Capturing NEO (52768) 1998 OR2

No doubt you have seen the headlines in the press on this asteroid which did a very close pass by Earth. It came within 3.9 million miles on the morning of April 29th. NEO or Near Earth Object (52768) 1998 OR2 is actually quite a large asteroid ~1.2 miles across so it is a good... Continue Reading →

EAA Observing Report – Some Spring Galaxies & Hickson Compact Groups Apr 14, 2020

Spring is definitely one of my favorite observing season as I love observing galaxies or the faint fuzzies as amateur astronomers affectionately refer to them. There is just something about capturing light from these distant island universes that has traveled incomprehensible distances measured in millions of light years. Since I was not able to make... Continue Reading →

SCT Performance

The easy guide to optimizing your SCT The SCT Design The Schmidt–Cassegrain (or SCT) is a very popular design among amateur astronomers. It is a catadioptric design i.e. it includes both lenses and mirrors. The optical path is folded which allows the packing of a long focal length in a very short tube making it... Continue Reading →

Treasures of Orion

Here is a first light image with my new Canon EOS Ra. Still getting to grips with the camera. This was really a trial run and the image came out much better than I expected. Also goofed up on the mount setup. Used my Skywatcher Az-Gti which can quite easily do 2-3min unguided exposures at... Continue Reading →

Rosette Nebula with The Redcat 51

First light of my newly acquired Williams Optics 51. Just 26 x 120s on the Rosette Nebula using the ASI183MC Pro and Optolong L-Enhance filter. Seeing was not the best but I will take any clear evening I can get. Processed completely with Astro Pixel Processor. Rosette Nebula

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