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Remote Robotic Imaging is the ability to capture objects remotely over the Internet using telescopes and imaging cameras from various locations around the globe. These robotic locations include:

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Bradford Robotic Observatory is located in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, the Observatory is located on the northern part of the volcano Caldera.

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GRAS with locations in Moorook Australia and Mayhill New Mexico provides 24 hour availability for general and research imaging.

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Harvard University is a network of small robotic telescopes located in Massachusetts and Arizona. Invented and maintained by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for educational use.

As a registered member of these observatories, I am able to remotely capture Deep Space images in their raw format by selecting exposure times, filtering, and format, then post-process them just as I would with my own equipment. The following are some of the images I have captured.

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Each Image lists the Messier catalog number associated with it and where appropriate it's corresponding NGC number.
 To learn more about these catalogs, and others, click HERE.

 


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Andromeda Constellation

2,900,000 Light Years

08/26/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Nikon 16mm f2.8 lens

Imaged through Observatory Dome opening.  M31 is clearly visible.


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Sagittarius Constellation

10,000 Light Years

09/15/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Nikon 16mm f2.8 lens

Imaged through Observatory Dome opening.  Milky Way is clearly visible.


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Scorpius Constellation

600 Light Years

02/24/10

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Nikon 16mm f2.8 lens

Imaged through Observatory Dome opening.  Milky Way is clearly visible.


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Triangulum Constellation

3,000,000 Light Years

09/13/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Nikon 16mm f2.8 lens

Imaged through Observatory Dome opening.  M33 (Triangulum Galaxy) is visible in lower left.  Pleiades Star Cluster (M45) is visible at top-center of image.


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IC 434:  The Horsehead Nebula 

1,500 Light Years

12/28/08

Moorook Australia Observatory:  Tak Sky 90 refracting telescope with a SBIG Single Shot Color ST-2000XMC CCD. 

Also known as Barnard 33 in bright nebula IC 434, the Horsehead Nebula is a Dark Nebula in the Orion Constellation.  The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust.  The red glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. Note the fast moving streak of light in the image.
 


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IC 1795 Emission Nebula  (NGC 896)

6,000 Light Years

12/18/12

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

IC 1795 is a star forming region in the northern constellation Cassiopeia.


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Messier 8:  Lagoon Nebula  (NGC 6121)

5,200 Light Years

09/29/09

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Within the brightest part of the Lagoon Nebula is the Hourglass Nebula.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.


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Messier 16:  Eagle Nebula  (NGC 6611)

7,000 Light Years

08/07/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Located in the constellation Hercules. 


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Messier 17:  Omega Nebula  (NGC 6618)

5,000 Light Years

07/09/10

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Also known as the Swan Nebula.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius. 


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Messier 27:  Dumbbell Nebula  (NGC 6853)

1,250 Light Years

05/14/09

Harvard University Robotic Imaging.

The first planetary Nebula ever discovered.  Located in the constellation Vulpecula. 


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Messier 31:  Andromeda Galaxy  (NGC 224)

2,900,000 Light Years

08/01/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Similar to our Milky Way Galaxy.  Located in the constellation Andromeda. 


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Messier 31:  Andromeda Galaxy  (NGC 224)   Messier 110:  Elliptical Galaxy  (NGC 205)

2,900,000 Light Years

06/25/10

Harvard University Robotic Imaging.

Messier 110 is the second brighter satellite galaxy of the Andromeda galaxy, and together with Messier 32 forms a local group of Galaxies. 


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Messier 32:  Elliptical Galaxy  (NGC 221)

2,900,000 Light Years

09/14/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Bright companion of the Great Andromeda Galaxy M32 is an elliptical dwarf of only about 3 billion solar masses.


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essier 39:  Open Cluster  (NGC 7092)

825 Light Years

08/25/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Estimated age of this Cluster is between 230 and 300 million years.  Located in the constellation Vulpecula. 


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Messier 45:  The Pleiades

440 Light Years

09/03/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

The Pleiades also carry the name "The Seven Sisters".  Located in the constellation Taurus. 


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Messier 51:  Whirlpool Galaxy  (NGC 5194)

37,000,000 Light Years

05/11/09

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Includes companion Galaxy NGC5195.  Located in the constellation Canes Venatici.


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Messier 54:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6715)

58,000 Light Years

10/13/09

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

One of the most luminous known globular clusters.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.


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Messier 56:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6779)

32,900 Light Years

09/04/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

M56 is one of the less bright Messier globulars, especially lacking the bright core which most globulars have.  Located in the constellation Lyra.


