The Andromeda Galaxy M31 imaged on 100915 from 36 3 minute subexposures at Heppner OHV Park.

NGC 253 Imaged at The Chiefland Star Party on 111115 from a stack of 6  2 minute subs using a Hutech Canon 6D camera with a Celestron C11 at f2 560mm using a Hyperstar III Lens. Mount is a Losmandy G11 Gemini II Mount.

The North American below and The Pelican Nebula above are depicted in this frame. The entire emission nebula extends across the sky 4 degrees , which is at a distance of 1,900 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. The large gap between the 2 nebula is known as LDN 935. The dark nebula lies at the front of the North American nebula and it blocks the light behind it.. 

    This was imaged on 091215  from 18   3 minute unguided images at 560mm F2 with a hyperstar Celestron C11.  The camera is a Hutech Canon 6D camera and the mount is a Losmandy G11 Gemini II Mount with a special RA worm from Ovision of Paris France.

The Helix Nebula imaged from The Chiefland Star Party on 111115 from 8    2 minute subexposures at ISO 400 with a Hutech Canon 6D camera.

" The Iris Nebula"

The Ring Nebula M57 is a planetary nebula in the northern constellation Lyra. The object is formed when a shell of ionized gas is expelled into the surrounding intersellar medium by a red giant star and then passes into a white dwarf.

Imaged on 061515 with a Huetch Canon 6D camera from 36 sub-exposures of 1 minute each unguided at ISO 1600 using a Celestron C11 at F10 2800mm.

Just to the northwest of The Ring Nebula is the faint barred spiral galaxy IC 1296. This barred spiral is at mag. 14.8 and at an astounding 221 million light years away ; while the Ring Nebula is just 2,300 light years away. 

Abel 2065

​The most distant galaxy's ever recorded by an amateur astronomer. This is a group of a highly concentrated galaxy cluster of 400 members in the constellation of Corona Borealis. To me this is my greatest accomplishment since I started my quest in astrophotography to image such a distant cousin so far, far, away. It is such a humbled experience to take this all in. Toward the out edges of our own solar system were looking at light from 1 to 1.5 billion years ago The cluster is very faint and centered in the middle of the image I took from a very very clear, cloudless night with no winds

Imaged on my new Huetch Canon 6D camera from 3  3 minute unguided exposures at F1.8 520mm with a hyperstar III lens attached to the Canon 6D.

​The mount is a Losmandy G11 Gemini II mount with special RA worm gear by Ovision of Paris France.

The Markarian Chain imaged on 041615 & 041715 from 25 90 second subs at ISO 1000 with a Huetch Canon 6D camera.

NGC 5477 Dwarf Galaxy

Mag. 14

NGC 5484, 5485, 5486

NGC 5473

NGC 5422

edge on Lenticular Galaxy

Bodes Galaxy & The Cigar Galaxy

My first long image run of the pair imaged with my Canon T2i Full Spectrum Camera from 1.5 hours of collecting the photons on 021715

The Crescent Nebula

NGC 6888

Left over from an exploding remnant star in the constellation Cygnus.  Image captured from my celestron C11 with Hyperstar III lens at F2 520mm using my Full Spectrum Canon T2i camera.

   This is from a stack of about 16 subs ranging from 60 seconds to 3 minutes unguided.

The Orion Nebula Messier 42

This was imaged from my backyard on 011514 from a single  90 exposure at ISO 800 with a Canon T2i full spectrum camera at F2 520mm with a Hyperstar III lens attached to the Celestron C11's primary mirror. The mount is a Losmandy G11 with Gemini II.

To the right of M42 is The Running Man NGC 1977

The Bubble Nebula

​Imaged from Hardman Oregon from 212 sub-exposures of 1 minute each unguided at F10 2800mm with the Celestron C11 at the OHV Park under extreme dark sky's. Camera used is the Hutech Canon 6D Camera at ISO 1600. Mount is the Losmandy G11 Gemini II Mount.

NGC 7635 is about 11,000 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. The bubble is 10 light years across. It was created by a fierce stellar wind from the hot, young massive stellar star, which has been blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The nebula is being energized by the hot central star, causing it to glow.


The Tarantula Nebula

NGC 2070

This was imaged about 2 years ago using a Planewave 20 inch telescope from Austrailia. This is a composite of an LRGB image of 300 seconds each.

NGC 1333

Imaged from 112014 on a .6 meter Planewave telescope using 300 second captures of LRGB. RGB is binned 2. A very fascinating object. the colors are very beautiful from an example of a reflection , emission, and dark nebula all in one.. This is located in the constellation Perseus. Blue light from the central star is  scattered by the surrounding dust . Focal patches of hydrogen gas is glowing in reddish- brown light, representing Ha emission induced by ultraviolet light. The gas structure shows examples of recent collapse and fragmented molecular clouds leading to clustered mode of star formation observed in the nebula. 

Also a series of cavities and shells may exist by the blown out from the overflow of infant protostars.


@Copyright Don Curry



The Elephant Trunk

" The Heart Nebula"

Messier 45 " The Seven Sisters" imaged on 101115 from 12 subs 4 minutes each unguided at ISO400 with The Hutech Canon 6D camera. Using my same personal equipment .

The Triangulum Galaxy M33 imaged on 091115 from 15  3  minute unguided exposures at F2 560mm with a hyperstar Celestron C11 , using a Hutech Canon 6D camera.

