Got my Veil nebula photo printed. This is the first time for me to get an acrylic print. It was expensive but I see why that was so. It seems like the print is mounted under a clear ~4mm thick piece of plastic (acrylic?!). It looks great. Can’t wait to put it on a wall.
Comet C2022/E3 (ZTF) or the green comet as mentioned in the news was captured on the night of Friday (1/27) from my front yard. The relative movement of the comet over that time can be seen as the background stars made startrails. In the second image, the processing was done a little differently to suppressContinue reading “Green comet”
Strava does this year end summary of all the activities posted through the year. I like that I can get this summary without any effort to generate it by myself. Here are my numbers for 2022.
A part of the Veil nebula complex from Cygnus. This is Pickering’s triangle and Witch’s broom (NGC6960). This supernova remnant glows in Halpha and Oiii frequencies which is perfect for LeXtreme narrowband filter that selects those frequencies. I have tried this image several times before but this 4 hour exposure is the best so far.Continue reading “Western Veil nebula”
Pacman nebula (NGC 281) is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This bright emission nebula is at 9200 light years away in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way galaxy. WO ZS61 – ZWO ASI533MC-PRO – LeXtreme – 50 x 3 min – SIRIL – PS
Playing with long exposure (3 mins) photos with a 40 mm lens attached to Nikon Z6 on a SkyWatcher star tracker. Here is one that shows Andromeda galaxy (M31), top right and Triangulum Galaxy (M33), bottom center. Also two open star clusters: M34 in Perseus (left edge) and NGC 752 in Andromeda (left center). ThisContinue reading “Wide angle long exposure photos”
The Bubble nebula (NGC 7635) and an open cluster M52 in the constellation Cassiopeia. They appear next to each other but the nebula is ~11000 LY away while M52 is closer at a distance of only ~5000 LY. The bubble is about 10 LY across and is formed because of the intense radiation from theContinue reading “Bubble nebula – Nov2022”
Looking at future dates of solar eclipses and dreaming about them. Have to make plans for these trips. October 14, 2023 – Albuquerque, NM – This will be an annular eclipse making it extra special. April 8, 2024 – Burlington, VT – Total eclipse
Here are attempts to put together the photos taken during the course of yesterday’s total lunar eclipse – one as a composite image and other a timelapse video.
It is hard to get excited about lunar eclipses. They are not as dramatic as the solar ones. The eclipse started at around 3 am local time and the sky was supposed to be clear. Without that “cloudy sky” excuse, I decided to wake up to watch it from start to end. Once I wasContinue reading “Total lunar eclipse – Nov 8, 2022”
Went bike riding around Great Sacandaga lake in upstate New York. Turned out to be an unusually warm November day. The route was mostly along the lakeshore and the views were just fantastic. It was one of the most enjoyable ride ever.
Eagle nebula aka Star Queen nebula (M16) in constellation Serpens, at about 7000 light years is home to the “Pillars of Creation” made famous by Hubble telescope. I always wanted to capture this but, my Southern sky is not completely open. I only get about one hour window for capturing these objects closer to theContinue reading “Eagle nebula – Oct2022”