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                       Astrophotography by Keith B. Quattrocchi

               NGC 1514
               Crystal Ball Nebula in Taurus
             H-alpha Image


                                      Image Acquisition Information                      
                               Telescope:   16" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien Telescope (ion milled at f/9) 
                               Location:     The Lost Valley Observatory, loated at Sierra Remote
                                                 Observatories in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California 
                               Camera:       SBIG STL-6303
                               Guiding:       Astrodon  MOAG AOG (SBIG 237 with .65 FLR)
                               Filters:        Astrodon H-alpha
                               Mount:        Software Bisque Paramount ME
                               Acquisition Programs:   The Sky,CCDAutopliot III, CCD Soft. 
                               Processing ProgramsCCDStack, Maxim DL, Photoshop CS3
                               Date:: January 1-January  19, 2008                              
                               Time: 21x20 min, total of 7 hours                           
                               Processing:  CCD Stack and PhotoShop CS/3
Image Information:  An irreegularly lit planetary nebula in Taurus.  It has an unusually bright central star, magnitude 9.5. 
Processing Comments:  This image was challenging as it was shot durring a full moon, causing some background variation. Assembled with CCDStack, with  processing (levels/curves, High Pass Filter, Kodac Gem) in PS CS3. 

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