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vdB 141 The Ghost Nebula

vdB 141 The Ghost Nebula

2014/08/23 - Fifth light of our remote setup. We spent almost 34 hours on this object. Conditions weren't good; bad weather, moon and seeing interfered. So it took us more than a month, 12 sessions, to gather some decent data.


NGC6888 Crescent Nebula

NGC6888 Crescent Nebula

2014/07/17 - Fourth light of our remote setup. This time a nice narrowband object, The Crescent Nebula. This image is a combination of 6 channels; Hydrogen-alpha, Oxygen-III, Sulfur-II and RGB for correct star color. We spent 35 hours on this object, that's our record for now. Seeing fluctuated during the 8 days we images this object, it was between 2" and 5".


NGC5985, NGC5982, NGC5981 Draco Triplet

NGC5985, NGC5982, NGC5981 Draco Triplet

2014/06/20 - Third light of our remote setup. We still needed 1 hour of red data, but I lost all patience after a period of three weeks of no imaging.


NGC4565 Needle Galaxy

NGC4565 Needle Galaxy

2014/05/25 - This is our second light of our robotic remote setup. It took a while to gather all the data, but finally after two months I can present our spring object NGC4565. Weather wasn't always that good, and I had to reject lot of failed lights because of the moon and clouds. But we still gathered a nice set of data.


M100 and NGC4312

M100 and NGC4312

2014/03/26 - I spent two night on M100 and NGC4312. The Moon rose late so I had a nice black sky. The second night there were some clouds, so I rejected some frames. FWHM was between 2.28" and 3.18".


NGC3628 Sarah's Galaxy

NGC3628 Sarah's Galaxy

2014/03/11 - The Moon was up and almost full when I imaged this object, so the data isn't good. I really need to shoot some new data for this object when the Moon is gone again.


NGC3198 Galaxy

NGC3198 Galaxy

2014/03/08 - Finally!! After months of preparation and testing, I (we) can present our first light of our robotic remote telescope which is located under perfect dark southern French skies! We chose a galaxy, because of course it's galaxy season. We began our preparations late 2012, started testing mid 2013, installed the setup onsite late 2013, and now I can present our first light. We still need to tweak lots of settings, but I'm very happy with this first product, up to the next one!


NGC3184 Galaxy

NGC3184 Galaxy

2014/03/07 - I spent two nights on this galaxy. It wasn't the best data, because of an interfering Moon and passing clouds. FWHM was between 2.08" and 3.57".


NGC3718 Galaxy

NGC3718 Galaxy

2014/02/26 - Conditions were not too good. I needed to delete some frames because of passing clouds at the beginning of the session. The rest of the night was pretty good; FWHM between 2.44" and 2.84". Because of the clouds I wasn't able to shoot new flats, so I used old flats which don't function optimal. I also needed to crop off a reasonable big area with reflections, don't know what caused it, but I think I'll will remove the CCDT67 reducer. And I surely need to collimate the OTA again.


NGC2264 Cone Nebula

NGC2264 Cone Nebula

2014/02/24 - I needed to test the setup again after some updates of CCDAutoPilot and FocusMax. Everything worked great. Too bad weather is still horrible around here. I really need some clear skies to acquire some good data. For this reason I only shot Hydrogen-alpha. I'm not much of a black & white guy, but I didn't have a choice. FWHM was between 2.39" and 2.77".


NGC2403 Spiral Galaxy

NGC2403 Spiral Galaxy

2014/02/02 - Finally, afters months of bad weather I was able to shoot this galaxy. Preparations for the remote robotic setup are finished, so I could setup my own gear again. The ASA DDM60 and 10" RC behaved perfect, resulting in this image.


IC1795

IC1795

2013/10/07 - I wanted to spend more time on this object, but weather isn't cooperating. This nebula is part of the Heart Nebula, but that object is too big for this field of view.


Cederblad 214

Cederblad 214

2013/10/02 - After a long break I spent 2 nights on this nubula. I had to setup my equipment again. So after a quick polar alignment I made a small pointingmodel and I could start imaging. Ran two automated sessions on this object with narrowband filters. I shot some extra RGB data to correct starcolors. Seeing was around 2.5" FWHM. The night sky is becoming darker again with a SQM 19.7 sky.


