The Heart Nebula with Optolong L-eXtreme Filter

I started last night’s widefield session with the Heart Nebula… a favourite of my neice who has asked for a new canvas for Christmas. With nearly 2.5 hours of data using the new Optolong L-Extreme 2″ filter, I think I’ve definitely improved over my last imaging session! The Heart Nebula is an emission type nebula, […]

Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405 / Caldwell 31)

Bonus Nebula from last nights session! While waiting for the Rosette Nebula to rise above the tree line, I found an interesting nebula nearby in Stellarium and spent about 50 minutes on it. These two nebula don’t interact with each other and are actually quite far apart. The top star cluster is the nameless NGC […]

The Crab Nebula – Messier 1

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron SCT 8” Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO Mounts: Celestron AVX  Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope Orion 50mm guide scope  Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider  Focal reducers: Celestron Reducer, 0.63x  Dates: Nov. 9, 2020 Frames: 6×240″ Integration: 0.4 hours Avg. Moon age: 23.11 days Avg. Moon phase: 39.87% Full capture details on Astrobin.

Triangulum Galaxy Messier 33

After a few hit-or-miss attempts at Mars during the few clear nights we’ve had this fall, I decided to go back to hunting down galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters. Triangulum is a early fall favourite, rising high in the sky while the nights begin to dramatically lengthen. Along with Andromeda, M33 is anticipated to merge […]

The Veil / Filamentary Nebula

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 […]