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Ring Nebula

Posted: September 30, 2019 in Astronomy

I have been reviewing some of my files of photographs and came across these of the Ring Nebula, one of my favourite photographic targets in space.

The Ring Nebula (aka Messier 57 or NGC6720) is a planetary nebula found in the constellation Lyra. It is caused by a shell of ionised gas, which has been expelled from a red giant star in the process of turning into a white dwarf. The inner ring gives a blue-green hue, whilst the outer rings give a reddish hue, something which can just be seen in the close-up photos. The nebula is 2300 light-years from Earth and measurements have shown that the gas ring is expanding all way from the central star.

Orion Nebula

Posted: September 6, 2019 in Astronomy

I havent done any astrophotography for quite a while now, but I came across this folder of pictures of the Orion Nebula which I have taken at various times and thought I would share them.

The Orion Nebula (also known as M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula located in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae and may be visible to the naked eye in the night sky. It is located at a distance of 1,344 light-years from Earth.

It has always been one of my favourite photographic subjects.




The Andromeda Galaxy is one of the most photogenic and a subject I return to many times.

For more information on the Andromeda Galaxy. See post

These photos taken using the of NASA telescope.

Orion Nebula

Posted: March 28, 2019 in Astronomy

Was searching through some picture files a couple of days ago and found this set of pictures of the Orion Nebula.




Orion OIII



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


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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