Pinwheel Galaxy in Widefield

After several nights of frustration with nebula near the Milky Way, I decided to look to the North Western sky and an old favourite, the Pinwheel Galaxy Messier 101. Taken with the widefield RedCat51, 2 minute exposures with the autoguider gave pinpoint stars with lots and lots of colour. You can clearly see it’s companion […]

NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula

First light on the Iris Nebula turned out fantastic! I’m lucking out with back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back clear spring nights around a new moon. Can’t ask for anything better. So each night, I’m taking my time with targets rather than trying to cram too much into my sessions. This reflection nebula enjoyed nearly 5 hours of imaging, giving […]

“Final” Messier 61 & Supernova SN2020jfo

I wasn’t happy with the clarity & sharpness of the Messier 61 I took a few days ago, so I spent a few hours more trying to get nice round stars. This time, I was happy with the results! With improved tracking & a bit more time spent with the focuser (which is still giving […]