Wizard Nebula (NGC7380)

Buy a Print (New version captured July, 2013 – posted here September 2013) One of my first targets with the AP 142 telescope, the Wizard is interesting in that it contains a fair amount of both oxygen and sulfur in addition to the predominant hydrogen. With more OIII and SII data I suspect there would be quite a variety of colors in this image, but it still took special processing to bring out the OIII and SII details and color. The Wizard (NGC 7380) is in Cepheus and about 7,000 light years from Earth.  Look for his hat, nose, and […]

Bubble Nebula (NGC7635)

Buy a Print The Bubble Nebula is a hydrogen-rich emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It is 11,000 light years from Earth. This photo also includes the open cluster M52 and NGC7538. This image is a composite of shots from two sessions.  The area immediately around the bubble is from my AP 142 at f/7.5 (1065mm focal length), while the rest of it was done with the AT111EDT at f/5.6 (622mm fl). The wide shot was the first image I captured with my Astro-Physics Mach1GTO mount. Captured on 2011-10-25 & 26 at Wa-chur-ed Observatory using H-alpha for red plus green […]

Lamb’s Head Nebula (NGC7822)

Buy a Print Although this region is part of a larger structure known as the “Question Mark Nebula” (this being part of the semi-circle in the question mark), this fascinating region itself does not have a common name. I’ve decided to call it the “Lamb’s Head Nebula” because of the obvious (to me, anyway) shape near the top center. Scope: AT111EDT at f/5.6 Mount: AP Mach1 Camera: QSI 583 at –15C

Pacman Nebula (NGC281)

Buy a Print (Updated Dec. 2017) As is often the case, the name of this nebula is more sensible when seen with the eye through a telescope than in a photograph that includes colors we can’t see when this faint. But if you imagine the shape of the famous video game character I think you might see how this object got its name. The previous version of this target used only H-a and O-3 data.  Adding S-2 (and quite a bit more exposure time) really added a lot of detail and color. Scope: AT111EDT at f/5.7 Mount: AP Mach1 Camera: […]

Soul (Baby) Nebula (IC1848)

Buy a Print Very near the Heart Nebula is this interesting structure, captured here in H-alpha and OIII.  It is sometimes called the Baby Nebula because of its shape, but the proximity to the Heart makes it irresistible to pair them as “Heart and Soul”.  Like the Heart, it is about 7,500 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Cassiopeia. Scope: AT111EDT at f/5.6 Mount: AP Mach1 Camera: QSI 583 at –20C

Orion Nebula (M42)

Buy a Print This was one of the first of my astro-photos that I was happy with – about 3 years after I started – and it is still my favorite target. It was captured in late September of 2008, very late at night. The problem with Orion (for those of us living in the northern parts of Earth) is that it is never visible in the summer nights. In late summer it comes up in the east just before sunrise and by spring it sets in the west shortly after sunset. So it’s a great sight in the winter […]

Astro-Photo Prints/Images/Calendars

Calendars: For 2018 our Astro-Photography Calendar is titled “Sky Visions: Night & Day” because it includes both night-time deep space images, and solar images, including photos from the Total Solar Eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017.  A total solar eclipse brings night and day very close together. Since I have not yet mastered the art of solar photography, I reached out to someone who definitely has, Bob Yoesle, who contributed 4 images to the calendar.  Two other photography friends, Michael McKeag and Kay Wyatt, had better eclipse images than mine, and agreed to include their best shots.  One image in particular […]

Astro-Flash USB Drive

Astro-Flash is a USB flash drive that is pre-loaded with 50 high resolution astro-photos from Wa-chur-ed Observatory. Each image is optimized for screen display in 8 different sizes, four wide-screen and four traditional. These images can be used as computer desktop wallpaper and/or screen saver.  Astro-Flash can also be plugged into a Smart TV for a big-screen celestial slide show, or you can transfer the images to a cell phone or tablet so you always have them with you. Astro-Flash includes a special viewer program for Windows-based computers.  With this program you can display text overlays for each image, including […]