About Astrojohn

I am a science geek! Interests Astronomy, Skiing, Philosophy, basically any form of technology including writing automation software for my observatory. I will also share this with others using the same EQMOD/Astroart tool set.


M51- Good seeing and good target

My image of M51 in colour came out really well:

M51 Colour

M51 Colour

Last night M51 -Bit windy so not quite round stars.

Not bad image considering the gusty wind.  Just 3 X 300sec per colour


Image of Supernova in M82 on 13 April 2014

Mag 13.051 V filter at 30 sec



Still quite visible and measurable even with full moon.


Image of M51 taken this month.

Notice the nice dust lanes in the spiral arms.

Taken 10 March 2014

Supernova in M82 – Image between rain and wind!

Hi all,


Just thought I would grab a quick image.  30 sec Vfilter 10 Feb 2014.


M33 next to 30% moon.

Managed to get M33 as it was a clear but very bright night.


The Veil – 3 Sept 2013

Veil Nebula 3 Sept 2013

Veil Nebula 3 Sept 2013


Only part of a much larger nebular area.  The most popular being the ‘ Witches Broom’

M51 Not much evidence of SN Type1a now.

M51 10 December 2012

Monochrome Horsehead in Orion – Round Stars (Yes!!!)

Finally fixed the problem of round stars on long exposures. 6 X 600sec 8inch RC Astrograph and SXVR-H18 at -20degC

6X600sec R +G Monochrome.

Orion – Horsehead nebula

A very short exposure of the Horsehead Nebula

No time after the variable star run but just a short image,  Not very good….

Horsehead Nebula

Horsehead Nebula in Orion