M42 CCD Rc

2022-01-06T18:35:47+00:006 January 2022|M31-60, Nebula, News|

Was setup for an exoplanet transit but cloud got in the way, so took 4 frames M42 with the R-Cousins filter and CCD camera again. Not bad!

Object IDM42
Details2022-01-05 20:51 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
CameraATIK 460EX mono
Baader Rc filter
Exposure(s)5x180s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

IC 2162, Sh 2-257 and Sh 2-254

2022-01-09T18:15:03+00:009 January 2022|Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

More Tribbles… from left to right:
IC 2162, Sh 2-257 and Sh 2-254
Sh 2-256 is just below the middle one and Sh 2-258 is faintly to the left of the left-hand one.

Object IDNebulae
Orion
Details2022-01-03
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
IDAS D3
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)15 x 300s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP
Photoshop

NGC 7142 and NGC 7129

2021-12-24T16:41:36+00:0017 December 2021|Nebula, News, NGC Summer, Open Cluster|

Strong Moonlight interfering but an unexpected clear night so all good. Nice sharp open cluster and 7129 is a HOYS object I image a lot.

Below is a less processed image showing the Moon gradients. By processing them out you definitely lose details.

Object IDNGC 7142 Open Cluster
NGC 7129
Cepheus
Details2021-12-16
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
IDAS D3
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)20 x 280s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP
Photoshop

Sh2 157 Lobster Claws

2021-12-17T10:10:01+00:0017 December 2021|Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

Another Tribble visible in this one. As well as the main Sh2-157 nebula, there are other interesting objects in this picture:
Open Cluster NGC 7510
Open Cluster Cl Mrk 50
And the Tribble is LBN 111.14.00.72

Object IDSh2 157 part of Lobster Claws
NGC 7510
Cl Mrk 50
LBN 111.14.00.72
Details2021-12-10
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
Altair Astro Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)25x300s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

Pillars of creation

2021-12-08T19:11:22+00:008 December 2021|Nebula, News|

Not the famous ones in the Eagle Nebula, but still areas where stars are being created. These cold molecular pillars, generically known as elephant trunks, are areas of cold, dense gas, often associated with star formation. Research suggests they rotate, over periods of a few million years, as a semi-rigid structure, causing them to twist and change shape over time.

I thought I’d gather some closeups of them together from my recent images. The Pelican and Elephant Trunk nebulae are areas that I study along with the Hunting Outbursting Young Stars (HOYS) Project.

Full images:
NGC 7822
IC 5070
Sh2-86
IC 1396

NGC 7538 Tri-band

2021-12-08T09:22:08+00:0026 November 2021|Nebula, News, NGC Summer, Open Cluster|

Looking for more obscure objects again. This is a young star forming region, contains masers too. Very close to the Bubble Nebula but just across the constellation boundary in Cepheus. In the Perseus arm of the Milky Way.

Object IDNGC 7538
DetailsOpen Cluster and Nebula
Cepheus
2021-11-24
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
Tri-band
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)28x300s
d,f,b
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

Sh2-237 and IC417 Spider and Fly Nebulae

2021-12-08T09:22:21+00:005 December 2021|Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

Another Sh2 object. Clouds stopped imaging so only 8 captured.

Object IDSH2-237 (left-fly) IC 417 (right-spider)
Spider and Fly nebulae
DetailsNebulae, Auriga
2021-12-01
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
Tri-band
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)8x300s
d,f,b
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

NGC 7822 narrowband

2021-12-08T09:22:50+00:006 December 2021|Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

Homebrew false colour palette to help bring out the different regions. Interesting “pillars of creation” shown in the inset. Not the famous ones in the Eagle Nebula, but this object, along with the Elephant trunk nebula, also have similar features. A young star forming region in Cepheus, contains Sh2-171 and cluster Berkley 59.
It contains one of the hottest known local stars (marked) BD+66°1673, a O5V eclipsing binary. This star illuminates much of this nebula and forms the “pillars”. It is 45,000K and 100,000 time more luminous than the Sun.

Object IDNGC 7822, Sh2-171, Berkeley 59
DetailsEmission nebula
Cygnus
2021-12-05
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
Tri-band
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)20x300s
d,f,b
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

IC5070 Pelican Nebula in narrowband

2021-12-08T09:23:05+00:0024 November 2021|Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

A star forming region I often image for the HOYS project. Bright moonlight but narrowband keeps most of it out of the image.

