Mar 072016
The Return of M42 and the Running Man

This may be the most popular nebula to image, due to its size, brightness, and because so many people are able to see it visually even with small scopes in typical suburban backyards.  Even so, even in a large scope you don’t get to see the nebula embedded within the clouds of hydrogen dust, when […]

Oct 122015
The Elephant Trunk in Cepheus

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. […]

Oct 062015
The Cocoon Nebula in Cygnus

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 […]

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 […]