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Since 1995, NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (or NASA APOD) has been a web resource of the best astronomy images. To meet the enthusiastic response from a world-wide audience of astronomy and nature lovers, the daily annotated image is available on globe-spanning mirror-sites in various languages. At a glance, these viewers might assume that all gloriously star-studded cluster and fine filamentary nebulae images on the site were products of the Hubble Space Telescope or other exotic observatory. But as the examples below showcase, some of these "Hubble-quality" images were produced with much smaller, portable Tele Vue scopes!
|The Sharpless 308: Star Bubble was APOD's Christmas Eve entry for 2013. Taken with a Tele Vue NP-127is and Atik 383L+ camera, it shows the bubble-shaped nebula created by a "wind" of particles from a central Wolf-Rayet star. Read details on how this picture was made.|
|The An "Etruscan Vase" Rising Moon made APOD's day on February 23, 2009. Taken with a Tele Vue NP-101 and Nikon 300 camera, it shows the Moon rising through an atmospheric inversion layer. The icon at left is only the middle-image of the rising sequence.|
|The Rosette Nebula made an appropriate choice for NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day on Valentine's Day 2008. A long stem of hydrogen gas can be seen descending from the "rose". The team of Block and Puckett employed the Tele Vue 127is and Apogee U9000 camera in this 27-hour composite exposure.|
|We are pleased to announce that Tony Hallas' M45 "The Pleiades" and IC353 + IC1995 image was selected as NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for November 22, 2007. This remarkable color, wide-field image of the Pleiades region reveals dust lanes galore. Imaged with the Tele Vue NP-101is and SBIG STL-11K camera.|
|This scaled composite shot of the Moon juxtaposed with the Andromeda galaxy was NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) on December 28, 2006. The galaxy was a deep 22-hour(!) exposure with an Apogee U9000 camera taken through a Tele Vue-NP127is telescope. The lunar photo used the same setup but a much shorter exposure.|
|This TV-102 image of the Sun in Hydrogen Alpha light (cropped here) must be one of the most republished APOD images. It was NASA's Astronomy Picture Of the Day for December 6, 2004, Astronomy.com's Picture of the Day, ATWB Picture of the Day, and has been featured in a plethora of print, DVD and web-media.|
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