Comet C/2014 Q3 Borisov

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Here is a photo of Comet C/2014 Q3 Borisov. It is currently magnitude 13.2, which makes it a very dim object in the sky. In this photo (click to enlarge photo of necessary), you can see a “fuzzy blob” near the center of the photo. That is the comet. Orion 8 Astrograph Newtonian, Baader MPCC coma corrector, Canon T3i (modified) at prime focus, f3.9, ISO 1600, 5×23 subs, 3 darks.

IC1396 "The Elephant’s Trunk"

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The Elephant’s Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth.[1] The piece of the nebula shown here is the dark, dense globule IC 1396A; it is commonly called the Elephant’s Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths, where there is a dark patch with a bright, sinuous rim. Orion 8 Astrograph Newtonian, Baader MPCC coma corrector, Canon T3i (modified) at prime focus, f3.9, ISO 1600, 17×23 subs, 2 darks.

The Great Orion Nebula

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This is Messier 42 (The Great Orion Nebula), a very easy target in the constellation Orion. This time of year, Orion rises over the eastern horizon and is well into the sky by 8 p.m. (Canon T3i at prime focus on an Orion 8″ Astrograph Newtonian, Baader MPCC coma corrector, 10×15 sec subs, ISO 1600, DeepSkyStacker).

Set up to catch a comet!

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Here’s the basic setup … I found a great spot near the Bremerton National Airport and I’m all ready for darkfall – except that a keen eye will notice I’ve yet to add the counterweights to the AVX mount … It may sound odd to do astrophotography near the end of an airport runway but this is a heavily forested area of the country and it’s hard to find a spot with clear views of all horizons. And it’s a small airport, so there aren’t a lot of lights or air traffic to deal with. Where’s YOUR favorite or most unusual observing spot?

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy from Port Orchard, WA

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Here are some of many photos I got of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy. The photos were taken Wednesday night, January 8, 2015, from my backyard astronomical observatory in Port Orchard, Washington. The comet passed closest to Earth yesterday, January 7. These photos were taken through a high, thin cloud layer, using a Canon T3i at prime focus on an Orion 8″ Astrograph Newtonian telescope with an MPCC coma corrector. The comet is climbing rapidly in the East and currently is due south of a point between the constellations Taurus and Orion.

NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula

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The Iris Nebula, also NGC 7023 and Caldwell 4, is a bright reflection nebula and Caldwell object in the constellation Cepheus. NGC 7023 is actually the cluster within the nebula, LBN 487, and the nebula is lit by a magnitude +7 star, SAO 19158.[1] It shines at magnitude +6.8. It is located near the Mira-type variable star T Cephei, and near the bright magnitude +3.23 variable star Beta Cephei (Alphirk). It lies 1,300 light-years away and is six light-years across. (Source: Wikipedia).