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NGC 253

16.9.2020 at 00.00 - 00.00 - Río Hurtado, Chile (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

The sculptor’s galaxy is one of the brightest and largest galaxies in the southern starry sky. It’s a so-called starburst galaxy, where an exceptional number of new stars are created. Evidence of this is the numerous areas of hydrogen that glow pink. The burst may have originated as a result of an ancient galaxy encounter, which has also been caused by tidal forces to twist the galaxy’s halo. Nearby you will find a very dim companion, the dwarf galaxy NGC253-dw2 (picture #3) which was only discovered in the 2010s by amateurs. The sculptor’s galaxy is located almost perpendicularly above the Mi...

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Binocular comet NEOWISE

14.7.2020 at 01.30 - Espoo (III)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

Let it be dark! Last night it was clear in Espoo and the night clouds did not interfere with the comet's visibility. I went to the edge of the plot with the camera to check the situation of the comet, and it was easily found with the help of the camera. I also tried to see the comet with the naked eye, but even though I knew its exact location, I still didn’t succeed. 25 seconds of exposures per tripod have been stacked on the main image and everything that can be seen from it has been excavated from the comet in image processing. The twilight clear northern sky made this very awkward, and...

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Eye-catching night shining clouds

13.7.2020 at 00.00 - 02.00 - Espoo (V)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

Samuli Vuorinen and I went on a comet hunt in Oitta. However, the trip also turned into a night cloud yacht on the way. As I set out against the light sky as clouds at night, the shapes I thought turned out to be clear night clouds when I arrived. The night cloud play covered the entire sky until the shadow of the earth limited visibility "only" to the zenith. The young people gathered in the parking lot to party to create a unique atmosphere. Comet Neowise was also left in the wounds with both a camera and binoculars, but with the naked eye it was completely pointless to try it against the li...

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NGC 7000

1.9.2019 at 23.00 - Kirkkonummi (V)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

Now that the star shooting season has finally started this fall, I got my telescope construction project piled up appropriately before the dark ones came. During August, while shooting the telescope, I photographed this subject on 11 nights, for a total of just under 23 hours. It is therefore a wall in the constellation of Swan known as the "Cygnus Wall". It is part of the wider North American fog NGC 7000, which can already be partially perceived in the image as you tilt your head 90 degrees to the left and think of the dark fog as the Gulf of Mexico. The fog is depicted in false colors accor...

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Moon

25.8.2019 at 08.00 - Espoo (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

I got up in time today to watch the final of The International e-sports tournament, but as it was delayed I noticed that the moon was high in the sky so I decided to try shooting it with my new telescope. Despite the daytime sky, the end result became a real mug! I marked the surroundings of the Aristarchus crater a bit in the close-up, because there you can find e.g. Väisälä crater named after Yrjö Väisälä! The smallest distinctive detail is the satellite crater Aristarchus U, which is 4km in diameter.

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Quiet aurora arc

6.4.2019 at 22.07 - Orimattila (II)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

I also photographed some landscape pictures during the device days. To my surprise, the pictures revealed a small glow of northern lights. I checked the situation from the Hankasalmi sky camera, and indeed there had been some small event in the northern sky.

Starscape image

6.4.2019 at 21.27 - Orimattila
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

At Ursa's equipment days, Tähtikallio gave his best again in terms of weather. Photographers captured the halodec, Asteroids and comets were photographed at Alluna, and visual observations were made with plenty of equipment of various sizes. Unfortunately, Astrofox was out of order this time due to declination engine problems. The SQM value was measured to be 21.7 at best on Fri-Sat night, meaning the darkness was indeed palpable. At the top of the picture is the open constellation M44 in the constellation Kravu.

IC 443, SH2-249, G189.6+3.3

12.3.2019 at 23.00 - Kirkkonummi
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

Boxing! That’s what the supernova says when it explodes, and that’s what the end result looks like. Jellyfish mist is a supernova remnant in the constellation of Gemini, from which narrow-band filters stand out with tremendous detail. In fact, there are two supernova remnants in the picture, as some rags also stand out from the much older supernova G189.6 + 3.3. In this image area in particular, the contrast between the jellyfish and the nearby emission mist is fascinating, as the red emission of sulfur, which is almost non-existent in the emission mist, shines bright in the supernova residue....

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Binocular comet Iwamoto

12.2.2019 at 23.30 - 03.00 - Kirkkonummi (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

The maximum of the C / 2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) comet is approaching at a rapid pace, and with the squirrel, the skies opened just now that the moon is not yet ruining everything. I exposed the comet for well over a few hours, and compiled the pictures below. The comet is now moving really fast, I followed the movement of the comet on a tripod and in the two minute exposures the stars became clear streaks. The comet is stacked separately in the first image and is connected to the stars depicted at the beginning of the series. The second image is a false color image made of a stacked image, according ...

