Will take a brake from Deep Sky Imaging, just sold my avx mount and moded cameras.

Maybe one day i will continue this project.


Thanks so much for being a part of my astrophotography adventure.

This blog will not be updated anymore.




Here are the last images this season, filmed yesterday .


Sh2-155 is a diffuse nebula in the constellation Cepheus, within a larger nebula complex containing emission, reflection, and dark nebulosity. It is widely known as the Cave Nebula


EOS 50 D Exposure 1Hr 59 min 27s (43 frames)




Canon 1000d , Bodes nebula 30 min exposure




NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis is an Sc-type spiral galaxy in a constellation named for a Giraffe! Discovered by William Herschel in 1788


EOS 50, D 20 min exposure





NGC7000 and The Cygnus Wall is part of the North American Nebula also known as Caldwell 20.


eos 50D iso 800 - Exposure 53min 40s (23 frames)






Messier 101 (M101, NGC 5457) was discovered by Pierre Méchain on March 27, 1781, and added as one of the last entries in Charles Messier's catalog. It was one of the first "spiral nebula" identified as such, in 1851 by William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse.


canon 1000d iso 800 , 45min (18 frames)








IC1396 The Elephant Trunk Nebula in the constellation Cepheus, it is approximately 2400 light years from earth.


EOS 50D - Exposure : 3hr 49 min 30 S (81 frames )








EOS 50D - Exposure : 59 min 30 S (21 frames )












The Horsehead Nebula exposure 26 min, iso 800, canon 1000d,







NGC 7000 & the Cygnus Wall , eos 50D 2hr 4 min (58 frames)







M81 this time with eos 50 D , ISO 800 - Exposure 1Hr 10min 40s (20 frames)


Messier 81 or M81 (also designated NGC 3031) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 6.9 and its angular diameter is 21x10 arc-minutes. M81 lies at an estimated distance of 12 million light years. The Equinox 2000 coordinates are RA= 9h 55.6m, Dec= +69° 04´. As one of the more famous objects in the Messier Catalog, it is commonly known as the Bode´s Galaxy.








M81 work in progress, had some guiding problems. (camera 1000D)






First try on IC 410 ,Very faint emission nebula , 40min exposure with canon 1000D ir mod,








The Jellyfish Nebula, also known by its official name IC 443. only 30 min exposure, testing with eos 50d.


Work in progress, will release a new one when i have over 4 hours of exposure....





First try on ngc 2174, 1H 30 min exposure.
eos 50d. Very faint details. One day i will buy that ccd camera.


Also experienced some guiding problmes.












First real try on m42 this season. 50 min exposure with eos 50D ir mod.
The core got over exposed , but still quite ok picture , almost -20c outside when filming, the camera sensor temp was -12c.









NGC 2244 and the Rosette Nebula , eos 50d ir mod

exposure 4 hours 36 min (96 frames)






The Cone Nebula NGC 2264, the Christmas Tree cluster,
cam EOS 50D/ir mod,-Exposure 1 hr 42 min (36 frames)


First try on this object with 50D .






one more try on ngc 7000, this time only 50 min exposure with eos 50D








new edit of NGC 7000 filmed 03/12/2016,



The Rosette Nebula (edit 2) Exposure: 3hr 31 min (74 frames) eos50D ir mod,






First time the pelican nebula,
only 20 min exposure with canon 1000 D, iso 800, gso f4/8







Rosette nebula, eos 50D, 3 h exposure , iso 800





NGC 7000, filmed yesterday,
iso 800 2 hour 4 min exposure. cam: eos 50 d





NGC 7000






Horsehead Nebula, also known as Barnard 33,

15min exposure with canon 50d, iso 800







The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49)


The cluster and nebula lie at a distance of some 5,000 light-years from Earth[3]) and measure roughly 50 light years in diameter.


The radiation from the young stars excites the atoms in the nebula, causing them to emit radiation themselves producing the emission nebula we see.


The mass of the nebula is estimated to be around 10,000 solar masses.

