Make your own 3-colour images

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With the Liverpool Telescope you can create your own breathtaking colourful images similar to what you might see on TV or in magazines. The colour images you see taken of distant objects in the night sky are in fact a combination of 3 images, each taken through a different filter. We combine red, green and blue observations to produce one colour image. Find out more about image processing

Below you will find examples of some of the most beautiful objects in the Universe. You can download the data and create your own 3-colour image using LTImage. For each object, you will need to download the 3 files, one for each filter - Red, Green and Blue. If you haven't used LTImage before, you can follow the Whirlpool Galaxy example which has full instructions on how to download and use. You can use this method for any of the object's below. 

Object Also known as Description Data Files
M51
whirlsppol-th.jpg
Whirlpool Galaxy A spiral galaxy interacting with an active galactic nucleus.

M51_red.fits

M51_green.fits

M51_blue.fits

M27
dumbbell-th.jpg
Dumbbell Nebula Planetary nebula (the first to be discovered).

Dumbbell_Nebula_red.fits

Dumbbell_Nebula_green.fits

Dumbbell_Nebula_blue.fits

M1 
crab-th.jpg
Crab Nebula Supernova Remnant.

Crab_Nebula_red.fits

Crab_Nebula_green.fits

Crab_Nebula_blue.fits

M104
Somberaro-NSO-IOM-2019-04-th.jpg
Sombrero Galaxy Lenticular galaxy (somewhere between an elliptical and a spiral).

Sombrero_red.fits

Sombrero_green.fits

Sombrero_blue.fits

Stefans Quintet_RGB_ps-th.jpg Stephan's Quintet Visual grouping of five galaxies.

Stephans_Quintet_red.fits

Stephans_Quintet_green.fits

Stephans_Quintet_blue.fits

ARP 273
ARP 273-NSO-IOM-2018-10-th.jpg
  Pair of interacting galaxies.

ARP273_red.fits

ARP273_green.fits

ARP273_blue.fits

M17
OmegaNebula-NSO-IOM-2017-07-th.jpg
Omega / Swan / Horseshoe Nebula One of the brightest and most massive star-forming regions in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Omega_Nebula_red.fits

Omega_Nebula_green.fits

Omega_Nebula_blue.fits

NGC 7635
Bubble-th.jpg
Bubble Nebula Balloon-like sphere of gas

Bubble_Nebula_red.fits

Bubble_Nebula_green.fits

Bubble_Nebula_blue.fits

To make it easier for you, you can download all the object files together in one go. You will need to unzip the directory once it has downloaded to access the individual files. 

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