Rosette nebula

rosette nebula barn door tracker

I was a bit hesitant to image the Rosette nebula as it sits quite low in the sky, and is even fainter than the tricky Horsehead nebula which I had difficulty capturing a few months ago. So I didn’t expect much of a result when capturing the images with my DSLR/barn door tracker setup… And definitely not a stunning result like this!

The image is definitely up there with some of the best I’ve managed so far. When you factor in that it was taken with just a 180mm lens, the detail is pretty amazing. The gas filaments visible in the centre-right bare a definite resemblance to the famous ‘Pillars of Creation‘.

(Did I really just compare my photo to one taken by the Hubble Space Telescope!?)

Details: Nikon D7000Nikkor 180mm f2.8 at f2.8. 1 hour (120 x 30 seconds) at iso 800. Using didymium filter. Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker and tracked with barn door tracker.


  1. Eric Reply

    Hi Nick,

    I sent you an email earlier in the week, but not sure if you received it. I blocked out much of the address above, but the entire email should appear in the personal message I sent you. Did you receive the email? Thanks, Eric

    • Nick Reply

      Hi Eric – thanks for the email, just sent you a reply.
      Regards, Nick

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