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 Here is some of the work I have been doing over the last few years.  A lot of it has been done with two Starlight Xpress Cameras I own.  First was an Hx-916 and later an SXV-H9.  More recently I've been using an SBIG ST-4000XMC color camera (see Latest Images).  

  As I progress in this hobby it seems as though I'm never satisfied with them.  New cameras, new scopes, new processing skills seems to keep the goal always just out of reach, which keeps this pursuit always challenging and always new.  It looks like I'll never run out of things to image in the night sky.  And if I do, I'm sure I'll find new reasons to start over again.




The Little Dumbell in Perseus

5 x 1200 sec. rgb SBIG ST-4000XMC

:: Wed 01/09/2013 @ 11:50

NGC 1975

NGC 1973/5/7 is a reflection nebula 1/2 degree northeast of the Orion Nebula. The three NGC objects are divided by darker regions. It is also called The Running Man Nebula and Sharpless Catalog 279.

This object was named 'The Running Man Nebula' by Texas Astronomical Society member Jason Ware. Approximately 20 years ago his down stairs neighbor looked at the object and said it looked like a running man. He brought this up a TAS club meeting and the name stuck. Now widely accepted as 'The Running Man'.

1200s x 12  SBIG ST-4000XMC Griener 12.5 Newtonian w/Keller corrector f/3.7

:: Wed 11/07/2012 @ 12:24


The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is a large, circular H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster NGC 2244 (Caldwell 50) is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter.

The complex has the following NGC designations:

  • NGC 2237 – Part of the nebulous region (Also used to denote whole nebula)
  • NGC 2238 – Part of the nebulous region
  • NGC 2239 – Part of the nebulous region (Discovered by John Herschel)
  • NGC 2244 – The open cluster within the nebula (Discovered by John Flamsteed in 1690)
  • NGC 2246 – Part of the nebulous region

The cluster and nebula lie at a distance of some 5,200 light-years from Earth (although estimates of the distance vary considerably, down to 4,900 light-years.[3]) and measure roughly 130 light years in diameter. The radiation from the young stars excite the atoms in the nebula, causing them to emit radiation themselves producing the emission nebula we see. The mass of the nebula is estimated to be around 10,000 solar masses.

It is believed that stellar winds from a group of O and B stars are exerting pressure on interstellar clouds to cause compression, followed by star formation in the nebula. This star formation is currently still ongoing.

A survey of the nebula with the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2001 has revealed the presence of very hot, young stars at the core of the Rosette Nebula. These stars have heated the surrounding gas to a temperature in the order of 6 millionkelvins causing them to emit copious amounts of X-rays.

:: Wed 11/07/2012 @ 12:06

IC 1396

IC 1396 is a star cluster with associated nebula. The Elephant Trunk is the dark nebula and is sometimes refered to as vdB 142. Actually vdB 142 is the small yellowish reflection nebula in the snout of the trunk.

1200s x 24 SBIG ST-4000XMC Griener 12.5 Newtonian w/Keller corrector f/3.7

:: Wed 11/07/2012 @ 12:04

IC 1848

 Soul Nebula (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667) is emission nebulae in Cassiopeia. Several small open clusters are embedded in the nebula: CR 34, 632, and 634[citation needed] (in the head) and IC1848 (in the body). The object is more commonly called by the cluster designation IC1848.

:: Wed 11/07/2012 @ 12:03

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