The Orion Nebula - M42

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I haven't been out in awhile due to the large number of hours I have to give to my employer, but I did get out under the Port Orchard, Washington skies at 2 a.m. this morning. The Meade 115 Series 6000 APO Triplet has barely been used since I purchased it some months ago, so I decided to give it some light. I also used my ASI 1600MM Pro camera. 

Andromeda Galaxy

Submitted by swingin

Two shots of Andromeda Galaxy using a Nikon D5200 and DSS. Darker pic was about 60- 30 second light frames, lighter image was about 30 light frames at 40 seconds each. My D5200 automatically takes dark frames on every picture I take, saves me some trouble! :) Shot from my backyard in Gig Harbor WA. Enjoy!Andromeda Galaxy  

Messier 101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy, as seen from Port Orchard, Washington through a Meade 115 Series 6000 APO Triplet refractor. This is 32 one-minute subs with nine darks, stacked with DeepSkyStacker. 

This time of year, the Pinwheel Galaxy is high overhead and to the west at nightfall, just "above" the Big Dipper.

I could have done much better with the processing and will try later. Trying to figure out PixInsight and not having much luck, so just ran it through DSS real quick.

First light with Meade 115 Series 6000 APO Triplet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This was my first night out with this new refractor. It took a while to get used to it. My alignment wasn't perfect so I had to limit subs to 30  seconds at ISO 1250. This image was stacked with Deep Sky Stacker and processed with Corel PaintShopPro. Three darks and 74 light frames, using a Canon 60D. 

This is NGC 6704, a rarely imaged open cluster in the constellation Scutum. It is very near other - more glamorous - celestial objects so it often goes overlooked. To really test out the new equipment, I wanted something with a dense starfield so this was what I picked out. Enjoy!

Orion ( shows its true colors - and they're not pretty

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Orion ( shows its true colors - and they're not pretty

Most of you know that I recently purchased an Orion EON 115mm ED triplet Apochromatic refractor from I have purchased many Orion products in the past and was, in fact, going to mount this scope on an Orion Atlas EQ-G mount.

First light - Orion 10087 EON 115mm ED Triplet Apochromatic Refractor

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Yesterday, I got a notification that there would be an ISS Transit of the moon at 6:38 p.m. Having just set this new telescope up in the observatory, I decided to take it for a trial run. What better way to flex its muscles than to try to catch a transit?

Read why I am returning this telescope after only one use

As it turned out, I had misread the notification. It was a transit of the sun, not a transit of the moon. And here I was, all prepared to catch a lunar transit.

M64 - Black Eye Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Pictured here is the Black Eye Galaxy (Messier 64). The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Evil Eye Galaxy and designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) is a relatively isolated spiral galaxy located 17 million light years away in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices.

It is high overhead in the night sky this time of year and a pleasing target for telescopes.

In this case, I used the smallest telescope in my collection - an AstroTech AT72ED refractor. Total exposure time was 17 minutes, 30 seconds at ISO 1600. Three dark frames were subtracted.

03/31/2019 - A little more solar activity today

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

I was doing high-powered solar surface detail work today when, right before closing the observatory, I decided to move the telescope around the limb of the sun in the off chance a prominence had sprung up. Good thing I did, as you can see in this photo. Not a huge prominence, but pretty self-respectable so far as prominences go. :)

This photo was shot just before noon  on March 31, 2019 from Port Orchard, Washington.

Enjoy the sunshine!  

03/30/2019 - The Sun at solar minimum

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The sun shone brightly over Port Orchard, Washington today. After a long, unseasonably snowy and cold winter, it was nice to get out under the sun and soak up its warmth.

I got some photos of the sun today but haven't been able to look at most of the images. The most difficult part of astrophotography is the processing, and I've not had time to process any but just this one of the images I got. I hope to post more in the coming days.