Tuesday, November 22, 2022

NGC 891 (edge-on spiral galaxy)

NGC 891 (edge-on spiral galaxy in the Andromeda Constellation) Taken over 2 nights from my backyard in Las Cruces, NM. Dates: 13, 28 Oct 2022. 26x10minL (bin1x1), 6x5min ea RGB (bin2x2) Tak TOA-130F EM200 QSI 690wsg This is a center crop of the larger widefield image. My main site: http://jeffjastro.com

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Seeing stars in ANOTHER GALAXY... 2.5 million light years away!

Seeing stars in ANOTHER GALAXY... 2.5 million light years away! (image captured from Las Cruces) The center of this image (a group of blue stars) is NGC 206 ... which lies within M31 - Andromeda Galaxy. Do you see those tiny blue dots in the center of NGC 206? Some of those are individual stars that are in Andromeda (a galaxy 2.5 Million Light Years away from us!). Along with the individual stars, you can see the massive arms/dustlanes of M31, as well as some huge emission nebula areas (red areas) also in M31 throughout the image. The "other stars" you see around this image are foreground stars, that is, they are stars within our own Milky Way Galaxy. I captured this from my backyard here in Las Cruces using TOA-130F scope, EM200 mount, QSI 690wsg camera on 28 Oct 2022.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

NGC 7000 - a close look

My latest backyard result: NGC 7000 - a close look. This is the Southwest part of the N. America Nebula (NGC 7000)...and I conveniently live in the Southwestern U.S., which would be in this area 🙂 Scope: TOA-130F Mount: EM200 Camera: EM200 LHaRGB data - for a "true color" look
And here it is in Ha (H-alpha filter) only... so a mono view, which I seem to prefer on this one!

Friday, October 28, 2022

Capturing a star cluster - in ANOTHER GALAXY

Two weeks ago, I took my TOA-130 telescope to the backyard and took a very simple/quick image of galaxy NGC 185 (Caldwell 18). This galaxy is just over 2 million light years away. After some research, I found a Hubble image of same (showing individual stars of that galaxy), PLUS a globular cluster also in that galaxy. The globular cluster is on the left side of the main galaxy - and highlighted with a line (in my image). In this video you will see: I have taken the Hubble image data and superimposed it onto MY humble image of NGC 185 (that I took from my backyard). Certainly no individual stars are seen my my result (they are blurred together)...BUT... I did pick up the globular cluster - in another galaxy!!! My video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjeeIXKfCM8

Sunday, October 23, 2022


Both orders complete - it's possible they will be here before Christmas XD

Friday, October 14, 2022

Back to the Heart...

Back to the Heart... IC 1805 (Heart Nebula) Distance: 7,500 light years From my backyard (previous house) in Las Cruces. Telescope Takahashi TOA-130F @ f/7.7 Mount Takahashi EM200 Temma II Camera QSI 540wsg @ -15C