IC63 (The Ghost of Cassiopeia)

IC63 Ghost of CassiopeiaJust in time for halloween. This is IC63 The Ghost of Cassiopeia. IC63 is 500 light-years away. The highly bright star Gamma Cassiopeia’s interaction with the nebula is slowly eroding the structure out.

This image was my second attempt at this target and I hope to try this again in the future to get more detail.

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Messier 31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) is the galaxy closest to us. This is a very bright object which can be observed with our naked eye.

This is my third attempt at our closest neighbor. I took this while I was at Cherry Springs State Park for the Black Forest Star Party.

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IC1396 (The Elephant Trunk Nebula)

IC1396, also known as The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, is a region full of installer gas and dust. Elephant’s Trunk Nebula is a star-forming region with several young stars.

This was my first attempt at a Hubble Palette false-color image. It’s not exactly a perfect representation of an SHO image, but I’m quite happy with how this came out.

I did not do a write-up on this target yet, but I will do it soon. This is my third attempt with this target, the previous attempts are documented below

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NGC 6888 (The Crescent Nebula)

NGC6888 Crescent Nebula This is NGC 6888 also known as the Crescent Nebula. I do not understand the name at all. Some people call i the Horseshoe Crab Nebula or Euro Sign nebula. I like the name Space Brain Nebula.

This was my first narrowband image. I processed it using an HOO Palette. I’m quite proud of the results I was able to achieve with this. I had originally planned on getting some RGB data for star colors, but time and the weather worked against me.

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Jumping into mono

I’ve made a lot of upgrades over the last year. The biggest upgrade I made recently was to make the jump to mono. This will have been my third camera upgrade as well (fourth if you count my initial jump from a DSLR to a cooled CMOS).

I first jumped from a Canon 7D (Unmodified) to a ZWO ASI071 MC Pro, then went to a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro and now finally a ZWO ASI2600MM Pro. This jump to mono required me to get a filterwheel and a set of filters.

This is going to be an interesting jump to a new chapter of imaging.

Messier 27 (The Dumbbell Nebula)

Messier 27 is also known as the Dumbbell Nebula or the Apple Core Nebula. M27 is a bright planetary nebula about 1227 light-years away.

This was my second attempt at this target. I was able to get about two hours of exposure time between clouds. I want to get more time with this, but I was eager to put my focal reducer on and start going for the Milky Way targets.

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Messier 51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)


Messier 51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy is a face-on spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici located about 30 million light-years away from us.

I took this in June over multiple times and was able to collect about 8 hours of data.

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Messier 13 (The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules)

This is my second attempt at Messier 13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. When I attempted this target last year I only had about 10 minutes of data.

This time I was able to spend a lot more time and get about 2 hours of data. I want to attempt this again, with even more time.

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Messier 101 (Pinwheel Galaxy)

Messier 101, commonly known as the Pinwheel Galaxy is a great target to image during galaxy season. I captured this image over multiple nights in NJ and at a dark site in Cherry Springs, PA.

With this target, I had gone back to my native focal length of 952mm by removing my Starizona Apex 0.65x Focal Reducer.

I had to throw away over 50 frames during this session due to focusing issues I was facing with NINA.

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Messier 81 & 82 (Bode’s and Cigar Galaxy)

This is M81 & M82, also known as Bode’s and the Cigar Galaxy. This is a pair of beautiful galaxies in Ursa Major. Also in this image, is NGC3077.

This group of galaxies is the closest galaxy group to our own very local group of galaxies which include the Milky Way

This was the first target I imaged with my new telescope, the Explore Scientific FCD 100 Carbon Fiber 127mm Triplet. This was a total of 18 hours and 50 minutes of exposure time.

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