A few quick pics

Submitted by swingin

These pics are from my backyard in Gig Harbor WA. Not all that great but I'm working on that, for the rest of my life! :) First one is the Black Eye Galaxy, 2nd is the Cigar Galaxy, 3rd is the Ring Nebula in Lyra. These were all taken with my Nikon D5200 and Backyard Nikon at prime focus. I need to learn how to stack these pictures, these are all a single shot with different time lengths, ISO settings and so on.

Jupiter - First pass

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I shot hundreds of thousands of frames of Jupiter tonight. This is the result of the first 800/3500 frame set, processed with Registax. This was shot using a Celestron Skyris camera on an 8" Meade LX200R, using a 2x tele-extender. Nothing spectacular, but passable....

C2015 V2 (Johnson) - Wide field view of comet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here is a widefield view (positive and negative images) of comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) in Bootes. Tonight, the comet was at magnitude 6.9, fainter than last night. This is a stack of 40x20sec subs. The images were acquired at prime focus using a modded Canon T3i at ISO 1600 with an AstroTech AT72ED refractor on a Celestron AVX mount.

C/2015 V2 Johnson - A spectacular comet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

While most people in my home town of Port Orchard, Washington slept, a couple of amazing comets crossed the sky overhead. One of them, comet C/2015 V2 Johnson, is pictured here in all its glory.

This was photographed with an 8" Meade LX200R with a Canon 60D at prime focus. No filters or reducers were used. 90x65 second subs, stacked with manual 1-star alignment using Maxim DL software.

Orion at dusk

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here is a quick shot I got of Orion as it skimmed the tops of the trees in my Port Orchard, Washington back yard. I used the Star Adventurer sidereal drive atop a sturdy camera tripod with a Canon 60D to get the shot. It's one of only two shots I've been able to get all winter long - the last few months were very wet, always overcast and unusually dreary in the Seattle area. I'm so ready for the skies to clear but looking at the forecast, I think this photo is going to have to hold me for a while ...

Orion in the Seattle skyglow

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is a 4.5 minute (9 30-second subs, stacked, ISO 1600, f5.6) exposure of Orion. You can clearly see the Flame Nebula and M42, the Great Orion Nebula. The fir trees in the foreground are blurred as the camera was tracking the sidereal motion of the stars. The ghastly, icky green color you see is Seattle light pollution reflected from high clouds.

NGC 6888 - The Crescent Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

A photo of the Crescent Nebula taken from my back yard in Port Orchard, Washington. This is not that great a shot, but best I could do in the conditions, with high hazy cloud cover (thickening, intermittently, making guiding problematic) and bad batteries in the camera shutter control. But I did what I could.

NGC 6992 - The Veil Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

After inadvertently seriously disabling my Meade 8" LX200R last night out (necessitating these repairs), I set out tonight to prove that my repair work is solid.

Having been disassembled, the scope was completely out of collimation and out of alignment. After some star collimation and alignment work, I slewed to the Veil Nebula and started shooting.

This was the final result, and is good enough to certify the repair. It's great to be back in business!