is a bright spiral galaxy located in Pegasus. It resembles a
small version of M-31, the Andromeda Galaxy. Visually it is approximately 10 by 2.5 arcminutes in size. Stephan's
Quintet is a tight group of five small galaxies which lies a little over 1/2 degree to the SW (lower right) of 7331.
Also visible in this image are 3 small galaxies which lie just north of NGC-7331.
NOTE: This image was captured on evening of October 15, 2012 and is an integration of eight 7-minute exposures
through the 11-inch Celestron at f/2 using the HyperStar imaging system and SXVR-H694C color CCD imager.
Captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop CS, levels, curves, color balance,
Gradient X-terminator and NoiseWare.
The "North American" Nebula (NGC-7000): A huge complex of glowing hydrogen gas located about three
degrees east of Deneb (Alpha Cygni). Shown in this image is the "southern US, Mexico, gulf, and Florida"
region of the nebula. On a clear dark night from a rural site, this nebula can be seen using large binoculars.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of October 15, 2012, and is an integration of ten 2-minute
exposures through the 11-inch Celestron at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 imaging system. Captured and
combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed in Photoshop CS using levels, curves, Astro-tools, and
Gradient X-terminator. Noise filtered and converted to JPEG format using NoiseWare.
NGC-281: Commonly called the "Pac Man" nebula due to its shape. Located in the constellation of Cassiopiea, it is
centered on the multiple star HD-5005, which is located just above the "mouth" of the Pac Man. This hydrogen
emission nebula is located about 9500 light years from Earth. Visually it is very faint and requires a moderate sized
telescope to see it.
NOTE: This image was captured on the evening of September 18, 2012 and is an integration of eight 6-minute
exposures through the 11-inch Celestron at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 imaging system and the SXVR-H694C color
CCD imager. Captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop CS, levels, curves,
Astro-tools, and Gradient X-terminator. Noise filtered and converted to JPEG format using NoiseWare.
NGC-6888: Commonly called the "Crescent" nebula. This nebula is formed by intense solar winds activating
a shell of hydrogen gas which was ejected by the central star when it became a red giant over 400,000 years
ago. The central star is a super-hot Wolf-Rayet type. This nebula is approximately 25 light years in diameter.
NOTE: This image was captured on August 17, 2012 and is an integration of fifteen 2-minute exposures taken
through the 11-inch Celestron at f/2 using the HyperStar 3 imaging system and the SXVR-H694C color CCD
imager. Captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post-processed using Photoshop CS, levels, curves,
Astro-tools and Gradient X-terminator. Noise filtered and converted to JPEG format using NoiseWare.