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 […]

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.

M82 – The Cigar Galaxy

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 […]