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A deep view of The Heart


Another collaboration with Data and Pre Processing by Herb Carpenter, Post Processing by Terry Hancock.


Herb collected this beautiful data remotely courtesy of Deep Sky West in New mexico, using a Takahashi FSQ106 APO Refractor along with KAF8300 chip and consisting of 15 x 30 min long exposures each channel using SII, Ha and OIII narrowband filters.


Visually, the Heart Nebula is an elusive object in a small telescope. The brightest knot of glowing gas at the base of the “Heart” was discovered first and classified separately as NGC 896. The rest of the nebula was discovered later as telescopes and cameras improved in capability. In images like those shown here, the shape of the nebula is easy to discern.


The Armchair Astronomer Video preview


I have just put together a Video containing the majority of the images that were used in our e-book “The Armchair Astronomer”

I do hope you like it.


if you would like to know more about our e-book


Deep View Of Orion

NASA Picture Of The Day November 4th 2015

Except for my Mosaic, this is my widest and probably deepest view ever of The Great Orion Nebula combining data captured from my Bortle 4.0 sky and amateur backyard observatory in Fremont, Michigan from 2010 through to 2014 using QHY9 and QHY11 Mono CCD’s, 5 inch TMB 130, 3.6" TMB92 refractor and Takahashi E180 Astrograph. Collected using LRGB + H-A filters and covering 4.08 x 2.91 degrees of sky.


The constellation of Orion is home to many treasures, including the Orion Nebula seen here. A small part of the immense Orion Molecular Cloud, M42 is perhaps the most studied extra-solar object in the sky. intricate and picturesque filaments of dust.


Other images in my Orion collection can be seen here