@astrofalls - Bray Falls

l 21 yo | ASU Astro Engineering | Honeywell Aerospace Intern | follow me on a journey through the stars 🔭 #opteam @brayfalls
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So imagine you and your caveman bros are crouched around the campfire just relaxing, when your buddy Korg points up to the sky and says “thhugughguggu” which loosely translates to “look a large brightness variation in the constellation cygnus!”. You go on the rest of your life to die of starvation, but that weird bright thing will keep chugging along for 10,000ish years to become this thing, the veil nebula! It’s a star that went boom a long time ago. 
This is a 32hr integration mosaic of the object shot entirely near the full moon! Which is a bad idea! But it’s the monsoon season in Arizona so I’ll take what I can get tbh. I had really intense gradients on Oiii which were very hard to deal with, that is why a lot of the blue is missing here. All in all this was a pretty good image to jump back into DSO photography with. Hope you enjoy!
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So imagine you and your caveman bros are crouched around the campfire just relaxing, when your buddy Korg points up to the sky and says “thhugughguggu” which loosely translates to “look a large brightness variation in the constellation cygnus!”. You

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@curtismorgan Dang!!

Sometimes the player believed the universe had spoken to it through the light that fell from the crisp night sky of winter, where a fleck of light in the corner of the player's eye might be a star a million times as massive as the sun, boiling its planets to plasma in order to be visible for a moment to the player, walking home at the far side of the universe, suddenly smelling food, almost at the familiar door, about to dream again

and sometimes the player believed the universe had spoken to it through the zeros and ones, through the electricity of the world, through the scrolling words on a screen at the end of a dream

and the universe said I love you

and the universe said you have played the game well

and the universe said everything you need is within you

and the universe said you are stronger than you know

and the universe said you are the daylight

and the universe said you are the night

and the universe said the darkness you fight is within you

and the universe said the light you seek is within you

and the universe said you are not alone. 
Sorry for the spoilers but I just beat Minecraft and I really enjoyed the end poem. Here’s an image from @deepskywest I hope y’all enjoy :)
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Sometimes the player believed the universe had spoken to it through the light that fell from the crisp night sky of winter, where a fleck of light in the corner of the player's eye might be a star a million times as massive as the sun, boiling its pl

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@curtismorgan Wicked

Our moon zoomed out and up close. There’s nothing quite like panning across the lunar surface with a big telescope. It’s like having your own private spaceship. My favorite thing to do is to watch the sunrise break over the rim of a crater over a few hours. It’s a nice reminder that if you look closely enough you can see the sky is in motion.
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Our moon zoomed out and up close. There’s nothing quite like panning across the lunar surface with a big telescope. It’s like having your own private spaceship. My favorite thing to do is to watch the sunrise break over the rim of a crater over a few

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@curtismorgan Wow

@curtismorgan Wow

Here’s last January’s lunar eclipse reprocessed to mix data from two scopes for better resolution. This image was captured from picacho peak, while the weather was extremely iffy. There was a perfectly timed break in the clouds to allow for some good imaging during the penumbral eclipse, but there was a lot of haze caused by the clouds. Hope you guys enjoy :)
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Here’s last January’s lunar eclipse reprocessed to mix data from two scopes for better resolution. This image was captured from picacho peak, while the weather was extremely iffy. There was a perfectly timed break in the clouds to allow for some good

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@curtismorgan That’s stupid good.

Unless you’re living under a rock I’m sure you’ve already heard that’s it’s the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing today. For me, I don’t look at this occasion as a time to be proud at the past, but as a time to be ashamed about the progress we have made since. To rub salt in the wound NASA always comes out with a new statement saying “we’re going back in (current date)+10 years!” To get everyone excited, but deep down we all know it is not going to happen. So here’s an image to help remind you of a time where we used to dream and explore. A time when we used to go to places no man had gone before.
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Unless you’re living under a rock I’m sure you’ve already heard that’s it’s the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing today. For me, I don’t look at this occasion as a time to be proud at the past, but as a time to be ashamed about the progress

Looking deep into the eagle nebula 7,000 light years away in the constellation Serpens. At the heart of the nebula lie the pillars of creation: so called because the pillars a formed by the coagulation of dust in space which will eventually lead to the birth of new stars. In reality, this has already happened. At this moment the pillars no longer exist, but they still appear as they do because the light takes thousands of years to get here. This was images with my AT6RC and SBIG ST8300m, about 15hrs of exposure. Hope y’all enjoy!
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Looking deep into the eagle nebula 7,000 light years away in the constellation Serpens. At the heart of the nebula lie the pillars of creation: so called because the pillars a formed by the coagulation of dust in space which will eventually lead to t

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@curtismorgan Well done!

