EAA – Summer Nebulae Aug 9, 2020

Summer evenings are special. I really enjoy the beautiful cool summer evenings here in San Diego with a sparkling summer sky. It is one of the most relaxing experiences for me. Of course my light polluted backyard makes visual observing a lot more challenging but EAA really helps. For this session I decided to use... Continue Reading →

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 →

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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