A recent picture of me setting up one evening. Because of a number of trees nearby, the part of sky I observe is usually >60deg North: circum-polar observation. Still planning that home observatory…
Read about it at Sky and Telescope
I have been looking through some older images and found these: they are from different times in 2014, and I simply increased contrast and adjusted brightness. The nebulousness is quite faint in these images, so click on them and get a close look…
Part of the Crescent Nebula: an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, about 5000 light-years away. This exposure captures part of it:
NGC6960: a faint view of part of the Veil nebula within a vast star field in Cygnus:
NGC663 In Cassiopeia:
Clear night with the July 4th fireworks. I used a Zhumell skylight filter but it is not very effective. Soon purchasing an OIII filter… Here are a few grainy images.
Study of Coma Berenicis. The night sky was mostly clear with thin clouds intermittent. High light pollution: not at my dark site tonight. This night I was using a skylight filter from Zhumell: it did cut down somewhat on stray light and gave a colorful tinge to images. Each image is 10 exposures at 15-25 seconds with an ISO of 800. In order, we have M64, binary system Cor Caroli, cluster M53, and a favorite edge-on spiral galaxy NGC4565.
Light pollution, an ISO that was too high, and I lost my skylight filter… But here is C38 anyhow, and M51 here.
Full Lunar eclipse this April starting at 1:20am EDT for North America. Visible from North America as well as South America and much of the Pacific. Details at Sky and Telescope here.
Acquired from Slooh space camera on 1/13/14
Here are some random images obtained from the Slooh telescopes in the Canary Islands. This is a nice service to have during the cloudy Winter months. Slooh does have it’s bad weather moments though, as this week has had some tricky clouds. Click each image to get full size.
Slooh costs $300US per year, billed quarterly.
I have scheduled a session with Slooh telescope Dome 2 in the Canary Islands to take some 5 minutes of images of galactic clusters in Andromeda. Two clusters of which NGC 504 and NGC 507 are a part. I will post images when I have them on Tuesday 1/6/2014.
Primary Instrument: 0.35 metre f/11 Schmidt-Cassegrain
Field of View: 13.1×8.8 arc-minutes