NGC7023 Iris Nebula

NGC7023 Iris Nebula

2013/06/08 - The nights are very short this time of year, so I spent five nights gathering data of this nebula to get the brown color. It wasn't easy under a SQM 19.14-19.55 sky. Seeing was between 1.97" and 2.84".


NGC6820 Emission Nebula

NGC6820 Emission Nebula

2013/06/03 - Ran two automated sessions on this object with narrowband filters. I shot some extra RGB data to correct starcolors. Seeing was between 2.04" and 2.86" FWHM.


Sun

Sun

2013/06/02 - My first solar image with my Lunt LS60 B1200 with Pressure Tuner and FeatherTouch focuser.


NGC6888 Crescent Nebula

NGC6888 Crescent Nebula

2013/05/27 - I shot some extra data of The Crescent with the 10" RC and combined it with the data I shot last year with the 10" Newton.I also tried out the AAG CloudWatcher in combination with CCDAutoPilot to be able to pause the imaging session when clouds pass by. At the end of the night clouds were detected and the session was stopped.


NGC5907 Spiral Galaxy

NGC5907 Spiral Galaxy

2013/05/10 - This galaxy is still work in progress, because I only had one night of data and it needs more. But seeing was great when I shot this image, it was between 2.09" and 2.43", so that's quite good for this location. Too bad it became cloudy during this night. My permanent Sky Quality Meter is working (see weather), so I can check the best value every imaging session.


M53 Globular Cluster

M53 Globular Cluster

2013/05/05 - Conditions weren't optimal, some high Cirrus clouds and seeing was at best 2.35".


NGC4725 Barred Spiral Galaxy

NGC4725 Barred Spiral Galaxy

2013/05/04 - It took me 1.5 night to create this image, during the second night it became cloudy halfway the session. Seeing varied a bit, it was 2.31" at best. It also was a bit humid, so transparency could be better. The two sessions were completely automized with CCDAutoPilot, Maxim DL, Autoslew and FocusMax. NGC 4725 is the main object, but NGC 4747 and NGC 4712 also show some detail.


M63 Sunflower Galaxy

M63 Sunflower Galaxy

2013/04/29 - I tried to capture this galaxy for 4 nights, but horrible seeing (> 3") and clouds ruined the sessions. So I selected the best data (FWHM < 3") and processed it. Because the flatfieldpanel caused strange patterns, I now tried sky (twilight) flats, that seems to work better.


M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

2013/04/20 - I shot M51 a year ago when I started with CCD imaging. So to compare my astrophotography progress I shot M51 again. This time fully automated, better gear and with better processing skills. The difference is visible. Data is gathered over two nights. Besides M51 and NGC5195 I was able to identify IC4277 (top-left of M51), IC4278 (left of M51), IC4282 (far left of M51), IC4263 (bottom right), PGC2790855 (far bottom right) and PGC2294604 (far right, mag 18).


M101 Pinwheel Galaxy

M101 Pinwheel Galaxy

2013/04/18 - It was a windy night, but the ASA DDM60 didn't have any problems with that, I only saw some guiding corrections, that I normally don't see. CCDInspector indicated that seeing was between 2.07" and 2.77". The total session was automated with CCDAutoPilot.


M3 Globular Cluster

M3 Globular Cluster

2013/04/16 - My mount went back to ASA in Austria to resolve an USB issue. They replaced the USB board and now it's working reliable again. I needed to redo the polar alignment, tracking model and installation of all the software. M3 is an easy target for this 'first light' after the repair.


M106 Spiral Galaxy and NGC4217

M106 Spiral Galaxy and NGC4217

2013/03/13 - A lot of things went wrong while shooting this object. My flatfieldpanel broke down, I had USB issues with the ASA mount and CCDAutoPilot decided to guide on a hot pixel again. I could resolve all issues, but I lost valuable clear sky time.

A second session on this object went without problems and I was able to shoot the necessary data, more detail is present now.


NGC2903 Barred Spiral Galaxy

NGC2903 Barred Spiral Galaxy

2013/02/20 - Image is shot while the Moon was shining bright.


