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Welcome to Jim Morse Astronomy. This website will focus on my imaging, but my intent is to talk about more than just astrophotography. I may even stray beyond astronomy on occasion (with your indulgence, of course). And who, knows, you may actually learn something or read something that makes you smile. By the way, in case you were wondering, my equipment was, until recently, set up in Pod 3 at New Mexico Skies, a wonderful observing location 7300 ft up in the mountains of southeast New Mexico, sporting some of the darkest skies in North America. And it is beautifully free of Houston's humidity. You can see my former setup, which was used for all of my CDK17 images, here. However:

I have made some big changes!

and you can find out about those changes here.

Latest News: - April 18, 2024

 

 

A word of warning, at least for a bit. I am in the process of updating this site but in the meantime the fixes will be piecemeal. I have now added a slew of new images of your review, and working on updates to all of the pages and some new material I am still working on. Please check back regularly to see the changes. Note that I am very pleased with some of these images and others I am sorely disappointed with. Of the latter, I will continue to try to upgrade my processing over time to improve the view for your (and my) pleasure. [Updated April 18, 2024]

 

Be sure to click on the images below to see a larger version and then a second time to see the full sized version.

vdB9

vdB9 in Cassiopeia.   Just lovely and nominated as an Astrobin “Top Pick”.   A favorite!         CDK17 – Aspen 16803 System

 

M38 Area

Lots going on here, with both M36 and M38 open clusters and the Flame and tadpole nebulae.   Another great winter target.         ACL200 - ASI2600MC with Radian Ultra Quadband filter

 

M35 Area

Widefield of the M35 Area showing M35 (and its little brother NGC2158) and the Monkeyhead and Jellyfish Nebulae.   Not thrilled with the processing on this one but plenty of learnings.         ACL200 - ASI2600MC with Radian Ultra Quadband filter

 

Sh2-240

Sh2-240 Supernova remnant, also known as Simeis 147 and the Spaghetti Nebula.   Another great winter target, but extremely faint and so requires a lot of data to create a decent image.         ACL200 - ASI2600MC with Radian Ultra Quadband filter

 

M94

M94.   A wonderful, unique galaxy with a beautiful ring structure. Nominated as an Astrobin "Top Pick", though not my best processing effort. Had to push the stretch too much to bring out the outer ring.        CDK17 – SBIG 6303E

 

M105 Group

M105 Group.   Another trio in Leo but not as interesting as others, though again a host of small galaxies in the background.         CDK17 – SBIG 6303E

 

NGC2264 Area

Widefield of the NGC2264 area - Cone Nebula and lots more.   My first widefield image using my new ACL200 scope which, when combined with the ASI2600MC, has a 6.7 by 4.5 degree FOV. I am using the ASI2600MC with the Radian Ultra Quadband filter. Excellent winter target at all scales, but this FOV allows you to view the larger structures in this area. Need to shoot the Rosette and combine into a large mosaic.         ACL200 - ASI2600MC with Radian Ultra Quadband filter

 

Butterfly Galaxies

NGC4567 and NGC4568 - the Butterfly Galaxies.   Another lovely site with a field of small galaxies to explore. Sits in the heart of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.   Another good processing effort. Getting pretty good at this. From old data taken at NMSkies.        CDK17 – SBIG 6303E

 

NGC4565

NGC4565 - the Needle Galaxy.   One of the finest galaxies in the sky and if you examine the larger versions, the field is just exploding with tiny background galaxies. Very happy with this processing effort! From old data taken at NMSkies.        CDK17 – SBIG 6303E

 

IC405 Area

IC405 and IC410, Flame and Tadpole Nebulae.   Fabulous winter target full of wonderful sites, including the tadpoles in IC410.         e130D - ASI2600MM

 

Leo Galaxy Trio

M65, M66 and NGC3628, the Leo Galaxy Trio.   Great Spring target and, as an aside, the first Galaxies I was able to observe (though not without a host of frustrations) when I started visual astronomy.           e130D - ASI2600MM

 

M35

M35 and its companion star cluster NGC2168.   In my mind, one of the best cluster duos, topped only by the Perseus Double Cluster. The comparison between the two is fascinating. M35 is around 100 million years old and 2800 light years away. NGC2158 is much older at 2 billion years and is almost 15,000 light years distant, hence its apparent much smaller size.        e130D - ASI2600MM

