Masterclass June 2018 – Trip Report

Masterclass June 2018 – Trip Report

June represents the ultimate experience of the Southern Sky. The Milky Way is visible in its full glory from dusk to dawn, with long nights, albeit cold, yield to rewarding images under pristine night skies with excellent seeing. And long nights for taking superb images with iTelescope for hours on end.

The images below are contributed by everyone in the Masterclass. Many thanks for the dedication!

Hot Discovery in a Cool Nebula ​​​​​​​

Hot Discovery in a Cool Nebula ​​​​​​​

With the advent of the space satellite Gaia and the publication of a new database containing 1.7 billion stars, it may seem that the window for discovery for amateur astronomers is shrinking to zero. Not so! Josep Drudis, a passionate imager and affiliate of iTelescope, recently did something unorthodox when he was pointing his telescope at the reflection nebula IC 2220 in the constellation Carina, usually known as the Toby Jug Nebula.

Narrowband Imaging - The Dark Magic

Narrowband Imaging - The Dark Magic

or many of us, our first view of a narrowband image was the 1995 release of the “Pillars of Creation” from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) (Fig. 1).   It was significantly different from the typical views of red emission nebulae, when RGB filters are used.  Not only were the colors different, but there was remarkable color contrast and a 3-D effect unusual for traditional color images.  This image was taken with emission line filters for ionized Hydrogen alpha (Ha), Sulfur II (SII), and Oxygen III (OIII).  These three grayscale images were combined into an RGB color image using the now classic, wavelength-ordered (longest to shortest), HST palette, wherein SII is portrayed in red, Ha in green, and OIII in blue.

iTelescope.Net Sky Tours Episode 3

iTelescope.Net Sky Tours Episode 3

iTelescope.Net Sky Tours held it's third live stream, titled The Black Eye and the Bright Eye, on the 15th of February, 2017 and we're happy to share it with you!

In this episode, Dr. Christian Sasse took us on a wonderful tour of Black Eye galaxy and the Eight Burst Nebula, two unusual targets with amazing features!

As with the second episode, you can download images taken during this stream simply by clicking this link.

iTelescope.Net Sky Tours Episode 2

iTelescope.Net Sky Tours Episode 2

On February 13th, 2017, Episode 2 of iTelescope.Net Sky Tours was streamed live for all members. This was the second of our four free episodes of Sky Tours to introduce all members to Sky Tours and was titled Bright and Stunning Gems at Full Moon.

During this episode, Dr. Christian Sasse took us on a tour of Omega Centauri and Eta Carina, taking wonderful images and answering questions live. We also added the newest feature of Sky Tours, the ability to download images taken during the Live Stream!.

iTelescope T33

iTelescope T33

We are very happy to announce the first new system to the network in over a year, iTelescope T33, which will be brought online soon at our Siding Spring Observatory site.

This system is the first of many new systems and services that are being brought to the network with funds raised directly from our latest Billing System Update.