Flintstone Stargazing

September 7, 2013

M31-The Andromeda Galaxy on 9/6/13

Here’s the other thing I was imaging. Because of the low number of subs and lack of flat frames, there are quite a few dust donuts visible on this image. I may spring for an EL panel or something to do good flat frames… We’ll see.

Boy, it was nice to be out again. And the Cardinals won, so that was a bonus. 🙂

October 4, 2011

C23 on 10/4/11

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Caldwell Object, Observation Journal — Tags: , — Ed @ 12:14 am

I spent a bit of time imaging several different things tonight. While the Moon shot came out great. This was probably the best of the rest of the shots. This edge-on galaxy, known as NGC891 is also known as Caldwell 23, which means I’m at least 4 or 5 along toward completing the Caldwell list. 🙂

April 12, 2010

M51-Whirlpool Galaxy on 4/11/10

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: , — Ed @ 12:23 am

This year has been a bit frustrating for me when it comes to astronomy. We’ve had a lot of cloudy/windy weather, and when it has been clear, I’ve been too busy to get out with the scope. Tonight, I finally had a chance to set everything up and even to use my new light box for flat frames. While the light box needs just a bit of tweaking, I’m really happy with the flats that came from it and I hope it’ll help me significantly improve my widefield D50 shots like this one of the Whirlpool Galaxy. If you look closely, you can see two smaller galaxies in the upper right of this image. I’m still out in my driveway right now and am taking images of M101 so we’ll see how that goes…

February 21, 2010

M81/82 Bode’s Galaxy, Cigar Galaxy on 2/20/10

My son, Eddie, is comparing imaging using a skyglow filter to imaging without one for his science fair project this year. Tonight, we stayed up until midnight, taking images of M81/M82 with and without the Orion Imaging Skyglow filter. The image above is from the 15 images we took with the filter. We’re still working on the ones without…

November 26, 2009

M31-Andromeda Galaxy on 11/25/09

I recently bought a 135mm f/2.8 lens off of eBay. It’s an old Soligar (it’s about my age) and has a manual focus, Because my DSI uses a T-mount as well as this lens, I just bought a couple spacers and now I’m able to use my DSI to take widefield shots like this one. With my telescope, I can’t get the entire Andromeda Galaxy into the frame with my DSLR, but with this lens, it fits on my little DSI just fine. I hope to do a more imaging like this soon.

November 16, 2009

M33-Pinwheel Galaxy on 11/15/09

Tonight, I visually observed a number of targets and finished up what I need to get my Messier Award from the Astronomical League (through my club, the Barnard Astronomical Society). As a result I just had time to image one thing and I chose M33, the Triangulum or Pinwheel Galaxy. It's a nearby galaxy (in the local group) and you can find more here.

May 20, 2009

M101-Pinwheel Galaxy

I also had a few minutes to get M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy. It’s a wonderful sprial galaxy off of the handle of the Big Dipper.

April 12, 2009

M104-Sombrero Galaxy on 4/12/09

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: , — Ed @ 1:29 am

To top off the evening, I took a number of 60s exposures of M104-The Sombrero Galaxy. Unfortunately, the Moon’s arrival cut short my imaging. I think with maybe 20 more minutes of exposure, I should start to see the dust lanes reasonably clearly – I think I’ve caught a hint of them in this image, though.

March 17, 2009

M82-Cigar Galaxy on 3/17/09

The Cigar Galaxy, M82, gets its name from its shape – we’re viewing the galaxy on edge, but it also has been distorted from its interaction with M81, Bode’s Galaxy, which is found nearby.

November 25, 2008

C65-Sculptor Galaxy on 11/25/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Caldwell Object, NGC, Observation Journal — Tags: , , — Ed @ 11:42 pm

Here’s the Sculptor Galaxy image I was working on this evening – over an hour of image data on this wonderful object found in the constellation Sculptor. It’s really one of my favorite targets for my camera. Through the eyepiece, it’s easily visible as a cigar-shaped smudge, but I can’t make out much, if any, detail.

I’m now working on an image of Merope one of the stars of the Pleiades which has a wonderful nebula around it. I’ll post that next.

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