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The Middle of the Milky Way

So the weekend has been spent in manitoulin and basically turning nocturnal. Friday after the drive was supposedly going to be foggy and it was believed that the probability of of an imaging would be minimal. Instead the skies cleared and the night was very very long. Friday night i images 1 hour on the cocoon as an experiment to test against the longer imaging session, The Cave nebulae for 4 hours and 10 minutes of the 21P comet. Besides the CCD I have east mid and west Milky Way data, and data for this image. the region encompasses the M8 and M20 objects as well as Saturn in the image. Saturday night was a long night imaging just one object more on this once i have new dark calibration frames. 

First Telescopic image of 2018……

so it has been a very slow year with the lack of clear nights and also lack of desire to take the scope out.


this is 3 hours of data from the FLT with the SBIG taken from Tiny. The colour balance is a little off here and the lack of the rudeness which i have gained before is strange.


M31 wide field of view ……

I have taken so many images of M31 this should be the last. This is a composite of only 8 x 2 min images taken at 105mm lens on the 6D. The Image is put together in Pixinsight. It is amazing how many stars there are in this location as well as the galaxy. the stars are very rarely visible in other images as the field of view is so narrow.

pointing to the north and enjoying the result

The image below is a composite of 6 x 2 min images at 105mm f5.6 pointing to the region of the double cluster between Cassiopeia and Perseus.

Take from Torrance 

just a little fun here — this is a single frame

ok so we sat there for about 3 hours and watched some amazing meteors. The lens i had attached covered about 110 degrees of sky and out of a number of frames which I took I only managed to find a single image with a meteor!!! below is a full frame — 2 min at ISO2500 and 14mm lens@ f2.8

Milky way ….. the planets to …..

So playing with the new lens the same that bounces…… so this is a composite of 5 x 2 min exposures tracked. The bright 2 objects at the bottom are Mars and Saturn. The image is from planets to north of Cygnus and beyond. 

image on the veil nebulae in somewhat wide field

not quiet full frame but zoomed in …. taken using 6D with Sigma 150-600mm lens this is on only 4 x 1 min had an issue with polar alignment


really need some dark skies and a long night !!

Have a new lens which is very very wide! works well with the 6D giving 110 degrees of view ! here is a quick 30s of the Milky was the sky was not dark and the moon was 40 mins away from rising ……Oh and keep an eye out for the meteor!!??!!

Moon Venus Conjunction

Couple of quick images from the conjunction of the moon and Venus. Taken with a lens at 450mm moon and 6D set to L ISO and 1/40th of a second exposure.


Auriga Region

Auriga region in 400mm 6D

So it seems that the only options i have at the moment is to use the long lens and the DSLR…. Maybe one day i will be able to get the telescope out again – thats if the weather ever lets up. So this shot is 180 30 second exposures taken with a 6D on a iEQ30Pro with a Sigma 150-600 @ 400mm and f5.6 The data was processed in Pixinsight with automatic processing.

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