Sunday, May 20, 2018

Springtime is Galaxy Season


M82             M81

M81 (right) Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy

M82 (left)  Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy

Both  Galaxies are about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.

M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, and NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, and was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Its distance is estimated to be between 15 and 35 million light-years.

A Late Winter Target.

The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M 78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion.and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth.  This was captured in March from my backyard observatory in Sherkston.  I used a Canon T3i on my Tele Vue NP101 @ f5.4 All processing was done using Digital Photo Pro4, Deep Sky Stacker, and PhotoShop CC   

Monday, January 15, 2018

HDR Moon in Colour

     Yes, the Moon does have colour.  This is a HDR processed picture consisting of 3 separate exposures merged in Camera RAW, and processed in PhotoShop.  The colour levels where pushed to reveal the moons subtle hues.
     Here are a few images of the crescent moon captured with my Tele-Vue NP101, and Canon T3i
    This a mosaic image of the crescent moon.  I merged 2 images in PhotoShop to produce this picture. Taken from my Observatory last August a week after the Eclipse.
     This is a colour HDR image of the crescent Moon.  I captured 3 images of different exposures and merged thim into a HDR using PhotoShop. This process produces a very dynamic picture.

     For a while this past summer, we had a very active sun.  I captured this image using my Tele-Vue NP101 with a Baader solar film filter.  I took 20, 1/4000sec exposures with my Canon T3i, then stacked and processed them using PhotoShop CC

     In July I purchased a used iOptron Sky Tracker camera mount to use on my trip to Idaho to capture the eclipse.  It is a great portable tracking mount.  I decided to try it out by Imaging the Milky way.  Using my modded Canon  T3i with a 50mm f1.8 lens.  The first image was taken from my backyard in Sherkston.  The second was taken at Cherry Springs Pennsylvania.

Cherry Springs
By Backyard in Sherkston On.
     This has been the longest gap between updating my Blog.  I have been having issues with my ISP.  I had next to no upload speed.  They blamed my router, and I blamed there Modem.  Well, the problem was on there end but not the Modem. 
     I will be posting images from July, August, and September.  Unfortunately there will not be any Eclipse images from my trip to Idaho.  I got so caught up in viewing the event, I forgot to remove the filters from my camera during totality.  I could tell the camera wasn't taking proper exposures but decided it was more important to view the eclipse than fiddle with my camera.  But Toni came threw. It was spectacular.  I promise to have some images next time.  On April 8th 2024, I will have over 3 minutes of totally right hear in my backyard in Sherkston.

     This is a panoramic view of our eclipse site in the mountains, a few hours north of Boise Idaho.  This great location was found by my Uncle Bill Kozar. We had about 2 minutes of spectacular totally.

 Even tho I didn't get any images of Totally, My Wife Toni, using a hand held Canon XSi with a 50mm lens, managed to capture these images.  I had to do a bit of image processing in PhotoShop CC,   they don't look to shabby. 

The Diamond Ring

Totality Corona