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

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

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?