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The veil nebula in Cygnus is what is left of a star that exploded 8,000 years ago. It is a large scale shockwave which heats up the surrounding gasses in space. This image was created with my friend @j.sorrellsphoto and his telescope in Idaho. This is 4 hours of RGB data collected from some extremely dark skies. The short summer nights in the north make it difficult to collect a lot of data, but the skies there make up for it. The scope used was an ES127 and an ASI1600 camera.
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The veil nebula in Cygnus is what is left of a star that exploded 8,000 years ago. It is a large scale shockwave which heats up the surrounding gasses in space. This image was created with my friend @j.sorrellsphoto and his telescope in Idaho. This i

Any time I shoot the Milky Way through a set of trees I always stop to pause and think how many times my ancestors have seen this view before me. I guess something about being surrounded by trees in the dark awakens something ingrained in our brains from the scared monkeys we came from. I wonder if they admired the view, or if they were just anxious about bears nearby. I know I was doing both at the time.
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Any time I shoot the Milky Way through a set of trees I always stop to pause and think how many times my ancestors have seen this view before me. I guess something about being surrounded by trees in the dark awakens something ingrained in our brains

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Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds throughout the Solar System and beyond, will be unified by their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that, whatever other life may be, the only humans in all the Universe come from Earth. They will gaze up and strain to find the blue dot in their skies. They will love it no less for its obscurity and fragility. They will marvel at how vulnerable the repository of all our potential once was, how perilous our infancy, how humble our beginnings, how many rivers we had to cross before we found our way. -Carl Sagan
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Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds throughout the Solar System and beyond, will be unified by their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that, whatever other life may be, the only humans in a

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totality will happen in about 2hr20min from now. Go check out any of the live streams on YouTube! I highly recommend watching. This image is of the eclipse two years ago in America, during the diamond ring at the very end.
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totality will happen in about 2hr20min from now. Go check out any of the live streams on YouTube! I highly recommend watching. This image is of the eclipse two years ago in America, during the diamond ring at the very end.

Next week the shadow of the moon will fall over South America. To celebrate the occasion I’ve made a processing tutorial for those people who want to edit their images from the event. It shows how to apply the Espenak filter, which enhances details parallel to the lunar disc. For an amateur or anyone not versed in coding this is bar none the best method for enhancing details in total eclipse images. This filter is of course flawed because it is blind to radial details in the corona, and will not enhance them at all. Currently only three people in the world have the capability to properly enhance those details. I’ve been working on and off for a year to make the code to do that. I recommend looking at Nicholas lefaudeux’s excellent images showcasing the proper numerical method. Anyways hope you enjoy. (Also watch the tutorial at 1.5x speed I talk slow). Check my story for a link!
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Next week the shadow of the moon will fall over South America. To celebrate the occasion I’ve made a processing tutorial for those people who want to edit their images from the event. It shows how to apply the Espenak filter, which enhances details p

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@curtismorgan Amazing dude.

Stare at the sky for long enough and it starts looking back. Here’s a 30ish hour integration of the helix nebula in Aquarius, the most boring zodiac constellation. This is what happens to stars when the give out and shed their outer layers, this is the eventual fate of our star. Just a life update the internship is going well, and I’m going to be headed to idaho next new moon to do some imaging. I’m jealous of all you people who have the chance to go to Chile for the eclipse. I wish you all clear skies down there :)
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Stare at the sky for long enough and it starts looking back. Here’s a 30ish hour integration of the helix nebula in Aquarius, the most boring zodiac constellation. This is what happens to stars when the give out and shed their outer layers, this is t

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@curtismorgan So good