 

NGC1499

NGC1499, California Nebula.   Fine late summer target and second image since starting up again in my backyard in New Buffalo Michigan.   Also, my first narrowband CMOS image, using my ASI2600MM         e130D - ASI2600MM

 

M45

M45, the Pleiades or Seven Sisters.   Lovely target and first image since starting up again with my backyard imaging at my home in New Buffalo Michigan.   Also, my first CMOS image, using an ASI2600MM         e130D - ASI2600MM

 

M63

M63, the Sunflower Galaxy.   Just lovely and nominated as an Astrobin “Top Pick”.   A much better processing effort compared to the one below and a favorite!         CDK17 – SBIG 6303E

 

M13

M13, the Great Hercules Globular Cluster.   First time I have successfully captured the beauty of a GC.        CDK17 – SBIG 6303E

 

M106

Lovely galaxy in UMa.   Processing needs work; colors right but not contrast.         CDK17 – SBIG 6303E

 

NGC3718

NGC3718 and friends (Arp 214).   Beautiful galaxy group in Ursa Major.   Not my best effort, but not terrible and lots of background galaxies to explore.         CDK17 – SBIG 6303E

 

NGC 6946

NGC6946 – the Fireworks Galaxy in Cygnus.   Just lovely and nominated as an Astrobin “Top Pick”.   A favorite!         CDK17 – Aspen 16803 System

 

NGC 7129

Reflection Nebula NGC 7129 in Cepheus along with some nice dark nebulosity in the winter Milky Way.   Generally happy with this one, but again you can see on close inspection some vertical banding showing up in the data from the Aspen.         CDK17 – Aspen 16803 and FLI 16803 Systems

 

Double Cluster - Two Panel Mosaic

The famed Double Cluster (NGC869 and NGC884) in Perseus, this time as a two-panel mosaic.   A lovely target.   Generally happy with the processing on this one, especially since my previous mosaic efforts have not been great.         CDK17 – Apogee Aspen 16803 and FLI Microline 16803 Systems

 

B 361

B361 and friends (IC1369 and PK089-00.1) in Cygnus.   Not my best effort, but lots going on in this field.         CDK17 – Aspen 16803 and FLI Microline 16803 Systems

 

B 226

B226 and portions of M36 in Auriga.   A fun, easy target with some small patches of dark nebulae.         CDK17 – Aspen 16803 and FLI Microline 16803 Systems

 

Abell 21

Lovely shot of Abell 21 (Sh2-274) in Gemini.   This is my best effort with this faint target, successfully capturing lots of detail, including some very faint red nebulosity surrounding the target.         CDK17 - SBIG FLI Microline 16803

 

M 81

M81 in Ursa Major.   Very happy with this fine shot of Bode’s Galaxy and its little friend Holmberg IX, as well as elements of the surrounding IFN.   Processing earned an Astrobin “Top Pick”.       CDK17 – Aspen 16803 and FLI Microline 16803 System

 

Iris Nebula

The Iris reflection nebula (NGC7023) in Cepheus.   A nice effort on a lovely target.   Better than any of my earlier attempts to image the Iris, in part because of using the correct FOV.       CDK17 – Aspen 16803 and FLI Microline 16803 System

 

B 365

B365 and surrounding nebulosity in Cepheus.   Nice winter Milky Way dark nebula.         CDK17 – Aspen 16803 and FLI Microline 16803 Systems

 

Cocoon Nebula

Cocoon Nebula in Cygnus (IC5146 and B168).   Nice target but my FOV too small to capture anything other than the heart of the Nebula, missing the associated dark nebulosity stream.   This was my one processed image trying out an SBIG STXL 11002 as a possible replacement for the Aspen.   This data was fine, but thereafter the 11002 chip went wacky with tons of weird vertical banding and I had to look elsewhere.        CDK17 – SBIG STXL 11002 System

 

vdB 5

IC59 and IC63 (vdB5) in Cassiopeia.   Not thrilled with the processing on this one for two reasons, not properly centered and the myriad stars played havoc.   Only an ok effort.         CDK17 – Aspen 16803 System

 

B 29

B29 in Auriga – a fine bit of dark nebulosity in the winter Milky Way.   Generally happy with this one, but you can see on close inspection some vertical banding showing up in the data from the Aspen and it only gets worse from here.         CDK17 – Aspen 16803 and FLI 16803 Systems

