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Narrowband image of the Crescent Nebula in Cygnus372 viewsThe Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) is found in the constellation Cygnus, whose emission is powered by strong stellar winds from a Wolf-Rayet star colliding with previously expelled outer envelopes of the stars atmosphere. This narrow band image is a combination of 5 hrs of H alpha data (Astrodon 5 nm Gen 2 filter) and 5 hrs 20 m of O[III] data (Astrodon 3 nm Gen 2 filter). Taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera on a Paramount ME; August 11th , 13th and Sept 14th - 17th, 2015 in Mayhill, NM (Ha, 15 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C; O[III], 16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20o C 21 darks; 126 bias; 128 flats) Image acquisition with MaxIm DL 6.08; Calibrated, aligned, integrated, and processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64); Colors assigned ( Red = Ha, Green = 15% Ha + 85% O[III], Blue = O[III] ) and combined using SHO-AIP script.
Moon596 viewsThe moon southern polar region.
Comet PanSTARRS on March 13th734 viewsComet PanSTARRS taken with a Canon 50D and a Canon telephoto lens at 200 mm. Processed in Adobe Photoshop CS6
Abell 21 and NGC 2395841 viewsAbell 21 and the sparse open cluster NGC 2395 (upper left...a few bright stars distinguish it from the star field....barely) are found in the constellation Gemini. Image taken with a modified Canon 40D DSLR and a Takahashi E180 f/2.8 astrograph on a Paramount. Total of 11 hr 20 min exposure (136 x 5 min lights, 30 darks, 64 flats, 64 flat darks) and processed with Images Plus 5.0, PixInsight 1.7, and Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Comet PanStarrs671 viewsThis is comet PanStarrs from Alamogordo NM. Taken with a Canon 50d thru a Stellarvue 130 EDT and field flattener. 15 second exposure about f/7
Supernova in M95840 viewsA Type II supernova recently exploded in M95, a galaxy approximately 33 million light years away. Type II supernova are generated when large massive stars "die" and blow up. Heavier elements such as iron, gold, silver and uranium are created in about a second then scattered into the cosmos. The supernova is still about magnitude 13 so its still pretty dim (given its large distance). Imaged using a 6" SCT at f6.3 using an Atik 16IC camera (32 min exposure).
A Tale of Two Stars958 viewsHere are basic spectra from two familiar stars in the night sky. Vega's spectra is on the left and basically has weak spectral lines based mostly on the Hydrogen Balmer series. This is indicative of a fairly young, hot star. Betelgeuse's spectra is far more complex. We can see spectral lines for Barium, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium and compounds like Vandium Oxide and Titanium Oxide indicative of a star near the end of its life. Data collected with amateur equipment and processed through RSpec software.
NGC 246 (The Skull Nebula)418 viewsNGC 246 is a small planetary nebula in the constellation of Cetus. The nebula was discovered in 1785 by William Herschel and gets its nickname due to its resemblance to a human skull. NGC246’s central star, is a white dwarf that is entering its final phase of evolution becoming a hot white dwarf. This image was taken on Oct 23, 2016 with an 8" TPO RC telescope, Canon 60Da camera, on a Celestron CGE Pro mount. Stacked with Nebulosity 4 and edited with PixInsight 1.8

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Jan 2019 lunar eclipse43 viewsJanuary 20, 2019 lunar eclipse taken with Borg 71FL refractor and Canon 1000D DSLR on a Vixen alt-az mount. Single exposure 0.8 sec, ISO 400Jan 22, 2019
The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies40 viewsThis image of the Perseus cluster of galaxies, also known as Abell 426, is centered on NGC 1275. NGC 1275 is a giant elliptical galaxy, which is a radio source and x-ray emitter. Abell 426 is part of the Pisces-Perseus supercluster, which contains over a thousand galaxies. The image is a total of 9 hrs exposure with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and a QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon Gen2 filters) on a Paramount ME taken on the nights of 7 Nov, 3, 13 Dec 2018 in Mayhill, NM (18 x 1200 sec lights; 3 x 1200 sec R, G, and B at -20 degrees; 24 darks; 128 flats; 128 bias). Processed with PixInsight Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
