Conditions weren’t perfect last night, but the clouds were scattered enough for me to capture this shot of The Ring Nebula in Lyra.
My God, it’s full of stars. These are the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud (top) and the Double Cluster in Perseus (bottom). A little window into the neighboring arms of our galaxy.
I’m still working on the narrowband images for the nebulae I imaged last week. (Higher learning curve with a color camera than I expected. I may need more GIMP plug-ins.) So here’s Jupiter from 7/11. Io is to its right and close, with its shadow falling across the northern equatorial belt of the giant planet,… Continue reading Astronomy Picture of the Week