Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula: Messier 78

My first attempt at astrophotography with the “Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula” turned out mediocre. Lots of noise in this image, and I’m missing the fine detail that I was hoping to get out of the companion nebula NGC 2071. The target is beautiful regardless of the quality of the image. With dust obscuring the […]

Orion Complex

Tonight I had two telescopes out to capture the night sky, primarily focusing my astrophotography efforts on the constellation Orion. December is early for me to photography Orion. Although it’s been rising earlier and earlier each night, I tend to get around to Orion later in it’s season. But tonight I was excited as it […]

Messier 77

Capture Details Capture was done over 2 nights, November 29 & November 30 Frames: 9×240″ & 9×180″Integration: 1.1 hoursDarks: ~20Flats: ~25Bias: ~27Avg. Moon age: 3.44 daysAvg. Moon phase: 12.97%Temperature: -10.00 Astrometry.net job: 3090292RA center: 2h 42′ 42″DEC center: +0° 0′ 25″Pixel scale: 0.989 arcsec/pixelOrientation: 215.898 degreesField radius: 0.236 degrees Full capture details on Astrobin Past photos of M77