Monday, June 26, 2017

The Boogie Man Nebula
Hi all :) Here is a close look at "The Boogie Man" Nebula - LDN 1622  I used the big (TOA-130F) scope for this one, and was the first object that night. I imaged it when the EM200 mount was quite a ways past the meridian, which is impressive. Focus was not perfect as this started just as a test. The RGB from that night was not usable, so I used the RGB from the widefield / smaller scope from one year ago nearly to the day of this image.

TOA-130F (FS-60 for RGB), EM200, QSI540wsg
5x20min Ha, 3x10min L (bin1x1); 2x5min ea RGB (bin2x2);

Original image: 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Leo Triplet
Hi all,
Here is the Leo Triplet from data collected this year. Distance to these 3 galaxies: Approx 35 million light years. :)

Original image and more details here:

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Published in BBC Sky at Night (online)
Hi all, another quick note...(still behind!). BBC "Sky at Night" Magazine published my Cone Nebula image in their gallery (Apr 2017)! Here is a screenshot:

Original image is here:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Published in Sky & Telescope Magazine!
Hi all, I am a little behind here, but just a quick note that I received 2 free copies of Sky & Telescope, June 2017 issue, as they featured my Barnard 343 image in their Gallery!

Here is a screenshot:
Full screen here:

Original image is here:

Sunday, March 26, 2017

3.7hrs of H-alpha - Cone Nebula region
Hi all :) This is just a single channel/filter of data (H-alpha) - so, is monochrome - but, it is getting close to 4hrs of data in just this channel. I am still working the Lum (clear) and color (RGB) data, but this is from data collected over two nights on this object at the end of January:

Cone Nebula and surroundings (mono)
FS-60C, EM200, QSI540wsg, 11x20min (3.7 hrs) H-alpha only

I'll post again when the color is added, but a few objects such as this one I like in mono as it brings out different features.  :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula (and surroundings)
Hi all, here is my latest processing result - this is from January and again, from my backyard in Las Cruces, NM. :)

Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula (and surroundings):


Friday, February 17, 2017

NGC 7331 Astronomy Magazine POD!
Hi all :) My NGC 7331 and Stephan's Quintet image was Astronomy Magazine's Picture of the Day on 16 Feb 2017! Here is a screengrab from yesterday:

Original image is here: