Tag Archives: Star Cluster

M13 first light with Esprit 100 triplet refractor

M13 globular cluster imaged with an Esprit 100 triplet and ASI1600mm-c
So I finally had some clear skies to collect some data using the new Esprit 100 triplet refractor. This data was taken without the use of the field flattener that comes with the telescope. I have to get a custom spacer/adapter manufactured in order to attached my camera/filter wheel to the field flattener. That is [...]

M20 test image with ASA 16″ astrograph

There’s a fancy new telescope and CCD camera setup at Siding Spring Observatory! An ASA 16″ F3.5 astrograph with an Apogee CG16070 Class 1 CCD, known as the T33. It’s a medium deep field imaging system and it’s a new addition to the fleet of astrophotography telescopes that iTelescope offers access to for imaging professionals […]

The Winter night sky in the Fall

Pleiades star cluster rising high overhead in the early Fall pre-dawn sky of September

I was up very early this morning, September 3rd, and noticed it was clear out. The clouds had drifted off over night some time. I put my jacket on and went outside to have a look at the sky. My old friends of the Winter night sky are making their return. You can now see […]

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 […]