Deep-Sky Snapshots


Crescent Moon

The Crescent Moon

North America Nebula 

M51 in Canes Venatici. Canon 60Da, 60 seconds, 800 ISO, f/2.8, unguided.



The area around the Horsehead Nebula in Orion



IC 359 and dark clouds in Taurus

All images taken with a QSI 532ws CCD camera, clear filter, on a Vixen R200SS+ParaCorr (200mm ƒ/4.6).

Exposure times: M78, 1h 50m; M33, 3h 40m; HH, 3h; IC359, 5h 40m.

--Richard Berry

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