Personally, I don't think there's intelligent life on other planets. Why should other planets be any different from this one?

— Bob Monkhouse

Lyra's Smoke Ring Nebula

Warm and moonless last night. I took out the Celestron 11" out for a quick spin. I was going to do some visual observing and then collimate the unit and wait for Jupiter. But once out, I saw this old favorite through the 11" and decided to capure the moment. There is a bit more detail in this image than I experienced visually... but not a lot more though.

Lyra's Smoke Ring Nebula

Super

Wow
Looks like an Ha image with some stars missing?

H alpha it is.

H alpha it is.

You take some nice pictures

You take some nice pictures ! This one is very nice also. I saw this one in scope a few years ago, and it was very faint. But I did see it and I had a good time observing and hanging out that night.