Visiting the Horse Head nebula in Narrowband

This fall and winter was dedicated to imaging the Cepheus area with a Hydrogen Alpha narrow band filter. However, at the low latitude from where I observe, Cepheus gets low on the horizon pretty early in winter. So I had to find another target to image during the late night. I decided to revisit anContinue reading “Visiting the Horse Head nebula in Narrowband”

Taking a picture of the most luminous blazar flare ever recorded.

A blazar is an active galactic nucleus with a relativistic jet (a jet composed of ionized matter traveling at nearly the speed of light) directed towards the observer. CTA 102 is a blazar-type quasar discovered in the early 1960s in the constellation Pegasus. It is also one of the two great false alarms in theContinue reading “Taking a picture of the most luminous blazar flare ever recorded.”

Processing the Cygnus Mosaic

Processing the 30 tiles Cygnus mozaic was a bit of a challenge. First there is the logistic of handling about 2,000 frames and then the Borg 55 f3.6 astrograph exhibits strong field distortion making the merge of the images difficult, particularly where the corners overlap. For each of the 30 tiles I ran the PixInsightContinue reading “Processing the Cygnus Mosaic”