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C/2020 F8 SWAN

C/2020 F8 SWAN is a comet discovered on images of the SWAN camera, aboard of the SOHO spacecraft. Although it was imaged for the first time by the SWAN camera, was Michael Matiazzo, in Australia who first noticed it.

This little guy started to gain brightness very fast, and as soon I knew about his existence, I mounted my telescope and pointed to him.

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Super Moon Mosaic on May 2020

It toke more than 10 years of astrophotography so that I finally make a moon mosaic!

After a month with a lot of good nights for deep sky astrophotography (Which I’ll post here soon), the full moon came and made it unfeasible.

But my will for astrophotography stayed. What can I do?

Well, do a moon mosaic, of course!

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Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) Close-Up

So, after shoting Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) with a wide angle lens, now it’s time to shot this target again, this time to inaugurate my new OTA with a close-up of those beautiful hydrogen clouds and giantic star clusters.

Not everyone knows, but Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) is four times larger than the Orion Nebula (Messier 42) and even brighter. Don’t misunderstand me. Messier 42 is incredible, but Eta Carinae is special. It is so complex, with a lot of star clusters, Hydrogen Alpha regions, dark clouds… and it’s huge! And the big red giant in its center? Speechless. This red giant totally deserves an dedicated post for its own.

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Eta Carinae (NGC 3372) in wide angle

Finally, on January 7, I was able to try my “new” old Nikkor 135mm f2.8 AI, that promises to be a great wide angle lens. I chose as a target Eta Carinae Nebula, or NGC 3372.

This nebula is one of the most beloved targets of the south hemisphere. It is located on the Carina constellation, and just the main nebula itself (NGC 3372) have 2 degrees of aparent size. It is huuuuuge!

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Moon and Saturn conjunction on November 29

Moon and Saturn went on a beautiful conjunction on November 29, 2019. And I was able to register, because…

It’s Friday, Friday… gotta get down on Friday!

Ups, sorry! Got carried away.

Well, my first successful high dynamic range of the moon.

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Semi-remotely controlling a semi-mobile observatory 😅

When you live in a place that get infested by mosquitoes at summer and also get freezing cold at winter, you do need to find a way to shot some astrophotographies and yet stay alive to stack all frames on the next day.

Once the sky is not helping me lately, I’m doing the job to automatizate my setup. Or kinda it. I mean, my setup is “semi-mobile”… it is light weight enough to mount everything every night, but most of my images are taken from my backyard.

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Moon between clouds with QHY5L-ii Color

Well, I’m desperate. Simple as that.

I’m taking every brief of open sky to try the “new” setup, and geting every time more frustrated with the weather.

Last wednesday I saw the moon between a lot of clouds, and I thought: Why not to try?

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