M4

M4 Globular Cluster
Globular Cluster in Scorpius. Click on the picture for a larger view.

This is a combination of 11 images of 300 seconds through the 6″, f/4 reflector at ISO 1600, taken just after midnight on May 3, 2014.

M8

M8, the Lagoon Nebula
The red clouds are hydrogen gas which is being used to make new stars in this star forming nebula. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Also known as the Lagoon Nebula, this object is located in the constellation Sagittarius.  Shot in the wee hours of May 3, 2014, this image is composed of 18 shots of 300 seconds with the 6″, f/4 reflector at ISO 1600.

M4 Globular Cluster and friends

M4 Globular Cluster and nearby gas and dust clouds
M4 and nearby gas and dust clouds in the head of the constellation Scorpius. Click the picture for a larger view.

The big ball of stars near the center of this picture is globular star cluster M4.  Used the best 42 exposures of 180 seconds with the 200mm lens at f/2.8 and ISO 800.  Want to revisit this with M4 further to the right so we can see more of the dark dust clouds sticking out from the center of the Milky Way.  Shot on April 6, 2014.

Witch’s Head Nebula

Witch Head Nebula
The Witch Head Nebula. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Shot with 200mm lens at f/4 and ISO 1600 on Dec 30, 2013.  It appears that this is the best 21 out of 108 shots at 200 seconds each. The bright star near the top right is Rigel, which is the bottom right star in the constellation Orion.  The picture is displayed upside down from the way it appears in the sky because it is easier to see the face shape that way.

Photons Rock!