11
NOV
2023

Supernova remnants: Autoguiding & the SpaceCat

First light with the new SpaceCat / RedCat 51 telescope was a tough choice. The wide 250mm field of view is perfect for capturing complete views of so many deep-sky objects. But with the Milky Way setting earlier now, the Veil nebula in Cygnus was the perfect choice. After a few...
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22
OCT
2023

A familiar target

A couple of clear nights tempted me to improve upon my ‘first light‘ image for the ZenithStar 73 scope. Over 4x the integration helps to reveal much more definition in the familiar features of the North America Nebula. A bit of trailing can be seen in the stars, so...
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17
FEB
2023

Orion Nebula

My best effort on the Great Orion nebula to date. Taken with the Zenithstar 73 telescope at 430mm/f5.9. The image is a big improvement over my recently captured image with the Tamron 100-400mm/f6.3. The new Optolong L-eNhance filter helped a lot with cutting out local light...
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01
FEB
2023

25 years in the making

Back in the late 1990’s I was a teenager in high school. Hung above the science department door was a big colour poster of the Horsehead Nebula. I have no doubt seeing this image every day inspired my lifelong passion for astronomy. Capturing the same image 25 years on...
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29
JAN
2023

Monkey Head nebula

A recent run of clear nights gave a rare opportunity to image the gems of the winter sky. The Great Orion Nebula, the Horsehead & Flame and the Rosette nebula were all bagged over the past week. With these targets moving behind a local tree each night, I moved to imaging a...
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03
JAN
2023

Rosette Nebula

As every astrophotographer knows, the crystal clear nights you’ve been patiently waiting months for will always coincide with a big, bright full moon. Thankfully, this is one of the major bonuses of using a narrowband filter like the Optolong L-eNhance. It allows you to...
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22
DEC
2022

First Light

A break in the clouds on the shortest day of the year was all the excuse I needed for a first light image with the new William Optics ZenithStar 73 II APO telescope. I originally had my heart set on a RedCat 51 250mm/f4.9 triplet. But having experienced what the ZS73 is capable...
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17
DEC
2022

Heart & Soul

I dusted off my old Nikkor 180mm lens to test out a newly acquired Optolong L-eNhance narrowband filter for a widefield shot of the Heart and Soul nebula. The faint emission nebulae being the perfect target to test the filter’s light pollution suppressing abilities. In...
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25
NOV
2022

Orion’s Sword

Three hand a half hours of imaging of the Great Orion nebula (M42) over three nights. One of the brightest nebulae in the night sky is bright enough to shine through the glare of the city lights. Given the level of light pollution and lack of any light pollution filter, I’m...
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21
NOV
2022

Pacman Nebula

The plan was to photograph either the Heart or the Soul nebula last night. But with a pub quiz calling, I ran out of time to find and compose the targets before leaving. Even at 400mm some targets can be surprisingly difficult to find!.. So I resorted to shooting the Pacman...
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