Hi all - here is the final result for M51. Link below goes to main page with more details. :) M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy) - A close view TOA-130F, EM200, QSI690wsg 17x10min L (bin1x1); 4x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias
Hi all... wanted to put this up here. The color version is coming soon - I have this on my facebook page, but neglected to put it here - so here you go! :) Mono
view of M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy) - cropped, 75% of original size - data
from my last outing. I have color (RGB) data I am
still working. TOA-130F, EM200, QSI690wsg, 17x10min L.
Hi all, my Sh2-129 (Flying Bat Nebula) was featured by
Astronomy Magazine (Astronomy.com) on (Monday), 23 July 18 as their
Astronomy Picture of the Day! Here is a screengrab from their site:
Hi all, my M81 (Bode's Galaxy) with Holberg IX was featured by Astronomy Magazine (Astronomy.com) today (Monday), 28 May 18 as their Astronomy Picture of the Day! Here is a screengrab from their site:
Hi all - During a session earlier this year, I picked up an asteroid that was only discovered a few years ago (video of what I picked up is below). I was using the TOA-130F telescope. In the past, I picked up one only *2 weeks* after it was first
discovered. Close! In any case, I certainly enjoy the science side. :)
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!
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.
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:
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 :)
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):