Nebula

The Lion Nebula – Sharpless 2-132

The Lion Nebula – Sharpless 2-132

July 20, 2024
The Lion Nebula is another nebula in the northern sky’s constellation Cepheus. It's a large area with emission nebula along with several star clusters and dark dust areas. I captured this data between July 10th and July 15th, 2014 and combined a total of 24.5 hours of imaging for this photo. Here's …
The Iris Nebula – Caldwell 4, NGC 7023

The Iris Nebula – Caldwell 4, NGC 7023

July 5, 2024
The Iris Nebula is a reflection nebula in the northern sky's constellation Cepheus. It's roughly 6 light years across and 1400 light years from Earth. The bright nebula core is surrounded by a huge area of dark dust that I previously haven't had much luck capturing because of how faint it is. To bri…
M17 – The Omega Nebula

M17 – The Omega Nebula

May 3, 2024
Or the Swan Nebula...or Checkmark Nebula...or Lobster Nebula...or Horseshoe Nebula. Whatever your favorite name for it, Messier 17 is a great summer target. I shot the data for this last summer and recently processed it. This was before my CGEM OnStep and pier upgrades, so each night I had to drag m…
M42 – The Orion Nebula After My OnStep & Pier Upgrade

M42 – The Orion Nebula After My OnStep & Pier Upgrade

March 4, 2024
I just finished processing my first image after some recent astronomy upgrades. This fall, I gutted my telescope mount and rebuilt all the mechanical & electronic parts. My telescope is now permanently mounted in our back yard on a pier my brother designed & made. The new setup is tons bette…
Robotic Telescopes and the Rosette Nebula

Robotic Telescopes and the Rosette Nebula

February 17, 2013
Nine years ago I bought my first "real" telescope.  My experience the year prior with a department store telescope was horrible.  Department store telescopes aren't telescopes.  They're tubes with pretty pictures on their boxes.  I knew from looking through observatories and other people's telescope…
Backyard astronomy and the Orion Nebula (Messier 42)

Backyard astronomy and the Orion Nebula (Messier 42)

February 8, 2013
I haven't done any official research, but my guess is amateur astronomy buffs spend most of their astronomy time in their backyards.  Home-based astronomy is great because it's "right there."  It's easy to set up your telescope and view the planets, moon, and maybe even some darker deep sp…