ScienceDownEast Photography

© Jerry Black 2018.  Images may not be used without permission.

These represent fledging attempts at Astrophotography. Hopefully images of the deep sky objects will improve as I figure out what I'm doing.

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Four Planets and the Ecliptic

Four Planets and the Ecliptic
Object Four Planets (Mars, Saturn, Juptier and Venus) and the Ecliptic plane [5 planets, if you include the earth].
Exposure 8 sec exposure
ISO 320
Camera Nikon D600 [6016 x 4016]
Optics 11 pano frames.
Location Kejimkukij National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-07-31
Processing Pano created in Lightroom. Annotated in PhotoShop. The pano image image size is 12435  4432.


ISS Flyover

ISS Flyover
Object ISS (Zarya) flyover of southwestern Nova Scotia with zodical light.
Exposure 25 sec exposure at f/2.8
ISO 1000 - 2000
Camera Nikon D600 [6016 x 4016]
Optics 10 frames.
Location Litchfield, southwest Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-03-25
Processing 10 images combined in Photoshop.


M101 The Pinwheel Galaxy

M101 the Pinwheel galaxy
Object M101 The Pinwheel Galaxy
Exposure 301 sec exposure
ISO 800
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-05-01
Processing Captured using Kstars EKOS 2.9.5 and indilib v1.7.0. Processed in PixInsight and tweaked in Lightroom.
M101 the Pinwheel galaxy
Object M101 The Pinwheel Galaxy
Exposure 55 x 60 sec exposure
ISO 3200
Camera Nikon Z7 [8256 x 5504]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location St. Croix Observatory, Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-05-06
Processing Captured using the CamRanger intervalometer. Processed in PixInsight and tweaked in Lightroom.


Southern Milky Way and Large Magellanic Cloud

San Pedo de Atacama with the Large Magelanic Cloud
Object The Southern Milky Way and Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) peaks through the lower right branches of the tree.
A time-lapse video from which this image was composed is viewable at San Pedro de Atacama Milky Way Time-lapse 4K
Exposure 20@ 30 sec sub frames
ISO 3200
Camera Nikon D600 [6016 x 4016]
Optics Nikkor 14-24 mm lens at 14 mm.
Location SPACE Lodge near San Pedros de Atacama, Chile.
Date 2018-04-17
Processing Captured using a TimeLapse+View intervalometer. Combined using StarryLandscapeStacker. Processed in LRTimelapse and Lightroom.


Zodical Light

Zodical Light and Mercury at San Pedro de Atacama
Object
Early morning Zodical Light and Mercury rising above the Atacama mountains.
Exposure 25 sec
ISO 3200
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 14-24 mm lens at 14 mm.
Location SPACE Lodge near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
Date 2018-04-17
Processing Processed and tweaked in Lightroom.


M104 The Sombrero Galaxy

M104 the Sombreo galaxy
Object M104 The Sombrero Galaxy
Exposure 9@ 300 sec sub frames
ISO 800
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-05-14
Processing Captured using Kstars EKOS 2.9.5 and indilib v1.7.0. Processed in Pixinsight and tweaked in Lightroom.

M042 The Orion Nebula and Running Man Nebula

M42 the Orion NebulaRunning Man Nebula
Object M42 the Orion Nebula and the blue reflection Running Man Nebula NGC 1977 above
Exposure 180@ 15 sec sub frames
ISO 1250
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 80-400 mm lens at 400 mm on a Sky Adventurer Equitorial mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date
2018-04-04
Processing Processed in PixInsight and tweaked in Lightroom.

M042 The Orion Nebula

M42 the Orion Nebula
Object
M42 the Orion Nebula
Exposure 30@ 30 sec sub frames
ISO 1600
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount with a F/6.3 Focal Reducer.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date
2018-10-14
Processing Processed in PixInsight and tweaked in Lightroom.

Southern Milky Way from Horizon to Horizon

Milky Way from Horizon to Horizon
Object The southern Milky Way from Horizon to Horizon.
Exposure 9@30 sec sub frames
ISO 3200
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 14-24 mm lens at 24 mm on a Sky Adventurer Equitorial mount.
Location The SPACE Lodge near San Pedro de Atacama.
Date 2018-04-17
Processing Processed in Microsoft ICE and tweaked in Lightroom.

Milky Way over the Turret Arch

Milky Way over the Turret Arch
Object
Milky Way over the Turret Arch
Exposure 3 @ 20 sec frames
ISO 5000
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 14-24 mm lens at 18 mm.
Location Arches National Park, Utah, USA, May 28, 2017.
Date 2017-05-28
Processing Processed in LRTimeLapse and tweaked in Lightroom.

M081 and M082 Bodes and Cigar Galaxies

M81 and M82
Bodes and Cigar Galaxies
Object
M81 and M82 Bodes and Cigar Galaxies The guiding failed during this run.
Exposure 12@ 60 sec sub frames
ISO 800
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date
2018-05-14
Processing Captured using Kstars EKOS 2.9.5 and indilib v1.7.0. Processed in PixInsight and tweaked in Lightroom.

