Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NGC 891

NGC 891 is an Edge-On spiral galaxy with a faint dust lane along its equator and interstellar gas.  It's span from tip to tip is about 100,000 light years.  Very similar to our own Milky way.  Distance is about 30 million light years from Earth in the constellation Andromeda. 

Imaged in Fort Davis, TX on November 10, 2012.  5-min exposure X 20 images.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dumbbell Nebula

The Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula.  It's distance is about 1,360 light years.  It's a gaseous emission nebula created by a sun-like star that runs out of fuel.

Imaged near Fort Davis, TX on July 20, 2012 without filters.  I used my Celestron 11" Edge HD and autoguided with an Orion autoguider.  This is an F/7 image.  5min exposures captured with Nebulosity software and processed with MaxIm DL.  I used my QHY8 CCD camera and the total exposure time was 100 minutes (5min X 20 exposures).

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Lagoon and Trifid Nebula are in the constellation Sagittarius.  The Lagoon Nebula (M8) is the larger nebula on the left and the Trifid Nebula (M20) is the smaller one on the right. 

Notice the high amount of stars in the image.  These objects are both about 5,000 light years away.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Venus Transit, June 5, 2012 from Midland, TX.

11" Edge HD and Canon DSLR.  Short exposure using Thousand Oaks solar filter.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Eagle Nebula is a cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens and the pillar shapes in the middle of the nebula resemble that of an "eagle".  The tower of gas that can be seen coming off the nebula is approximately 9.5 light-years high. 
The Pillars of Creation (center of image) imaged by Hubble in 1995, no longer exist. In 2007, astronomers announced that they were destroyed about 6,000 years ago by the shock wave from a supernova.  Because of the limited speed of lght, the shock wave's approach to the pillars can currently be seen from Earth, but their actual destruction will not be visible for 1000 years.

Imaged in Fort Davis, TX in the early morning hours of April 22, 2012
2-min exposure, flats, darks
QHY8 CCD, captured and processed with Nebulosity
Autoguided with Orion Star Shoot autoguider
Celestron 11" Edge HD and CGE Pro Equatorial mount.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

M87 and M108

The Owl Nebula (M97) is a Planetary Nebula in the constellation Ursa Major (Big Dipper). It is about 2000 light years from Earth. The ominous glow and shape of M97 represents the face of an Owl do to a dying star that emits gaseous emissions.

M108 is a spiral galaxy that is about 45 million light years away. Together, M97 and M108 make an amazing pair for a photograph.

Imaged in Fort Davis, TX on April 20, 2012.
5-min exposure, darks, flats
Capured and processed with Nebulosity 3 and finalized in Photoshop
11" Edge HD w/ Hyperstar at F/2.2 using QHY8 CCD and CGE Pro Mount, Autoguided with Orion Autoguider

Saturday, March 24, 2012


The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. About 1500 light years away, the horsehead is one of the most identifiable nebula.

Imaged in Fort Davis, TX on the night of March 23, 2012 using a QHY8 CCD camera and Hyperstar. Autoguided with an Orion Single-Shot autoguider. Used my Celestron 11" EdgeHD and CGE Pro Mount.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

NGC 2403

NGC 2403 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Camelopardalis. NGC 2403 is approximately 8 million light years away.

Image was taken near Fort Davis, TX and is a 5-min exposure. Total exposure time was two hours.

Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri is the largest globular cluster in our Galaxy. Located in the constellation Centaurus, lies about 15,000 light years from the Earth. It can be seen without any visual aid in the southern skies. Even at 30 degrees latitude, it still lays low in the southern skies. For our southern hemisphere folks, it is high in the southern sky. It contains several million stars, and the ones in its center are really close to each other.
Image was taken near Fort Davis, TX with an 11" Celestron Edge HD and CGE Pro mount. Autoguided with an Orion autoguider and Orion 80mm refractor using a QHY8 CCD. Image is a 1-min exposure.