The Evening Show (latest images) Astrophotography of Richard S. Wright Jr.Sky & Telescope Blog: Imaging FoundationsMain Blog: Accidental AstronomerBisque Blog: Software BisqueTwitter: @AccidentalAstro Will Code for Food Fri, 25 May 2018 20:38:17 -0400 Fri, 25 May 2018 20:38:17 -0400 ZenPhoto RSS Generator Cosmic Sea Shore (Going Wide) Cosmic Sea Shore
Nestled between two dense clouds of stars in our own Milky Way, we find the Triffid and Lagoon Nebulas. The Lagoon (right most red/pink region) is aptly named as it rests along what appears to be a cosmic sea shore where each grain of sand is actually a star.
This image was taken with a QHY 128c color camera coupled to a Canon 200mm f/2.8 lens (stopped down to f/4). I took 12, 4 minute exposures tracked and stacked the images together. Nothing too fancy on the processing, was just good clean data. Taken on a Paramount MYT at the Texas Star Party.
Going Wide Sat, 19 May 2018 13:52:23 -0400
Messier 10 (Messier Marathon) Messier 10

This is the globular cluster cataloged as Messier 10. Compared to the more rural open clusters, these kinds of clusters are cities containing hundreds of thousands of stars congregated together. Through the eyepiece, these have a powdery diamond sparkle that no image can truly capture and are my favorite eyepiece object.

Image Details
Camera: FLI Microline 16200
Optic: Esprit 150
Exposure: 2.0 hours RGB
Mount: Paramount ME II, TheSkyX
Date: April 2017
Other: Taken in Okeechobee County, FL Processed with PixInsight and PhotoShop.

Messier Marathon Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:14:26 -0500
Endymion (Solar System) Endymion

I took 4000 frames of the crater Edymion through a Sky-Watcher Esprit 150 refractor using a 4X Powermat to push the focal length to an incrdible 4200mm (f/28). The Pixel scale with a ZWO 120 camera was an insane 0.18 arcseconds per pixel (monochrome btw). The data was good because the moon was straight overhead when I took this, so that helped too.

I only used 300 of the best frames in Registax. I also focused with @focus3, which does a really good job in poor seeing conditions. It also seems that at least for a bright target like the moon you don't have to have an SCT, but a large quality refractor can do exceptionally well.


Solar System Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:06:10 -0500
The Running Man (Nebulae) The Running Man

This companion to the great Orion Nebula is usually called the "Running Man" (NGC 1977). I've rotated it 90 degrees to show the running man upright and running rather than face down in the mud! 


Image Details

Camera: QSI 683
Optic: SkyWatcher-USA 12" f/4 Quattro
Exposure: 2.8 Hours 
Mount: Paramount MX+
Date: January 17-18, 2018

Nebulae Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:17:33 -0500
Simeis 147 (Nebulae) Simeis 147

This very large supernova remenant is sometimes called the Spaghetti nebula, but astrophotographers and astronomers know it lovingly as Simeis 147 (yes, we are nerds). I do mean large too, it is over 6 full moon widths in diameter, but it is very faint. This image is taken in the hydrogen wavelength only, which is why it is monochrome (black and white).

Image Details

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Officina Stellare RH-200
Exposure: 2.8 Hours 
34x5 Ha
Mount: Paramount MYT
Date: December, 2017

Nebulae Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:04:09 -0500
Plato, Herschel & Pythagoras (Solar System) Plato, Herschel & Pythagoras

Returning to do more "lucky imaging" at long focal lengths. This shot highlighting these three craters was taken at 4200mm of focal length and was made from the best 26 of 1000+ frames.

Gear Details:

Esprit 150 Refractor w/4x Powermate 
(4200mm fl, f/28)
ZWO 120mm-S monochrome
Paramount MYT
TheSky LTI (development build)
Registax & Photoshop

Solar System Mon, 01 Jan 2018 09:52:15 -0500
Oh Christmas Tree (Narrow Band) Oh Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree Cluster also looks a bit like a Christmas tree as a nebula as well. This image shows the light from glowing hydrogen gas in this region. It's quite a wide shot for 600mm focal length due to the large area of the imaging chip.

Image Details

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Veloce, RH-200
Mount: Paramount MYT
Date: December, 2017
Narrowband Ha, 3 hours of integration time.

Narrow Band Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:55:55 -0500
Lunar Eclipse (Solar System) Lunar EclipseThe lunar eclipse of December 2010. Stayed up all night and took photos from my driveway so I could track the moon longer than my backyard tree line would allow. A DSLR on a Takahashi FC-76 (Vera) was a perfect match for the event.]]> Solar System Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:07:56 -0500 Sonny (The Family) SonnySonny is a Lunt 60mm pressure tuned solar telescope. Views of the sun are quite phenominal, and I've done some imaging with it as well. These are great scopes for club outreach events or daytime sidewalk astronomy.]]> The Family Thu, 09 Nov 2017 23:39:27 -0500 Sparkles (The Family) SparklesSparkles is the newest addition to the family. I originally got into astrophotography shooting the moon, and this scope signals a return to some focus on the moon. For wide field shots, I can use one of the refractors, but I want to do some high resolution "lucky imaging", and this girl is well suited for it. 2700mm at f/15 is a great base line for high resolution lunar images.]]> The Family Thu, 09 Nov 2017 23:31:49 -0500