Object IDIC5070 Pelican Nebula
DetailsEmission nebula
Cygnus
2021-11-20
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
Tri-band
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)30x300s
d,f,b
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

The Tribble Nebulae NGC1624/Sh2-212 and Sh2-211

2021-12-08T09:23:22+00:0016 November 2021|Dark nebula, Nebula, News, NGC Autumn, Open Cluster|

An obscure one in Perseus. The larger is open cluster inside an emission nebula NGC 1624, also known as emission nebula Sh2-212, the smaller Sh2-211. Now known as the Tribble Nebulae after “Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles”. The dark patch top right is the dark nebula Barnard 20.

Object IDThe Tribble Nebulae NGC1624/Sh2-212 and Sh2-211
Dark nebula Barnard 20
DetailsOpen Clusters
Emission nebulae
Perseus
2021-11-12
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
Tri-band
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)15x300s
d,f,b
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

Sh2-155, C9 Cave Nebula

2021-09-03T13:14:24+00:003 September 2021|Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

Horizontal banding sorted. Camera into USB 2 not 3, and not through a USB hub.
Not very happy with the processing.

Object IDSh2-155 / C9  Cave Nebula
Details2021-09-02
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)20x300s
darks, flats, dark-flats
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

IC 1396 Elephant Trunk Nebula

2022-01-31T08:11:03+00:0015 August 2021|Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

One I often observe for HOYS but purely for imaging this time. Some horizontal banding noise from somewhere – to be resolved.

Object IDIC 1396, Elephant Trunk Nebula
Details2021-08-14
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Tri-band filter
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Exposure(s)15x300s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

C4 NGC7023 Iris Nebula

2021-04-14T13:56:40+00:0014 April 2021|Caldwell, Nebula, News|

Another  for the ASE Caldwell Project. Horrible gradient to deal with but background is messed around with to bring out all the dust around it. Makes the rest of the background messy though.

Object IDC4 NGC7023 Iris Nebula
DetailsMag. 6.8
Size 18′ x 18′
2021-04-09
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
IDAS P2
Exposure(s)25 x 240s
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop, Topaz Denoise AI

IC 1848 Soul Music

2021-04-06T10:48:34+00:006 April 2021|Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Autumn|

Well the Soul Nebula Mosaic anyway. 5 panes in the end. First 4 panes (see below)  should have done it but I suspect platesolving failed and I had to do another pane the next night. APP is brilliant at stitching together and blending in panes – even from different sessions.

Object IDIC 1848 Soul Nebula
DetailsSize 150′ x 75′
2021-04-01
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Tri-band filter
Exposure(s)9x300s per pane
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop, Topaz Denoise AI

M42 Ha with Telescope Live in Chile CHI-1

2021-02-08T17:59:06+00:008 February 2021|M31-60, Nebula, News, Robotic Telescope, TelescopeLive|

Free trial of Telescope Live using one-click imaging (basically piggybacking onto other observations). It’s really not the same as doing it yourself, with your own equipment, from you own garden, with all the challenges. But when the weather is dire – it’s fun! Advanced, full control of the telescopes costs A LOT more. though!

Object IDM42 Orion Nebula
Details2021-02-08
TelescopePlanewave CDK24
https://help.telescope.live/hc/en-us/articles/360002557197-CHI-1-60cm-F6-5-Reflector
Aperture: 610 mm (24 inches)
Focal Length: 3962 mm
F-ratio: 6.5
Mount: Mathis MI-1000/1250
CameraModel: FLI PL 9000
Pixel Size: 12 μm
Pixel Array: 3056 x 3056
Pixel Resolution: 0.62 arcsec/pixel
Cooling: -25 degrees
Exposure(s)6x30s Ha
Calibrated
CaptureTelescopeLive
ProcessingSiriL, Photoshop, Topaz Denoise AI

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

2021-03-20T22:35:36+00:0018 March 2021|Galaxy, M31-60, Nebula, News|

Didn’t expect to get too much out of this because of the high wispy cloud and only got 9 subs, but not too bad.

Object IDM51
Canes Venatici
DetailsMag. 8.4
Size 11.2′ x 6.9′
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
IDAS P2
Exposure(s)29x180s
10/50 gain/offset
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop, Topaz DeNoise AI

M52 & Bubble Nebula

2021-01-25T14:45:44+00:0025 January 2021|M31-60, Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Autumn, Open Cluster|

Strong moonlight

Object IDM52 and NGC 7635
Cassiopeia
Details2021-01-23
Mag. 6.9, 10.0
Size 13′, 15’x8′
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
CameraQHY168C @-15°C
Tri-band
Exposure(s)20x300s
2/20 gain/offset
darks, flats, bias
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop, Topaz DeNoise AI