Friday, 23 October 2020 23:53

Supernova SN2020uxz located in galaxy NGC 514. Type 1a supernova where a white dwarf accretes matter from a binary companion star until it reaches a critical mass and ignites as a supernova, currently shining at 13.8 magnitude.. NGC514 is 80+ million light years away located in Pisces. 

 

Friday, 23 October 2020 12:37

NGC 7000 North American Nebula a large emission nebula located in Cygnus. The nebula resembles a map of North America, with the dark lower center being the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico located in lower part of the image stretching around to Florida. The nebula and the joining Pelican Nebula in the top right are ionized by a hot O type star in the center. 

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 15:41

Random objects, with emission nebula Sh 2-101, aka the Tulip Nebula on the left, blue super-giant star HD226868 and its unseen black hole companion Cygnus X-1 center (lower) bright star, and shining brilliantly the multiple star system Eta Cygni on the right.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 01:02

An open cluster located in Serpens located about 1,500 light years away. Somewhat difficult to pick out against the dense background stars of the Milky Way. 

Friday, 09 October 2020 16:49

NGC 6633 Open cluster located in the rich star fields of Ophiuchus. It contains around 30 stars and is about 1,000 light years away with an estimated age of 600 million years.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 17:16

iTelescope.net is an web based network of remotely controlled telescopes currently based in four areas. The service has telescopes based in New Mexico, and California in the United States, in Spain, and in Australia. Using a web browser, one can control or upload a planned observation that can reserve telescope time and execute automatically at the appointed time. It describes itself as a Self-Funding Observatory with most of the profits invested back into upgrading their operation.

Friday, 01 July 2016 22:01

Here are a few of the images I've taken with the new camera and equipment. Still working out the bugs with the new equipment and camera.

First up is the Great Globular Cluster in the constellation of Hercules. Imaged under a full Moon, so not the best imaging conditions.

Friday, 03 June 2016 21:49

Just received a new camera, and no charge for the extended cloudiness that comes with any astronomical purchase. Received a just out ASI 1600MM-Cool camera. It is a 16 megapixel 4/3 CMOS sensor, that has a resolution of 4656 x 3520 pixels, and a pixel size of 3.8 nanometers. It also has a two stage TEC cooling system that can take the sensor down to 40C below the ambient temperature. It also has a very low read noise, which is good for deep sky, and with its relatively high frame rate it can also be used as a planetary camera. Looking forward to trying it out in both types of imaging.

 

 

Saturday, 23 April 2016 15:35

 After using the dome for several years, started thinking about the next observatory. Wanted the capability of using two scopes in those seeming rare clear moonless nights, and the ability to image without having to rotate the dome. At the time, automating my dome was looking rather difficult and expensive.

Settled on a roll off roof observatory, and after doing research, ordered plans for a SkyShed RoR. Picked the 10 foot by 10 foot one, based on my ability to haul the supplies, and most likely I would be building it by myself.

Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:44

 When you first start astrophotography, it quickly becomes apparent how much a convenience a permanent setup brings. First you have to bring out the tripod, the counterweights, and the scope. Then haul out the power, either battery(s) or A/C cord. Then a table for the computer, then the computer. Then all the cables to control the mount, the cameras. Then the mount has to be polar aligned with the axis of the earth so the mount can track objects better as they rotate through the sky. Of course, by then, clouds will appear out of no wheres.

So a high priority was to build a permanent setup for the scope and equipment. I decided to tackle building a dome, well because I think domes are cool. They also do a great job of blocking wind, reducing dew, and any stray light, which luckily I don't have much of a problem with.