Revisiting M81 & M82

Well, to start off, I’m breaking my statement from the end of my last post. I’m doing a target in one night and then moving on, and not spending an entire month on it. I have already shot this target way back in July when I first got my telescope, so I already have it…

Rule No.1 In Practice

This is partly a follow-on post from my previous image of the Heart Nebula, or IC 1805 for those of us who use the correct designations. My previous nights image revealed most of the core of the nebula. This is what is most easily seen in a quick 60 second exposure, but the really faint…

IC 1805 – Heart Nebula

Now that I’ve purchased a full spectrum camera, I can now photograph any target that I want in the night sky, and not be hindered by the infrared filter cutoff in my DSLR camera. You can read about it while getting a quick science lesson on emission nebulas, here. IC 1805 is a Hydrogen-emission nebula…

Making It Easier

Hello again! This time I come with a really helpful tip for people who use the planetarium software ‘Stellarium’. This piece of software is invaluable for any astronomer! It’s completely free, and can aid you in finding any deep space objects (DSO) by controlling your telescope mount if it is a goto mount, but that’s…