Color RGB

Sh2-188 in RGB

Sharpless2-188, a difficult target already for narrowband imaging. This version, however, is RGB with Ha mixed into the luminance channel. This object is an unconventional planetary nebula located in the constellation Cassiopeia. The expanding gas from the planetary nebula is colliding with ambient gas in the interstellar medium. The nebula is brighter to the southeast […]

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 […]