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Category Archive: Astronomy: pictures

News items about my astro-photo activity

Jun 14 2017

NGC 4216 And Friends

NGC 4216 plate-solved and annotated

I haven’t posted any updates to my website in a while. Over the last few months I have been very busy with a host of different things: nevertheless, I have managed to do some imaging out in the field, and what I’m really short on is time to process raw data and publish results.…

Jan 13 2017

The Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN) near M81 and M82

The IFN (annotated version)

The Integrated Flux Nebula(e) is a complex of galactic dust nebulae that are illuminated not by a single star or a group of stars, as is the case with most nebulae, but by the energy from the integrated flux of all the stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.…

Dec 14 2016

December’s Cloudy Moonrise

Moonrise on December 13th, 2016. Click the picture for a bigger version with all the relevant technical details.

Shooting wide-field is for sure not my specialty, but the view I was treated to on December 13th was just too beautiful to miss out on.…

Aug 17 2016

2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid meteor shower 2016 annotated composite

The Perseid meteor shower in 2016 was expected to peak in the wee hours of August 12 with reasonably good observing conditions (Moon expected to set before the peak).…

Mar 27 2016

Deep down the Great Orion Nebula

Ghost reflections?

It doesn’t happen so often to amateur astronomers to get their hands on a professional-class telescope. But it does happen every once in a while :mrgreen: .…

Feb 25 2016

M106 & Friends


Winter is coming to an end, so it’s galaxy season again! :mrgreen:

Constellation Canes Venatici (The “Hunting Dogs”) is home to a number of spring season gems, the most notable of which is M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy.…

Feb 15 2016

Comet Catalina’s “flyby”


CatalinaHeaderComet C/2013 US10 was discovered on 31 October 2013 by the Catalina Sky Survey, an automated system aimed at searching for asteroids and comets.…

Dec 15 2015

Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina)

This past weekend (December 12-13) I headed out with some friends to a dark sky location in the Alps at almost 2000 m elevation.…

Oct 06 2015

The Total “Supermoon” Eclipse of September 28, 2015


sept-2015-mosaicIt’s been almost four years since a Lunar eclipse was visible in Western Europe (June 2011). Therefore, the one of September 28, 2015 was most welcome after such a long abstinence :mrgreen: .…

Sep 26 2015

Overhead ISS Transit

On September 24th, 2015, it was a crystal clear night over Northern Italy. The day before I had come across the news (wonders of Facebook :mrgreen: ) that a transit of the International Space Station (ISS) would take place almost overhead during the morning twilight.…

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