Author Archives: paul

The Horsehead nebula in Orion – (Barnard 33, in the region of IC 434)

This is a tricky target from my back yard, I only have about a 50-minute window between some trees to capture this. Imaged on a windy night the stars are not a great shape but I can live with that. … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Nebula | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Horsehead nebula in Orion – (Barnard 33, in the region of IC 434)

7-Sisters, The Pleiades Cluster, Messier 45

This is the bright 7-Sisters star cluster in Taurus visible high in the winter northern skies. This is a target that has been long on my list of failures – results have previously been poor with not having the right … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Nebula, Open Cluster | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on 7-Sisters, The Pleiades Cluster, Messier 45

Comparison of ZWO 7nm Oiii (2018 version) versus Baader 6.5nm Narrow Band OIII Filter – CMOS Optimised (2021)

Earlier this year purchased a ZWO ASI1600mm Pro + 36mm 7-position filter-wheel complete with the LRGBNB filter set. The ZWO filters represent very good value and I have had a lot of fun with them. However, of the set the … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy Gear, Deep Sky, Equipment | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Comparison of ZWO 7nm Oiii (2018 version) versus Baader 6.5nm Narrow Band OIII Filter – CMOS Optimised (2021)

The Crescent Nebula NGC6888

This is was my first image of the 2021 season after a long break. It’s the result of two nights of roughly 1hr total for LRGB, 2hrs Ha and 5hrs Oiii.  I’ve been practicing with methods to combine the images… LRGB subs … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Nebula | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on The Crescent Nebula NGC6888

The Wizard Nebula NGC7380 in HOO

This is the Wizard Nebula. I’m told it is supposed to look like a wizard in a pointed hat and gown with open arms. I imaged this over two nights under very bad weather conditions and a bright moon. I … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Nebula | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on The Wizard Nebula NGC7380 in HOO

The Cocoon Nebula IC5146

After cleaning and correctly(!) fitting my LRGB filters I decided to go a for a bright broadband target. Clouds, moon and poor seeing did not help but I managed about 45 mins each for RGB and Ha – shot with the ASI1600mm. … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Nebula | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on The Cocoon Nebula IC5146

The Andromeda Galaxy M31

This is the result of 3hrs and 50 minutes of 5min subs @ ISO800 using my resurrected Canon 550d, Optolong L-pro, Altair 70mm EDT-F on my trusty HEQ5pro. I’m pretty happy with picking up the star bridge between M31 and … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Galaxies | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Andromeda Galaxy M31

Now take my Soul, IC1848 the Soul nebula in SHO

Right next to the Heart ( IC1805 The Heart Nebula – SHO) you will find the Soul. This was trickier for me to process than the Heart nebula. Although it was clear, conditions were not great and I had few … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Nebula | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Now take my Soul, IC1848 the Soul nebula in SHO

IC1805 The Heart Nebula – SHO

This is my first imaging season using narrow band filters on a mono camera. I’m enjoying the freedom to image and not fight moonlight or light pollution from the city. The Heart nebula (IC1805) is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Nebula | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The NorthAmerican Nebula NGC7000 in SHO

This image is the result of 13 hrs of imaging. I still have much to learn about image processing but I am quite happy with this result. The S1, Ha and Oiii subs were 120s @gain 200 to avoid burning … Continue reading

Posted in Deep Sky, Nebula | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The NorthAmerican Nebula NGC7000 in SHO