Archive for 'Galaxies'

M33 - the Triangulum Galaxy

M33 – The Triangulum Galaxy Reprocess

I’ve recently started experimenting using a different set of tools for processing my astro shots.  I’ve moved away from using Deep Sky Stacker, and have started using MaximDL for the initial stacking, calibration and first steps of processing.  I’ve found that it gives me a more natural look without the need to carry out as much […]

M33 - 01/09/2014

M33 – The Triangulum Galaxy – 01/09/2014

Finally! I can’t tell you how much of a pain the last 7 months have been in regard to removing the gremlins from my imaging setup.  I’ll go into it in a bit more detail in a separate post, but suffice to say here, my mount has been really testing my patience for the whole […]


M101 – The Pinwheel Galaxy – 02/03/2014

Last night, I captured M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy.  This image was the first ever capture using my new Refractor, the Starwave 102ED f/7.  It is a very nice piece of kit that will be getting a full writeup very soon. In the meantime, here’s the first fruits of this new scope.  This is M101, the […]

M81 and M82

M81 and M82 – The Ursa Major Duo – 03/02/2014

I’ve finally captured this lovely little duo of galaxies in Ursa Major properly.  M82 (on the left) is the galaxy that currently has a supernova showing to us (the one that happened 12 million years ago, and we’re only now seeing it!).  I took a quick shot of these two the other week to record […]

Showing the location of the supernova

My First Supernova!

The first is always the best! on 23rd January 2014, I captured an image of Supernova J2014 in M82 (the Cigar Galaxy) in Ursa Major.  It appeared a few days before, and shows up in the galaxy as a bright dot.  It’s a Type 1a supernova. When a supernova happens, the star exploding for a […]

M51 - The Whirpool Galaxy - Click to Enlarge

M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy – 06/04/2013

Let me start by saying this is one of my favourite objects in the entire sky.  Its one target that I’d never actually been able to see, and hence became one of my first ever targets for testing my astro-imaging setup.  Seeing this on the image preview after the first shot I took was definitely […]

M31 - The Andromeda Nebula - Click to Enlarge

M31 – The Andromeda Galaxy – 6th September 2013

This is an image of M31, the famous Andromeda Galaxy.  Taken on the HEQ5 with the Revelation 80mm Semi-Apo f6 refractor, with a SkyWatcher Light Pollution filter.  This is a total of 18x 5minute subs at ISO800, plus darks, flats and Bias frames, all stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and finished off in a combination […]

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