I’m winding down my time with my Celestron 8″ SCT as new gear has begun to show up. With the Veil Nebula high in the sky, it’s a great time to shoot this Oxygen (green) and Hydrogen (Red) tendrils of this supernova remnant. Taken over 3 nights, September 20-22th 2020. 28 x 180 second exposures […]
Details to come.
Now that Galaxy Season is largely behind us, I’ve put away the Celestron 8″ SCT and installed the RedCat 51 on my AVX mount. For the next few weeks, I’m going widefield to capture much larger objects. It’s been a year since I added the deck onto the cottage and began to really explore the […]
For the third night of gloriously clear skies I attempted another new object: VdB 141: The Ghost Nebula. This one is particularly faint, with the “arms” of the ghost a dull brown. The “head” is the reflection of dust from the nebula’s central star. Technically, it’s part of the NGC 7023 cluster, which includes the […]
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 […]
Just off the “East Coast” of the North America Nebula lies the bright binary star 57 Cygni. Embedded deep in the Milky Way, the reds & browns of the background dust and stars provide a nice counter to the blue in the star, just over 500 light years away. The entire North America Nebula is […]
After a warm kick off to the month, April has turned bitterly cold. For clear sky watchers like ourselves, it’s been great. Cold clear skies normally mean less humidity, and improved seeing conditions. But there’s a point of the year I begin to year for evenings I can stay outside all night (bugs aside). We’re […]