Posts tagged Televue NP101is images
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 >
So we were lucky and got a good stint of good weather last week and I hit up one of my favorite targets, Andromeda. The sheer size of this galaxy across the sky still amazes me. Nearly six times the size of the moon in apparently size (viewed from Earth) and 2,700,000 light years away, this is the most distant thing you can see with your naked eye. Sadly, it’s coming towards us and eventually will merge with the Milky Way.
This was about 20x 30s frames stacked. It 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 >
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 >
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.
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 >
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…
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