M81 Bode's Galaxy

M81 Bode's Galaxy

2013/02/17 - Finally the setup is working as it should. Fully automated with CCDAutoPilot, Maxim and FocusMax. There was some dew on the secondary, so I need a dew heater.


NGC2244 Rosette Nebula

NGC2244 Rosette Nebula

2013/02/11 - I improved the collimation of the RC. Still seeking for optimum parameters for CCDAutoPilot, FocusMax and Autoslew, but I'm getting in the right direction. This data is shot during two separate nights.


NGC2244 Rosette Nebula

NGC2244 Rosette Nebula

2013/02/11 - I improved the collimation of the RC. Still seeking for optimum parameters for CCDAutoPilot, FocusMax and Autoslew, but I'm getting in the right direction. This data is shot during two separate nights.


NGC2175 Monkey Head Nebula

NGC2175 Monkey Head Nebula

2013/01/12 - Finally a clear night after ages of clouds and rain. I also tested the ASA DDM in combination with CCD AutoPilot v5 with this image. The only thing a did manually was focusing (no time to get FocusMax up and running). Please note that North is down, so the head is up. Still some collimation errors I need to look at. I hope to add the correct star colors soon.


NGC2175 Monkey Head Nebula

NGC2175 Monkey Head Nebula

2013/01/12 - Finally a clear night after ages of clouds and rain. I also tested the ASA DDM in combination with CCD AutoPilot v5 with this image. The only thing a did manually was focusing (no time to get FocusMax up and running). Please note that North is down, so the head is up. Still some collimation errors I need to look at. I hope to add the correct star colors soon.


IC1805 Heart Nebula

IC1805 Heart Nebula

2012/09/09 - I finally ordered my new setup: the ASA DDM60PRO with a Robtics 10" Ritchey Chretien and Moonlite high resolution stepper focuser. I have to wait for the mount to arrive, but I did pick up the OTA. So this is my first light with the 10" RC. I didn't collimate it and the EQ6 mount was having a hard time (17 kg and 2000mm focal length), but I managed to get a good image.


IC1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula

IC1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula

2012/08/19 - I made some screens, to screen of the lamppost that was causing all kinds of gradients in my images. And with succes, no more gradients. Switched from Nebulosity to Maxim DL, because I want to use CCD Commander, but Maxim isn't as stable as I thought. Sometimes the program becomes unresponsive or a image sequence just stops, very strange.


IC1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula

IC1396 Elephant's Trunk Nebula

2012/08/19 - I made some screens, to screen of the lamppost that was causing all kinds of gradients in my images. And with succes, no more gradients. Switched from Nebulosity to Maxim DL, because I want to use CCD Commander, but Maxim isn't as stable as I thought. Sometimes the program becomes unresponsive or a image sequence just stops, very strange.


NGC281 Pacman Nebula

NGC281 Pacman Nebula

2012/08/03 - A short first night, clouds came in and I had to stop, but still managed to get some data. Still struggling with my coma corrector. Hopefully the weather will be better soon, so I can add some data to this object. Added some extra data and used Maxim DL for capturing and guiding.


NGC281 Pacman Nebula

NGC281 Pacman Nebula

2012/08/03 - A short first night, clouds came in and I had to stop, but still managed to get some data. Still struggling with my coma corrector. Hopefully the weather will be better soon, so I can add some data to this object. Added some extra data and used Maxim DL for capturing and guiding.


NGC7635 Bubble Nebula

NGC7635 Bubble Nebula

2012/07/25 - Used 20 minutes subframes with this object, nights are getting a bit longer. Spend 2 nights on this Bubble. Seeing was ok, but could be better.


NGC7635 Bubble Nebula

NGC7635 Bubble Nebula

2012/07/25 - Used 20 minutes subframes with this object, nights are getting a bit longer. Spend 2 nights on this Bubble. Seeing was ok, but could be better.


NGC7380 Wizard Nebula

NGC7380 Wizard Nebula

2012/07/22 - Finally a clear night after 3 weeks of clouds. Too bad transparancy became bad very fast, so I could only add 1 hydrogen-alpha subframe to my old dataset. I tweaked some parameters of PHD to improve my guiding. I increased min. motion and dropped aggressiveness, and as a result my guiding RMS dropped from 0.41 to 0.25px.


