A shot of tonight’s moon. It was too nice to pass up. Taken with the Takahashi FSQ106 and SBIG STL11k through a hydrogen alpha filter. Fifty frames with the sensor at -30C stacked (bias removed).
NGC 281 (IC11) in the constellation Cassiopeia is dense cloud of protons floating in space, reflecting a little bit of light from nearby stars. It also bears a resemblance to the video game character Pac Man — giving it the name “The Pac Man Nebula”. Taken over two nights (10/18-10/19) with 10 hours of data […]
IC1396 is an emissions nebula about 3,000 light years away in the constellation Cepheus. It’s a mix of glowing gases and dark dust clouds, lit by the bright bluish star at the center. One dark dust lane in the nebula is known as the “Elephant Trunk”. Find it just to the left of the center. […]
Here’s a shot of the Cocoon Nebula (IC5146) in Cygnus. It’s an interesting emission/reflection nebula (the bright pinkish/red part) with Barnard 168, a trailing dark nebula (not to be confused with “dark matter”) seen in this widefield image. Takahashi FSQ106/SBIG STL11k Here’s an LRGB version: And another using about 3 hours of data taken through […]