The Boogeyman Nebula (LDN1622) is hard to spell

No matter how you choose to spell “Boogeyman” (Boogyman? Boogieman?), LDN1622 is a stunning knot of dust to image. Part of Barnard’s Loop, this smaller feature is incredibly photogenic. LDN1622 is the main dark nebula in the image. The smaller one just below it is LDN1621 (no funny name here). You can see a slight … More The Boogeyman Nebula (LDN1622) is hard to spell


Sh2-311 is sometimes called The Skull and Crossbones Nebula, though this is a holdover from the visual era, and the similarity doesn’t really stand out in an image. It is a southern hemisphere gem in the constellation Puppis. The OIII and SII are surprisingly bright, making this a great object for mapped-color narrowband imaging. This … More Sh2-311

Sh2-280 doesn’t get enough respect

Due south of the Rosette Nebula sit several Sharpless objects that are not often imaged. And who can blame the astrophotographer, with so many top notch objects nearby (M42, Rosette, Horsehead, M78… you name it). The northernmost and brightest (relatively!) of these is Sh2-280, presented here. I think it’s underrated simply due to its proximity … More Sh2-280 doesn’t get enough respect

NGC281 (“Pac-Man” nebula): bright and often-imaged

In total contrast with the last object I posted (Sh2-227), NGC281 is very bright and very frequently imaged. You’ll find many images of it, but it’s still a great object to re-visit every few years with new equipment and new processing skills/tools. Because it’s bright, it’s easy to shortchange the exposure time. This year, I … More NGC281 (“Pac-Man” nebula): bright and often-imaged

Sh2-216 and friends (Sh2-217, Sh2-219, Sh2-221, and LBN755)

I’d almost forgotten I took this image back in September, as I’d gotten so busy with other projects. Sh2-216 is the closest planetary nebula to us, at only about 400 light years away. It is very faint and a real challenge to image. This field of view is almost 5 degrees wide, so you can … More Sh2-216 and friends (Sh2-217, Sh2-219, Sh2-221, and LBN755)