Wolf Rayet 134 Ring Nebula in Cygnus

Wolf Rayet 134 Ring Nebula in Cygnus

This summer I took some extra time to take a second attempt at imaging the Wolf Rayet nebula in Cygnus, one of my favorite Oxygen targets in the summer sky. This blue shell of oxygen is illuminated by a surge of solar radiation and wind from the WR134 variable star. Most of the oxygen in this area of the Milky Way is soft and dispersed, so I am always intrigued when there are more dynamic factors that push these gases around to form interesting arc-like and circular shapes with sharp edges. As a favorite, I’m sure I’ll be revisiting this region many more times to come.

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NGC 4725, NGC4747, NGC4712 and many more Galaxies in LIrRGB

NGC 4725

It’s galaxy season again! Orion is setting in the west early and we get a view of the many distant worlds outside of our own Milky Way galaxy here in the springtime. Here we see a group of interacting galaxies that was shot over five nights in April, pointing at the constellation of Coma Berenices. The main galaxies here are designated NGC4725 (The largest here), NGC4747 (The one in the upper left with the extended arms formed by tidal interactions with NGC4725) and the more distant NGC4712 (Smaller one to the right of NGC4725.)

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Double Cluster | NGC 884 and NGC 869 - Open Clusters in Perseus

NGC 884 and NGC 869 - Open Clusters in Perseus

During the last full moon I decided to try to shoot Double Cluster in Perseus. I last shot this in 2018 so this image represents a little over two years worth of learning this hobby. I ended up with a slight light-leak gradient in the resulting data set, so took another hour of data last night before the moon came up and used it as a background reference using a multiscale gradient removal technique documented here.

8in f4.9 Newtonian Cooled Color Camera Bortle 4 skies 2hr 36min

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