Saturday, December 1, 2018

M74 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces
Hi all, here is my latest result, galaxy M74. Data here collected in November - just a few weeks ago. :)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Saturn - a re-visit of past data
Hi all, I went back and updated my Saturn image (from 2006) using new processing techniques - and could thus reasonably enlarge the result. Here it is...

On my main site:

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

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

Saturday, August 18, 2018

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy in mono...
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.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Flying Bat Nebula is Astronomy Magazine APOD
Hi all, my Sh2-129 (Flying Bat Nebula) was  featured by Astronomy Magazine ( on (Monday), 23 July 18 as their Astronomy Picture of the Day! Here is a screengrab from their site:

Original image is here:

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Cone Nebula in Amateur Astronomy Magazine
Hi all, my Cone Nebula image (using the new camera) was featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Amateur Astronomy Magazine. Here is a screengrab:

Original image is here:

Sunday, June 10, 2018

M1 - Crab Nebula
Hi all - here is my most recent result - this was the last of my data from earlier this year (imaged from my backyard in my city). Really not great weather most of this year... oh, well! :)
M1 - NGC 1952 (Crab Nebula)
TOA-130F, EM200, QSI690wsg
6x10min Ha, 2x5min L (bin1x1); 2x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/bias

Monday, May 28, 2018

M81 (Bode's Galaxy) is Astronomy Magazine APOD
Hi all, my M81 (Bode's Galaxy) with Holberg IX was  featured by Astronomy Magazine ( today (Monday), 28 May 18 as their Astronomy Picture of the Day! Here is a screengrab from their site:

Original image is here:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Asteroid video
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. :)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Seagull Nebula is Astronomy Magazine APOD
Hi all, my Seagull Nebula (IC 2177) was recently featured by Astronomy Magazine!

Published as Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day, 16 Apr 18 (screenshot).
    - also on Twitter, here. 

Original image is here:


Thursday, April 26, 2018

M81 - Bode's Galaxy
Hi all, here is the latest result!

M81 - NGC 3031 (Bode's Galaxy, with faint Holmberg IX)
TOA-130F, EM200, QSI690wsg
18x10min L, 2x5min R, 3x5min ea GB (bin2x2); 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias

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: