A few nights back (when we actually had some clear skies), I was able to image quite a few objects, but haven’t had time to get them all fully processed. Unfortunately, they didn’t all get framed quite perfectly. However, One of the nicer looking ones was NGC 1499, The California Nebula
At a distance of nearly 1000 light years, the apparent size of this nebula is pretty large — it covers nearly 2.5 degrees of sky. If you’ll recall the the moon diameter is More >
As I mentioned in the Horsehead Nebula post, Oct 6-7 was a great night and produced some really nice images. Here’s the Messier 42, The Orion Nebula
This image is only 6x five minute exposures with the Televue NP101is. Sigma-clip stacked in MaximDL, Orion Starshoot Pro v2.0, Starshoot Autoguider, and Skyglow Filter were used.
The “trapezium” – the very bright inner stars of the brightest part of the nebula is a wonderful star nursery, where baby stars are springing to More >
October 6-7, 2010 were simply stellar nights for viewing and photographing here in Washington. In the upcoming days, I’ll be putting up some of the nicest images that I think I’ve ever put together. So far, my favorite one is The Horsehead Nebula. Every time I read about this, I always read about how difficult it is to see visually. However, I didn’t find it difficult to image at all! And, as a surprise bonus, NGC 2024, The Flame Nebula snuck into my field of view!
I’ll admit I’m not More >
Two days ago, some ‘late night clouds’ rolled in giving me only a tiny window to the sky. Like any good observer, I quickly scoured the skies for anything that might be interesting — when I came upon the Veil Nebula. Holy moley this thing is both gorgeous and easy to find!
For whatever reason I find that Cygnus the Swan is easy to find. Well, the Veil Nebula is near a ‘sort of visible’ star off to the side of the main stars making it up. This ends up being about a fist and a half “lower” More >
I generally welcome a sunny day — if it’s going to lead to a clear night. However, clear nights this part of the lunar cycle are not quite as exciting. No, a full disc moon is not really something that makes for great ‘dark skies’. However, it does allow one to hit double stars, globular clusters, and of course, the ever exciting planetary nebula. Last night’s target was M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. Lumicon’s UHC filter probably would have been best, but I still ended up using the Orion More >
Ah yes, another cloudy night … with more clouds and rain predicted for another week. So, what can we do? How about revisit and reprocess some older data?! On the assumption I have learned something over the past year, I decided to take some old images and try reprocessing them.
M42, The Orion Nebula is one of the most gorgeous “easy to find” nebula in the sky. It’s star forming region has the pleasant effect of illuminating the nebula itself – no dim “star blew itself up” effects here…!
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Having never before seen many of the nebula in Sagittarius, this turned out to be a real delight! This composite is 12x 45 second exposures on the Televue NP101is, again with Orion StarShoot Pro V2.0.
Even without filters, this nebula jumps out in vibrant red. Plus, the additional backdrop of the milky way through Sagittarius makes for a wonderfully speckled view. Processed in MaximDL.