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Messier 57:  Ring Nebula  (NGC 6720)

2,300 Light Years

08/08/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

14.7 magnitude white dwarf  central star.  Located in the constellation  Lyra.


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Messier 62:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6266)

22,500 Light Years

03/31/10

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

One of the most irregularly shaped globular clusters.  Located in the constellation Ophiuchus.


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Messier 63:  Sunflower Galaxy  (NGC 5055)

37,000,000 Light Years

05/12/09

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Located in the constellation  Canes Venatici.


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Messier 66:  Spiral Galaxy in the Leo Triplett  (NGC 3627)

35,000,000 Light Years

07/03/10

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Located in the constellation  Leo.


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Messier 71:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6838)

13,000 Light Years

08/29/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Located in the constellation  Saggita.


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Messier 76:  Little Dumbbell Nebula  (NGC 650)

3,400 Light Years

08/25/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

M76 is among the fainter Messier objects.  The appearance of M76 resembles to some degree that of the Dumbbell Nebula M27.  Located in the constellation  Perseus.


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Messier 77:  Spiral Galaxy 'Cetus A'  (NGC 1068)

60,000,000 Light Years

08/30/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Approx.  120,000 Light Years across.   Located in the constellation Cetus.


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Messier 81:  Bode's Galaxy  (NGC 3031)

12,000,000 Light Years

06/25/10

Harvard University Robotic Imaging.

Located in the constellation Ursa Major.


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Messier 83:  Southern Pinwheel Galaxy  (NGC 5236)

15,000,000 Light Years

02/09/10

Moorook Australia Observatory:  Tak Sky 90 refracting telescope with a SBIG Single Shot Color ST-2000XMC CCD. 

It is the southernmost galaxy in the Messier catalog.  Located in the constellation  Hydra.


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Messier 92:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6341)

26,700 Light Years

09/09/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Approximately 16 Billion years old.  Located in the constellation  Hercules.


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Messier 100:  Spiral Galaxy  (NGC 4321)

60,000,000 Light Years

02/08/10

Moorook Australia Observatory:  Tak Sky 90 refracting telescope with a SBIG Single Shot Color ST-2000XMC CCD. 

Messier 100 is a beautiful example of a grand-design spiral galaxy, and one of the brightest galaxies in the Virgo Cluster, or Coma-Virgo of Galaxies. Like a number of other members of this cluster, it is situated in the southern part of constellation Coma Berenices.  Noted are various distant galaxies captured in this image. 


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Messier 102:  Spindle Galaxy  (NGC 5866)

40,000,000 Light Years

08/25/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

60,000 Light Years across.  Located in the constellation  Draco.


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Messier 103:  Open Cluster  (NGC 581)

8,500 Light Years

09/04/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Approximately 25,000,000 years old.  Located in the constellation  Cassiopeia.


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Messier 104:  Sombrero Galaxy  (NGC 4594)

50,000,000 Light Years

05/12/09

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

Located in the constellation  Virgo.


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Messier 110:  Elliptical Galaxy  (NGC 205)

2,900,000 Light Years

08/20/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

A Satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31.   Located in the constellation  Cassiopeia.


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NGC 2024:  The Flame Nebula

1,300 Light Years

12/27/08

Moorook Australia Observatory:  Tak Sky 90 refracting telescope with a SBIG Single Shot Color ST-2000XMC CCD. 

The Flame Nebula (or Christmas Tree Nebula)  is a region of gas and obscuring dust in the constellation Orion.   The bright regions are an emission nebula, while the dark areas are the result of light-obscuring dust.


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NGC 3372:  The Eta Carina Nebula

10,000,000 Light Years

02/08/10

Moorook Australia Observatory:  Tak Sky 90 refracting telescope with a SBIG Single Shot Color ST-2000XMC CCD. 

This giant diffuse nebula is one of the largest H II regions (composed of ionized hydrogen gas) in our Milky Way galaxy.  The star forming nebula NGC 3372 has produced the very conspicuous peculiar star Eta Carinae, which is among the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way, and perhaps in the universe.


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NGC 5907:  Splinter Galaxy

40,000,000 Light Years

08/14/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

As it is seen almost exactly edge-on, and is an extremely flat disc, it appears extremely elongated, shaped like a "knife edge" or a splinter, therefore its popular name.   Located in the constellation  Draco.


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NGC7635:  The Bubble Nebula

7,100 Light Years

07/31/08

Bradford Robotic Observatory:  Schmidt-Cassegrain Celestron C14.

The "bubble" is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot, 8.7 magnitude young central star.   Located in the constellation Cassiopeia.

 

 

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