Monday, March 26, 2018

NGC 2264 (Cone Nebula) and surroundings
Hi everyone, here is my latest processed result... a close look at the Cone Nebula! :)

NGC 2264 (Cone Nebula) and surroundings (a close look)
TOA-130F, EM200, QSI690wsg
8x20min Ha, 2x5min L (bin1x1); 4x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias

Sunday, March 11, 2018

M33 and NGC 7331 (and Stephan's Quintet)
Hi all, here are a couple of images I finished recently. The first one (M33) I referenced earlier in the blog (due to publishing by Astronomy Magazine), but just did not put up the image until now :)  As always, more details and larger images available at the links!

M33 (Triangulum Galaxy):

NGC 7331 (plus Stephan's Quintet):

Friday, March 2, 2018

Featured in BBC "Sky at Night" Magazine!
Hi all,

I just received the magazine BBC Sky at Night (February 2018 issue) from the UK... (takes a while to get here :)

My Bubble Nebula image (and small pic of me) featured on pg 31 - HUGE honor!!!

Here is a picture of the magazine (w/inset of feature):

Original image is here:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

First light image of M33 - Astronomy Magazine
An extra special honor - one of the objects that was imaged during the "first light" use of my new QSI 690 camera was selected as Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day! It was selected on 21 Feb 2018 - you can find it at their site as well as directly on Twitter.

Twitter link:

Screengrab of their main site page:

Original image on my site:

Friday, February 16, 2018 article and Astronomy Magazine POD
Hi all - two great honors on the same day!  12 Feb 2018:  Astronomy Magazine featured my Cone Nebula image as their Picture of the Day ... and SPACE.COM featured an *article* covering my Boogie Man Nebula image and the efforts I took to capture it!!

Here is a screengrab and link to the SPACE.COM article:


And here is a screengrab of the Astronomy Magazine feature:

Original image here:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Soul, Sadr, Boogie Man
Hi all - Playing catch-up, here are the last 3 results from my QSI 540 camera that has since been sold to upgrade to a QSI 690wsg camera.

Soul Nebula:


Boogie Man Nebula:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

NGC 7000 area - 4-panel mosaic in H-alpha
Hi all, here is my first mosaic that is larger than just 2 panels. This is a 4-panel and showing H-alpha data. This is using data from the years 2013, 2015, and 2017. Definitely check out the link for the full-size and many more details :)

More details/larger:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

First light image for new QSI camera!
Hi all, I recently sold my QSI 540 camera and bought a new QSI 690! I replaced the 690 faceplate and filter wheel with that from my 540, thus I am keeping all of my original Astrodon filters, plus have the OAG port. So, my QSI is now a 690wsg. The camera is an upgrade from a 4MP to a 9MP chip, plus has smaller pixels on the CCD, a much better match for my scopes and after some tests, it is allowing higher resolution and a closer look (due to normally great seeing conditions where I live). Love the new camera.

This is one of the first light images from the camera - the Horsehead Nebula region (data collected on 12 and 15 Dec 2017):

Horsehead Nebula and surroundings
Original image and more details: