Sculptor Galaxy

NGC 253 is a about 11.5 Million light years away, and its about 90,000 light years in diameter.

This shot is 10 each in RGB of 300 second subs @ -20C, 2×2 bin. First time I’ve used cosmetic correction to fix a dark column in the sensor.
NGC 253
The gear is here.

M17 – Swan Nebulae

M17 – the Swan Nebulae is about 5000 light years away and its about 15 light years across.
M17 Final

This image is taken in narrowband – 3nm HA, OIII, SII. Ha is mapped to Red, OIII is mapped to Green and SII is mapped to Blue. This is 66 subframes, 900 s each @ -20C, 2×2 Bin.

The Gear is here

M16 – The Eagle Nebulae

Update: Published in the Australian Sky and Telescope Magazine Nov/Dec 2018

Final M16 - 2

Final M16 - 2 -  Zoom

This is the Eagle Nebulae – M16. Ive taken a few liberties with the colours, its taken with narrowband (Ha, SII, OIII) filters anyway. The first photo is of the entire area – so you can attempt to imagine the eagle – and the second is more focused on the area called the “pillars or creation” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillars_of_Creation from the famous Hubble shot. You can see how the pillars actually look “deeper, 3D(?)” that the rest of the surrounding material.

It is 13 subs of HA, SII, OIII – 1200 sec each @ -20 2×2 Bin

The Gear is found here.

Equipment

Got sick of typing this for every image so here is the gear I’m using to take these photos:

1. Planewave CDK 20″, with Silica primary mirror.
2. Astrodon Filters, LRGB, IR, and for narrowbands 3nm HA, SII, OIII
3. Ultrastar for guiding
4. FLI Proline 16803
5. Maxim DL for photos and guiding.
6. FocusMax 4 for focusing.
7. Planewave Ascension HR 200 Mount
8. Astrodon MMOAG
9. Planewave Rotator, Focuser – IRF 90
10. Hendrick heated USB Hub

Field of view is 0.61 x 0.61 degrees, 1.08 arcsec/pixel.

All of course hosted at iTelescope.net

NGC 3579

NGC 3579 (and friends) in narrowband – hubble pallette. Gear is found here, 900 Sec subs (8 each filter) 2×2 bin @ -20C.

NGC3579

Processed in PixInsight – still have my “L” plates on.