|| These images were taken by Shane L. Larson, Mike Murray, and Adam
Block at Kitt Peak
National Observatory as part of the
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! :-)
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||NAME: PK 205 + 14.1 (The Medusa Nebula)
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.
||NAME: NGC 4631 (The Whale Galaxy)
CONSTELLATION: Canes Venatici
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.
||NAME: M87 (NGC 4468)
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.
||NAME: M87 (NGC 4468)
Here is the HST image of the M87 jet, oriented to match our image above, just for