The Owl Nebula is a “planetary” nebula about 2,000 light years away and about 8,000 years old. Despite it’s name, the nebula has nothing to do with planets but due to its circular nature early astronomers thought it was a gas planet. The central star of the nebula is shedding its outer layers of hydrogen […]
Another favourite galaxy from the Big Dipper! This time it’s Messier 51, widely known as the Whirlpool Galaxy… and sometimes the “Question Mark” Galaxy. It’s been almost a year since I’ve photographed M51, and my skills have definitely improved! Extremely happy to see the long dust trails that have escaped me in the past. Capture […]
Another clear moonless night turns into another night working on objects in the Big Dipper! M101 or the Pinwheel Galaxy is an annual favourite around this time of year. The nights are still long & dark, so more than 4 hours of data later I was able to capture more of the fainter arms of […]
I return to the Cigar Galaxy often… an edge on galaxy that shines brightly just off the Big Dipper in the northern sky. With blues forming a background of intricate red flares, it’s one of the more unique galaxies to photograph. Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron SCT 8” Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO Mounts: Celestron AVX Guiding […]
As the end of 2020 is in sight, I have a few targets to finish and complete my “Completionist Mode” version of my personal Messier Catalog. Now that the Pleaides (M45) are rising above the tree line, I captured 10 x 4 minute exposures before the top of my Skyshed dome obscured either the guider […]
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 great Andromeda is a favourite target around this time of year, well above the tree line in the North West after sunset. It’s also dark enough here that you can see it with the naked eye during moonless nights like last night. It’s size makes it a perfect candidate to shoot with the RedCat […]
Details to come.