IC5146 – Cocoon Nebula

IC5146 – Cocoon Nebula Small silky ball laid at the end of a dark footpath, between Cassiopea and Cygnus, the small Cocoon Nebula glows with soft red and mauve colors in a sanctuary of stars. This lovely object, catalogued IC5146, Sharpless 2-125 or Caldwell 19, is a hot emission hydrogen cloud where young stars are… Continue reading IC5146 – Cocoon Nebula

M42 – Orion Nebula

M42 – Orion Nebula Given the amount of pictures on social networks, capturing and processing this famous nebula has become quite demanding. This target is visible during the cold season in the Northern hemisphere, from November to end of February in my backyard, counting roofs and vegetation. What makes this object difficult is the luminosity… Continue reading M42 – Orion Nebula

Testing wheels for the observatory.

50% weight test on the roll-away observatory shows that rubber wheels sustain the load, but display damage due to rough concrete floor. Planning for wood rails… And single door was cut into double doors to balance the installation. #astrophotography

Roll-away observatory.

Applying basic knowledge to woodworking. It’s been 25 years since I left that course 🙂 This is a roll-away observatory, planned for installation end of this summer in my backyard. #astrophotography

Telescope piers.

I’m prototyping telescope piers with #3dprinting. Usual discussion over rat cage and fixed plate… Then, wood, metal or concrete implementation.