Tag Archives: Optolong

Optolong L-eXtreme filter for Astrophotography

L-extreme Optolong

An image of the Elephant’s Trunk nebula in IC1396 taken with the Optolong L-eXtreme filter. The Optolong L-eXtreme filter for astrophotography is dual band, allowing one shot colour cameras (OSC) to capture H-alpha and Oxygen III wavelengths at the same time. I was fortunate enough to have Optolong send me an L-eXtreme filter for testing. […]

Quasi Hubble Palette processing in Pixinsight

A quasi Hubble Palette image of the Cygnus Wall in the North America Nebula. As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve been experimenting using OSC data to recreate a Hubble palette look to my images. Normally Hubble Palette is done using a monochrome camera and individual filters, H-alpha, Oxygen III and Sulfur II. Although […]

Planetary Nebula M97 with the Vixen VC200L telescope

M97 planetary nebula

Meet planetary nebula M97, aka the Owl Nebula.  This image took me three nights to collect the data due to clouds. M97 is more than 2000 years away from Earth. The photons of the Owl Nebula are ancient but not the most distant object I’ve imaged. To take this image I used a Vixen VC200L […]

Optolong L-Pro Light Pollution Filter and City Astrophotography

Optolong L-Pro filter

In this video I take a look at the Optolong L-Pro light pollution suppression filter for city backyard astrophotography with your telescope and DSLR or cooled cmos camera. I also do a quick process in Pixinsight of the data taken with the L-Pro filter and show you the end result which is quite stunning considering […]

My best and worst deepsky images of 2019

Esprit 100 triplet refractor pointed at the constellation of Orion

It didn’t seem like we had many clear nights here but I was able to take quite a number of astro images this past year. Join me as I look back over the best and worst deepsky images I imaged and processed in 2019. Which one did I like the best?

Optolong L-eNhance Filter for Astrophotography

The Optolong L-eNhance filter is fast becoming the talk of the astro town. It’s affordable for even the tightest astro budgets but also delivers exceptional performance for imaging emission nebula and super nova remnant from light polluted cities. What is this filter though and how does it work? Why do you need it? If you’re […]