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

Sh2-280 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

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)

IC1318, the Sadr Nebula

It’s almost obligatory every fall to image the highlights of Cygnus: NGC7000, NGC6888, the Tulip Nebula, and of course, IC1318. I was a little late this year getting to IC1318, but while waiting for another object to rise the other night, I grabbed it before it passes out of view until next summer.

Sh2-232 and friends

Sh2-232 sits in a neglected region of Auriga, not far from the commonly imaged IC410 and IC405. In order from left to right, they are Sh2-232, 235, 231, and 233. I think they look like a giant eyeball and two kidneys, so maybe that’s why they are rarely imaged. (It could also be that they … More Sh2-232 and friends