Oct 292014

I started a project to gather data for NGC7000 (the North America Nebula) with three hours of Ha data, shown below.  I took that data and applied it as a luminance to the RGB image of the Pelican Nebula I posted last month.  Here are the results.  Further work on NGC7000 will continue as the weather and moonlight permit.  This was all done with the FSQ106 and STL11000m.


And the update to the Pelican Nebula.  Note the difference in field of view between the two cameras.


Oct 202014
The Heart Nebula in Color

Here is IC1805, the Heart Nebula, with star forming region Melotte 15 at its center.  I was able to obtain the RGB data to add to the hydrogen-alpha monochrome image I posted recently.  Total exposure is 10.2 hours through Ha and RGB filters. FSQ106/STL11000m Here are two versions.  Click to enlarge. and a close-up of [...]

Oct 132014
Barnard 144, Sh2-101 and Cygnus X-1

Here is a widefield view of the Barnard 144 region, including the Tulip Nebula (Sh2-101) and small open cluster NGC 6871.  Due to very poor weather, it’s just an hour of exposure through RGB filters and another hour in hydrogen-alpha, but the SBIG STL11k camera cooled to -25C produces very little noise, allowing for an [...]

Oct 062014
The Heart under the Blood Moon

The the coming full moon is also known as a “Blood Moon”.  Through the bright sky of this nearly full blood moon, I captured this image of IC1805 — The Heart Nebula and the star forming region at its center, Melotte 15, in the constellation Cepheus.  The nebula lies about 7,500 light years away in [...]