Astrophotography from La Palma - The Coma Galaxy Cluster - Tacande Observatory


Date2017/04/13
LocationLa Palma / Spain
ObjectComa galaxy cluster
CameraModified Canon EOS6D
Guidingyes
TelescopeR120S / 120mm
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-
Luminance6x RGB frame / 240s
Red-
Green-
Blue-
Dark5x
Flat-
Total exposure~24m
Tonight I again spent the night at the Tacande Observatory on La Palma. There we observed the Coma galaxy cluster. The result is this photo taken with a modified EOS6D camera.

For post-processing I used the free software DeepSkyStacker and GIMP. The full resolution images is available here.

Clear skies!

Star cluster Messier 44

Tonight was the first time since mid of November with acceptable conditions for astropohotography... I don't like this weather... However, this night it was good - at least until about 3am. For stacking I again used DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 with Kappa-Sigma Clipping. Btw: Happy Easter! 🙂 Last updated: March 25, 2016 at 9:41 am


Date2016/03/09
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectMessier 44 (Star cluster)
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG
Telescope8" GSO Newtonian
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-15°C
Luminance11x, 600s, bin: 1x1
Red10x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Green10x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Blue10x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Dark2x
Flat10x
Total exposure~2h15min.

Fireworks Galaxy (NGC6946) and open cluster (NGC6939) in constellation Cepheus

This is a shot taken from a less popular region in constellation Cepheus. On the bottom right is the spiral galaxy NGC6946 also known as Fireworks Galaxy. On the top left is an open cluster with the great name NGC6939. The seeing was ok but could have been better... like most of the time 🙂 For more details on the equipment take a look at the equipment page. For stacking the images I used DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 with Kappa-Sigma Clipping.

Date2012/10/17
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectM33 (Triangulum Galaxy‎)
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG
Telescope8" GSO Newtonian
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-15°C
Luminance7x, 600s, bin: 1x1
Red4x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Green3x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Blue4x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Dark10x
Flat10x
Total exposure~1h37m
Last updated: June 28, 2016 at 18:01 pm


The Cocoon Nebula (IC5146) - A reflection / emission nebula in constellation Cygnus

Tonight I imaged the Cocoon Nebula (IC5146) in the constellation Cygnus. The cluster is about 4,000 ly away. The picture is also available in full resolution here.

Date2015/07/21
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectIC5146 (Cocoon Nebula)
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG
Telescope8
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-15°C
Luminance8x, 600s, bin: 1x1
Red11x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Green11x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Blue11x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Dark10x
Flat10x
Total exposure~2h42min.

For stacking I used DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 with Kappa-Sigma Clipping.

Last updated: May 30, 2019 at 13:24 pm

Imaging the emission nebula NGC6914 in constellation Cygnus from Böblingen / Germany

Behind the unspectacular name NGC6914 a nice emission nebula in constellation Cygnus is hidden. To me the nebula looks a little like a dark monster with two deep blue eyes 😀 The picture is also available in full resolution here.

Date2015/07/15
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectNGC6914 (Emission Nebula)
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG
Telescope8
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-15°C
Luminance7x, 600s, bin: 1x1
Red5x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Green5x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Blue5x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Dark10x
Flat10x
Total exposure~1h50min.



Last updated: May 30, 2019 at 13:28 pm