Open Cluster in Cassiopeia 43 viewsThe open cluster NGC 663 is found in the constellation Cassiopeia. NGC 663 contains a significant number of Be stars (spectral class B stars showing emission lines in their spectra). The distance from us is on the order of 2,100 parsecs (6850 light years). The image is a total of 5 hrs 20 min exposure taken with a 12.5” RCOS f/9 @ f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT67) and SBIG STF8300m camera on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 28 Nov and 3 Dec, 2018 (6 x 1200 sec R; 5 x 1200 sec G & B; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64).Jan 18, 2019
A Large Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia74 viewsNGC 281 is a H II emission nebula in Cassiopeia containing the open cluster IC 1590, which powers the ionization of the hydrogen gas. Large dust filaments as well as Bok globules, which may be the site of future star formation, can be seen. The image is a total of 5 hrs 20 min exposure in H alpha light. Image taken with a Takahashi CCA250 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera on a Paramount ME on the nights of 13, 15 Dec, 16 Nov 2018 in Mayhill, NM (16 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C. Astrodon H alpha filter 5 nm bandwidth; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight Ripley (x64). Oct 19, 2018
An Edge-On Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices82 viewsNGC 4565, sometimes referred to as the Needle Galaxy, is an edge-on galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices. One can see the galaxy's yellowish central core, which is divided by obscuring dust lanes running the length of the equatorial plane. Total exposure was 10 hrs 20 min taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon Gen2 filters) on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of 8, 15, 16 May; 17, 18 June 2018 ( 21 x 1200 sec lights; 4 x 1200 sec R; 3 x 1200 sec G; 3 x 1200 sec B all @ -20 degrees C; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats for each channel). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x 64). An annotated image can be found on the Amateur Astronomers facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmateurAstronomersGroup Sep 07, 2018
The Whale Galaxy in Canes Venatici114 viewsNGC 4631 is found in the constellation Canes Venatici. The wedge-shape of this galaxy gives rise to its nickname, the Whale Galaxy. The starburst regions of this galaxy can be seen in the photo, which are due to intensive star formation. Tidal interactions of NGC 4627, which is seen just above NGC 4631, has been suggested as one of the reasons for the active core of NGC 4631 (as well as tidal interactions with other nearby galaxies). The small edge-on galaxy at the top of the image is PGC 3794315 (NASA Extragalactic Database). Total of 5 hr 40 min exposure taken with an SBIG STF8300c CCD camera and a 12.5 inch RCOS f/9 astrograph operating at f/6 (Astro-Physics CCDT067 reducer) mounted on a Paramount ME on the nights of 8, 15, 16 May 2018 in Mayhill, New Mexico (17 x 1200 sec Lights @ -15 degrees C; 15 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed with PixInsight Ripley (x64).Jul 13, 2018
Turbulent nature of the Jellyfish Nebula172 viewsFound in the constellation Gemini, the Jellyfish Nebula, also designated IC 443, is a large supernova remnant. The emission of the nebula is due to the excitation of hydrogen atoms as the rapidly expanding shell collides with the surrounding molecular gas. This hydrogen-alpha image shows the turbulent nature of the nebula as the resultant shock wave expands. Image taken with a Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg CCD camera (Astrodon 5nm H-alpha filter) on a Paramount ME in Mayhill, NM on the nights of the 23rd, 24th January 2018. Total of 7 hr exposure (21 x 1200 sec lights @ -20 degrees C; 24 darks; 128 bias; 128 flats). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x 64).Jun 30, 2018
An Open Cluster and Nebula in the constellation Auriga385 viewsNGC 1931 is a relatively young open cluster surrounded by emission and reflection nebulosity (Sharpless 2-237) in the constellation Auriga. Faint red hydrogen emission can be see in the region surrounding the compact cluster/nebulosity. Sharpless 2-237 shows both red hydrogen emission and blue reflection nebulosity. Image was a total of 15 hours of exposure through a Takahashi CCA250 f/5 astrograph with a QSI683wsg camera @ -20 degrees C. (Astrodon Gen 2 filters) on a Paramount ME on the nights of 23, 30 Nov and 5 Dec 2016 and 13, 18, 19 Jan 2018 in Mayhill, NM (Lum 30 x 1200 sec; Red 5 x 1200 sec; Green 5 x 1200 sec; Blue 5 x 1200 sec; with corresponding Flats, Darks, and Bias). Processed in PixInsight Ripley (x64). Color calibration and RGB image stretch with PixInsight's Photometric Color Calibration and Arcsinh Stretch, respectively.Mar 30, 2018