Sep 282014

Another popular target is M33 — The Triangulum Galaxy.  Although it is relatively bright and close to us (for a galaxy this large), its apparent size makes it a difficult target to pull from light polluted skies.  Thus, even after 9 hours of exposure, the galaxy below appears as a pale imitation of how it looks under dark skies.  Under the darkest skies, in fact, this can be a naked-eye object.

9 hours @ ISO 1600


Sep 272014
The Pelican Nebula in Cepheus

Cepheus is a popular constellation for deep sky targets in the northern hemisphere’s summer.  Here’s another target I landed on last night while waiting for the evening’s primary target (M33) to rise.  This is called the “Pelican Nebula” –  an area of electrons and ionized hydrogen (i.e., protons and electrons floating around in space) that [...]

Sep 242014
The Double Cluster in Perseus

The Double Cluster in Perseus includes open clusters NGC 869 and NGC 884.  They lie approximately 7,500 light years away and are a relatively young 12.8 million years old.  They make a great sight in a small telescope or binoculars. Takahashi FSQ106/Canon 500d

Sep 232014
The Cocoon Nebula in Cygnus

The Cocoon Nebula in Cygnus (IC5146) is an interesting and colorful emission, reflection, and absorption nebula all at once.  It sits in the same field as Barnard 168, the dark Nebula that appears to give the Cocoon a trail. Takahashi FSQ106 Canon 500d (Astrodon DSLR filter) Astronomik CLS EOS Clip filter 5.5 hrs @ ISO [...]

Sep 202014
The Western Veil and Pickering's Triangle

Here is the western portion of the Veil Nebula and Pickering’s Triangle — part of the “Cygnus Loop”, which is the remnants of a supernova estimated to have occurred 5,000-7,000 years ago and be about 1,500 light years away. 7.5 hours of total exposure through a Takahashi FSQ106 with a modified Canon 500d and Astronomik [...]