Green comet

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”


Western Veil nebula

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”

Wide angle long exposure photos

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”

Bubble nebula – Nov2022

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”

Total lunar eclipse – Nov 8, 2022

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”

Eagle nebula – Oct2022

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”

Elephant trunk nebula – Oct 2022

Another attempt at capturing Elephant trunk nebula (IC1396) in Cepheus. This large cloud of gas and dust is a star forming region with many ‘young’ (~100,000 years old) stars. Use of Nikon Z6 camera with the full frame sensor instead of the cropped sensor ASI533MC-pro astro camera, makes it a wider angle image. For comparison,Continue reading “Elephant trunk nebula – Oct 2022”