This time 2hours exposure with EOS 50D ir mod, gso F4/8








One of my favorite objects this time of the year , Rosette nebula (NGC2237) First try this season


only 23 min exposure with canon 1000d / iso 800








M45 ;45 min exp iso 800 canon 50D ir mod






M42 - The Orion Nebula, first try with Canon 50D ir mod.

Iso 800 only 45 min exposure.







At the edge of NGC 1499 cs6 edit agfachrome 1000r filter.
( iso 800 , 1 h exposure, cam canon 50D ir mod )






The Andromeda Galaxy also known as Messier 31, first time with ir-modified EOS 50D. 1h exposure , iso 800







The Heart Nebula, IC 1805, 4 h exposure, iso 800 , only red color channel 70-300 sigma apo






IC405 the Flaming Star Nebula filmed yesterday

canon 1000d , iso 800 over 2h exposure.






Clear, moonless nights the whole week.


The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus.
My first try on this one with canon 1000d ir mod// 70-300 sigma apo

800 ISO - Exposure : 1hr 50mn (22 frames)







Have not filmed M45 for a long time , this was my first try with ir-modified canon 1000D,, iso 800 only 20 min exp.





Cave Nebula, Sh2-155 or Caldwell 9,, new edit , 1000D ir mod. 50 min exposure , iso 800






NGC 7635, also called the Bubble Nebula, 4 min exposure iso 800,, canon 1000d Cloudy weather prevented longer exposure this time.






Cave Nebula, Sh2-155 or Caldwell 9, is a dim and very diffuse bright nebula within
a larger nebula complex


First try on this one win Canon 1000D ir mod. 50 min exposure , iso 800, gso 7/F4







One more from yesterday.


IC 59 , , IC64 Gamma Cassiopeiae , 20 min exp. canon 50d , iso 800








The Cocoon Nebula (IC 5146, S125). Distance 3900 light years, only 10 min exposure (3x 3,5min) , iso 800.


Still got some faint details.






NGC 7822 is a young star forming complex in the constellation of Cepheus.

The camera got very warm over 22 + c , causing some problems.

But my first try on this one. Filmed 06/09/2016 01 am



(ISO 800 Exposure 1 hr 33mn 20s (16 frames) canon 50d.)






2hour exposure of NGC 281. edit nr 2








After 4 months of waiting, first astro imaging session after the summer break,



First try on NGC 281 is also known as the Pacman Nebula


(36 min exposure, iso 800 , canon 50D ir mod, gso 8/F4)





My last imaging project for this season : NGC 7023


The Iris Nebula, also NGC 7023 and Caldwell 4, is a bright reflection nebula and Caldwell object in the constellation Cepheus.


Exposure: 2 hour 30 min with canon 50D & GSO 8/ F4
(iso 800 , 300sek frames, stacked with dds)






NGC 7000 edit nr 2. Possible some of the last images this season.



3 hour exposure (4-7 min iso 800 frames ) with canon 1000D.

For some reason some stars on the edge of the picture got very striped out , 4 min frames looked ok but over 7 min frames had this issue, somekind of guiding problem.


Anyway this was a try to fix it with cs6. But still looks like a mess. Then again with only 4 min frames i got almost no nebulosity, :) but ngc 7000 will be my main target next winter. This was my first try on this one.







The North America Nebula (NGC 7000 or Caldwell 20) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, close to Deneb.


