Canon 550D with Smart EQ

Canon 550D astrophotography - first light

Back to the basics – it has been already eight years since I shoot astroimages with modified Canon cameras: Canon 20D and sometime later Canon…


IC4954 and Roslund 4

There are many places in the space where new stars are born. Reflection nebulae IC4954 (near center) and 4955 (lower left) is one of them. These…


Dumbbell M27 - deeper look (IOTD)

M27 Dumbbell (aka Apple Core Nebula) was the first planetary nebula to be discovered (in 1764 by Charles Messier). From his notes he reports: I…


LDN807 dark complex

Beverly Turner Lynds was an american astronomer, who about 50 years ago created two catalogs - LBN and LDN - Lynds Bright and Dark Nebulae catalog.…


Dark side of Coathanger

I planned to picture Collinder 399 (nickname Coathanger, or Brocchi's Cluster) for a pretty long time, but my "large" imaging setups had too small…


Too many stars in color

Time has come to colorize new refractor first light. I collected some exposures of M27 Dumbbell nebula with RGB filters, and here is the result: M27…


Too many stars

Last night I caught a few almost cloudless moments, and was able to collect first frames using TS130 refractor with 0.79x reducer. The proper…


Eleven hours with Little Fox

Vulpecula is latin name for Little Fox constellation. It is little and contains no bright stars. It is placed nearby Swan constellation in the pretty…


Unfortunate Dumbbell

Eventually clouds have vanished and despite of extremely short, summer nights I decided to put out the astro gears and shot Dumbbell. During this…