Saturday, December 28, 2013

M78 - Reflection nebula in Orion
First, it turns out that one of my images (Pacman Nebula) was selected and printed in a Monterrey, Mexico newspaper!  My first hardcopy publishing and in a relatively popular newspaper.  Details at my main link, here: (notes area).

I am pretty far behind on the blog, so will just include mostly short updates, now :) I have added (on my main site) an area for notes that I now populate more if there is something of interest to the data/processing for each object, such as above.  I invite you to check it out, if you like :)

Ok, for this post here is M78, and it is what is called a reflection nebula.  For this, I opted for nearly all Lum and not Ha.  Details:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)
Well, I am falling a bit behind :)  But, quickly, here is Comet Lovejoy that I imaged from my backyard in Las Cruces the morning of 7 Dec 2013 (at about 5:30AM).  I only used the RGB data, here, as the Lum did not really add much.  This was (similar to ISON) shooting very low and to the east.  So, this was imaged into orange level light pollution from where I am at in my city.  It was a challenge (as always) to remove the light pollution gradient.

Note: This night was pretty neat as it was my first time to bring out the smaller scope (Tak FS-60C) since the night I simply did a "test shot" with it back in May 2012.  I think the scope was pretty happy to be out, again :)  Many of my following posts that are AFTER 8 Nov 2013 will be results from this smaller APO scope.  I had to test this particular night and backfocal distance was not perfect.  I talk about it in some of my posts at my main site.

As normal, here is the link to the larger/details:

Thanks for visiting/reading :)

Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) - morning of 7 Dec 13.