Elephant’s Trunk Nebula – IC 1396

The weather in New England has been full of a lot of misses over the past month or so. Either too cloudy, too hot, or both. At the beginning of August, I decided to use the Radian Raptor 61mm to shoot the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula.

Processed as a HOO palette image using Astro Pixel Processor to separate the color channels, I really liked how this came out versus the “normal” processing and also the simulated SHO processing I did.

Radian Raptor 61
Canon EOS Ra
Optolong L-Pro Filter
ZWO 30mm f4 MiniScope (guide)
ZWO asi224mc (guide)
Pegasus Powerbox Advanced

19 x 360s
Dark, flat, bias and dark flat frames for calibration
ISO 800 – Taken in Providence, RI – Bortle 8

Moon – Selma, AL – 8/9/08

This past weekend, my brothers and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit some of our real good friends who live in Selma, Alabama. I took my telescope because I knew they lived in tghe country, and it would be dark. I was able to get some really good images. To keep with my Moon theme, here is a shot of the moon. More to come later!

The Moon – 8/4/08

The Moon is back! I never really got the exposure or focus quite right, but these are not too bad.

Ursa Major – The Rest of the Big Dipper

Last night I posted a picture featuring Mizar and Alcor, a nice double star located in the handle of the Big Dipper, an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major. Well, I did not get all of the Big Dipper in the shot, so here is the rest of the Big Dipper.

Lyra, upclose – 7/31/08

I decided to go 55mm instead of 18mm and get “close in” shots. This is the first one I have processed, and I have a few more which I will get on here in a little bit. Again, these can also be made for desktop backgrounds, just let me know if you want one.

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