Keith's Astrophotography Page

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The telescopes, cameras, and software available to amateurs these days, allow us to take astropics with a quality exceeding that of the worlds biggest telescopes and best professional equipment of as little as a decade ago. And even better, the cost and difficulty has gone way down, and the choice and quality of equipment has gone way up. All of these pictures were taken with an off the shelf Canon digital camera on commonly available scopes.

It is amazing when you look up at the night sky, then take a picture through a scope, and the stuff below shows up. You look back up and just say "Wow!". What's even more amazing to me is that all the stars, galaxies, and nebulae that we see and photograph are only a fraction of what is actually there. In much the same way that the nighttime lights of towns, roads, and cities below, from the window of a nighttime cross country jet only hint at all the planet below, so everything we can see and photograph is less than 0.1% of what's actually all there. To perceive as much beyond the visible as we can, astronomers use a multitude of instruments to see in a wide range of wavelengths from radio waves to light rays, to gamma rays (click link to see our galaxy, the Milky Way, as it appears in many of them) to gravity waves.
 

What's New? updated 5-27-19

The Draco Triple: three very different looking galaxies lined up nicely. Although quite faint, even after 10 minutes exposure, I was quite pleased with how well they came out..

What's New? updated 11-8-18

M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, Sister Galaxy to our own Milky Way. Visible in the evening sky at this time of year.

The Moon Tonight

Only February can go without a full moon. That will occur when both January and March have a "blue", (second full) moon

Jupiter's Great Red Spot 1:00am to 2:45am (CST), 3-14-2005.

"A" Frame Obseratory

I find this to be the best primarily photographic observatory.

My Stuff

  

Observing with a 16" Meade Dobsonian, and photographing with a 10" f6.3 Meade SCT

Astronomical Weather Forecast For N. Cntrl Wis,  90deg W & 45deg N

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My best photos, of what I find to be the sky's most interesting objects

They are arranged starting closest to the north pole and descend to about 35 degrees below the celestial equator.  Click on the thumbnails for a larger view, and lots of information about each object.

 

NGC 3034

NGC 3031

NGC 7023

IC 342

NGC 6543

NGC 2403

 

NGC 7635

M82, Cigar

M81, Bode's

C4, Reflection

C5

C6, Cat's Eye (also C15)

C7

C9 Cave

C11, Bubble

NGC 6946

NGC 457

NGC 869

NGC 281

NGC 5907

NGC 3556

NGC 3587

NGC 5457

C12, Spider

C13, E.T.

C14, Dbl Clstr

Pac Man

 

M108

M97, Owl

M101, Pinwheel

 

 

NGC 3992

NGC 650

NGC 4258

IC 5146

NGC 5194-5

NGC 7000

NGC 7000-S

IC 5067

M109

M76, Little Dumbbell

M106

C19, Cocoon

.M51, Whirlpool 

C20, N. Am.

Central America

Pelican

 

NGC 5985-82-81

NGC 891

NGC 5055

NGC 224

NGC 4736

IC 1318

NGC 4244

NGC 6888

Draco Triplet

C23

M63, Sunflower

M31, Andromeda

M94

Sadr Strait

C26

C27, Crescent

NGC 1499

NGC 6205

 

 

NGC 6720

NGC 2099

NGC 4631

NGC 6992

California

M13, Hercules

C30, Deer Lick Group

C31, Flaming Star

M57, Ring

M37

C32, Whale & Calf

C33, E. Veil

 

NGC 6960

NGC 598

NGC 5272

NGC 4565

NGC 1457

NGC 6853

NGC 1952

NGC 4826

C34, W. Veil

M33, in Triangulum

M3

C38, Needle

M45, Pleiades

M27, Dumbbell

M1, Crab

M64, Black Eye

 

 

 

NGC 4321

NGC 628

NGC 4548

NGC 4501

NGC 4254

NGC3628

NGC 4569

NGC 3623

M100

M74

M91

M88

M99

M90

M65

 

 

NGC 3627

NGC 3351

NGC 2264

NGC 2244

NGC 4303

NGC 5904

NGC 2068

NGC 2024

M66

M95

Xmas tree & Clstr

C49-50, Rosette

M61

M5

M78

Flame

 

IC 434

NGC 6402

NGC 6254

NGC 1977

NGC 1976

NGC 6705

NGC 4594

NGC 246

Horse head

M14

M10

Running Man

M42, Orion

M11, Wild Duck

M104, Sombrero

C56

 

 

NGC 2359

NGC 6611

NGC 2437

NGC 6618

NGC 247

NGC 7293

NGC 6514

NGC 6656

Thor's Helmet

M16, Eagle

M46

M17, Swan

C62, Whale

C63, Helix

M20, Trifid

M22

 

NGC 6523

NGC 243

NGC 6273

NGC 6121

NGC 5236

NGC 1097

NGC 6809

NGC 6405

M8, Lagoon

C65, Sculptor

M19

M4

M83, Southern Pinwheel

C67

M55

M6, Butterfly

 

 

 

NGC 6475

NGC 5128

NGC 5139

Subfolder A

Subfolder B

Subfolder C

Subfolder D

Subfolder E

M7, Ptolemy's

C77, Centaurus A

C80, Omega Centauri

Comets

Widefield

Planets

Lunar

Solar

 

 

 

 

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