My 2022 in astrophotography
This is my 2022 astrophotograpy summary. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible. There were some firsts for me: first time using Pixinsight, first time combining data from several nights, first time using a dedicated astro camera… I didn’t spend as much time as I wanted on astro, but all in all it didn’t go that bad. Let’s hope the upcoming year will be better!
Images, from top left:
- NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula and Messier 52 open star cluster, 141”. astrobin
- Horsehead Nebula, first time using a field flattener and combining material from 3 nights, 216”. astrobin
- Rosette Nebula, edited in pseudo HOO, 216”. astrobin
- Veil Nebula, first time using an astro camera, QHY168C, only 40 minutes, because I imaged on a hot summer night, and I could not stand the mosquittos any longer :) Shot using an old Russian lens, Jupiter 37A, 135mm, 40”.
- Soul Nebula, 60” captured through intermittent clouds.
- Barnard 11 and friends, 123”.
- Iris Nebula, 230”, almost 5 hours in a single session, finally the dust started to come out nicely. astrobin
The Horsehead, Rosette, and Veil were imaged through an Optolong L-enhance filter, for the rest I used an Optolong UV/IR filter. Everything apart from the Veil was done using a Vixen ED114SS 600mm f/5 telescope, a GEM28 mount and a bunch of auxiliary gear I will mention in the future posts.
Plans for 2023? I want to revisit a few places, definitely try out some galaxies like M101, M33, Leo Triplet, get my first globular cluster. My dream is a good photo of the Witch’s Head, maybe a glimpse of Rho Opuchi. We’ll see, I am planning to revisit this post a year from now and check what I managed to achieve from my plans.
Clear skies everyone and a happy new astro year!