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La Cañada Observatory, is an initiative by Juan Lacruz, the observatory started astrometric operations in the summer of 2002, it is registered as station J87 in the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union.

The Observatory also participates in the studies on minor bodies promoted by the Group on Meteorites, Minor Bodies, and Planetary Sciences of the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC).



Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Horse Head Nebula in Orion


Sum of 3 images of 5 min each. (c) J. Lacruz, La Cañada Observatory.

M42, The Orion Nebula


The Nebula in Orion, a 10 seconds image LX200R 40cm + AOL+STL1001 E, The central region is over exposed to enhance the wings details. (c) J. Lacruz, La Cañada.

M1, The Crab nebula

The Crab Nebula M 1 is the remnant of a supernova in Taurus that was recorded by Chinese and Arab astronomers in 1054.

At the center of the nebula lies a Pulsar, a rotating neutron star, which emits pulses of radiation from gamma rays to radio waves with a spin rate of 30.2 times per second.


M1 2007 Dec 15, J87 La Cañada (c) J. Lacruz
This is a sum of three exposures 5 min each, taken through an LX200R 40cm telescope working at F10. Image stabilized with AOL, camera STL2001E, the resolution is 1.2 arc sec per pixel.
North is Up, East left.