Past Photo Gallery

Below are pictures that I have taken over the last 5 years with different scopes ranging from my 4" William Yang scope to my RC 12.5".  Please see each picture description for details.  None of these were taken in my Observatory.  Those are on the "Current Photo" page.  (As time permits I will re-process some of these images to make the color more accurate.)




M17 The Omega Nebula, RC12.5" @f6, ST8E camera, five 2 minute L exposures, five 2 minute RGB. Taken at Sunglow, AZ. March 2003

Explanation: The Omega Nebula contains glowing gas dark dust, and some large massive star. Also known as the M17 and the Swan Nebula, the Omega Nebula is about 5000 light-years away, 20 light-years across, and visiable with binoculars in the constellation of Sagittarius A recent epoch of star formation has created some very massive stars that haven't yet had time to self-destruct. Until then, these stars appear very bright and emit light so energetic it breaks up the surrounding dust lanes.