Monthly Archives: January 2017

Astro-Photography Exhibit

This is what an exhibit of astro-photos looks like before it is hung: The Arts Council of Lake Oswego (Oregon) asked me to put together a collection of photos in connection with the library’s “Lake Oswego Reads” program, which is featuring the novel “Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars” by Nathalia Holt.  The arts council has a very nice, large gallery, the 510 Museum and ARTspace.  In fact, it’s a little too large for my collection, so I asked a few other local astro-photographers to participate in the show […]

The Cone in Different Colors

For no particular reason, I tried some different ways of combining the narrowband channels of the “Cone & Fox Fur” image and came up with this: I like both versions, but have to choose one to print.  So which do you prefer (the other version is in the previous post here)?  

Cone & Fox Fur, +2

Two years after capturing the hydrogen channel of this image and five months after the last time I was able to do any astro-photography, I have finally managed to finish this image of the Cone and Fox Fur Nebulae: You might notice that this doesn’t look exactly like the NASA APOD image I referenced in my last post (  Aside from the rotation, it is mostly different in that this is a narrowband image, while the APOD image is (or appears to be) a broadband/natural color image.  In both cases the dominant features are composed of hydrogen (in red), but […]

Welcome to 2017, Year of the Solar Eclipse

Ignoring politics (which seems like a wise thing to do), the biggest news item for 2017 just might be the total solar eclipse that will be visible across almost all of the U.S. on August 21st of this year.  I plan to write fairly often about all things solar this year, and post at least a few solar images – especially after the new solar telescope arrives in a few months. I had hoped to get at least one new image captured before the end of 2016, but it didn’t happen.  We had one clear night recently, but I was too busy […]