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.

M42 in Orion

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

And yes, the obligatory M42 photo - it's just too lovely not to expose when working in that area of the sky. This was shot February 14, 2013 from Port Orchard, Washington using a Meade 8' LX200R on a Milburn wedge 15x30 sec, ISO 1600, Lepus .62 telescompressor at prime focus using a Canon T3i - with an Astronomik CLS-CCD clip fliter.

M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

What a great night with clear skies in the Seattle area! This is Messier 27, the Dumbbell Nebula. For those who are interested, I am abandoning DSLR astrophotography and moving into CCD astrophotography. This is my first attempt with basically a low-end beginner's camera. (Meade 8" LX200, Orion Starshoot G3 CCD, 25x180 second subs, Orion ST-80 autoguide scope, PHD, MaximDL.)

Gorgeous moon!

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I rarely ever photograph the moon anymore, as I am more fond of chasing down very dim comets and remote galaxies. But the moon was particularly beautiful tonight, so I grabbed a quickie photo.

Tonight, purely by accident, I happened to capture a spectacular feature on the moon that I've never been able to get before, and it got it tonight by accident. Do you see the Lunar X??

About the Lunar X.

Jupiter in bad seeing

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Jupiter was pretty low on the eastern horizon, caught in the Seattle skyglow and I had to get up at 3:30 the next morning, so I couldn't wait long for the planet to climb out of the muck and higher into the sky. But I did get this image, stacked from individual frames in an .avi clip. Not spectacular but good practice in trying to make something out of a night of bad seeing.

NGC-6946 - The Fireworks Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here is an image of the 9.6 magnitude "Fireworks Galaxy" - known as NGC-6946 or Caldwell 12. The galaxy is 18 million light-years distant, and can be found between Cepheus and Cygnus. This galaxy is about a third as large as our own Milky Way galaxy. Photographed under amazing skies in Port Orchard, Washington. (Meade LX200R, Canon 60D, Lepus .62 telescompressor, ISO 1600, 29x2 min subs, Maxim DL - guided with PHD and Orion ST80.)