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THE WIZARD NEBULA (NGC7380)

NGC7380 known as the Wizard Nebula taken from Al Sadeem Observatory last September 22, 2018 using Vixen ED115S telescope and ZWO1600MC-cool CMOS camera mounted on Skywatcher EQ6. Stacked and post-processed in Pixinsight. (Image Credit: Al Sadeem Astronomy)

NGC 7380, known as the Wizard Nebula, is an emission nebula located about 7200 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cepheus (the king). It was discovered by William Herschel’s sister Caroline, in 1787. In fact, it is a open star cluster associated with nebulosity in which the orientation of the stars, stellar dust and gas created a shape resembling to a fictional medieval sorcerer. read more

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THE IRIS NEBULA (NGC7023)

NGC7023 (Iris Nebula) taken last August 26, 2018 from Al Sadeem Astronomy Observatory using GSO RC 8-inch telescope and ZWO1600MC-Cool CMOS camera; processed in Pixinsight (Image Credit: Aldrin B. Gabuya/Al Sadeem Astronomy)

Caldwell 4 (more commonly known as Iris Nebula) is a bright reflection nebula situated about 1300 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cepheus. It was discovered by the English astronomer William Herschel on October 18, 1794. read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS OCTOBER 2018?

Summer of 2018 is officially over. Though it remains generally hot during the day, weather conditions across the UAE in night time is starting to gradually cool down. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the coming month? The following is a list of astronomical events for October 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more

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COMET 21P – GIACOBINI/ZINNER

Comet 21P taken from Al Sadeem Observatory last September 11, 2018 using GSO RC 8” telescope mounted on Skywatcher EQ6 pro, and astro-modified Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera. Stacked and processed in DeepSkyStacker and Pixinsight respectively. read more

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THE DUMBBELL NEBULA (MESSIER 27)

The Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27) taken from Al Sadeem Observatory on the night of August 18-19, 2018 using GSO RC8 Telescope and ZWO1600MC-Cool CMOS Camera. Total exposure time is 51 minutes, Image stacking and processing were done in Pixinsight and Photoshop. read more

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THE RING NEBULA (MESSIER 57, NGC 6720)

Image from Al Sadeem Observatory on the night of August 16-17, 2018 using the observatory’s Meade LX850 16” SCT and SBIG STT-8300MM CCD camera. Total exposure time is 1 hr 30 min (30 mins per filter). Image stacking and processing were done in Pixinsight and Photoshop. read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS JULY 2018?

The summer season in the UAE has just started. It will be unpleasantly hot during the day but is expected to have more clear skies at night. Wondering what’s going to be up at the sky for the new month? The following is a list of astronomical events for July 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time.

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RHO OPHIUCHI OBSERVATION LOG

Here are the final stacked and post-processed images (different color edits) of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex by Al Sadeem Astronomy Observatory’s owner/co-founder Thabet Al Qaissieh taken on the clear evening of May 20, 2018 using the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Samyang 135mm lens mounted on IOptron sky tracker mount. read more

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MESSIER 107 OBSERVATION LOG

Here is the final stacked and post-processed image of Messier 107 taken by Al Sadeem Astronomy’s resident astronomer Aldrin B. Gabuya last May 21, 2018, using the observatory’s Meade LX850 16-inch SCT mounted on Skywatcher EQ8 pro and SBIG STT-8300MM CCD camera. read more

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EAGLE NEBULA OBSERVATION LOG

Here is the final stacked and post-processed image of Messier 16 (Eagle Nebula) using Vixen ED115S mounted on Skywatcher EQ6 Pro mount, and ZWO1600MC-cool camera taken last May 19-20, 2018 from Al Sadeem Observatory by resident astronomer Aldrin B. Gabuya. read more