First try on this one with canon 1000d (ir mod) 3 hour exposure , iso 800 , had some guiding problems but still not so bad for a first try.






half moon filmed 16/03/16










M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy M51 in Canes Venatici.
filmed 18/03/2016 ,


Canon 1000d ( ir mod) ISO 800 - Exposure : 31 min (12 frames)






The Rosette Nebula is arguably one of the finest HII regions in the northern sky. ... Filmed 15/02/16 , Exposure 1hr 10min (36 frames)







NGC 2264, also called the “Christmas Tree Cluster

Exposure 2hr 6 min 32s (34 frames ) cam: canon 50 d ( Ir mod) GSO F4/8








IC 1396 work in progress. 60 min exposure iso 800, testing some new dss settings to get better picture quality,







The Elephant's Trunk in IC 1396, 60 min exposure iso 800 , cam : Canon 50D ir mod ( 4min frames ) , my first try on this object,






M42, 4 min exposure, iso 800 , testing the 50D ir mod.
Possible the last time this season,









First try on NGC2264, only 15 min exposure, , But will make another try next week. Challenging target for me :)



Canon 50D ir mod, gso 8/F4, exp 15 min , iso 800






Ngc 2246 , 2244 this time using Canon 50D ir mod & gso 8.

Filmed 15/02/16 , Exposure 1hr 10min (36 frames)






Latest image NGC2244 filmed 10/01/2016 , only 30 min exposure. 3min frames iso 800.


The Rosette Nebula is a beautiful large complex of red emission nebulosity and dark Bok Globules surrounding open cluster NGC 2244 in winter Milky Way in Monoceros.


The cluster is a distinctive group of a half dozen or so stars which some describe as appearing as a ladder. The cluster can be seen with the unaided eye in the winter Milky Way, but the entire nebula is difficult to view in a telescope







One More Time (M42) , combined exposures from 2015 & 2016 Total exposure 2hr 22 mn 38s (69frames) , bring out even more details..


The core gets overexposed in longer exposures making this a hard target


iso 800 , cam canon 1000d (irmod) avx + phd2 autoguiding.











This week has offered some nice moonless skies even if freezing cold,
Still waiting to get the ac-adapter for my canon 50D (ir mod) shipped from Germany.


First try on Horse Head Nebula - B33, Damien7400 with canon 1000d .
26min exposure, iso 800 , cam canon 1000d (irmod), -25 was freezing cold.







My first try on NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula)

iso 800-exposure 1hr 46min , canon 1000d ir mod. Freezing conditions.....






"happy new year to everyone" here is one shot of M42, this time 25 min exposure with canon 1000d ir mod. iso 1600 2,4 min frames, filmed 30.12.2015.


(the moon & occasionally there were some clouds made it difficult to take any longer exposures)

new project for 2016 will be the canon 60d ir mod. Still waiting to recive a power adapter for this camera. Other problem is the 60d ambinet temp is very high. But working on it...








First M42 pictures with canon 1000d ir mod, Only 7 min exposure before it went behind the trees. , Had some guiding problem but this one still came out quite nice

(iso 800 3x 3 min,) After new year is the best time to film this one.








My first try on ngc 2244 ( rosette nebula ) 20 min exposure

cam : canon 1000D ir mod.





New edit of M31 : 11/10/2015 , This time orginal colors.
Noiseware pro used to make more smooth image.








Bought an used 70-300 sigma apo from "kameratori" for 40 euros. Reviews of this product states this is no real apo?



Here are some wide field photos of IC1805 using this lens.

Only had time to take 10 x 3min iso 800 exposures (29 min exposure)

But still managed to get some details of this very faint target






My first try on M101, this time tested some new phd 2 settings.
Tested to set the phd2 exposure from 1 sec to 2 sec & also set the avx guiding rate to from 90% to 66 % .


Also noticed that after my "starsense" upgrade 6 months ago i forgott to activate the tracking on my avx mount.

After upgrade it was set to disabled!

So activated it at set it to "sideral".


For the past months i have been using the mount with tracking disabled.
No wonder i has some problem to guide over 3 min :)


With these new settings the guiding was definitely better

Still there are some problems as you can see on this screenshot,



M101 11/11/2015 Exposure 27 min [15x 181s] , iso 1600 ,
canon 1000D (ir mod) avx mount , gso 8/f4 ,
guiding with phd 2 , stacked with dss, final edit with cs6:





For anyone struggling with phd 2 guiding i would recommend this video.

