Alnitak and a hint of the Flame Nebula

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Alnitak is one of the three belt stars in the constellation Orion. There is a lot of nebulosity in Orion, and you can see some in this high-powered shot of the star Alnitak. I used eyepiece projection (15mm) and an Orion 8 Newtonian to get the image. The camera was a Canon T3i. Due to a lot of moonlight, I had to keep the exposure very short – 10×15 second subs. Stacked with Maxim DL.

The Great Andromeda Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is the Great Andromeda Galaxy, photographed tonight from my back yard in Port Orchard, Washington, using a 8″ Orion Astrograph Newtonian, eyepiece projection (15mm), Canon T3i, 1600 ISO, 10×15 seconds, f4. I had to keep the exposure times short due to bright moonlight – I was just messing around with eyepiece projection as it’s the first time I’ve ever attempted it with a Newtonian. All the equipment was mounted on a Celestron AVX, 2×4 alignment.

M42 in Orion

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

And yes, the obligatory M42 photo - it's just too lovely not to expose when working in that area of the sky. This was shot February 14, 2013 from Port Orchard, Washington using a Meade 8' LX200R on a Milburn wedge 15x30 sec, ISO 1600, Lepus .62 telescompressor at prime focus using a Canon T3i - with an Astronomik CLS-CCD clip fliter.

M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

What a great night with clear skies in the Seattle area! This is Messier 27, the Dumbbell Nebula. For those who are interested, I am abandoning DSLR astrophotography and moving into CCD astrophotography. This is my first attempt with basically a low-end beginner's camera. (Meade 8" LX200, Orion Starshoot G3 CCD, 25x180 second subs, Orion ST-80 autoguide scope, PHD, MaximDL.)

Gorgeous moon!

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I rarely ever photograph the moon anymore, as I am more fond of chasing down very dim comets and remote galaxies. But the moon was particularly beautiful tonight, so I grabbed a quickie photo.

Tonight, purely by accident, I happened to capture a spectacular feature on the moon that I've never been able to get before, and it got it tonight by accident. Do you see the Lunar X??

About the Lunar X.