Color RGB

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

LBN782 & LDN1495

This sinister scenery shows LDN 1495 and the blue reflection nebula LBN 782. It looks like the head of a dragon with a hazy blue eye… This is an LRGB composite using 25+16+16+15 individual LRGB exposure of 900 sec. taken at the Deep Sky West Observatory. Exposure: LRGB, (25,16,16,15) x 900sec Date: 2016-11-30…2016-12-26 Setup: Takahashi […]

LBN468 – Bright & Dark

The neighborhood of the Iris Nebula in Cepheus holds more secrets. This arrow-shaped complex is LBN 468 with lots of swirling bright and dark nebulosity. A very interesting and small structure, resembling a tiny comet, can be found at the tip of the arrow. This is the Herbig-Haro object known as HH 215 or Gyulbudaghian’s […]

Western Veil Nebula in RGB

Exposure: H 13 x 1800sec, L 16 x 900sec, RGB (16,16,8) x 600sec Date: 2016-06-12…2016-07-07 Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with QSI 683WSG-8 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA

Sharpless 155 – The Cave Nebula

The Cave Nebula, Sh2-155, is at the heart of a lively and colorful region in Cepheus. The Ha region Sh2-155 is the red structure in the center of the image, surrounded by a whirl of colorful stars, reflection nebulae, and dark clouds. A beautiful and rich scenery – look at it in full-size view. This […]

Sharpless 64

This is Sharpless 64 (Sh2-64) and its neighborhood in the constellation Serpens Cauda. The star-forming Ha region Sh2-64, also known as Westerhout 40, is the red structure below the image center. But honestly, I find the surrounding nebulosity much more exciting. There is a huge maze of reflection and dark nebulae criss-crossing the whole field […]