LIVE:Getting the Most Out of PHD2 Guiding


New for me was that guiding rate on the mount should be 50%-60%, and also they recommend
exposures of at least 2 to 3 seconds.

I always thought that the shorter exposure the better guiding.

Have no yet tested this new settings, but believe they will make a difference


Here is a new try at Spiral galaxies M81 & M82 in Ursa Major, Filmed 04/11/15 exposure 20 min, iso 1600 , cam d1000 gso f4/8 (click on image for larger size)








Have not done any planetary imaging for a long time,

This time tested the ALccd5L-IIc camera , (27/10/15/ )The Full moon.


Lost some frames when testing settings with FireCapture V2.3.


Also a video from that night can be found here





Dont know if anyone is using unmodded or modded camera depending on the object, feel that I get better photos using modded cam all the time
even if the modded canon 1000d have lower specs the unmodded Sony a580.


Here are my latest pics for now:



M31 : 11/10/2015
( Exposure 1h 39 min , iso 800 cam canon 1000D ( ir mod) )


stacked with dss and edited with cs6, my best try at M31 so far.



M81 - M82 17/10/2015
my first try at M81 - M82
Only 3x 1 min exposure , iso 1600. 1000D ir mod,

Was a very cloudy that night & the sky was clear for only 8 min.

Will make a new try later on this one.





First try on M33 08/10/15 , using the canon 1000d. / ISO 1600 20 min 2s gso 8/f4 stacked with dss and processed in cs6.




Here are also some photos taken 07/10/2015
Strong geomagnetic activity , registered 7 on the 0 to 9 kp scale. Will release a timelapse later from that night.







Filmed IC1805 , just now i realize how big it is, have only been filming one corner of this object so far .

05/10/15 : 22 min 22 x 1 min 1600 exposure , cam canon 1000d (mod) gso f8





Uploading all my latest astroimages to "cloud spot "





13/09/2015 filmed [ic1805] for the first time,
Camera used modified canon 1000D.

Exposure total of 32 min 32 x 1 min frames, phd2 autoguiding with ALccd5L-IIc. mount avx with gso 8/f4. bias & dark frames used.

Stacked with dss and tried to remove the gradient with cs6.

Tested the trial of PixInsight in the summer. Loved that software. But dont have the money to buy it right now.

So have to manage with the tools i have.







Waiting for the skies to clear. Here are some photos a few weeks ago.


This was the first time using my modified canon 1000D. Did not get any good results.

But belive i was using the wrong settings.


Took some short exposures at iso 1600 but for better results belive i
should lower the iso and use longer exposure.
for example: 12x 5min iso 800 & 6x 10 min iso 400, and so on.


This is one shot of ngc 896 iso 1600 127,0s
Just some very faint nebule can be seen

Still compared to unmodified Sony A580 this is already a great improvemet



here are some other photos from that night:










Got my avx mount back from warranty service,
The whole setup is working fine with my new celestron starsense.
Even if the starsense firmware upgrade was a rollercoaster.


Bought an old D1000 with removed ir cut filter.
Here is one photo taken with this camera yesterday:







Encountered some rather serious problem.

My Celestron avx mount do not power on anymore. First the fuse on the power supply went. Replaced the fuse but now the whole mount will not power on,.


The cables from the avx dc-in port to the mb looked twisted due to the fact that the whole dc in port was loose.


Will order a new mb asap, and hope that issue will be solved.



Project astrophotography is on a hold, and of course now we have clear moonless skies.


Last autoguiding before my hw failure , 15.03.2015 filmed M45 once again. Over 45 min exposure, cant get more out

of this one with a non-modified DSLR .







First try on M51 - the "Whirlpool Galaxy" only 4 min exposure. Very difficult target to film with my equipment.


gso 8/F4 sony A580,





M42 filmed yesterday, Possible my last try this season on this one.



