NGC 1333

" The Orion Nebula"

The Tarantula Nebula

NGC 2070

Imaged on 121314 from a Planewave CDK 700 Telescope using's T-27 telescope in Ha.

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

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

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.

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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.

​​Imaged on 110116 from a single 30 second exposure using a Celestron C14 with a Canon T6 Camera. The winds were blowing high at 15 MPH thus I was unable to obtain subexposures.

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 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.

Messier 78 The Diffuse Nebula. This was imaged from a single set of LRGB of 300 seconds each using the Planewave CDK 700 Astrograph

The Elephant Trunk

" The Heart Nebula"

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"

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

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


Imaged  on 041518 and 051018  from 5 sub-exposures  in LRGB at 900 seconds each

guided using a Celestron C14 at F7 2650mm. Imaged on a QSI 683 WSG-8 monochrome ccd camera.

​Mount used is a Paramount PME fully factory updated with new Paramount ME II bearings and new DEC. and RA belts.

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

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.

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.

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.

This is a closeup of the  The Pelican Nebula imaged when taking NGC 7000 with hyperstar camera.

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. 

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 Soul 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.