 

M 101

M101 in Ursa Major – The Pinwheel Galaxy and the Queen of the Northern Skies!   Finally, a FOV worthy of this wonderful target.   Generally happy with the processing on this one.   But this image also marks a turn a seriously regret, abandoning the slightly flawed FLI for a deeply flawed Apogee Aspen.         CDK17 – Apogee Aspen 16803 System

 

AGC 2151

The massive AGC2151 in Hercules.   I generally do better on Galaxy Clusters but this one is still a joy to investigate in detail.         CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

B 143

B143 in Aquila – the top half of Barnard’s E.  Again, just love dark nebulae.         CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

B 142

B142 in Aquila, the bottom half of Barnard’s E.   I am fascinated by dark nebulae, especially those running through the Milky Way.   This one is no exception.         CDK17 - SBIG FLI Microline 16803

 

M 33

M33 in Triangulum.   Another effort to capture the glory of M33 and this is one of my better efforts, but any FOV less that 2 degrees square is just too small.         CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

NGC7331 Group & Stephen's Quintet

NGC7331 Group and Stephan’s Quintet in Pegasus.   A superb effort on a superb target.   How this didn’t get nominated as a Top Pick is beyond me   Everything about this image is fantastic and it and others like it are the reason I love this hobby as much as I do.       CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

M 103

M103 in Cassiopeia.   Compared to the version I took with the 6303E, this version is a disappointment.        CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

NGC 281

NGC281 - The Pacman Nebula, in Cassiopeia.   This is a tough target to process well and, for the first time, I nailed it!   A fine processing effort on a superb target.   Lots of detail and good colors in this Hubble Palette image.        CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

NGC 891

NGC891 – the UFO Galaxy, in Andromeda.   I love this effort, though again, it won no awards.   Excellent detail and colors and has a vibrancy about it.   And, like most of these fields, the background is awash with tiny galaxies, many of them little spirals.   It is with targets like this that my imaging system really shines.    CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

NGC896 - Fish Head Nebula (NoStars)

NGC896 with stars removed.   This is the same image as the one immediately below, except that I applied the StarNet process in PixInsight to remove all the stars.   Interesting experiment.        CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

NGC896 - Fish Head Nebula

NGC896 – The Fish Head Nebula (and Hook) in Cassiopeia.   Part of the Heart Nebula complex.   Not a bad processing effort and some good detail, but could be better.          CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

AGC 426

AGC426 in Perseus – one of the richest galaxy clusters in the sky.   A nice processing effort.   Be sure to zoom in on the central galaxy and the red streamers coming off its core.        CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

IC 342

IC342 – a jewel in Camelopardalis!   I have gushed about my love for this galaxy below and love it even more in the 16803 FOV.   I consider this one of my best processing efforts and it was nominated as an Astrobin "Top Pick".          CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

Sh2 094

Sh2-094 is a very faint nebula that is part of a supernova remnant that includes Sh2-091 and Sh2-096, located in the heart of the northern Milky Way in Cygnus.   This was a tough narrowband image and I am reasonably happy with the processing.        CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

NGC 7280

NGC7380 – A Fine nebula target in Cepheus.   This is a hard image to process well, so I am generally happy with the result.          CDK17 - FLI Microline 16803 System

 

Crescent Nebula

Crescent Nebula in Cygnus.   As disappointed as I was with the processing of the Tulip below, this is just wonderful.   This is actually a two color image, using only Ha and OIII since the SII signal was so weak.   The blue OIII gas that sits atop the Ha nebulosity is a real joy. &npsp; But here we start to see the problems with the 16803 start to creep in.   If you look carefully you can see a couple of bad lines in the bottom center of the image that I have tried to fudge.       CDK17 - FLI Microline 16803 System

 

Tulip Nebula

The Tulip Nebula in Cygnus.   Lovely target that I have botched badly.   Processing is a mess.         CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

LDN 673

LDN673 – an intricate tangle of dark nebulosity in Aquila.   This marks a major change from my previous images, with a return to a 16803 chip.   While much happier with the FOV, this chip has been snake bit much of the time, though this first effort was generally successful.      CDK17 – FLI Microline 16803 System

 

