Archive for the Nebula Category

The Owl Nebula

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Nebula, Photo, photography, Planetary nebula, Solar, Space, Star, Uncategorized on April 22, 2015 by Andrew

Here is a image of Messier 97 a.k.a The Owl Nebula,located in Ursa Major. It is a planetary nebula caused by a star that shedding it’s layers as it slowly dies. Much like what our sun will be like in 5 billion years.


Ghost of Jupiter

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Nebula, Open cluster, Photo, photography, Planetary nebula, Space, Star, Technorati, Uncategorized on April 21, 2015 by Andrew

Ghost of Jupiter , NGC 3242. Located in the constellation Hydra. It is really small in the eye piece. It is only 1,400 light years away!. I suspect that when it was discovered,it resembled the planet Jupiter,due to it’s central star. It also looks like a eye in the sky.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, comets, Constellation, Luna, Nebula, Open cluster, Photo, photography, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on January 23, 2015 by Andrew

Hello everyone!. It seems that a lot of fellow enthusiast are in the Comet Lovejoy craze. I am no excluded from that statement!.

The Winter here in Vermont,USA has been kind of lack luster as far as serious snow is concerned. This does not dismiss our seemingly over the top, cold weather that we have had to endure.Oh,and just because we haven’t had much snow,doesn’t suggest that we have been free of cloudy skies. Our season has been met with endless days/weeks of clouds. The last stretch of clouds lasted most of December,with one night of clear skies,dominated by a full moon. January has also jumped the band wagon with clouds,with all but a few nights.

I ventured out twice in the last two weeks to get my own images of Comet Lovejoy,with below average results the first night. I was giving my new DSLR a workout…lol. My second try ( Tuesday Jan 20,2015) was much better.

Comet Lovejoy was quite high in the sky,and very bright in the eyepiece. Obviously,very little color could be seen,with only a light wisp of tail coming from the nucleus.The results of the raw images was astounding!!! WOOT!!!!

This comet will still be putting on a show for a while ,but is going to start fading soon. I am truly blessed to add another comet under my belt,Comet Lovejoy (the second comet I have imaged with the name Lovejoy in the 8 months) will make a return visit in about 8,000 years. Geesh,hope I live to see it again!!.

This image is a single shot taken with a Canon T3i. ISO-3200,1 minute exposure prime focus. The scope is a 10″ Meade LXD75 and Losmandy G11 mount.

Image credit Andrew a.k.a me!!


The Orion Nebula

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Nebula, Open cluster, Photo, photography, Space, Star, weather with tags , on March 19, 2014 by Andrew

Now that Spring arrives tomorrow…. (rolls eyes) . I cleaned the snow away from my observatory,which was no easy task. Our latest snow storm dumped almost 2 feet of the white miserable stuff,adding to the already 2 feet that we already had on the ground.Not including the 5 foot drift piled up against the obs. I used a tractor with a bucket attachment,and it only took 45 minutes.
My other excuse for not getting eye piece time in was/is….THE COLD!!. Most every night the temp has been well below zero. A couple nights it had dipped to -30F. My cutoff is -5 below zero.
Our temps warmed to a balmy 37 Degrees yesterday. This gave me a much needed boost in ambition that lasted until 9:30 pm last night.
The sky was quite clear last night,although the transparency turned bad as a new weather system was approaching from the West.
I did get a few shots of Jupiter with the Neximage 5 ,and will post some pix when I get a chance. My main goal was to get some images of the Orion nebula. Last October,I drift aligned my scope in hopes of taking longer exposures. Last night was the first night I was able to really check my alignment. It didn’t disappoint. I was able to pull off a 4 minute,unguided image of my favorite nebula. A feat that I have never achieved before. My usual exposure times were in the 1.0 min-1.5 mins range before seeing star drift. WOOHOO!. I honestly believe I could have gone 5+ mins with minor drift. I had some very slight drift at 4 minutes,and was only noticeable when zooming in really deep. I took care of that in PS 6 .
AS I posted on FB,
This is the Great Orion Nebula, located in the Orion constellation. It is approximately 1,300 light years away. That is,the light that we see today, began it’s journey around 700 AD.
The image is a 240 second ,single shot at ISO 200.
Image credit: Andrew


The Orion nebula

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Constellation, Nebula, Photo, photography, Space, Star, Technorati, Uncategorized on March 11, 2013 by Andrew

It has been quite some time since I have taken an image of the “Great Hunter” Orion. In fact,it has been about 4 years. I took this image on March 9.
Their are a few myth’s associated with Orion. some of which can be found here ;


M17 (Omega nebula)

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Galaxy, Nebula, Photo, photography, Space with tags , , , , on August 16, 2008 by Andrew

As you might have noticed,my frequency of posting has dropped due to the foul weather that we here in the Northeastern U.S have been experiencing.It has either been raining or just plain cloudy for almost a full month now.I suspect that we will be getting clear skies soon.I make this prediction since,my physical issues have been resolved enough for me to return to work and I now have a early early wake up time.

One of the images that I managed to capture the last time I had my scope out (month +) is of the Swan nebula a.k.a the Omega nebula or M17.The scope was performing nicely and easily found this mag +6.0 neb located in the constellation Sagittarius.

M8 (Lagoon nebula)

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Constellation, Nebula, Photo, photography, Space on February 2, 2008 by Andrew

Here is yet another archive image that I took a year ago.So far, this winter has been a bust but,I am optimistic that this nasty weather will soon break giving all of us a chance to bring our scopes out.Here in NewHampshire,we are currently under a winter storm warning with sleet/freezing rain with temps in the low 20’s F.I don’t know about the rest of you but,I think I am in the beginning stages of cabin fever?!.

Sorry this archive image post is a little late (or early)depending on how you look at it but,since I haven’t had a chance to aquire anything new in a long time.I thought I would fall back on some older images and share them with everyone.

M8 is a very bright emission nebula located in the constellation Sagittarius and is obviously best viewed in the late summer months……when it is warm!!!.Glowing at a +6.0mag it can easily be seen with the naked eye under dark clean skies.

The Lagoon Nebula  is one of the brightest star-forming regions in the sky. It is a giant cloud of interstellar matter which is currently undergoing vivid star formation, and has already formed a considerable cluster of young stars.

Oh and before I forget; Good luck to the NewEngland Patriots on their quest for a 4th Superbowl win!!!.

Information credit:SEDS

Image credit: ME!!

Lagoon nebula

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