Category Archives: 2016

Running Chicken Nebula IC2944

Meet IC2944, also known as the Running Chicken Nebula. It’s a southern hemisphere deep sky object. An open cluster with an associated emission nebula found in the constellation Centaurus. Within this region of nebulosity is a set of Bok globules. They were discovered in IC 2944 by South African astronomer A. David Thackeray in 1950. These […]

Return to M20 the Trifid Nebula

M20 the Trifid Nebula

Featured Astronomy Magazine online Picture of the Day, Sept 8th, 2016.  Also featured in Amateur Astrophotography E-Magazine Aug 9th, issue #31 It’s been several years since I imaged M20 the Trifid Nebula. I decided to begin collecting new data on it in May 2016 using the remote 16″ ASA astrograph at Siding Springs Observatory. It […]

Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070 remote telescope astrophotography

Tarantula Nebula

A giant stellar nursery region and more than a 1000 light years wide, the Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070, is an intricate web of gas and dust. Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a galaxy which is 180,000 light years from Earth, it is both a visually stunning region of space and the most violent […]

Comet sails past the Helix Nebula

Comet C/2013 X1 (PanSTARRS) passing near the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293)

This image was published in Skynew Magazine (Canada), Nov/Dec 2016 issue. A truly once in a lifetime opportunity. I was able to capture this image of Comet C/2013 X1 (PanSTARRS) passing near the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) on its cosmic journey through space. While the comet appears from our perspective to be passing near the […]

The fighting dragons of Ara NGC 6188

Fighting Dragons of Ara NGC 6188

Featured in Sky and Telescope Magazine, October 2016. Returning to Siding Spring Observatory in the southern hemisphere, I decided to image a region of space referred to as the fighting dragons of Ara NGC 6188. It’s a very stunning emission nebula located 4000 light years away from our Earth. View high res This emission nebula […]

Last look at the Orion Nebula for another season

Orion Nebula M42

Like old friends coming and going, so do the stars, constellations and deep sky objects of the various seasons. For Winter one of the most popular objects for both visual stargazers and astrophotographers is the Orion Nebula, designated as M42. View high resolution image here The Orion Nebula along with the Running Man Nebula (NGC […]