M 95

M95 in Leo – a classic barred spiral galaxy.   Not perfect (a bit too much noise in the background that I need to go back and fix someday) but a beautiful target and a reasonably good processing job on the galaxy itself and it was nominated as an Astrobin “Top Pick”.   Again, the background overflows with delights.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 2841

NGC2841 in Ursa Major.   A nice galaxy with lots of background treats to explore.   Just not as happy with this one as with the last.      CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 5907

NGC5907 – the Splinter Galaxy in Draco.   Unlike my effort with M33, this one is superbly framed.   This won no recognition, but I consider it fantastic. Not only is the galaxy itself well imaged but the background is a feast of tiny galaxies and galaxy clusters, especially the string of galaxies to the upper right.   A joy to my eyes and one of my very best!    CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 57

M57 – the famed Ring Nebula in Lyra.   As with many planetary nebulae, the range of brightnesses between the bright core, intense ring, and the very faint extension nebulosity makes this a difficult target to get right.   I largely failed.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 51

M51 Up Close - One of the most iconic galaxies in the sky located in Canes Venatici.   This is imaged so often that it takes a superb effort to qualify for praise. While this effort isn’t awful, it doesn’t rise to the occasion.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 5

M5 – another shot of this fine globular cluster in Serpens.   This was nominated as an Astrobin “Top Pick”. This is a better effort, but I still have not solved the processing challenges on GBs.         CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

15 Day Moon

Near full Moon.   This one is a stack of over 100 subs.     Generally happy with result, especially the traces of color, but unhappy with the couple of burned out craters.    Canon 6D – 300mm f4 lens System

 

4 Day Moon

4 day old Moon.   Looking forward to adding some planetary imaging to the mix as a part of the changes I am making. This was shot with my Canon 6D and a 300mm f4 lens and is a stack of over 300 subs.   Generally happy with result.        Canon 6D – 300mm f4 lens System

 

Draco Dwarf

Draco Drawf Galaxy – I just love this class of galaxy.   Only marginally happy with the processing.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Abell 21

Abell 21, also known as Sh2-274, is a nice planetary nebula in Gemini.   Faint target so generally happy with the processing.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Images as of March 19, 2021

 

MonkeyHead Nebula

The Monkey Head Nebula - My first, but hopefully not last Astrobin "Image of the Day!".   How could I not be happy with this one.   One of my very best efforts.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Cat's Eye Nebula

The Cat's Eye Planetary Nebula.   These are tough targets to image well.   Not thrilled but not overly disappointed either and like the little galaxy to the lower left.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Leo A Dwarf

Leo A - Another Fine dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way.   Very pleased with this effort and it earned an Astrobin "Top Pick" nomination.   Another background alive with tiny galaxies and galaxy groups.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 92

M92 - The other Hercules Globular.   I just love Globular Clusters but do not think I have ever adequately captured an image of one.   This is no exception.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Pickering's Triangle

Pickering's Triangle. - A fascinating and underappreciated part of the Veil Nebula SNR.   Very pleased with this processing effort.   Excellent coloring in this Hubble Palette image.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Tulip Nebula

Sh2-101 - The Tulip Nebula.   A disappointing effort on what should be an excellent target.          CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Elephant Trunk Nebula

vdB142 - The Elephant Trunk.   I consider this one of my finest efforts, which is why I chose it for my masthead.   Fantastic coloring and detail in this Hubble Palette image.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 4038 & 4039

NGC4038 and 4039 - The Antennae.   A nice processing effort on a superb target.   I love the wispy tails of the two galaxies and the coloring is good.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 103

M103 - A Cassiopeia jewel.   Good processing effort.   Good star coloring and has a vibrancy about it.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 36

M36 - Simple, but lovely.   An adequate processing effort, but not as good as M103, above.   OK star colors but needs a darker background.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

AGC 426

AGC426   A nice processing effort and one of my favorite subjects to image.   I simply love exploring all of the tiny galaxies laced throughout the background, hiding admist the more obvious foreground ones.   Good color solution.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 281

NGC281 - A deep look.   A nice processing effort and it was selected as an Astrobin "Top Pick".   Good coloring in this Hubble Palette image.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 2903

NGC2903 - The "Missing Messier".   I consider this one of my best processing efforts and it was selected as an Astrobin "Top Pick".   The background has a wealth of small galaxies to explore.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 1491

