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2021 “Ring of Fire” Annular Solar Eclipse

Solar astrophotography hasn’t been a common thing for me… in fact the last time I took out my Kendrick solar filter was the LAST solar eclipse in 2017. But some duct tape and a 4:30am wakeup call later, I was out in a neighbour’s field waiting for the sun to rise with my @williamoptics RedCat51 and an older Canon T6 […]

The Wizard (or Harry Potter and the Golden Snitch) Nebula

Much further from the core, but still considered part of the northern part of the Milky Way, the Wizard nebula. An incredibly difficult object to see without a filter, this was another of my frustrating 2020 objects that just pop now with my new Optolong filter. Even though it’s commonly known as the Wizard Nebula, NGC […]

The North America & Pelican Nebulas

It was a gloriously clear stretch of weather this past weekend, with highs in the low 20s with low humidity and clear skies at night. Taking a break from the big Celestron SCT, I brought out the William Optics Redcat 51 and photographed a few interesting parts of the Milky Way. The Optolong l-eXtreme filter does a great job of toning down […]

The Cygnus Wall with Optolong L-eXtreme filter

Although I’ve taken out the new #RASA8 before, last night’s imaging session was the first “all systems go” with a completed rig. And even though the wait was long, the payoff was huge! With a full moon blazing across the night sky over the lake, I brought out my #Optolong l-eXtreme filter to remove most of the background moonlight […]

NGC 4656/7: The Hockey Stick Galaxy

“Hello out there… we’re on the air… it’s ‘Hockey Night’ tonight.” With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, it seems appropriate to image the “Hockey Stick Galaxy” – a highly warped barred spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici. The galaxy gets its “stick” due to gravitational warping from near by galaxies like the Whale Galaxy NGC4631. […]

NGC 4169: The Box

After being inspired by a photo on Reddit, I decided to take a crack at “The Box”… four galaxies including elliptical and edge on galaxies. The target, however, turned out to be very small… so detail is limited. Capture details Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron EdgeHD 9.25  Imaging cameras: QHY268C Mounts: Celestron CGX  Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm […]

The Hamburger Galaxy

It’s first “official” light on my new QHY268C camera. Ordered in September, it finally appeared in mid March and I’ve been spending the last few clear nights tweaking and playing with the settings. There’s some major differences between this and my ZWO ASI294MC Pro… including heightened sensitivity and reduced noise. The DSO settings alone took […]