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Space photos from in between trees and beside a lake. Probably not the Jon Stewart you were expecting.
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May 25, 2020

The Cygus Wall & North America Nebula

Now that Galaxy Season is largely behind us, I’ve put away the Celestron 8″ SCT and installed the RedCat 51 on my AVX mount. For the next few weeks, I’m going widefield to capture much larger objects. It’s been a year since I added the deck onto the cottage and began to really explore the […]

May 21, 2020

VdB 141: The Ghost Nebula

For the third night of gloriously clear skies I attempted another new object: VdB 141: The Ghost Nebula. This one is particularly faint, with the “arms” of the ghost a dull brown. The “head” is the reflection of dust from the nebula’s central star. Technically, it’s part of the NGC 7023 cluster, which includes the […]

May 20, 2020

NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula

First light on the Iris Nebula turned out fantastic! I’m lucking out with back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back clear spring nights around a new moon. Can’t ask for anything better. So each night, I’m taking my time with targets rather than trying to cram too much into my sessions. This reflection nebula enjoyed nearly 5 hours of imaging, giving […]

May 16, 2020

“Final” Messier 61 & Supernova SN2020jfo

I wasn’t happy with the clarity & sharpness of the Messier 61 I took a few days ago, so I spent a few hours more trying to get nice round stars. This time, I was happy with the results! With improved tracking & a bit more time spent with the focuser (which is still giving […]

May 16, 2020

Star Cygni 57 and the North America Nebula

Just off the “East Coast” of the North America Nebula lies the bright binary star 57 Cygni. Embedded deep in the Milky Way, the reds & browns of the background dust and stars provide a nice counter to the blue in the star, just over 500 light years away. The entire North America Nebula is […]

May 14, 2020

Star Trails: A Night on the Lake

After experimenting with using my star trail photos as a video timelapse of the Milky Way last month, I decided to give it a try with a different angle. This time I was borrowing a neighbour’s beach to look West, highlighting the nearly 2km long stretch of glorious spring fed water. The temperature remained above […]

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I took my first photo of Saturn in the summer of 2106 and was hooked. In 2018, I moved my photography to a new cottage and home observatory north of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.