NGC1491 - Another excellent reflcetion nebula, sometimes referred to as the "dinosaur foot" due to the shape of the blue reflection area.   Only marginally happy with the processing though it shows good detail.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 2683

NGC2683 - Fine, near-edge on galaxy.   Quite happy with the processing and it received an Astrobin "Top Pick" nomination.  Lots of good detail in the dust lanes and it has a nice little companion galaxy near the upper right.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 2403

NGC2403 - Fine open faced spiral galaxy.   Only marginally happy with the processing.   This is a tough one due to bright stars mixed in with galaxy detail       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

IC 342

IC342 - A superb galaxy that would be a master showpiece if not obscured by winter Milky Way dust.   Very happy with the processing.  I feel I accurately captured the red tint caused by all the obscuring dust.  I just love this galaxy.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Iris Nebula

Iris Nebula - One of the best reflection nebulae in the sky.   Only marginally happy with the processing.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 2392

NGC2392 - "Eskimo" Nebula.   Had to really zoom in on this image since it is so small and overall quite happy with the processing, showing excellent detail and good color for its size.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Abell 31

Abell 31 - Extremely faint Planetary Nebula.   Very weak signal so difficult to process.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

IC 410

IC410 - Closeup of Tadpoles.   Reasonably happy with the processing.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

AGC 1367

AGC1367 - Superbly dense galaxy cluster.   Only marginally happy with the processing but it did receive an Astrobin "Top Pick" nomination.   The background is alive with galaxies!        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC896 - Fish Head Nebula

MNGC896 - the Fish head Nebula.   Marginally happy with the processing.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 16

M16 Close-up - One of the most famous sites in the sky.   Very happy with the processing (using the Hubble image as my benchmark) and it was selected as an Astrobin "Top Pick".       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 82

M82 - Best irregular galaxy in the sky.   Only marginally happy with the processing but it was selected as an Astrobin "Top Pick".       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 5

M5 - Lovely Globular Cluster but my processing does not do it justice.   Astrobin "Top Pick" nomination        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Double Cluster 4 Panel Mosaic

Perseus Double Cluster - Four panel mosaic.   Very disappointing result.   This really does better with a wide field imaging rig.        CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 1

M1 - Crab Nebula - Beautiful tendrils of a Supernova remnant.   Happy with the processing.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Stephan's Quintet

Stephen's Quintet - A joy to behold. This is a closeup of the same group that is captured above as part of the expanded NGC7331 environs. As with most galaxy fields, I love exploring the rich background for tiny galaxies and galaxy groups hidden among the stars.  Happy with the processing.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 6822

NGC 6822 - Barnard's Galaxy - A classic among the host of dwarf galaxies surrounding the Milky Way - One of my favorites - Glorious star colors to be seen throughout the expanded version. I love exploring all the details, especially the star forming HII regions to the left and upper left of the Galaxy! Reasonably good processing.         CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 3

 M3 - Superb Globular Cluster.  Disappointing processing.  Always struggle with Globular Clusters and need to hone my skills.                  CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Propeller Nebula

 Propeller Nebula - Not happy at all with the result on this one.  Problem of perspective as much as anything.  Simply too small a FOV to treat properly.                CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M 77

 M77 - A fine galaxy where the processing had to overcome serious flaws in the data acquisition.  Given what I started with, I am quite happy with the result.          CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

New Images as of September 27, 2017.

 

M101

 M101 - Queen of the Spiral Galaxies               CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

AGC 2151

 AGC2151 - Rich Cluster of Hundreds of Galaxies               CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M65 & M66

 M65 and M66 - Part of Leo Trio. Hate the coloring in this image.               CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 2775

 NGC 2775 - disappointing coloring.               CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 2068

 M78 - NGC 2068 - need to work on contrast for better definition.               CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 3628

NGC 3628 - Part of the Leo Trio. Background a bit too bright.       CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 1530

NGC 1530 - actually reasonably pleased wityh this result since very weak data.     CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System  

 

Rosette Dark Nebula

Dark Nebulae in the Western Rosette Nebula. I love this image and am very pleased with the processing.   CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 772

NGC772 - Fiddlehead Galaxy - My first image to be awarded an Astrobin "Top Pick" and one of my best processing efforts.     CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Helix Nebula