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Moon

12.2.2019 at 22.00 - 22.30 - Kirkkonummi (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

While waiting for the Iwamoto comet to rise, I took a rap from a local light pollution disturbance. For the first time, I tried to take a color picture of the moon with a black-and-white camera, and a bit of a soap arose when the color channels didn’t want to hit anywhere due to varying atmospheric vibrations. The end result was good, but the handling was pretty forcible.

Total lunar eclipse

21.1.2019 at 07.20 - Fregenal de la Sierra, Espanja (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

It was very cold outside, so before going to work I had to quickly shoot the moon with a remote tube while sitting comfortably in the warm :-). 3x10s RGB.

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IC 1805

19.12.2018 at 23.00 - Kirkkonummi
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

Heart mist is a classic destination in the winter sky. So, now is June? Yeah, sometimes in these projects a little stretch :-). The material for this image had to be filmed during other projects during November / December, and now it finally got the attention it deserved from the processing queue (which is therefore not yet empty). This emission fog range is very wide, the image field would fit horizontally for five full months. Even when you could see these with the naked eye, there would be wonder in heaven! In the second and triple images, details of the Melotte 15 constellation engraved in...

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B150

6.12.2018 at 23.00 - Kirkkonummi (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

This cosmic seahorse is an interstellar cloud of dust that is so dense that it covers all the stars behind it. Dealing with such dark objects is always very challenging, as it is in practice an attempt to separate a dark cloud from a black background anyway. The job is not made any easier by the very dim clouds of dust that cover practically the entire field of view. But the picture went well and I am quite happy with that. For this image, I exposed the area less than ten hours during November-December before snowfall.

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IC1396A

25.11.2018 at 00.00 - Kirkkonummi (V)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

The elephant's snout IC1396A is one of the most iconic objects in the sky. Intense radiation from a nearby star has carved a cavity in the gas cloud itself, but this denser formation still persists against the radiant pressure. Intense radiation also causes the gas to ionize and continue to irradiate at wavelengths characteristic of different elements, which we can then describe from here on earth with suitable filters. Data for this image were filmed on five nights in October-November. There were plenty of coils available in October with more or less full hearings, so I only collected mor...

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LBN 437

7.10.2018 at 23.00 - Kirkkonummi (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

It always feels so smart when you think about filming dust in the middle of the night in the dark for hours. After all, these outer space dusts look quite interesting when you can describe enough. Target LBN 437 in the constellation of the Lizard, which has been exposed for a total of about 17 hours. Raw data came to be collected last fall during September-October. The image also shows red hydrogen clouds bordering a much wider SH2-126 target.

M31, M32, M110

4.10.2018 at 22.00 - Kirkkonummi (V)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

M31, The Great Andromeda Galaxy, or more familiarly “Antsa”. The king of the northern sky has many names. My own star photography spark can be said to have struck 7.5 years ago when I tried to make a galaxy visible with a SLR camera. As skills and equipment evolve, the Andromeda Galaxy has come back again and again every couple of years. There has been a trip from a fairly familiar tripod to the Leppävaara light pollution observatory in Kirkkonummi. I photographed the subject with a 10-centimeter lens telescope for six nights during September-October for a total of 14 hours. The image, photogr...

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SH2-132

16.9.2018 at 23.00 - Kirkkonummi (V)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

Sometimes processing the described data into a finished final image requires a little more reflection and attention. I photographed this item back last September. I started reading many times during the fall and winter, but for one reason or another I never got very far. Eventually, however, inspiration was found, and a rather colorful revelation emerged from the data! The structure of the mist is quite interesting, because when shooting with narrowband filters, you can see how the brilliant elements at different wavelengths are distributed inside the mist. This image is thus colored according...

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Partial solar eclipse

11.8.2018 at 12.14 - Janakkala (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

The weather eased on the cottage trip, and the partial eclipse was handsome. No sunspots were visible.

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Total lunar eclipse

28.7.2018 at 00.01 - Helsinki (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

I really couldn't wait for the kind of crowd rush to fill up the Malminkartano filling hill. I myself thought I was on time when I arrived half an hour before the moon rose, but there were already several dozen people present and adding your hood to the scene with a constant feed. The warm summer evenings, Friday, the holiday season and the news coverage of the event had mobilized people in large numbers. During the evening, several hundred people crammed into the hill, which means that the mood was like in any folk festival. The moon let itself wait behind the cloud board, the first decen...

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Moon

16.6.2018 at 23.54 - Teiden luonnonpuisto, Teneriffa (IV)
Jari Saukkonen, Kirkkonummen komeetta

Last night we watched the sunset near the Road Observatories. Visibility to the horizon was almost unobstructed except for the cloud layer below and the island of La Palma that glanced from there. After sunset, it was the turn of the moon a couple of hours later, which fell exactly behind La Palma. Exactly when you look, then on the right side of the moon there is a small lump on the horizon, which is a common Nordic NOT telescope. The distance between the observation site and the telescope is more than 142 kilometers! Other observation equipment from the Roque de los Muchachos area is also vi...

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