Saturday, January 4, 2020

2020 DSO

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

Sharpless 2-101, the Tulip Nebula in Narrowband

First photo of 2020 is the Rosette Nebula in Hydrogen Alpha / Oxygen III Narrowband.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Mercury Transit

Observed from North Potomac, MD on November 11, 2019

Video converted to a reasonable size:

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, "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.


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)


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