Helix Nebula - Rework of an older image set - Astrobin "Top Pick" nomination.       CDK12.5 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Sh2-188

Sh2-188   CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Thor's Helmet - NGC2359 - Astrobin "Top Pick" nomination. CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M76

M76 - Little Dumbbell   CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

IC410 Core

Core of IC410 - Tadpoles in Space!   CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M33

Heart of M33 - Pinwheel Galaxy.   My first image with the CDK17. Beautiful detail.   CDK17 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC891

NGC 891 - Astrobin "top Pick" nomination   CDK12.5 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC 7331

Deerlick Group - NGC 7331   CDK12.5 - SBIG 6303E System

 

Bubble

Bubble Nebula - NGC 7635   CDK12.5 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M13

M13   CDK12.5 - SBIG 6303E System

 

 

September 2016 Image Set

 

M27

M27 in two color narrowband. Another beauty! Love the colors, the delicate wings and the detail. CDK12.5 - SBIG 6303E System

 

NGC6888

NGC6888 in narrowband - by a large measure, my best ever. Beautifully round, focused stars and the delicate OIII blue layer is incredible and something I have not seen in other images. CDK12.5 - SBIG 6303E System

 

M16

M16 in Narrowband - Starting to get there. First image with the CDK12.5 - SBIG 6303E System, which includes a built-in filterwheel and AOX adaptive optics unit, along with an Optec Rotator

 

M3

M3 - Final "test" image - good except for burned out stars in center in GB. CDK12.5 - STT8300

 

M63

M63 - Good but off center due to guide star so required too much zooming to center. CDK12.5 - STT8300

 

M97

M97 in narrowband - Another early effort. CDK12.5 - STT8300

 

M104

M104 - First image from NMSkies and basis of new masthead. CDK12.5 - STT8300 - Note these first images were with my STT8300 instead of my new 6303 system which was in the shop to work out some early issues.

 

Older Images

 

IC434 Region

IC434 Region (including Horsehead and Flame Nebulae - compare to version in Older Gallery)

 

Double Cluster

Perseus Double Cluster (compare to version in Older Gallery)

 

M42-Deep

M42 Deep Field (enhanced to hightlight dust and nebulosity surrounding M42/43 - Compare to "standard" M42 image below)

 

Fornax Cluster

Fornax Galaxy Cluster (NGC1365 bottom right)

 

Veil West

Veil Nebula West NB (NGC 6960 and Pickerings Triangle)

 

NGC7000

NGC 7000NB (North America Nebula) - STF8300 and Takahashi e130D

 

M8

M8 - STF8300 and Takahashi e130D

 

M74

M74 - CDK12.5 and F16M

 

IC1396

IC1396 Narrowband

 

Veil Nebula

Veil Nebula Narrowband

Recently processed images taken with STF8300 and Canon lenses. They are far from perfect (just look at the field rotation on the edges, yuck). But they are fun images nontheless. I hope to take more (and with much better technique) in the future.

 

NGC7380

NGC 7380 Narrowband

 

NGC281

NGC 281 Narrowband

 

Narrowband images taken with F16M and CDK12.5.

 

M42

M42

 

Pleiades

Pleiades

Above images are from my new combination, an SBIG STF8300 and a Takahashi e130D Astrograph. The e130D is very fast, at f3.3, and an elegant piece of imaging equipment with a FOV of 2.4 x 1.8 degrees.

 

NGC2264

NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster and Cone Nebula)

 

M81-82

M81 and M82 (Supernova in M82)

 

M51

M51

 

NGC7331

NGC 7331 Group

Above images taken with an Apogee Alta F16M on a Planewave CDK12.5. The image train also includes an Astrodon Monster MOAG with an STi autoguider and a Pyxis Rotator. Mount is a Software Bisque Paramount MX. Each image is made up of 12 to 15 hours worth of 10 minute red, green, and blue subframes. Filters are Astrodon Gen2 filters. Images were captured using MaximDL. All calibration, stacking, and processing was done in PixInsight.

 

Orion

Orion and environs

Above image taken with an SBIG STF8300 and a 35mm Canon lens. The image is made up of 90 2 minute subframes, 30 each in red, green, and blue. Processed in PixInsight

 

M33

M33

Old image reprocessed in PixInsight

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