Comet Lovejoy’s C/2014 Q2 time lapse sequence

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

This my second Lovejoy comet to image. Here are six stacked photos of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as it races over Seattle. To show how fast the comet is moving against the star field, these six photos were 8-second exposures with roughly five minute intervals. The images were captured with a Canon 60D at ISO 1600, 70mm lens. 6 x 8 subs, DeepSkyStacker). The photo sequence was shot at the Bremerton National Airport in Washington State. The comet should brighten and move higher in the sky in January, 2015.

M37 in Auriga (Salt and Pepper Cluster)

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

This is Messier 37, the “Salt and Pepper Cluster.” It is the richest open cluster in the constellation Auriga. That’s all for tonight – processing the comet pictures will take some time so that will have to come tomorrow. But at least I got something up here for you to look at tonight. (For those who like to know, it’s a single exposure, ISO 6400, 20 seconds, Canon 60D at prime focus on an 8″ Meade LX200 with Lepus .62 telecompressor).

Comet C/2014 F4 (Jacques) in Lyra

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Comet Jacques, at magnitude 12.8, is a very dim object. Here is an image of it in the constellation Lyra. This is a fast-moving comet - you can observe its motion in a matter of minutes with a good telescope. This is a series of 19 two-minute exposures, with 24 seconds in between. (8' Meade LX200R, Canon 60D at prime focus, Lepus .62 telecompressor, ISO 1600, Maxim DSLR). Photographed from Port Orchard, Washington.

Alnitak and a hint of the Flame Nebula

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Alnitak is one of the three belt stars in the constellation Orion. There is a lot of nebulosity in Orion, and you can see some in this high-powered shot of the star Alnitak. I used eyepiece projection (15mm) and an Orion 8 Newtonian to get the image. The camera was a Canon T3i. Due to a lot of moonlight, I had to keep the exposure very short – 10×15 second subs. Stacked with Maxim DL.

The Great Andromeda Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is the Great Andromeda Galaxy, photographed tonight from my back yard in Port Orchard, Washington, using a 8″ Orion Astrograph Newtonian, eyepiece projection (15mm), Canon T3i, 1600 ISO, 10×15 seconds, f4. I had to keep the exposure times short due to bright moonlight – I was just messing around with eyepiece projection as it’s the first time I’ve ever attempted it with a Newtonian. All the equipment was mounted on a Celestron AVX, 2×4 alignment.