Running Man Nebula

Running Man Nebula S279 in the constellation Orion imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector at 900 mm focal length, an ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera, dual band H-alpha and O-III filter, with an ASI 174MM guide camera.

Running Man Nebula S279, 1 hour exposure

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Horsehead Nebula

Horsehead Nebula IC 434 in the constellation Orion imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector at 900 mm focal length, an ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera, dual band H-alpha and O-III filter, with an ASI 174MM guide camera. The nebula is not visible in small telescopes and requires a camera sensitive to H-alpha to reveal the deep-red ionized hydrogen gas obscured by an opaque cloud of dust and gas.

Horsehead Nebula IC 434, 1 hour exposure

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Orion Nebula M42

Orion Nebula M42 imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector at 900 mm focal length, an ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera, dual band H-alpha and O-III filter, with an ASI 174MM guide camera. M42 is visible even with binoculars or small telescopes.

Orion Nebula M42, 1 hour exposure

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Total Lunar Eclipse | 08 November 2022

Totally-eclipsed moon imaged with a 114 mm f/7.8 reflector and an ASI 533MC astronomy camera on 08 November 2022 in Bacoor City, Philippines. The bright object near the moon is the planet Uranus during its conjunction with the moon coinciding with the total lunar eclipse. The moon and Uranus appear close together in this photo due to a chance alignment of Uranus, the moon, and the Earth. Uranus is much farther behind the moon, by a distance of about 2.7 billion kilometers.

Totally-eclipsed moon with Uranus imaged with a 114 mm f/7.8 reflector and an ASI 533MC astronomy camera on 08 November 2022 in Bacoor City, Philippines. To watch our guided lunar eclipse observation (livestream), click here.

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Jupiter | November 2022

This is my first test image of Jupiter using a Vixen R114 telescope on a tracking mount. I used a stack of two 2x Barlows to magnify the image. This is a stack of 2000 frames imaged with an ASI 533 camera and a UV-IR filter.

Jupiter, 2000 frames stacked

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Rosette Nebula | Travel Scope 70

Rosette Nebula imaged in October 2022 with a Travel Scope 70 at 400 mm focal length, ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera with dual-band OIII and H-alpha filter, and an ASI 174MM guide camera.

Rosette Nebula imaged with a Celestron Travel Scope 70, an ASI 533 astronomy camera, and a Vixen GP tracking mount

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Flame and Horsehead Nebula | Travel Scope 70

Flame and Horsehead Nebula imaged in October 2022 with a Travel Scope 70 at 400 mm focal length, ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera with dual-band OIII and H-alpha filter, and an ASI 174MM guide camera.

Flame and Horsehead Nebula imaged with an inexpensive refractor

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Triangulum Galaxy

Triangulum Galaxy M33 imaged with a 4 in refractor at 565 mm focal length, ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera with UV-IR filter, and an ASI 174MM guide camera. Use the three prominent stars of the Triangulum constellation to find M33.

M33 Triangulum Galaxy, 44 minutes exposure

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Pleiades

Pleiades M45 star cluster imaged with a 4 in refractor at 565 mm focal length, ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera with UV-IR filter, and an ASI 174MM guide camera. This target is very prominent and can be seen very easily with the unaided eye, binoculars, and small telescopes.

M45 Pleiades, 1 hour exposire

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Sunspot AR 3057 and AR 3059

This is an image of the Sun showing two prominent sunspots AR 3057 (upper right) and AR 3059 (lower left), imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector, ASI 533 MC camera, and a Baader ND 5 solar filter. Never observe or image the Sun without the proper solar filters.

Sunspot AR 3057 and AR 3059

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Moon | Sky-Watcher Equinox 100ED

The moon imaged with a 4 in Sky-Watcher Equinox 100ED refractor at 0.65X DIY focal reducer and an ASI 533MC camera. Registering and stacking done in SIRIL.

