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.
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.
IC1396, also known as The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, is a region full of installer gas and dust. This isn’t as colorful as my previous images, but it’s a fun target to image. Elephant’s Trunk Nebula is a star-forming region with several young stars.
I took this at Cherry Springs State Park, PA, over the last new moon weekend.