​Messier 78 imaged from 17 subexposures of 3 minutes each from Heppner Oregon Ohv Park 101115

This is a closeup of the  The Pelican Nebula. I have submitted this image for entry in The Astronomy Magazine. This may be the best DSO I have ever imaged. This is a closeup from the North American Pelican Nebula image posted previously above.

The Tarantula Nebula

NGC 2070

Imaged on 121314 from a Planewave CDK 700 Telescope using itelescope.net's T-27 powerful imager from a single RGB Set of 300 seconds each.

The Tarantula Nebula is a large region of ionized gas surrounding a collection of newly formed stars at the eastern end of The Large Magellanic Cloud. Hydrogen gas are formed around the hot young massive stars  and is ionized by their ultraviolet radiation and glows as it recombines 

The spindly arms of The Tarantula Nebula surrounds a star cluster that contains some of the brightest and most massive stars known which is located in the central core of NGC 2070. 

The Tarantula Nebula's luminosity is so great that if it were as close to Earth as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula would cast shadows on the Earth.  It is 160,000 light years from the Sun while for comparisons Orion Nebula is 1,344 light years away.

The Tarantula Nebula can only be seen from the southern sky's of Australia, and it is located in the constellation of Dorado

The Pinwheel Galaxy

M101

Imaged  on 021615 and 022215 from my Celestron C11 with Hyperstar III lens at F2 520mm attached to the Canon T2i Full Spectrum Camera.  I retrieved the data and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker from 86 combined images of 90 seconds  to 2 minutes each unguided totaling 2 hours image time for these captured runs..

M101 has a diameter of 170,000 light years and it is 70 percent larger then the Milky Way and is approximately 22 million light years away.

M101 is noted for a high level of H II regions which are large and bright. H II regions   accompany enormous clouds of high density molecular hydrogen gas  and contract under their own gravitational force where stars form.

North American Nebula

NGC 7000

Imaged with Takahashi ED-106 from a single 600 second exposure using an Ha filter


Messier 78 The Diffuse Nebula

Imaged from a single LRGB set of 300 seconds each with the Planewave CDK 700 Astrograph Telescope.

" The Soul Nebula"

NGC 1333

" The Orion Nebula"

The Rosette Nebula imaged 100915 from 12 3 minute unguided exposures at f2 560mm with a Celestron C11 configured for hyperstar imaging. Camera used is a Hutech Canon 6D camera for all of my imaging during 2015.  Mount used is a Losmandy G11 Gemini II Mount.

This is my latest image of The Eagle Nebula Messier 16 taken on 4 consecutive days of July 14th ,15th, 16th & 17th 2015. This was imaged on my Celestron C11 at 2800mm F10 from a combined 116 sub-exposures at about 45 to 60 seconds each unguided. The camera used is a Huetch Canon 6D modified with filters removed for increase red sensitivity. The mount is a Losmandy G11 Gemini II Mount.

​This was imaged at Heppner Oregon in The Blue Mountains up 4,000 feet at the OHV Park.

The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region. The region of active current star formation is about 7,000 light-years distance. A spire of gas coming off the nebula in the northeastern part is 9.5 light -years or about 90 trillion kilometers long.

The brightest star in the nebula  ( HD 168076) has an apparent magnitude of +8.24. It is actually a binary star formed of an O3.5v star plus an O7.5 companion.

The cluster associated with the nebula has approximately 460 stars, the brightest of spectral class O, a mass of roughly 80 solar masses, and a luminosity up to 1 million times that of the Sun. Its age has been estimated to be 1-2 million years.

The descriptive names reflect impressions of the shape of the central pillar rising from the southeast into the central luminous area. The name " Star Queen Nebula" was introduced by Robert Burnham, Jr., reflecting his caracterization of the central pillar as the Star Queen shown in silhouette.

The Pinwheel Galaxy & NGC Galaxies

​The data is the same as the close up of M101 from this page, but not cropped so the NGC's can be seen.

NGC  5474 Face On Spiral Galaxy

 The Owl Nebula was imaged deep with 16  3 minute unguided subs on 030615 with Celestron C11  and a Losmandy G11 Gemini II mount with a hyperstar III lens at F1.8 520mm attached with a Canon T2i full spectrum camera.

The Owl Nebula is a planetary nebula located about 2,000 light years away in Ursa Major.The nebula is about 8,000 years old. It is circular in cross section with some visible internal structure. It was formed from the stellar wind of the central star. The nebula is arranged in three concentric rings, with the outermost shell being 30% larger than the inner shell. The owl like appearance of the nebula is the result of an inner shell that is not circular symmetric, but instead forms a barrel like structure aligned at an angle of 45 degrees to the line of sight.

The nebula holds about 0.13 solar masses of matter, including hydrogen, helium, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur, all with a density of less than 100 particles per centimeter. Its outer radius is around 0.91 light years and it is expanding with velosities in the range of 27-39 km/s into the surrounding interstellar medium.

The 14th magnitude central star has since reached the turning point of its evolution where it condenses to form a white dwarf. It has 55-60% of the Sun's mass, 41-148 times the brightness of the Sun, and an effective temperature of 123,000 K. 

The Crab Nebula left over from a supernova remnant explosion. Imaged on 021615 in Sedro Woolley WA at the Riverfront Park.