Friday, December 29, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bubble featured by and Astronomy Magazine
Hi all :) My recent Bubble Nebula image has been featured by both as well as Astronomy Magazine. Here are two screengrabs...

...the original image can be found here:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Emission Nebula Discovery in Puppis (journal article)
Hi all:  I put together an article to have a document in the public domain (beyond my website) regarding the HII emission area/object I discovered near M47 (described in detail on my main site). The peer-reviewed article I wrote has since been published online:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NGC 7635 - Bubble Nebula
Hi all, here is my latest backyard result from here in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

This is my very first attempt at imaging this particular object :) and I used the big scope (130mm aperture Takahashi refractor), shooting at max focal length possible for my current setup (1000mm).
NGC 7635 - Bubble Nebula
TOA-130F, EM200, QSI540wsg
12x10min Ha, 3x10min L (bin1x1); 4x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias


Sunday, October 29, 2017

IC 5146 - Cocoon Nebula
Hi all :)
Here is IC 5146 - Cocoon Nebula - as always, this was imaged from my backyard in my city ("red" level light pollution).

TOA-130F, EM200, QSI540wsg
11x10min Ha, 4x5min L (bin1x1); 5x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Featured in Amateur Astronomy Magazine
Honored! I have a 5-page feature of my work in Amateur Astronomy Magazine. Thank you to Charlie Warren and Robert Reeves for the feature! Here is the opening page.
This is in the Fall 2017 (Issue #96) at

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Image catch-up: Sh2-254, IC 2169, and Sun
Hi all,
Just playing catch-up with a few images that I have not posted here :) Here you go...(links to main site below each image for details):

Sharpless 254 (Sh2-254):

IC 2169 (blue reflection nebula left of center):

Sun and sunspots:

M16 - Eagle Nebula ("Pillars of Creation")
Hi all - Here is the latest backyard result - portable setup, as always  :)

M16 - Eagle Nebula ("Pillars of Creation")
TOA-130F, EM200, QSI540wsg
Imaged over 2 nights.
15x10min Ha, 4x10min L (bin1x1); 5x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias:


Sunday, September 10, 2017

21 Aug 2017 Eclipse - from Las Cruces, NM
Hi all :)  Here are a couple of images of the eclipse from my location in Las Cruces, NM USA. I have been in eclipses in the past (total and annular), so did not travel for this one :)  I have a link to more info after the "Max" image. Here you go!

More images/details:

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jellyfish Nebula: Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day!!
Hi all... my Jellyfish Nebula (IC 443) image was Astronomy Magazine "Picture of the Day" on Wednesday, 2 August 2017! Here is a screengrab:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Galaxy NGC 3184 (approx 40 million light years away)
Hi all... here is the latest result (and first time I tried this object). :)
Galaxy NGC 3184 (approx 40 million light years away)
TOA-130F, EM200, QSI540wsg
14x10min L (bin1x1); 4x5min ea RGB (bin2x2);

 Image on my site is here:

Monday, July 10, 2017

Boogie Man Nebula: Astronomy Magazine POD!
Hi all... my Boogie Man Nebula image was Astronomy Magazine "Picture of the Day" on 7 July 2017 (so it was there for the weekend)! Here is a screengrab:

Original image is here:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Leo Triplet Astronomy Magazine POD!
Hi all... my Leo Triplet image was Astronomy Magazine "Picture of the Day" on 29 June 2017! Here is a screengrab:

Original image is here:

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:

Monday, February 13, 2017

NGC 6888 and surroundings
Hi all :) Here is my latest result from the backyard - this was the same night as M31 (i.e., back on Thanksgiving eve):

NGC 6888 (Crescent Nebula) and surroundings
FS-60C, EM200, QSI540wsg
6x20min Ha, 2x5min L (bin1x1); 2x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias

Full image is here:

Friday, January 13, 2017 features my B343 image in article!
Hi all :) Earlier this week on 8 Jan 2017, had an article which features my Barnard 343 (B343) image!  Here is a screengrab with a link to the article, below.