M081 Bodes Galaxy

M81 Bodes Galaxy
Object
M81 Bodes Galaxy. The guiding failed during this run.
Exposure 59@ 120/300 sec sub frames
ISO 800
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date
2018-05-14
Processing Captured using Kstars EKOS 2.9.5 and indilib v1.7.0. Processed in PixInsight and tweaked in Lightroom.

100% Frog-Croaking Full Moon

The Frog-Croaking Full Moon
Object 100% Full Moon. The Frog-Croaking Full Moon taken at prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT. This photo is uncropped, the full moon just fits in the frame.
Exposure 4@ 1/1000 sec
ISO 100
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-05-30
Processing Captured using Kstars EKOS 2.9.6 and indilib v1.7.0. Processed in PixInsight and tweaked in Photoshop and Lightroom.

097.2% Waxing Gibbous Moon

97.2% Waxing Gibbous Moon
Object 97.2% Waxing Gibbous Moon taken at prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT with a .6 focal reducer./td>
Exposure 100@ 1/320 sec
ISO 200
Camera Nikon Z7 [8256 x 5504]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length with a .6 focal reducer on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-04-17
Processing Processed in PIPP, PixInsight and Lightroom.

018.3% Waxing Cresent Moon

18.3% Waxing Crescent Moon
Object 18.3% Waxing Crescent Moon taken at prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT with a .6 focal reducer./td>
Exposure 10@ 1/400 sec
ISO 400
Camera Nikon P900 [4068 x 3456]
Optics f/6.3 357mm focal length (35 mm equivalent = 2000 mm).
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-05-08
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

050.2% First Quarter Moon

050.2% First Quarter Moon
Object 50.2% First Quarter Moon/td>
Exposure 33@ 1/250 sec
ISO 400
Camera Nikon P900 [4068 x 3456]
Optics f/6.5 357mm focal length (35 mm equivalent = 2000 mm).
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-05-11
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

072.2% Waxing Gibbous Moon

050.2% Waxing GibbousMoon
Object 72.2% Waxing Gibbous Moon/td>
Exposure 75@ 1/400 sec
ISO 400
Camera Nikon P900 [4068 x 3456]
Optics f/6.5 357mm focal length (35 mm equivalent = 2000 mm).
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-05-13
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

086.1% Waxing Gibbous Moon

086.1% Waxing GibbousMoon
Object 86.1% Waxing Gibbous Moon/td>
Exposure 4@ 1/500 sec
ISO 320
Camera Nikon P900 [4068 x 3456]
Optics f/6.5 357mm focal length (35 mm equivalent = 2000 mm).
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-05-15
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

027.9% Waxing Crescent Moon

27.9% Waxing Crescent Moon
Object 27.9% Waxing Crescent Moon taken at prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT with a .6 focal reducer./td>
Exposure 121@ 1/250 sec
ISO 1250
Camera Nikon Z7 [8256 x 5504]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length with a .6 focal reducer on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-05-09
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

007.1% waxing crescent Moon

7.1% waxing crescent Moon
Object 7.1% Waxing crescent Moon
Exposure 1/30 sec
ISO 800
Camera Nikon P900 [4068 x 3456]
Optics f/5.6 357mm focal length (35 mm equivalent = 2000 mm).
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2019-04-06
Processing Processed in Lightroom.

M082 The Cigar Galaxy

M82 the Cigar Galaxy
Object M82 the Cigar Galaxy (taken while the moon was at 94% illumination).
Exposure 9@ 60 sec sub frames
ISO 3200
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-06-01
Processing Captured using Kstars EKOS 2.9.6 and indilib v1.7.0. Processed in PixInsight and tweaked in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Peggy's Cove Sunset

Sunset at Peggy's Cove
Object Sunset at Peggy's Cove.
Exposure 1/5000 sec
ISO 100
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 24-70 mm at 48 mm f/6.3
Location Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.
Date 2017-02-27
Processing Captured using a TimeLapse+View intervalometer. Processed in LRTimelapse and Lightroom.

Antares

Antares
Object Antares and Scorpius.
Exposure 18 sub frames @90 sec
ISO 1600
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 24-70 mm at 66 mm f/6.3 on a Star Watcher Star Adventurer equitorial mount.
Location The SPACE Lodge near San Pedro de Atacama.
Date 2018-04-16
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

M008 Lagoon Nebula and M020 Trifid Nebula

M008 Lagoon Nebula and M020 Trifid Nebula
Object M008 Lagoon Nebula and M020 Trifid Nebula.
Exposure 22 sub frames @60 sec
ISO 1250
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 80-400 mm at 240 mm f/5.6 on a Star Watcher Star Adventurer equitorial mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2017-07-27
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

Center of the Galaxy

Center of the Galaxy
Object Center of the Galaxy.
Exposure 22 sub frames @30 sec
ISO 2500
Camera Nikon D600 [6016 x 4016]
Optics Nikkor 24-70 mm at 32 mm f/3.5 on a Star Watcher Star Adventurer equitorial mount.
Location The SPACE Lodge near San Pedro de Atacama.
Date 2018-04-13
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

Keji Milky Way

Keji Milky Way
Object The Milky Way at the Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site Dark Sky Weekend 2016. A time-lapse video is available at Keji Dark Sky Weekend 2016 in 4K
Exposure 25 sec
ISO 4000
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 24-70 mm at 14 mm f/2.8.
Location Kejimkujik National Park.
Date 2016-08-08
Processing Processed in LRTimeLapse and Lightroom.

