The Needle Galaxy is one of the most famous edge-on spiral galaxies in the night sky! Situated near the north galactic pole, this giant spiral makes a dramatic streak through the night sky, making it an object of great interest for observers and astrophotographers alike!
Deconvolution in PinInsight 1.8
This tutorial provides an explanation of the point spread function (PSF), on which the deconvolution process is based, and goes through that process.
Published in Sky & Telescope!
I just received an advance copy of the May 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope, where my M81/M82 image appears in the gallery! I've never been published in print media before, so this is really exciting! It's also a little weird to look at a magazine where you're used to seeing pictures, and then your own pops up. I look at it and all I can think of is the night I captured the image, at an awful -37°C (without windchill). You can see the original image and its appearance below!
Evolution of an Astrophoto
I put together a little sequence of the various stages an astrophoto goes through from its raw form to the final processed version! You can check it out below. The image in question is one I took in December 2014 of the Rosette Nebula!
The West Veil Nebula, or the Witch's Broom, is part of a vast nebular complex that spans degrees of sky; a remnant of a supernova that exploded some 8,000 years ago, sending its old stellar material out into our galaxy!
Not all nebulae make an impression for being big and bright. The Dumbbell Nebula is a great example of how a small, but bright, nebula can stand out among a sea of stars!
Embedded within the disk of the Milky Way in the night sky, this nebula shines like a jewel among the 'salt-and-pepper' of the stars around it!
The Eagle Nebula is a star-forming region 7,000 light-years away, and is home to the famed Pillars of Creation! Occupying a region of sky larger than the Full Moon, this nebula is thousands of light-years in diameter with a central star cluster which is only a couple million years old!