Ring Nebula and M13

Well, the skies were reasonably clear for a while this evening, so I took my Celestron C6 out with the Rebel XT and tried to get a few shots using the Lumicon light pollution filter I ordered a long while back that finally arrived. Despite some tracking errors (I don’t have an off-axis guider) a couple of the shots turned out alright. I’ve tucked some small clips of the pics in the blog here. If you have a desire to see the full size, either email me or post a comment and I’ll get the pics up in their 8 megapixel glory.

The two targets were the Ring Nebula, a nice planetary nebula that’s fairly easy to spot in Lyra, and M13, the Hercules Globular Cluster, also easy to find down the leading side of the body of the warrior.

The Ring Nebula: cropped RingNebula.jpg

and M13: CroppedM13.jpg

Hope you enjoy!

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Lightning1Aug092006.jpgWell, I think I’ve found something striking and challenging to pursue with my Canon Rebel XT. We’ve been having a lot of lightning in and around Calgary, and I’ve pulled off a few shots before, but last night I got some very good shots of some very interesting lightning. A really good one that looks like it’s hitting the house behind us, but was about 2 km away is on the left in this post.


  • 30 second exposure
  • Canon 17-85 IS USM III lens at f/18
  • iso 100 equiv
  • 17 mm focal length (1.8x with Rebel)

Sharpeness and contrast set to max in iPhoto

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Special effects night!

IMG_1507.jpg Wow! The blog’s a bit late, but Sunday night was just absolutely
incredible up here in Calgary for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
There’s a whack of a sunspot pumping flares and solar ejecta our way, and
it was causing the cool green colour of ionized oxygen to just dance
across the entire sky of Calgary. Not as colourful as the aurora gets
further north, but an absolutely stunning sight to behold.

The pics I did take with the Canon A70 digital camera don’t do them
justice (noisy at ASA400 equiv as well) but it was a sight to see. Popped
one of the pics on the page here just to get an idea. Those aren’t clouds
or sky reflection of the city lights above the houses, that is a beautiful
faint green aura of light from the borealis.