Deep Sky Astrophotography by Barry Wilson

Current Projects: (1) Messier 53 and NGC 5053; (2) Messier 101

(1) The Shark Nebula LDN1235, VdB149 & VdB150

The Shark Nebula in Cepheus, described by APOD: There is no sea on Earth large enough to contain the Shark nebula. This predator apparition poses us no danger, though, as it is composed only of interstellar gas and dust. Dark dust like that featured here is somewhat like cigarette smoke and created in the cool atmospheres of giant stars. After being expelled with gas and gravitationally recondensing, massive stars may carve intricate structures into their birth cloud using their high energy light and fast stellar winds as sculpting tools. The heat they generate evaporates the murky molecular cloud as well as causing ambient hydrogen gas to disperse and glow red. During disintegration, we humans can enjoy imagining these great clouds as common icons, like we do for water clouds on Earth. Including smaller dust nebulae such as Lynds Dark Nebula 1235 and Van den Bergh 149 & 150, the Shark nebula spans about 15 light years and lies about 650 light years away toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus).

This Image is a two panel mosaic.  Takahashi FSQ106 at F5; 10 Micron GM1000HPS; QSI683wsg-8 with Astrodon filters; Lum 72 x 600s; RGB 32 x 600s each; 28 hours integration; e-Eye, Extremadura, Spain. Data acquisition: Steve Milne & Barry Wilson; Processed by Barry Wilson.  July 2018.

(2) NGC6960 The Witch's Broom

The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop (radio source W78, or Sharpless 103), a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. The source supernova exploded circa 3,000 BC to 6,000 BC, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, or 36 times the area, of the full Moon). The distance to the nebula is not precisely known, but Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) data supports a distance of about 1,470 light-years. The Hubble Space Telescope captured several images of the nebula. The analysis of the emissions from the nebula indicate the presence of oxygen, sulfur, and hydrogen. This is also one of the largest, brightest features in the x-ray sky.  The Western Veil (also known as Caldwell 34), consisting of NGC 6960 (the "Witch's Broom", "Finger of God", or "Filamentary Nebula") near the foreground star 52 Cygni. Wikipedia.

This Image is a bi-colour narrowband image.  Takahashi FSQ106 at F5; 10 Micron GM1000HPS; QSI683wsg-8 with Astrodon filters; Ha 21 x 1200s; OIII 18 x 1200s; 13 hours integration; e-Eye, Extremadura, Spain. Data acquisition: Steve Milne & Barry Wilson; Processed by Barry Wilson.  July 2018.


ABOUT ME

I have been fascinated with astronomy since childhood ever since I read Patrick Moore's "The Observer's Book of Astronomy" and became a devotee of BBC's "The Sky at Night". This website aims to display what can be achieved by an amateur astrophotographer in their backgarden - Totnes, Devon, UK, in my case - equiped with dedication, patience and perseverance, especially from my family!  I also share a remote observatory in Spain with Steve Milne, equiped with all of our equipment, setup by ourselves and jointly operated and controlled.

Clear Skies!

Barry Wilson


© Barry Wilson 2018.

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Nebulae images

IC447 in Monoceros

IC447 in Monoceros

The beautiful reflection nebula IC447 in Monoceros. I've shunned a moody rendition to celebrate the glorious colour and variety across the composition.