Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Saturn and a few more Messier Objects

This week my I set up out at the Witte Observatory again with hopes of imaging some of the faint nebula in and near Cygnus.  Though that didn't work out so well (I need to figure out how to use my guide scope and / or the technique of stacking) ~ my video of Saturn looks pretty good AND I knocked off a few more Messier Objects off my list :-)

Iris Nebula; 30 seconds ISO 12800; A bit overexposed but at least it's something.....


Crescent Nebula ~ I think I see a hint of it.... a wispy red object


A quick shot of the hearts of the Double Cluster near Cassiopeia


I LOVE this open cluster.  It is often referred to as the E.T. Cluster.... Hah!


M11 ~ Wild Duck Cluster; I can't believe I haven't imaged this yet!


 Several globular clusters in Sagittarius

M22 ~ the "grand daddy" of them all


M26

M28

M54

M69

M70

Last but not least... here's a video of Saturn at several different exposures =)




Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nebulae in Sagittarius

Still not using a guide scope or stacking images...... Here are a few photos I took earlier this month out at the Witte Observatory.  They are the major nebulae in Sagittarius =)

Eagle Nebula, M16

Lagood Nebula, M8

Omega Nebula, M17

Trifid Nebula, M20

M18 (Open Cluster)


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I've lived in southeastern Iowa all of my life, now with my wonderful family ~ husband and 3 children. 

I've been teaching science now at the local community college for over 10 year now.  I teach both in the class room and online settings.  I have a passion for ALL PHYSICAL SCIENCE! 

Sometimes I both drift off to sleep and wake up thinking of science.  Science ROCKS ~ but even more so the Creator whose imagination thought up this wonderful universe we call home ROCKS EVEN MORE!  lol