Comet NEOWISE in white light

Here is Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, taken with the KPO Reflector on July 19th, 2020, but this time it was taken with no light pollution rejection filter, so this is true color / white light. There was no color processing done on this image, aside from standard finishing. Note to self: do not use the Read More …

Digital Image: The Lagoon Nebula

Here is the Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius, otherwise known as Messier 8. This collection of gas and dust is a stellar nursery, lying 4300 light years away. The bright open cluster to the right of the nebular core is NGC 6530, a group of very young stars. Click on the image for a larger version. Read More …

Digital Image: M16 – The Eagle Nebula

This is Messier 16, more popularly known as the Eagle Nebula in Serpens, taken by the KPO Reflector. I didn’t quite frame it correctly, so it’s a smaller image. This image includes the famous “Pillars of Creation” captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Read More …

Digital Image: M20 – the Trifid Nebula

This is Messier 20, otherwise known as the Trifid Nebula, a emission / reflection nebula in Sagittarius.The Trifid can be found a couple degrees above the famous Lagoon Nebula. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (the upper, red portion), a reflection nebula (the lower, blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent ‘gaps’ within the emission Read More …