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Originally posted in July 2013

Sometimes it is difficult to see how a nebula or other body got its name but I really think these photos look like a swan



Photos taken using the Bradford Robotic Telescope

The Swan nebula (M17/NGC6618) is also known by a number of other names such as the Omega Nebula, the Horseshoe Nebula or the Lobster Nebula. It is 5000 to 6000 light years from Earth and has a diameter of 15 to 20 light years. it is one of the brightest and most massive star-forming regions seen from Earth and is visible with binoculars in the constellation Sagittarius.

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Wow Orion Nebula!

Posted: June 12, 2018 in Astronomy

When I got home in the evening I had my first images from the Harvard NASA telescope waiting to be processed. The ones of Jupiter and its moons seem to be blank but got a spectacular picture of the Orion Nebula -it didn’t look much at first but once processed and filtered


Orion Nebula Composite dark corrected


Posted: February 5, 2016 in Astronomy
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Not done much astrophotography recently but here are two pictures of moon taken in December last year




Sky Watching

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Astronomy

Wow! I love these

Roads End Naturalist

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.

~Jo Walton

I had a trip to Pocosin Lakes and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuges with a great group this past weekend. The birds have arrived (well, maybe not all the birds as yet) and it was a beautiful weekend of clear skies and warm weather. Too warm for my tastes, but I don’t think my friends minded. In addition to the wildlife, we enjoyed some beautiful skies, especially at sunrise and sunset. While almost everyone I know appreciates a good sunset, I find that many people are not fond of the concept of sunrise. A teacher that attended one of our Yellowstone workshops one summer (when sunrises are really early) sent me a cartoon whose caption summed up her feelings…the only problem with sunrise is that it comes too…

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Just love these photographs!!! That sky is amazing


sunset 069

The colors of the sunset that we saw coming home from an adventure on Cayuga Lake near Ithaca NY. This image is from the Rt. 201 crossing in Johnson City New York.

Moon 007

The moon coming up over the horizon at 6:57pm local time on the Vestal Parkway East. Also on the Rt. 201 Crossing.

Moon 008

9:24pm from the front yard in Binghamton NY.

Moon 009


Moon 010


Moon 011


Moon 012

And my last image of the night taken at 10:09pm. It was a fun, enjoyable outing to watch as the moon was going through its eclipse and I learned some new things with my camera as well. Night shots are still something that I’m working on and hope to master some day. Until the next eclipse, enjoy MT 🙂

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NGC6960 sometimes known as the ‘witches broomstick’. Here are a couple of not terrible successful attempts by me to photograph it. The presence of a bright object alongside it makes the duration of the open shutter problematic. I  tried doing longer shots but the nebula just gets blotted out by the bright object.

NGC 6960 (H alpha filtered)

NGC 6960 (H alpha filtered)

NGC 6960 (Omega 3 filtered)

NGC 6960 (Omega 3 filtered)

Taken using the Bradford Robotic telescope.

Here is another much more successful picture of the whole nebula, which shows how it became to be known as ‘the witches broomstick’

By Hewholooks (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Hewholooks (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (, via Wikimedia Commons

Eastern Veil Nebula

Posted: July 27, 2015 in Astronomy
Eastern Veil Nebula (colour image)

Eastern Veil Nebula (colour image)

This is a new target for me. The eastern veil nebula forms part of an area of heated ionized gas known collectively as the Veil Nebula. It is the remnant of a supernova that exploded 5-8 thousand years ago. It can be found in the constellation Cygnus and is approx 1470 light years from earth.

Eastern Veil Nebula (Omega -3 filter)

Eastern Veil Nebula (Omega -3 filter)

Eastern Veil Nebula (H-alpha filter)

Eastern Veil Nebula (H-alpha filter)

I found this really amazing photo of the nebula taken by the Hubble telescope

Close up of Pluto

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Astronomy
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Pluto as seen by New Horizons satellite 2015

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has reached its closest point to Pluto and is now sending back the most detailed pictures of the planets surface.

More images can be seen at

Omega 3 filter

Omega 3 filter

This nebula is part of the Orion Nebula complex and is seperated from the main nebula by a lane of dust.

H-alpha filter

H-alpha filter

Taken using the Bradford Robotic telescope


Located in the constellation Triangulum, from which it takes its name, this spiral galaxy is the 3rd largest after the Milky way and the Andromeda galaxy. It may be a bound satellite of the Andromeda galaxy. It is 3 million light years from earth; has a diameter of 60,000 light years and is estlimated to contain around 40
billion stars.

Unfiltered image

Unfiltered image

Infra-Red filter

Infra-Red filter

Blue Filter

Blue Filter

Red Filter

Red Filter

These are some photos taken using the Bradford Robotic telescope