I Did a Thing

I Did a Thing

April 25, 2024
I just got home with this. It'll take some custom machine work before I can get it mounted on my pier, but I'm really excited about my G11!…
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…
M31 – The Andromeda Galaxy

M31 – The Andromeda Galaxy

August 15, 2020
The Andromeda Galaxy is arguably one of the most spectacular objects in the night sky. In typical city lights, it's completely invisible even though its apparent size is roughly 6 times as wide as the moon. In dark skies, you can see it with your naked eye as a smudge about as big as the tip of your…
M82 Supernova SN2014J

M82 Supernova SN2014J

January 25, 2014
A few days ago, a Type Ia supernova was discovered in Messier 82 (NGC 3034, the Cigar Galaxy).  Because of clouds, it took a few days for me to image it.  Here's my first shot of M82 and the supernova. M82 and supernova SN2014JDetails: 12x 300sec L frames, iTelecope.net's T11: PlaneWave 20…
Messier 51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy Under a Full Moon

Messier 51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy Under a Full Moon

April 27, 2013
When doing astrophotography, I've always dodged the moon like the plague.  Since not imaging when the moon is up severely limits how much shooting I can do, I decided to see what I could do with a full moon high in the sky.  I was pleased to find out that as long as you can keep the direct…
Explore Scientific ED127 Robofocus Installation – Part 2

Explore Scientific ED127 Robofocus Installation – Part 2

April 27, 2013
In my last post, Explore Scientific ED127 Robofocus Installation – Part 1, I talked about how I modified (bent) the attachment bracket to align the Robofocus properly with the telescope's focus knob shaft.  I also talked about a few possible options for attaching the bracket to the telescope's …
Explore Scientific ED127 Robofocus Installation – Part 1

Explore Scientific ED127 Robofocus Installation – Part 1

March 16, 2013
After lots of glowing recommendations, I decided to buy a Technical Innovations Robofocus for my Explore Scientific ED127 telescope and its stock Crayford focuser. Together with my astrophotography computer and camera, this should let my scope automatically focus itself with much better accuracy tha…
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…