Well, it took me three years, but I finally got enough clear winter nights to image the famous Horsehead nebula! Barnard 33, commonly called the Horsehead nebula, might be the most famous nebula, M42 notwithstanding. Relatively speaking, this is a dim nebula in Orion’s belt, just south of the eastmost… Continue Reading... "The Horsehead"
This is been a long cloudy winter so far, not a single clear night since a spurt I had at the beginning of November. I decided to just go ahead and start processing what I have. I was working on three targets at once, beginning with taking data on NGC… Continue Reading... "The Pacman"
The early Ohio winter actually gave me five clear nights this week during a new Moon, can you believe it? I finally got to image a target I’ve been wanting to do for years, and my widefield refractor was the perfect equipment to image it with. Messier 45, also known… Continue Reading... "Pleiades"
Messier 103 is an open star cluster in Cassiopeia. It contains a few hundred stars that are around 10,000 light years away. This image is composed of 413 four-minute exposures, giving almost 28 hours of total exposure. There are 46,441 stars in this image. There is also some interstellar dust… Continue Reading... "M103"
The Cocoon Nebula, Caldwell 19, is a bright emission and reflection nebula in Cygnus. It is around 2,500 light years away. In addition to the Hydrogen emission and other reflections, there is a beautiful cloud of dark interstellar dust surrounding the object. This is an active star forming region. Here… Continue Reading... "Cocoon Nebula"
The nearest proper galaxy to us, the Andromeda Galaxy, is a very large and bright object in the autumn sky. It’s visible with the naked eye outside of the city, and it spans about 2.8 degrees in the sky, making it appear six times larger than the full moon. It… Continue Reading... "Andromeda Galaxy"
Been a while, hasn’t it? My wide-field setup consisting of an EQM-35 and Evostar 72ED has been nothing but trouble. While I am very pleased with the telescope itself, which seems quite well corrected for being so cheap, the mount has been a nightmare. I finally dismantled the entire thing,… Continue Reading... "The Double Cluster"
I came back to my image of the Deer Lick Group and Stephan’s Quintet from last year due to the JWST reveal. While my original take on the image was not terrible for the tools and knowledge I had available at the time, I wanted to give the original integration… Continue Reading... "Reprocessing the Deer Lick and Stephan’s Quintet"
A low full moon made the other night a great night to do some EAA. I used SharpCap live stacking and 25 second calibrated exposures to create these images. They were post-processed in PixInsight using photometric color calibration, downsampling, arcsinh and histogram stretches, NoiseXTerminator, and some multiscale median transform for… Continue Reading... "A plethora of short stacks"
The Cat’s Eye Nebula, formally known as Caldwell 6 and NGC 6543, is a planetary nebula in Draco. Planetary nebula is a confusing term that has nothing to do with planets and everything to do with the life cycle of intermediate mass stars. These are stars that are not massive… Continue Reading... "Cat’s Eye Nebula"