Thursday, November 16, 2017

Emission Nebula Discovery in Puppis (journal article)
Hi all:  I put together an article to have a document in the public domain (beyond my website) regarding the HII emission area/object I discovered near M47 (described in detail on my main site). The peer-reviewed article I wrote has since been published online:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NGC 7635 - Bubble Nebula
Hi all, here is my latest backyard result from here in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

This is my very first attempt at imaging this particular object :) and I used the big scope (130mm aperture Takahashi refractor), shooting at max focal length possible for my current setup (1000mm).
NGC 7635 - Bubble Nebula
TOA-130F, EM200, QSI540wsg
12x10min Ha, 3x10min L (bin1x1); 4x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias


Sunday, October 29, 2017

IC 5146 - Cocoon Nebula
Hi all :)
Here is IC 5146 - Cocoon Nebula - as always, this was imaged from my backyard in my city ("red" level light pollution).

TOA-130F, EM200, QSI540wsg
11x10min Ha, 4x5min L (bin1x1); 5x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Featured in Amateur Astronomy Magazine
Honored! I have a 5-page feature of my work in Amateur Astronomy Magazine. Thank you to Charlie Warren and Robert Reeves for the feature! Here is the opening page.
This is in the Fall 2017 (Issue #96) at

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Image catch-up: Sh2-254, IC 2169, and Sun
Hi all,
Just playing catch-up with a few images that I have not posted here :) Here you go...(links to main site below each image for details):

Sharpless 254 (Sh2-254):

IC 2169 (blue reflection nebula left of center):

Sun and sunspots:

M16 - Eagle Nebula ("Pillars of Creation")
Hi all - Here is the latest backyard result - portable setup, as always  :)

M16 - Eagle Nebula ("Pillars of Creation")
TOA-130F, EM200, QSI540wsg
Imaged over 2 nights.
15x10min Ha, 4x10min L (bin1x1); 5x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias:


Sunday, September 10, 2017

21 Aug 2017 Eclipse - from Las Cruces, NM
Hi all :)  Here are a couple of images of the eclipse from my location in Las Cruces, NM USA. I have been in eclipses in the past (total and annular), so did not travel for this one :)  I have a link to more info after the "Max" image. Here you go!

More images/details: