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Posted by Paul On July - 2 - 2018




6/1/2018 My latest image tonight is Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode’s Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. Due to it’s proximity to Earth, large size, and active galactic nucleus (which harbors a supermassive black hole), Messier 81 has been studied extensively by professional astronomers. The galaxy’s large size and relatively high brightness also make it a popular target for amateur astronomers. (Wikipedia)

This image was made using my new astrophotography camera and is composed of 29×60 second images. This camera is much more sensitive and the sensor tonight was cooled to 32 degrees F.  I still have a lot to learn about using this camera and Astro Photography Tool software.  These images were made with a camera gain set to 200 then the best 75% were stacked in DSS (Deep Space Stacker) along with 10 dark frames.  I didn't use flat or bias frames.

7/24/18 Last night I imaged NGC 6888. This image is composed of 297 x 15 second which yields 74 minutes of data. I processed it in DSS and Photo Shop.

From NASA: NGC 6888, also known as the Crescent Nebula, is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. NGC 6888's central star is classified as a Wolf-Rayet star(WR 136). The star is shedding its outer envelope in a strong stellar wind, ejecting the equivalent of the Sun's mass every 10,000 years. The nebula's complex structures are likely the result of this strong wind interacting with material ejected in an earlier phase. Burning fuel at a prodigious rate and near the end of its stellar life this star should ultimately go out with a bang in a spectacular supernova explosion. Found in the nebula rich constellation Cygnus, NGC 6888 is about 5,000 light-years away.


9/25-27/2018 Here is M27, the Dumbbell Nebula, imaged over three nights with a total of 5 hours 24 minutes.  This is the first image set taken in the observatory.

Here is another take on the same data:



11/16/18 This is Messier 33 or the Triangulum Galaxy. I've been imaging this galaxy over the last several days and have accumulated over 17 hours of images. This picture represents data post-processed from the best 30% of those images.
The Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light-years (ly) from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. It is catalogued as Messier 33 or NGC 598. The Triangulum Galaxy is the third-largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, behind the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy. It is one of the most distant permanent objects that can be viewed with the naked eye.

12/4/2018 This I Messier 34 is about 1500 light years away and spans 7.5 light years. This image was taken on 11/20/2018 and incudes 7 hours of imaging.

1/5/2019 Here is NGC 2238, the Rosette Nebula, which is 5000 light years from earth and 130 light years in diameter. This image is composed of 130 X 120 second exposure images that I took.  I've reprocesssed this on 7/9/19 using PixInsight and Photoshop.  Further imaging details:

Image NGC 2238
Date 1/5/19
Exposure 120 S
No. of lights 130
Darks YES
Flats YES
Gain 200
Binning 2X2
Camera ZWO ASI294MC Pro using Hyperstar V
Filter STC Astro Duo-Narrowband
Software Used Images Plus, PixInsight, PhotoShop
Telescope Celestron 1100HD SCT
Mount 10Micron GM1000HPS
Focuser MicroTouch Focuser

1/5/2019 NGC 7000 The North America Nebula

EXP: 60s x 90

Temp: -10C

Gain: 200

Bin: 2×2

Post Processed in IP then PS

Camera: ASI294MC-PRO with STC Astro Duo-Narrowband Filter

Celestron 1100HD with Hyperstar V



IC 405 (also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is an emission and reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It shines at magnitude +6.0. Its celestial coordinates are RA  05h 16.2m dec +34° 28′. It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae and is located near the emission nebula IC 410, the open clusters M38 and M36, and the K-class star Iota Aurigae. The nebula measures approximately 37.0' x 19.0', and lies about 1,500 light-years away from Earth. The nebula is about 5 light-years across.

Taken on Jan 29, 30, Feb 1

Exp=120 sec x 254 for 8 h 28 m

Bin = 1×1

Temp=-10 C


Telescope Celestron 1100 Edge HD

Camera ZWO ASI294MC-PRO with Hyperstar V

Filter STC Astro Duo-Narrowband

Mount 10Micron GM1000HPS on pier

Processed using Images Plus and PhotoShop

I imaged the North American nebula on June30th.  It consists of 118 60 sec exposures (1 hour 58 minutes) at a gain of 200, Binning=1×1, T=0 deg C.  It was post processed using  Pixinsight and Photoshop and doesn’t contain darks or flats.

The North America Nebula (NGC 7000 or Caldwell 20) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, close to Deneb (the tail of the swan and its brightest star). The remarkable shape of the nebula resembles that of the continent of North America, complete with a prominent Gulf of Mexico.

The North America Nebula is large, covering an area of more than four times the size of the full moon; but its surface brightness is low, so normally it cannot be seen with the unaided eye. Binoculars and telescopes with large fields of view (approximately 3°) will show it as a foggy patch of light under sufficiently dark skies. (Wikipedia)

Tis is a reprocess of images that I took on Jan 7,2019. I reprocessed the data using Images Plus, PixInsight, and PhotoShop.

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2,000 times that of the Sun. Older texts frequently refer to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula. (Wikipedia)

Imaging Data
Image M42
Date 1/7/19
Exposure 120s
Number of Lights 30
Darks Y
Flats Y
Gain 120
Binning 1X1
Imaging Software Sequence Generator Pro
Camera ZWO ASI294MC Pro
Cooling Temp Deg C -10
Filter Astronomik L-2 UV-IR Blocking Filter 
Telescope Celestron 1100HD SCT
Mount 10MICRON GM1000HPS
Focuser MicroTouch Focuser



The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula and The Spire) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens. Both the "Eagle" and the "Star Queen" refer to visual impressions of the dark silhouette near the center of the nebula,[3][4] an area made famous as the "Pillars of Creation" imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The nebula contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions, including the aforementioned Pillars of Creation.

The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is catalogued as IC 4703. This region of active current star formation is about 7000 light-years distant. A spire of gas that can be seen coming off the nebula in the northeastern part is approximately 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers long.

Imaging Data
Image M16
Date 7/19-20/2019
Exposure 60s
Number of Lights 233
Darks Y
Flats Y
Gain 200
Binning 1X1
Imaging Software Sequence Generator Pro
Camera ZWO ASI294MC Pro
Cooling Temp Deg C 0
Filter STC Astro Duo-Narrowband
Telescope Celestron 1100HD SCT
Mount 10MICRON GM1000HPS
Focuser MicroTouch Focuser

1/17 English Carronade

Posted by Paul On August - 4 - 2017

Mantua 1/17 18th Century English Carronade


I bought this a few months ago to go with my 1/100 Heller HMS Victory as this is a model of the carronade located on the foredeck of the Victory.  This monster fired a 68 pound shot that must have been just devastating.  The kit is all wood except the cast cannon and a few other small bits that are metal.  It went together quite easily, you will notice the white liquid in the fire bucket.  That's a water based sealer called Mod Podge; when it dries it will be clear and look like water.  I was gonna wait till it dried, but I'm bored – so I took the pictures – here they are…

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