"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"Correction: It is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum. The 'Times' regrets the error."
NY Times, July 1969.

— New York Times

Ha

M27 in Hydrogen Alpha light

M27 in   Hydrogen Alpha light

M27 as seem in Hydrogen Alpha Light Sept 2nd 2011.

Cederblad 214 in Cepheus

Cederblad 214 in Cepheus

Three hour expousure in H alpha last night. Here hot OB stars associations light up this  molecular cloud, Cederblad 214. This is one of the largest molecular cloud complexes in the Milky Way.  Stellar winds and supernovae driven shock fronts produced by the hot OB stars of the association have expanded an immense 200 light year diameter shell of molecular gas which contacts the surrounding cold molecular cloud.

Lyra's Smoke Ring Nebula

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.

VDB 142

VDB 142

VDB142 (Elephant trunk) Part of IC1396 emission nebula complex in Cepheus.

Flaming star nebula

Flaming star nebula

Warm, temps in the 30's.
Straight overhead and far enough away from the full moon in Auriga.
Two hour shot in pseudo-color and H alpha.

Rosette Close up

Rosette Close up

After seeing Joe's close up I remember I got one too.

Elephant trunk

Elephant trunk

1.8 hour exposure through tak 102s & starlight Xpress camera H alpha

A horse is a horse, of course....

A horse is a horse, of course....

One more shot of the horsehead nebula this early December.
I do not have a Hbeta filter, so the Halpha had to do.

M27 in Ha and OIII

M27 in Ha and OIII

First attempt at narrow band imaging: Makes mince-meat of our light pollution!

PELICAN NEBULA

PELICAN NEBULA

Tuesday evening I decided that the clear skies demanded that I participate in astronomy in one form or another.  Tempted to stay in and rest I finally convinced myself I should go outside.  Glad I did. Tracking was right on!

This image of the Pelican Nebula was taken in Ha thru my AstroTech 66mm ED telescope piggybacked on top of my Orion 80ED.  It represents 50 one minute exposure combined, processed in MaxIm DL/CCD and Photoshop.