Sep 222015
Collinder 399: The Coat Hanger

It’s not clear whether this is a true cluster or an asterism, but the Coathanger Cluster (also known as Al Sufi’s Cluster and Bracchi’s Cluster) sits in the constellation Vulpecula.  I imaged this last year with the DSLR, but I wanted to revisit the target with the SBIG STL11000. Although the raw clear, red, and […]

Sep 192015
The Double Cluster in Perseus

We’ve had a run of exceptional weather here in the eastern US over the past few weeks, but since the forecast is calling for a change I wanted to choose a target that could be imaged (reasonably well) in a single night and would take advantage of the moonless sky, last night (by the time […]

Sep 172015
The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

The Great Andromeda Galaxy is just 2.3 million light years away and will someday merge with our own Milky Way.  It’s so large and bright (and close!) that it appears visible to the naked eye from dark locations (albeit as a faint, hazy smudge from all but the darkest sites).  Here is approximately 20 hours […]

Sep 102015
The Veil.

As I’ve mentioned before, the Veil Nebula is one of my favorite summer targets.  It requires a very large scope and a dark sky to appreciate it visually (and it’s worth the trip to do so, if you are able), and my light polluted skies don’t do it justice (light pollution affects deep sky photography […]