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This object, NGC 6960 The Witch's Broom Nebula, was a first in several
aspects. First offical image with my new homemade astrograph,
first true LRGB image to be processed, and first image obtain with my
new QSI583wsg monochrome camera. The scope was 7 years in the
making from grinding, polishing, and figuring the mirror to several
iterations of scope designs. I finally decided build my own
carbon fiber tube for strength and stability. Click on image to
see larger version and
One of the most challenging objects visually, NGC 7635, otherwise known
as the bubble nebula is a stunning object. During my fall trip to
the fort, I was hampered by wind, flexure, and dew during most of the
trip. Even with nature and equipment issues, it was a wonderful
trip with friends and great food!|
Imaged on my fall trip to Fort McKavett, M27 otherwise known
The Dumbbell Nebula, was a complete surprise! Like the spring
trip, we were rewarded by clear skies most of the time, but
wind was a killer for imaging. Knowing how bad the wind was I
just starting taking exposures of only 20 secs due to wind gusts
upwards to 10-15 mph. Out of 60+ subframes, I actually found
8 were half way stackable. Due to the short
& lack of confidence that anything would turn out, no dark
were taken. Low and behold, I was able to process
presentable. Click on image to see larger version and
My spring trip to Fort McKavett was an especially interesting this time
around. Two words,."New Camper!!". The most
was that the telescope fit in the camper's storage.
Even though we had great weather every night (up to about
midnight), I was able to image only one night out of four due to wind.
This was my first image of B-33, otherwise know as the
Nebula. Actually, I was more impressed with the blue
nebula NGC 2023.
My semi-annual trip to Fort McKavett was enjoyable as always.
Due to 5-10 mph winds buffering my scope, I was
keep only 20
out of 55 shots of NGC 7293, better known as the Helix
Not too much to look at in my scope, but photographically,
Wiped the dust off my telescope, camera, and all the other
"stuff" to do some imaging since it's been forever since I've seen some
sustainable clear weather here and got a shot of one of my favorite
objects...The Swan Nebula (M17). Don't forget to check out
core of this beauty!
2nd Light with my new Canon 20D Capturing The Great Nebula in Orion.|
| 1-29-06 It never fails. Get a
new astronomy toy and the clouds move in for a week. Finally,
some clear skies for about an 2 hours tonight! I finally got
to do some imaging tonight with my new Canon 20D hooked to my 20"
Obsession scope. After getting aligned and my
autoguide a'guiding I started testing my new setup.
I shot some quick 30 sec shots of m42 & m43(of course) for my
first light. After about 10 shots or so the clouds
moved in. Anyway, I started processing some of the images and
noticed something strange....even spooky. Some of the
experienced astroimagers probably have seen this before but it was new
to me. I zoomed in on the Trapezium region and noticed what
appeared to be a man embedded to the right of the Trapezium
with his back to me looking over his left shoulder into the
sky! And... I think he's necked!!!! I know ya'll
think I've lost it but look for yourself!
I'm calling this the "Necked Man Nebula"|