ISO 1600 Exposure 21mn 55s (41 frames)



Here is also another edit of M31






M31, filmed : 16.02.2015 moonless clear skies & first time using autoguiding on this object)


[ISO 1600 Exposure 6 min 19 frames ]





Finally - Clear Skies,

10/02/2015 i filmed M42 once again, mainly because it isn't going to be visible for much longer so I want to make the most of it while I can.

What a sight this object is! [ISO 1600 Exposure 4 min 48s 9 frames ]



Also took my first shot of the Horse Head Nebula that night





No clear skies, so far only one night with moonless clear skies in January,


Ordered a new 8/F4 mirror from, they used to have good product quality but this time something went wrong.


The mirror was very dusty and had some bad marks from the clearing phase.



This is the shape of the mirror at delivery:



After cleaning looks ok & maybe i can use it, got some refund from ts , but still not so happy about this,




My latest astro photos can now be found at Ursa Taivaanvahti



25/12/2014 took my first images of M42 this season.


M42 still very low at this time of the year so light pollution is a problem.

Will make a new try later in Jan 2015, just need some clear moonless skies



16 images; 33 seconds; 1600 iso; avx mount. Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker






One more try at M45. 26 light frames no darks, cam sony 580

Just learned how to align the colors better when using deepsky stacker.




Yesterday there was clear skies and no full moon,

Made a new try at M45.


Autoguiding with phd 2 working fine now.

M45 30 x frames stacked /28 light frames 2 dark frames) cam a580.




My first successful autoguiding after 8 months of trying.

Using phd2 & ALccd5L-IIc, pulse guiding with celestron ascom driver,

Never got the st4 port to work,


30/10/2014 M45 ( total exp 4 min stacked 6x raw. stacked using deepskystacker) phd 2 qhy


Waiting for a clear night sky so i will be able to continue this project.





Managed to get my first photo of the Andromeda galaxy (M31)
No autoguiding and only stacking 3 x jpgs.

Not the best quality but still not so bad for a first try.
Next time will try to stack over 400 jpegs with lower iso.




Back on track after the summer break.
Still focusing on the autoguiding project,
Ordered some more weight for my avx mount & a new guidingscope.


Also a focal reducer for the ALccd5L-IIc camera,

Still waiting for delivery from germany.



September month has so far offered many clear night skies.

Here is a photo from yesterday:



Here is a timelapse filmed during that night


My goal for the next 12 months is to finnaly get the autoguiding setup working.
After achieving over 10 min guiding with my sony A580 i will order my first real ccd.


The choise is between the ;


Astrolumina ALccd8L
Celestron Nightscape CCD


Possible i will go for the ALccd8L.


Even if the ALccd5L-IIc is a sensitive camera designed for guiding installing the drivers & getting the st4 port to work is impossible.


And if working once , the next time not.


But for planetary use the camera is ok.









Trying autoguiding properly for the first time, Testing phd and phd2 but have some serious problems.


I get so far that I can lock on to a star but feels like the mount not moving fast enough
Using the st4 port on the ALccd5L-IIc also tested with the ascom celestron avx driver connected with serial cable but same issue.


Just read in the avx manual that there is an autoguide rate settings on the avx mount. Have to test it.....

Also need more weight as the whole mount is unbalanced.

The guiding scope i use now is a cheap 60/700,1488


But for now this project is on hold.

Because of our northern location and because nights are
light from the end of May to the beginning of August it is impossible to see any stars at all
This period starts at the end of May and continues to mid-July.








After several tries i finnaly managed to get a decent image of Jupiter .

using ALccd5L-IIc camera and Registax 6. Over 350 frames stacked together.



Video can be found here;




Bought me one of the cheapest planetary cam available. The Astrolumina ALccd5L-IIc



2 hours in freezing and thawing conditions.
But the result is my first photo of a deep-sky object.

Cam: Sony A580 dslr & no autoguiding

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976)


The ts coma corrector solve the backfocus problem quite well. Without it almost impossible.


Ups delivery from germany today. The GSO 8" F4 & advanced vx mount.
Deep-sky astrophotography is no easy task so do not expect to get any results soon,