18 Hours of The Crescent Nebula from my Backyard Observatory (Bortle 5)

Now that I have my backyard “observatory” up and running, I was able to capture over 18 hours of the Crescent Nebula last week. I also got over 12 hours of the Bubble Nebula, but that’ll be a later post.

Taken with my Esprit 120 at F/7 with my ZWO ASI294mm Pro.

Thanks for looking!

The Crescent Nebula by Jaxon Taylor, on Flickr


So you have a permanent or semi-permanent setup?

I’ll post some pictures later, but I built a fence extension and poured two massive concrete piers that I can put 2 different mounts on.

Well that answered my question, thanks! Now I have another one, do you plan to enclose them in the future?

Nice pier! and great image!

(sorry. that was supposed to be an exclamation point! No question it’s a great image!)

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You’ll probably cover this, but I’m curious what you used as a transition from the all-thread bolts to you mount base(pier extension). I’ve heard you can use disc brake rotors?

Thanks aint messin around! Well done :+1:

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Nice. I keep fussing with ideas for backyard observatories and RVs. There is always some trade that keeps me from pulling the trigger. Congratulations.

What a beautiful image you captured Jaxon. Nice work indeed.

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Thank you all for the kind words. I made a new post about my entire backyard observatory project in the General section. I recommend going there to get more details on my backyard observatory!