M051 Whirlpool Galaxy

Keji Milky Way
Object M51 Whirlpool Galaxy as taken by the Burke-Gaffney Observatory Robot Planewave CDK24.
Exposure 10@60 sec sub frames for each of Red, Green, Blue and Luminance
ISO
Camera Planewave CDK24 [2048 x 2048]
Optics 3962 mm 610 mm Aperture.
Location St. Mary's University.
Date 2016-12-26
Processing After initial processing by the BGO robot, additional processing in PixInsight. The steps/tools followed were: LRGB Combination on the R,G,B, ScreenTransferFunction (for previewing), Dynamic Background Extraction, Background Neutralization, Colour Calibration, Dynamic Background Extraction (now on the luminance image), Histogram Transformation on both, HDR Multiscale (wavelet) Transformation, LRGB Combination on Lum and RGB, and finally SCNR (noise reduction) and tweaked in Lightroom.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower
Object Perseid Meteor Shower at Nova East 2018.
Exposure 25 sec
ISO 2500
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 24-70 mm at 14 mm f/2.8.
Location Smileys Provincial Park, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-08-12
Processing Processed in LRTimeLapse and Lightroom.

Nova East 2018 Milky Way Selfie

Nova East 2018 Milky Way Selfie
Object Nova East 2018 Milky Way Selfie.
Exposure 20 sec
ISO 4000
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 24-70 mm at 14 mm f/2.8.
Location Smileys Provincial Park, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-08-10
Processing Processed in LRTimeLapse and Lightroom.

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M013 Hercules Globular Cluster

Nova East 2018 Milky Way Selfie
Object M13 Hercules Cluster.
Exposure 12 images @30 sec
ISO 6400
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-08-30
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Object Total Solar Eclipse 2017.
Exposure 1/6 sec
ISO 100
Camera Nikon D600 [6016 x 4016]
Optics 80 - 400 mm Nikor lens at 400 mm f/5.6.
Location Lingle, Wyoming.
Date 2017-08-21
Processing Processed in Lightroom.

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Comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner

M8 Lagoon Nebula
Object 21P Giacobini-Zinner comet.
Exposure 10@ 60 sec
ISO 3200
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location St. Croix Observatory, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-09-01
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

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M008 Lagoon Nebula

M8 Lagoon Nebula
Object M8 Lagoon Nebula.
Exposure 24@ 30 sec
ISO 6400
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location St. Croix Observatory, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-09-01
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

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M011 and M026 in Scutum

M011 and M026 in Scutum

M8 Lagoon Nebula

Object M011 (the Wild Duck Cluster) and M026 in Scutim.
Exposure 44@ 30 sec
ISO 5000
Camera Nikon D600 [6016 x 4016]
Optics Nikkor 80-400 mm lens at 112 mm f/5
Location Site 15, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-09-09
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.

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Noctilucent Clouds

Andromeda_M31_M32_M110
Object Noctilucent Clouds. A time-lapse video of this is at Noctilucent Clouds observed at Rocky Mountain House
Exposure 10 sec
ISO 100
Camera Nikon D600 [6016 x 4016]
Optics Nikkor 24-85 mm lens at 65 mm f/4.5
Location Rocky Mountain House National Park.
Date 2018-07-08 23:19
Processing Processed in Lightroom.

Polaris Star Trails

Polaris_Star_Trails
Object Polaris Star Trails at Keji.
Exposure about 400 frames@ 20 sec
ISO 3200
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Nikkor 24-70 mm lens
Location Sky Circle, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia.
Date 2013-10-06
Processing Processed in StarStax and Lightroom.

M031 The Andromeda Galaxy

M031 the Andromeda galaxy
Object M031 The Andromeda Galaxy
Exposure 166@ 300 sec sub frames
ISO 1600
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics Prime focus of a 10" Meade SCT f/10, 2500 mm focal length on a Celestron CGEM DX mount.
Location Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-10-14
Processing Captured using the camera intervalometer. Processed in Pixinsight and tweaked in Lightroom.

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Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Comet 46P/Wirtanen
Object Comet 46P/Wirtanen.
This short-period comet (5.4 years) was was discovered photographically on January 17, 1948 (Wikipedia).
Exposure 23@ 15 sec
ISO 6400
Camera Nikon D800 [7360 x 4912]
Optics 80 mm f/4.5 using a Nikkor 80-400 mm on a Nikon D800
Location St. Croix Observatory, Nova Scotia.
Date 2018-12-13
Processing Processed in PixInsight and Lightroom.




Center of the Galaxy - Before and After processing 22 subframes in PixInsight and Lightroom.

BeforeAndAfter
BeforeAndAfter2