NGC7380 Wizard Nebula

NGC7380 Wizard Nebula

2012/07/22 - Finally a clear night after 3 weeks of clouds. Too bad transparancy became bad very fast, so I could only add 1 hydrogen-alpha subframe to my old dataset. I tweaked some parameters of PHD to improve my guiding. I increased min. motion and dropped aggressiveness, and as a result my guiding RMS dropped from 0.41 to 0.25px.


NGC6960 Western Veil Nebula

NGC6960 Western Veil Nebula

2012/07/02 - I only used DynamcicBackgroundExtraction in PixInsight to remove vignetting and gradients. With larger nebulas it was problematic to remove them with only DBE. So I used my Gerd Neumann Aurora flatfield panel to create my flat frames. So only a gradient remained caused by the moon and light pollution, but that was easily fixed with DBE.


NGC6960 Western Veil Nebula

NGC6960 Western Veil Nebula

2012/07/02 - I only used DynamcicBackgroundExtraction in PixInsight to remove vignetting and gradients. With larger nebulas it was problematic to remove them with only DBE. So I used my Gerd Neumann Aurora flatfield panel to create my flat frames. So only a gradient remained caused by the moon and light pollution, but that was easily fixed with DBE.


IC5070 Pelican Nebula

IC5070 Pelican Nebula

2012/06/23 - The first night imaging this object, transparency became very bad fast. Second night there was a lot of wind, so the stars look bad. I also shot green and blue, so I could combine them to a RGB image. The result wasn't what I expected, so I only used hydrogen-alpha for this one.


M57 Ring Nebula

M57 Ring Nebula

2012/06/05 - This is a difficult object, because of the dynamic range. I processed the inner and outer part separately and combined them in the final image. The outer halo's are becoming visible, but for more details I have to add more data.


M27 Dumbbell Nebula

M27 Dumbbell Nebula

2012/05/28 - Collimation was a bit off, I really should spend some time on that. Another narrowband image, I enjoy using these in my light polluted backyard. Seeing was not so good, still got some nice data.


NGC6992 Eastern Veil Nebula

NGC6992 Eastern Veil Nebula

2012/05/26 - I wanted to capture M102, but I had some problems with autoguiding; after calibration PHD lost track of the guidestar. I checked the polar alignment and it was not proper aligned. After realigning the mount it was 1:30 AM, so not much time left before sunrise. So I decided to capture NGC6992, just to see what I would get.


NGC6992 Eastern Veil Nebula

NGC6992 Eastern Veil Nebula

2012/05/26 - I wanted to capture M102, but I had some problems with autoguiding; after calibration PHD lost track of the guidestar. I checked the polar alignment and it was not proper aligned. After realigning the mount it was 1:30 AM, so not much time left before sunrise. So I decided to capture NGC6992, just to see what I would get.


M13 Hercules Globular Cluster

M13 Hercules Globular Cluster

2012/04/29 - M13 is the second global cluster that I captured this night. This second light of the QSI is quite successful, 3 objects in one night. I know it's beter to focus on one object over several nights, but I'm still exploring the QSI.


M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

2012/04/15 - This is the first light of my new QSI cooled CCD camera. It is also my first CCD image. I did a quick (and bad) focus on M51, started PHD guiding and took some LRGB subs. It was a bit windy, so my setup wasn't very stable. The first results were quite good, but there was a gradient because of light pollution and twilight. During the session some clouds passed by, but guiding stayed on target. I didn't take flats.


Jupiter and Io

Jupiter and Io

2012/01/15 - I tried my new filterwheel with Baader LRGB filters on Jupiter today. The moon Io is visible at the right side of Jupiter and is casting his shadow on Jupiters surface.


Moon

Moon

2011/08/20 - I received my new Imaging Source DMK camera today, tried it out on the Moon.


Moon

Moon

2010/09/27 - My first astrophoto taken with a Nikon D300 DSLR at prime focus of a 10" newtonian telescope.