IC405, The “Flaming Star Nebula”

After imaging IC410, the next logical thing to image was its bigger companion, IC405. Known as the Flaming Star Nebula, it’s the other bright nebula within the hexagon of Auriga’s stars. The ripples at right are really nice (easily enhanced with LocalHistogramEqualization), but IC405 lacks the color contrast of IC410. The SII and H-alpha overlap … More IC405, The “Flaming Star Nebula”

Barnard’s Loop

When I was a kid, Barnard’s Loop was something that I saw on star charts, but it seemed so hopelessly dim, I never expected to actually see it.  And even when I started CCD imaging, it was still a somewhat elusive object: too large to capture unless you used a wide-angle lens, and even then … More Barnard’s Loop

The Pleiades (M45)

Somehow, I’ve never really captured an image of The Pleiades (M45). Such a bright target directly overhead, but I was mostly looking for narrowband objects instead, I suppose. This image was processed entirely in PixInsight, except for the final rescaling and jpeg conversion.  I’m moving more in that direction. Frustrating and unforgiving it is, but … More The Pleiades (M45)

Making an adapter box for a Takahashi EM-200 mount

As much as I admire Takahashi for their dedication to quality products, some of their design choices can be frustrating.  Worse, the cost to accomplish even standard tasks with their equipment — connecting a camera to a scope, controlling a mount, etc. — are steep.  I recently acquired an EM-200 Temma 2 mount, and before … More Making an adapter box for a Takahashi EM-200 mount