the Rosette nebula in HaRGB



Rosette nebula (aka NGC 2237, NGC 2238, NGC 2239, NGC 2244, NGC 2246) is an emission nebula associated with open clusters of stars located in the constellation of Monoceros, 5,200 light years away.

Imaged from Ocala, Florida. 
RGB data: 2 minute exposure stacked in DeepSkyStacker for a total of 3 hours and 40 min using a modified Canon Ti1.
Ha data: 15minute exposures stacked in DeepSkyStacker for a total of 2 hours and 45 min. using the QSI 683 ws cooled CCD camera.
Processed in Photoshop CS5
Imaging telescope Orion 80mm EON
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount.

Widefield of the Tadpoles



Here is a widefield image of IC 410, an emission nebula about 12,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Auriga. Near the center of the nebulous region is a star cluster ( NGC 1893) and just to the bottom right of this cluster lies two structures that resemble tadpoles. These structures are made of leftover hydrogen and dust from the formation of the star cluster and the "tails" are from the solar wind coming from the stars of NGC 1893.

This was imaged using red, green and blue filters and taking 6 minute exposures stacked, to improve the signal to noise, for a total of 1 hour 18 minutes in the red, and 1 hour in each the green and blue filter.
Fifteen minute exposures were taken through a hydrogen alpha filter for a total of 5 hours and 15 min. integration time.  Many emission nebulas are composed of hydrogen and when excited by nearby stars they glow red.  Using a specialized filter like the hydrogen alpha filter enhances the detail in the nebula.
Imaged from Ocala, Florida
Processed in Photoshop CS5
Imaging telescope:  Orion 80mm EON (FL 480mm)
Imaging camera:  QSI 683 ws
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount

IC 443 the Jellyfish nebula



IC 443 the Jellyfish nebula
Supernova remnant located in the constellation Gemini about 5,000 light years from Earth. A supernova remnant is the material expelled from a massive star that burned up all of it's fuel and collapsed onto itself.
IThis target was imaged from Ocala, Florida using the QSI 683 cooled CCD camera and an Orion 80mm EON (FL 480mm).  I combined 6 minute subs to total one hour in each color in Red, Green and Blue.
To image the detail  in this nebula I used 15 minute exposures through a hydrogen alpha filter for a total of 4 hours integration.Taking multiple exposures improves the signal to noise ratio.
This was processed in Photoshop  CS5
Orion 80mm EON (FL 480mm)
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount.
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M 106 widefield



Here is a reprocess of M106 with accompanying galaxies NGC 4217, NGC 4248, NGC 4232, NGC 4231 and NGC 4220.
M106 is a Spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici ~23.7 million light years from Earth.
This is a composite image in which the larger telescope was used to capture detail in the larger galaxy (M 106) and the smaller focal length telescope was used to capture the wide field of view.  
This was imaged from my backyard in Ocala, FL using a combination of 6 min and 10 min exposures stacked in DeepSkyStacker for a total of 6 hours 40 min.
Imaging telescopes Orion 80mm EON (focal length 480mm) and an 8 inch Ritchey-Chretien (focal length 1625mm)
Imaging camera was a QSI 683 ws cooled CCD camera
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount


Images from Maine


Lakefront in Canton, Maine.




Sails and mast of the Privateer Lynx sailing from Belfast, Maine.

Save energy, along with the night sky

By broca1  |  Posted June 2, 2014  |  Ocala, Florida
Save energy, along with the night sky
CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Steven Coates is a physician’s assistant by day and astrophotographer by night. His interest in astronomy fuels his desire to capture the night sky through pictures. These photos of the Milky Way were taken in rural Livermore and Canton Maine.

Coates says “It is difficult to image the Milky Way from light-polluted skies as the city lights 'washes out' the light from space,” says Coates, which is why he is a member of the International Dark-Sky Association.
taliaday, CNN iReport producer

It is time to start thinking about wasted light and the economic impact it has on taxpayers.
I am an amateur astrophotographer, having spent the past four years imaging deep space objects such as nebula and distant galaxies from my backyard in Ocala, Florida.
Over the course of these four years, I have noticed an increase in my town's "sky glow," or the amount of light that has scattered above the ground and into space. Much of this comes from needed development, and with development comes parking lot lights, street lights and general lights from business that scatter light into space above the city.
With responsible development comes responsible lighting. If we can shift the way we direct lights and direct them down, where light is needed, we can limit the amount of light, and energy, wasted to the sky above. Approximately 30 percent of energy used in unshielded lights is wasted to the sky. This wasted energy costs the U.S. $2.2 billion annually. Using full cut-off light fixtures with a lower-wattage bulb will save money for the city, provide security, limit distracting glare (while driving) and help preserve the night sky.
The following images were images I took from dark skies of rural Maine durign the summer of 2013.
For more information on light pollution please visit the International Dark-Sky Association ( http://www.darksky.org/ )

Aliner Storage Solutions

Storage is pretty tight in these campers.  Here are some images of shelving and storage ideas for an Aliner Classic that I worked on this past week.