IC 1318 has a couple of other names. It’s also known as the Sadr Region and the Gamma Cygni Nebula. Sadr and Gamma Cygni are both names for the bright […]
M51 is also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy because of the look of the spiral shape when viewed through a telescope. It’s a fairly small target for my modest telescope […]
It’s been almost a month since we had a night that promised to be clear all night through. The last week or so we’ve had weather that taunted us with […]
Here are some photos from NOVAC’s Astronomy Day event. The weather left no doubt that we would not be able to bring any telescopes out onto the field but the […]
Anyone who engages in the hobby of astrophotography is familiar with the need to create “flat frames.” These are frames shot of a uniformly lit light source and are used […]
The universe is vast. It’s hard to comprehend just how big it is. For me, this image helps make that visceral. Without any effort, more than a dozen galaxies are […]
The Flaming Star Nebula has emission and reflection components. This turned out to be very difficult to process because of color splotchiness in the image. I’m not sure what the […]
Although I had already gone through three attempts to process the M31 data I collected in December, I wasn’t happy with any of them. During this extended period of bad […]
On the night of January 20th a total lunar eclipse occurred that was visible across all of North America. It had been a long time since I’d tried to photograph […]
This was one of the most challenging images to process I’ve encountered yet. I’m not 100% sure of what the reason is but I have a few possible theories. Actually, […]
it’s been a couple of months since work and weather have cooperated to allow me to attempt any imaging. When a night finally showed clear, even though the moon was […]
This is an image of the Western Veil Nebula. Processing this one was a bit of a challenge and I went through several iterations thanks to helpful feedback from more […]
My God, it’s full of stars. Ok, apologies to the ghost of Arthur C. Clarke for appropriating Dave’s line in 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I couldn’t resist. This is […]
These photos are from a tour of the Green Bank Observatory taken while attending the Almost Heaven Star Party.
Here are some photos from Friday afternoon at the Almost Heaven Star Party before the weather turned bad for the remainder of the event.
Messier 27, also known as the dumbbell nebula is one of the brightest planetary nebulae in the sky. It is a favorite among amateur astronomers. This image is, unfortunately, grossly […]