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Space photos from in between trees and beside a lake. Probably not the Jon Stewart you were expecting.
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2021 Annular Solar Eclipse

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I took my first photo of Saturn in the summer of 2106 and was hooked. In 2018, I moved my photography to a new cottage and home observatory north of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Recent Astrophotography

June 10, 2021

2021 “Ring of Fire” Annular Solar Eclipse

Solar astrophotography hasn’t been a common thing for me… in fact the last time I took out my Kendrick solar filter was the LAST solar eclipse in 2017. But some duct tape and a 4:30am wakeup call later, I was out in a neighbour’s field waiting for the sun to rise with my @williamoptics RedCat51 and an older Canon T6 […]

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May 30, 2021

The Wizard (or Harry Potter and the Golden Snitch) Nebula

Much further from the core, but still considered part of the northern part of the Milky Way, the Wizard nebula. An incredibly difficult object to see without a filter, this was another of my frustrating 2020 objects that just pop now with my new Optolong filter. Even though it’s commonly known as the Wizard Nebula, NGC […]

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May 29, 2021

The Crescent Nebula

I struggled for several nights last year in a futile attempt to take photos of the Crescent Nebula, NGC 6888. This emission nebula is about 5,000 light years away, and between us and it is a lot of stars. It wasn’t until I got my Optolong l-eXtreme filter that I’ve been able to see the nebula properly. […]

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May 28, 2021

The North America & Pelican Nebulas

It was a gloriously clear stretch of weather this past weekend, with highs in the low 20s with low humidity and clear skies at night. Taking a break from the big Celestron SCT, I brought out the William Optics Redcat 51 and photographed a few interesting parts of the Milky Way. The Optolong l-eXtreme filter does a great job of toning down […]

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May 25, 2021

The Cygnus Wall with Optolong L-eXtreme filter

Although I’ve taken out the new #RASA8 before, last night’s imaging session was the first “all systems go” with a completed rig. And even though the wait was long, the payoff was huge! With a full moon blazing across the night sky over the lake, I brought out my #Optolong l-eXtreme filter to remove most of the background moonlight […]

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May 18, 2021

NGC 4656/7: The Hockey Stick Galaxy

“Hello out there… we’re on the air… it’s ‘Hockey Night’ tonight.” With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, it seems appropriate to image the “Hockey Stick Galaxy” – a highly warped barred spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici. The galaxy gets its “stick” due to gravitational warping from near by galaxies like the Whale Galaxy NGC4631. […]

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May 16, 2021

NGC 4169: The Box

After being inspired by a photo on Reddit, I decided to take a crack at “The Box”… four galaxies including elliptical and edge on galaxies. The target, however, turned out to be very small… so detail is limited. Capture details Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron EdgeHD 9.25  Imaging cameras: QHY268C Mounts: Celestron CGX  Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm […]

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May 12, 2021

NGC 7023 – The Iris Nebula

Although we’ve enjoyed a nice and warm spring this year, the clouds have not been conducive to looking at pretty stars. But it looks like we’ve got a few days of nothing but sunshine coming up! Shaking the cob webs off the telescope, I captured just under two hours of data on the dark nebula […]

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April 8, 2021

NGC 5566, 5560 & Friends

Target #2 for last night’s “first light” with the new QHY 268C… this time a trio of galaxies in the southern constellation Virgo, including NGCs 5566, 5560 and 5569. They’re a neat triplet of interacting galaxies some 65 million light years away and are obviously causing some of the weird distortions we see in the spiral […]

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