Mirach and Mirach’s Ghost on Halloween

Mirach and Mirach's Ghost on Halloween, 2014.  42x60 sec @ ISO 800, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Modified Canon T3.
Mirach and Mirach’s Ghost on Halloween, 2014. 42×60 sec @ ISO 800, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Modified Canon T3.

An appropriately named object was chosen as an early evening test target on Halloween night, 2014.   Mirach is Beta Andromedae and it is a jump off point for finding M31 and M33.  Mirach’s Ghost is that small object very near Mirach that looks almost like a reflection glint of the bright star itself.   Nope, it is actually NGC 404, a small elliptical galaxy that just happens to lie in the same line of sight.

The PacMan Nebula

The PacMan Nebula. 38x300 sec @ ISO 1600, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Modified Canon T3.
The PacMan Nebula. 38×300 sec @ ISO 1600, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Modified Canon T3.

Over 3 hours worth of data in 5 minute ISO 1600 sub-images were used for this image of the PacMan Nebula.   It came out alright, I guess.  I didn’t have to do much noise reduction on it and it still seems reasonably smooth.

The Little Dumbbell Nebula – M76

The "Little Dumbell Nebula".  50 x 180 sec @ ISO 1600.  TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Modified Canon T3.
The “Little Dumbell Nebula”. 50 x 180 sec @ ISO 1600. TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Modified Canon T3.

Here is the “Little Dumbbell” Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 76, NGC 650/651, the Barbell Nebula, or the Cork Nebula.  It is a planetary nebula in the constellation Perseus.  I had never imaged it before, so now I finally got something on it.