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These images were taken by Shane L. Larson, Mike Murray, and Adam Block at Kitt Peak National Observatory as part of the Advanced Observing Program on 25/26 January 2001.

The images were taken using LRGB photography with a 0.4m (16-inch) Meade LX-200 using an SBIG ST-8 CCD camera (1530 x 1020 pixels).

We are particularly proud of this set of images, because we were the first ones to have imaged any of these objects as part of the AOP at Kitt Peak! :-)

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VERSIONS!

Medusa Thumbnail NAME: PK 205 + 14.1 (The Medusa Nebula)
CONSTELLATION: Gemini
TYPE: Planetary Nebula
EXPOSURE: (L) = 8x6min, (R) = 2x10min, (G) = 2x10min, (B) = 4x10min

This is a fantastic planetary nebula, which neither of us had seen before. We had only seen black and white images of it, so decided to do it in color, and got fantastic results! We had done the red exposure first, and it looked so much like the high-resolution black and white image that we weren't sure we'd see any other colors. If you look closely though, there is a faint, tenuous layer of green gas as well.

Whale Thumbnail NAME: NGC 4631 (The Whale Galaxy)
CONSTELLATION: Canes Venatici
TYPE: Galaxy
EXPOSURE: (L) = 6x6min, (R) = 1x10min, (G) = 1x10min, (B) = 2x10min

Bill Newsome introduced us to this galaxy some time ago, and we loved it! We had planned on imaging this galaxy before we got to KPNO, though only in black and white. The Medusa Nebula turned out so cool though, we decided to add color runs to this image as well. It really makes it easy to pick out details in the disk. The blob near to the lower left of the galaxy is an interacting companion, NGC 4627.

M87 Thumbnail NAME: M87 (NGC 4468)
CONSTELLATION: Virgo
TYPE: Galaxy
EXPOSURE: (L) = 6x6min

We were interested in what technology could actually do for us, even though we didn't have the Hubble Space Telescope at our disposal. To that end, we decided to image M87, a somewhat boring elliptical galaxy in the Virgo Cluster. Why? As you can see below, HST imaged M87 recently, and was able to see a long jet emanating from its core! We wanted to know if we could see it ourselves. The answer is yes! The two bright blobs at the end of the jet can clearly be seen near the core of the galaxy, right and up from the bright point-like core of the nucleus! The small fuzzy stars seen througout the image are members of M87's globular cluster system. The small linear feature in the upper left of the galaxy halo is the asteroid 2000 Y0123.

M87 HST Thumbnail NAME: M87 (NGC 4468)
CONSTELLATION: Virgo
TYPE: Galaxy

Here is the HST image of the M87 jet, oriented to match our image above, just for comparison.

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