Color RGB

Iris Nebula – AP175 Refractor

This is the Iris Nebula, NGC7023, as seen with the Astro-Physics 175 Starfire Refractor from the Deep Sky West Observatory.   Exposure: LRGB (21,27,23,10) x 900sec Date: 2017-07-17…2017-09-21 Setup: Astro-Physics 175 Starfire with FLI PL16070 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA

Cocoon Nebula

The Cocoon Nebula, IC5146, seen with the RH-305 setup at the Deep Sky West Observatory. I was hoping to get a more prominent appearance of the dark lane extending from the Nebula itself… will have to reprocess this image to get out more. Still, the colors are beautiful. Exposure: LRGB, (63,22,13,18) x 600sec Date: 2017-05-05…2017-09-16 […]

Pelican Nebula – NB vs. RGB

Two different perspectives on the head of the Pelican Nebula: false-color narrow band (above) and real color RGB (below). Both taken with the same setup, the new Astro-Physics 175 mm f/8 Starfire EDF at the Deep Sky West Observatory. Processing was very straight forward, no tricks necessary.

M20 – Trifid Nebula

This is the Trifid Nebula, M20, with the open cluster M21, my first test target from the new Astro-Physics 175 mm f/8 Starfire EDF at the Deep Sky West Observatory. Processing was very straight forward, no tricks necessary. Exposure: LRGB, (22,8,9,10) x 600sec Date: 2017-06-14…2017-06-30 Setup: Astro-Physics 175 Starfire with FLI PL16070 Site: Deep Sky […]

Supernova SN2017eaw in NGC6946

My first shot of the Fireworks Galaxy, NGC6946, with the Supernova SN2017eaw (marked) that was discovered 13 days earlier, on May 14th. A list of photometric and photographic observation of the supernova can be found here. Data taken at the Sternenwelt Vogelsberg. My equipment was not running too well, guiding and auto-focussing were bumpy. I […]

Sunflower Galaxy – M63

This is the Sunflower Galaxy, M63, seen with the RH-305 setup at the Deep Sky West Observatory. I processed this image to bring out the halo surrounding the galaxy, particularly the arch extending below the galaxy. Exposure: LRGB, (34,14,16,19) x 600sec Date: 2017-04-16…2017-05-19 Setup: Astro-Physics RH-305 with FLI ML8300 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, […]

M81 – Second Test of RH-305

This is M81 as a second test target for the RH-305 setup at the Deep Sky West Observatory. I will reprocess this target as more data is coming in, but for now I am happy with it. Exposure: LRGB, (52,18,13,12) x 600sec Date: 2017-03-01…2017-04-16 Setup: Astro-Physics RH-305 with FLI ML8300 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, […]

Barnard 22 and Little Flame

Dark nebula Barnard 22 with embedded reflection nebula IC2087. An LRGB composite using 30+20+20+20 individual frames with 900 sec exposure time. Data taken at the Deep Sky West Observatory. Exposure: LRGB, (30,20,20,20) x 900sec Date: 2017-01-22…28 Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with QSI 683WSG-8 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA

M106 – First Test of RH305

This is a first test image with a new setup at Deep Sky West – an Astro-Physics 305mm f3.8 Riccardi-Honders Astrograph. A nice galaxy machine.. here M106 as a test. Exposure: LRGB, (27,33,18,33) x 300sec Date: 2017-02-22…2017-03-15 Setup: Astro-Physics RH-305 with FLI ML8300 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA

IC447

Exposure: LRGB, (19,16,16,16) x 900sec Date: 2016-12-10…2017-01-18 Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with QSI 683WSG-8 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA

Markarian’s Chain

Markarian’s Chain as seen from the dark skies of the Deep Sky West observatory. This LRGB image with a total exposure time of almost 17 hours shows lots and lots of tiny galaxies beyond the well known chain. Exposure: LRGB, (19,16,16,16) x 900sec Date: 2016-12-27…2017-01-09 Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with QSI 683WSG-8 Site: Deep Sky […]

California Nebula in RGB

The California Nebula in a two-panel LRGB mosaic using a total of 24 hours of data taken at the Deep Sky West Observatory. Exposure: LRGB, 2 x (24,16,16,16) x 600sec Date: 2016-10-01…2016-11-03 Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with QSI 683WSG-8 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA