The Bubble…….

I have been trying a new processing method for the processing of the images. This was 3 hours of images from Manitoulin each of 10 min subs and processed against 15 x 10 min darks. The image was taken with the FLT 110 and guided. The image was processed by preprocessed by dark subtraction alignment and integration. The integrated image was then split into RGB channels and each was processed individually. Once desired levels were set the image was recombined. 

Bubble nebulae 31 x 10 mins

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. 

Finding Old Data and having fun.

just playing with processing settings for the last M13 run – I think that this data is about 4 months old

Solar prominences from the eclipse

M31 400mm Sigma150-600 with 6D iso3200 3min subs

Quiet Time

The splendour of a total solar eclipse is something that everybody should enjoy. Photographs and video do not do justice of the event


Wide Field M8 and M20

SO i picked up a small iEQ30Pro to manage the 6D and Sigma 150-600mm lens. The mount is beautiful and works well even if second hand. It mounts the camera flawlessly and also is able to run for 3-5 mins unguided !


The lagoon and triffid at 500mm on 6D iso 1600 – 10 x 3 min exposures unguided


Twin Quasar close to NGC3079

some 9.1 billion light years away this is one of the farthest objects i have imaged. — Not really sure if i could image this but it is present and split in the image although faint.


This was just 10 x 10 mins of images and really needed more to smooth out the noise in the background.


Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák

It was at it closest approach on the 1st of April the same day that Ikea and BBC had the best April fool jokes ! On that day it will be only 13 million miles away and almost visible on the naked eye. The attached image was taken on the 1st of April between 9:45 pm and 10:15 pm. It is a stack of 10 1 min images at ISO5000 with 400mm zoom.



Reprocess of the plaedies

OK so the reason for capturing the plaedies was not for the main component but was due tot he precedence of dust in the outer regions…. The original processing really did not pull out this so here is more of the image…..

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