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M33 is Back!


Well it’s been a pretty good August for imaging. While most of the world seems focused on M101 supernovae or Comet Garradd, I went after a slightly different target: M33. I’ve imaged M33 on several occasions with different equipment so I thought I would continue to add to the collection — it’s been almost a year since the last images were taken.

While M33 is very diffuse, it’s also very large. So large that to grab all of it’s spiral nuggets would require a low magnification or a giant More >


A Tale of Three Globulars: Messier 2, Messier 13 and Messier 15


Back in early October, I spun around and picked out three of the most fantastic globulars: Messier 13, (“The Great Cluster in Hercules”), Messier 2, and Messier 15. All three of these look spectacular even with a big and bright moon out and they are all great both for visual viewing as well as imaging. And here I am now, with clouds in Woodinville — beside a big bright moon. And I’d be imaging comet 103p/Hartley 2 anyway, so what else to do!? Play with processing old data!

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NGC 5981, 5982, 5985, 5976, 5989

Nice galaxy clusters: NGC 5982, 6946 and more!


A few nights back we had some nice weather. A friend came over, we set up a super quick mini-star party and were off to the races. We had both scopes set up and did a lot of visual viewing on the CPC1100. Obvious targets – M13, M17, M27, M81, M82 were all offering brilliant views in the 21mm Ethos and 31mm Nagler. We fiddles around with some of the “super sale Meade 5k 20mm’s” in binoviewers as well. After viewing, lasering, drinking and all those other good things that go with astronomy, More >

M64, The Black Eye Galaxy

M64, The Black Eye Galaxy


For whatever reason, hitting some of the famous DSO’s proves to be more challenging than I expect. This is 165 seconds of exposure time on the CPC 1100 with f/6.3 reducer up, from data gathered on June 26th. Each raw image here barely looked like much; I had to use a fairly aggressive Unsharpen to bring out some contrast, followed by Gaussian Blur to kill off the pixelation. Again, given the overall poor conditions of the night I was pretty pleased with how this ended up.

M64, The Black Eye

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Pluto, M24, M18

Fun With Pluto!


Washington is a gorgeous state. Lush mountains covered with trees that dance in the breeze, aquatic life filled rivers and lakes, and of course, the radiant geological wonders of St. Helens and Mt. Rainier. Clean air and tasty tap water don’t hurt either — but all these fabulous things come with one unfortunate consequence: clouds. Lots of them. So, while it is certainly fun to read about astronomy – or maybe watch a show, the other day I had another idea. I think of it as a “Where’s More >

M17, The Omega Nebula

M17, The Omega Nebula


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.

M17, The Omega Nebula

M101, Pinwheel Galaxy

M101, The Pinwheel Galaxy


I once spent hours with my 12″ Meade LX 200 trying to visually spot this galaxy. Located near the Big Dipper, I thought for sure I would be able to find it since all the pictures I had seen were always so big and detailed. Freezing cold, and still with no sightings, I packed up and came back inside pondering what I was doing wrong. Of course, what I did wrong was expect to find a big vibrant picture of “obviously there it is”. Visually this galaxy is extremely boring and looks like nothing More >

NGC4435, Markarian's Chain

Accidental Markarian’s Chain!


I’d spent some of the night looking around in Coma for various galaxies to image with wide fields and slowly drifted down into Virgo. Lo and behold, trying to hit up NGC 4435 landed me a nice bit of Markarian’s Chain! What a pleasant surprise…

Piece o' Markarian's Chain


Late night Andromeda


For the longest time I have always wondered why this is so difficult to image. After a few hours fiddling around with Maxim DL’s filters, I was finally able to get this image which at least is halfway decent.  Image from Televue NP101is on Celestron CGEM

Messier 31, M31, Andromeda Galaxy

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