Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019 DSO

The Elephant's trunk Nebula (IC 1396A) More Info
40 hours of imaging data from Maryland and AHSP in WV

I decided to produce several variants of elements to color mapping (between Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Sulfur , or Ha, OIII, NII, SII and Red, Green and Blue), and various degrees of saturation and contrast (to accommodate different monitors and media).

(SN)HO (Sulfur/Nitrogen = Red, Hydrogen = Green, Oxygen = Blue), Deep



(SN)HO, Vivid




O(SH)N



O(SH)N, "De-Magenta"



M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, imaged from the
Great Meadow park field in Virginia the night of 27 May, 2019



NGC 4565 the Needle Galaxy



NGC 2903 Galaxy



The Takahashi FSQ85-EDX on Bisque Paramount MyT, QSI683WSG, Moonlite Nitecrawler, Lodestar X2 and the QHY Polemaster portable imaging setup I currently use.



From Whitetop mountain in VA...rather extreme expedition, but some interesting results.  Many thanks to the two groups that helped us escape the dangers of a nighttime on the mountain with a car stuck in snow and wildlife all around.

Betelgeuse



Comet 46P Wirtanen.  The stars are all smudged due to comet movement.  I will one day figure out how to deal with this.



IC405 the Flaming Star Nebula in Hydrogen Alpha narrowband (3nm)



NGC 1333 in RGB (info link) from 3 nights in Tucson, AZ






Saturday, November 11, 2017

2018 DSO

The Heart Nebula (IC 1805) in Ha and OIII (two hue variants)





The Soul Nebula (IC 1848) in Ha and SII



Here comes Andromeda Galaxy (M31) in Narrowband (Ha and OIII), first image from the Takahashi FSQ-85 EDX and Paramount MyT



The Eagle Nebula shot in OSC on Whitetop Mountain in Virginia



NGC 6946 (The Fireworks Galaxy) and NGC 6939 open cluster



Crescent Nebula



M63, the Sunflower Galaxy



The Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6960)

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in case you are wondering what I get raw from the telescope, this is the same picture before processing:



Dumbbell Nebula M27



Ring Nebula M57



Irregular Galaxy NGC 4449 and neigbors





Cocoon Galaxy - NGC4490 and companion NGC4485 (Arp 269)



The Whale (Herring) and the Hockey Stick Galaxies - NGC 4631 and NGC 4656




M1 - the Crab Nebula



M102, The Spindle Galaxy (NGC 5866) and NGC 5867



Owl Nebula (M97)  and M108



M81 and M82





M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy with 9 5 minute exposures and Atik 4120ex







Horsehead and Flaming Nebulae





Orion Nebula



M33 Triangulum Galaxy



M33 Processed for color



M74 spiral galaxy



Pleiades and Maia Nebula



Pleiades - more color



California Nebula



M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), M101



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017 DSO

Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and M101



M101



Horsehead and Flaming Nebula



Triangulum Galaxy





Pelican Nebula





Dumbbell Nebula



Veil Nebula





Crescent Nebula