The moon imaged with a 4-inch telescope and an astronomy camera

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Veil Nebula

Veil Nebula in the constellation Cygnus imaged with an 80-210 mm Tamron telephoto lens set at 210 mm f/5.6, an ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera, dual band H-alpha and O-III filter, with an ASI 174MM guide camera on a 30 mm f/4 guide scope. I used the StarNet++ to reduce the stars and highlight the nebula.

Veil Nebula, 1 hour exposure

Related link:
OnStep DIY Go-to Telescope Controller

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Lagoon and Trifid Nebula

Lagoon M8 and Trifid Nebula M20 imaged with an 80-210 mm Tamron telephoto lens set at 210 mm f/5.6, an ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera, dual band H-alpha and O-III filter, with an ASI 174MM guide camera on a 30 mm f/4 guide scope. This photo was imaged and tracked using a DIY go-to telescope controller.

Lagoon and Trifid Nebula, 2 hours exposure

Related link:
OnStep DIY Go-to Telescope Controller

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How to Image the Milky Way

In the Philippines, the Milky Way is most prominent in the sky during months of March to May each year, visible to the unaided eye in the southeastern horizon at around 1 to 3 am.

Milky Way in Coron

Any DSLR camera or smartphone with good camera may be used to photograph the Milky Way. To capture the Milky Way:

  1. Set the lens’ focal length to wide-field (18 mm). Milky way is a large target.
  2. Set the exposure time to 30 seconds.
  3. Set the aperture to widest opening (f/1.8).
  4. Set the ISO value to maximum (ISO 3200).
  5. Turn off the camera’s flash.
  6. Attach the camera to a tripod.
  7. Set the focus to manual mode.
  8. Focus on a distant target such as a star.
  9. Use the app Stellarium to find the Milky Way.
  10. Turn on the camera’s time-delay feature.
  11. When ready, press the shutter to take a photo.

Related link: DIY Sky Tracker

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Omega Nebula

Omega Nebula M17 imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector, an ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera, dual band H-alpha and O-III filter, with an ASI 174MM guide camera on a 60 mm guide scope. This is one of the brightest deep-sky objects in the Milky Way region, in the part of the sky where you can also find the Eagle Nebula. M17 is visible even with binoculars or small telescopes. You may use the bright stars of Sagittarius to find this target.

Omega Nebula M17, 40 min exposure

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Eagle Nebula

Eagle Nebula M16 imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector, an ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera, dual band H-alpha and O-III filter, with an ASI 174MM guide camera on a 60 mm guide scope. This is one of the bright deep-sky objects in the Milky Way region, in the part of the sky where you can also find the Trifid Nebula and Lagoon Nebula. You may use the bright stars of Sagittarius as pointers to find this target.

Eagle Nebula, 2 hours exposure

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Trifid Nebula

Trifid Nebula M20 imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector, an ASI 533MC cooled astronomy camera, dual band H-alpha and O-III filter, with an ASI 174MM guide camera on a 60 mm f/5 guide scope. The dark dust lanes that divide the nebula into three sections are visible in this photo. This photo was imaged and tracked using a DIY go-to telescope controller.

Trifid Nebula M20, 1.7 hours exposure

Related links:
OnStep DIY Go-to Telescope Controller
Vixen R114 Reflector on Great Polaris Mount

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M57 Ring Nebula

M57 Ring Nebula imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector at 1800 mm focal length (using a 2X Barlow), OIII and H-alpha dual band filter, and an ASI 533MC astronomy camera. The planetary nebula looks like a small faint circle but relatively easy to find by scanning the region between the two bright stars in Lyra.

M57 Ring Nebula, 1 hour exposure

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Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector at 900 mm focal length and an ASI 533MC astronomy camera. This target is bright, visible to the unaided eye in relatively dark skies. Use the bright stars of Crux to find this target.

Omega Centauri, 1 hour exposure

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Dumbbell Nebula

Dumbbell Nebula M27 imaged with a Vixen R114 reflector at 900 mm focal length, OIII and H-alpha dual band filter, and an ASI 533MC astronomy camera. To find M27, use the bright stars of Aquila and Cygnus as pointer stars. This target is bright, easy to find, and should be visible even with small telescopes.

Dumbbell Nebula, 1 hour exposure

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