Tag Archives: Equinox 80mm

Gas Clouds Of Lagoon Nebula and Trifid Nebula in H-alpha

H-alpha image of M8 and M20 taken summer of 2011 with an Equinox 80mm APO refractor and modified Canon 350XT.

  For summer stargazers and astrophotographers, the Lagoon Nebula (M8) and Trifid Nebula (M20) are definitely in the top 10 for deep sky objects to observe and photograph. M8 the Lagoon Nebula (left in image) is approximately 4,077 light years from Earth. Interesting enough this night sky treasure of glowing ionized gas is visible with […]

Antares and the dust clouds

Antares and the dust clouds

2012 Skynews Magazine Canada astrophotography contest, honourable mention This is a two pane mosaic of the bright Summer star Antares and part of the Rho Ophiuchus dust cloud region around it. It’s a very striking area of the night sky to photograph during the summer months. Antares is distinctly reddish when viewed with the unaided […]

IC 405 and IC 410 in Auriga HaRGB

IC405 and IC410 HaRGB. Shawn Nielsen and Steve Holmes 2010

This image of IC 405 and IC 410 consists of 2 hours colour data acquired using a Canon DSLR and 3 hours H-alpha data taken by a fellow astrophotographer, Steve Holmes of Kitchener, Ontario. For a more detailed description of this region please see my post IC405 and IC410 Nebulae in Auriga, H-alpha Technical: Skywatcher […]

M11 The Wild Duck Cluster

M11 The Wild Duck CLuster. Shawn Nielsen Sept 2010

Continuing my learning curve with astro-imaging. This was a short run on the Wild Duck Cluster, M11. located near the constellation Scutum. M11 is an open cluster, also called a galactic cluster. It contains thousands of stars. The stars in M11 are believed to have formed together about 250 million years ago. Bright young stars […]

M45 The Pleiades Star Cluster

M45 the Pleiades star cluster. Shawn Nielsen, 2010

One of my first images of M45 The Pleiades Star Cluster with the Skywatcher Equinox 80mm ED APO refractor. Just 2 hours and 20 minutes of data. The Pleiades are a prominent sight in winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and are also known as the Seven Sisters. This is an impressive image for me because […]