It is fun to see how our skills have improved over the years. Here you can get a taste of the enjoyment that we have felt as we have taken this hobby to new heights (pun intended). Just click on the tiny icon to see the progress we've made on that object.
CAPTURES FROM DOWN UNDER
Winters in Oregon can be long and wet. So I and nine other amateur astronomers lease a marvelous telescope from Martin Pugh in Australia. We get lots of great data in the winter when it is rainy and wet here. But being in Australia, south of the equator, he is able to capture objects that we just can't see here in the northern hemisphere! So here are a few that I've processed. It is a great way for me to continue to develope my processing skills! Hope you enjoy!
MILKY WAY AND STARS
Charles Messier was a French astronomy who was a comet hunter. He was frustrated seeing objects that looked similar to comets but weren't. So in 1771 he came up with a catalog of objects to avoid wasting time on them. The catalog has grown to 107 objects. They have traditionally been 107 of the favorite deep sky objects for amateur astronomers, and I'm no exception. I've got a long way to go to capture all of them, but below is what I have so far.