62 Photos - Feb 22, 2013
Photo: Photo: Photo: Day 56, 8 straight weeks of cleaning 1 image a day from my vast reserves.  I was putting the baby to bed tonight when I realized why I'm so far behind.  It is mostly because I am present with my kids as often as I can, living in the moment to watch them grow.  I will take photos of them along the way and drown in that set of photos too, but finally now after all these years (this is from 2010 btw) have I come to realize and hopefully be at peace with the fact that the universe will wait while the kids and bond and grow.
oh, yeah, this is called the Iris nebula, thanks for reading!Photo: Finally the last image from the VSP was the Bubble Nebula, shot mostly through clouds!  A really nice target I will revisit on a nicer night!Photo: Photo: I shared this one live in the +Virtual Star Party  on August 4, 2013.  Here is the best 5min shot in Hydrogen-Alpha of the Cocoon NebulaPhoto: Photo: Full blog here: http://astromaphilli14.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-1st-real-halrgb-image-crescent-nebula.htmlPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: My evergoing spring cleaning brings us back to the +Virtual Star Party from February 3, 2013.  I started the show with the Horsehead and didn't get much time on the subject, but here's the efforts and please no more ISO 6400 on the Canon 7D for me!
Day38Photo: More Planetary Nebula goodness!
For sure I will not be using ISO6400 anymore.  The noise is horrendous.  Also I have fixed the shadow of the OAG prism falling on the DSLR chip, which added tons of edge artifacts.
Day8
I'm finding most of these images are laying around for good reason.  I'm not super proud of most of them.  Mostly all a big learning curve, thanks for hanging in there with me!Photo: Photo: Object 13 of the backlog is the Lagoon Nebula, M8.  Shot with a combination of Hydrogen Alpha, Lum/clear and separate R, G and B filtersPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: My +Virtual Star Party fun from last week, here's the North American Nebula in a 5min 3x3binPhoto: Photo: Photo: Day 29 gives us a more recent, but needed and required Orion Nebula.  I took 15 x 30s unguided ISO 400.  Only 7 of them stacked in DSS.  WHY?  :(
Here's the result and not too shabby!
I kinda wish someone asked me about this name, I would have called it the cotton candy nebula, but maybe I over did the processing?!?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Before the computer crashes for the +Virtual Star Party  I found a hours worth of time on the "Wizard Nebula"  And that hat I'm wearing in the avatar has me wondering now.Photo: My narrow FOV of the Heart Nebula from last night's The Virtual Star Party  along with Stuart Forman,  Fraser Cain, Scott Lewis, Cory Schmitz, Paul Stuart, Gary Gonnella and Roy Salisbury
Replay here: http://www.universetoday.com/105120/virtual-star-party-september-29-2013/Photo: http://www.astrobin.com/60261/0/?real=&mod=nonePhoto: 3x 20min on NGC1499, the California Nebula which is by far and above the longest subs I've ever taken with +Akule on my CGE.  As seen on this past week's +Virtual Star PartyPhoto: One of only 2 objects I shot last night during the +Virtual Star Party Photo: Just Horsing around so far tonightPhoto: This version of the Crab Nebula came out nicely. I'm quite happy with this shot even though it was not much time.  In about 4 attempts prior I get nothing but a smudge.  Hydrogen-Alpha is where it's AT! Photo: M78 unguided from last night while I ran to the warm room.  I nabbed a few Lum = 7 x 30s = 3.5m (1x1)
R = 0@ x 0s = 0.0m (2x2)
G = 0@ x 0s = 0.0m (2x2)
B = 0@ x 0s = 0.0m (2x2)
Total Time = 3.5 minPhoto: Photo: Photo: I was able to eek out a halfway decent image of NGC 6820 and the cluster NGC 6823 while playing video games the other night!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I wanted to organize my backlogs of images a bit more.  In reality I've been struggling with no just a huge pile of images to process but some mechanical issues with the mount.

Here's a short stop off on the "Flaming Star Nebula" IC 405.  I shot it in 2x2 bin and think I will stick with that for both guiding and imaging as it smooths out some guiding issues and brings some stability to unattended operations overnight.  This was a simple trial at 2 subs of 10m each.  :DPhoto: Back in Oct, I caught NGC6826 the Blinking Planetary.  In low res I think I can make out the FLIERs, or Fast Low-Ionization Emission RegionPhoto: IC 443 Jellyfish Nebula from more 'recent' work in November.  2hrs and 10min of 7nm Ha work!Photo: Tadpole nebula from last fall!  False color in 7nm HydrogenAlpha from two nights in November.Photo: Full view of the Jellyfish Nebula (http://astrob.in/188226/0/) or IC443 taken on Nov 22 and Dec 25 of 2014.  You can see the single night data at the bottom, fuzzy and not smooth and the mosaic border of the multi night data centered.Photo: I'm fully amazed at how good the Canon 60Da really is!  I've got some improvements to make, re: darks, flats, oag, mpcc etc...but this killer new DSLR might make me rethink my LRGB filter setup for the CCD.Photo: A view of NGC1931, aka The Little Orion Nebula from last December.  It's a mix of Ha and LRGB.Photo: Updated last year's Pacman with 4hrs of Ha.  Here's the previous for comparison! http://astrob.in/135123/B/ with acquistion details.Photo: Nothing special but here's IC348 from last fall, a year ago!  :|Photo: Photo: Photo: