Christoph "Haley" Ries Astrophotography Gallery!
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A further look into the Astro imaging archive opens behind these two
Two of the Supernovae of this year I've got on photographs, SN 2014L in
M99, gained about 15mag and the spectacular SN 2014J in M82. This one was pretty
bright with about 10mg. The SN 2014J has also been observed intensively with the
16inch cassegrain of the Mt. Wendelstein Observatory. At the
Mt. Wendelstein Observatory page you'll find at "Aktuelles" more informations
about this bright Supernova (Actually in german only). Both objects showed here
have been shot through the Bismarck Telescope at March 9th. M99 has undergone a
new image processing because I was a bit unhappy with the first result:
M99 with SN 2014L:
M82 with SN 2014J:
|21 frames stacked with improved flat. Total exposure time 63
|15 frames stacked with Deep Sky Stacker. Total exposure time 45
There is also an existing version without labeling of both pictures:
here from M99
and here from M82.
I have done a pretty nice image of M82 earlier. This is ideal for creating a
Gif animation to show the
comparison with and without Supernova.
Supernovae and deep sky in the year 2013:
2013 I managed it to expose Supernovae in two prominent galaxies: M74
and M65. Also a few other impressions, e.g. the coma cluster, have been created
this year. The images from M74 have been done at August 2nd, the ones from
M66 an M65 at April 15th. The comparison of this years image of M66 and M65
with a picture taken 2007 through Schdoffal from southern
Spain, off course with much more shorter exposure time, is also interesting:
M74 with SN 2013ej:
M66, M65 with SN 2013am:
|13 frames, 60secs each have been stacked with Deep Sky Stacker. Flat and
dark correction, Bismarck focal. Object stood already pretty low.
|22 frames 176secs each have been stacked after dark and flat correction
with Registax. The Supernova had only maximum 15mag brightness. But no problem
for the Bismarck Telescope.
This was the 2nd observable Supernova between a few years in M74. Yet in
2002 there was the SN 2002ap, which was also observation program with the 32inch
telescope of the Mt. Wendelstein Observatory.
This animation is
showing both Supernovae in M74 in a direct comparison with an additional Mt.
Wendelstein image. I was also involved in the creation of this shot. You can
read more about this at the
image gallery of the 32inch telescope (actually only in german).
Please scroll down to M74.
The next row of images is showing three frames containing an image I am
often calling "Haleys little deep field", a deep view into the Coma cluster around
NGC 4874 and NGC 4889. The M97 image was a result from the year before but the
result of newer image processing:
Coma galaxy clusgter:
Summer Milky Way:
Planetary nebula M97:
|21 Bismarck fokal shots stacked with Registax. Total exposure time 63
minutes. NGC 4874 is left from the middle, NGC 4889 at the right side. The big
spindle right below is NGC 4895, the little spiral above and to the right is
|9 frames through the 8mm Walimex fisheye have been stacked. Total exposure time
27 minutes. There is also an Iridium flare and the path of ISS visible at this
|14 have been stacked here. Total exposure time 41 minutes. The processing was
difficult due to poor image capture conditions.
I was again engaged with the theme Fornax cluster in fall 2013, now at the
Edelweißspitze at Mt. Glockner before 29th ITT at the
Emberger Alm. At this link there are more images from that action. The visual
impression of this galaxy cluster was pretty spectacular for middle european
conditions, the cluster just had an elevation of only a few degrees above the
horizon. I took the 30secs exposures through Christina without guiding, this
resulted in poor raw images but there was enough information to be retrieved.
The first image of this row has been stacked with Deep Sky Stacker, smoothed and
contrast amplified with The Gimp. One year later I worked again with the material,
now stack after flat correction with Registax. It's a matter of personal taste
which version is looking better. Due to the low elevation of the cluster a
refraction correcture with the red and blue channel was also necessary during
processing of the images. For the identification of the objects these
finding chart I've
made the year before can be useful:
|Stack out of 21 Frames, total exposure time 10 minutes. Manually smoothed
and contrast amplified. Slight crop for centering the galaxy in the middle of
|The center of the Fornax clusters, 5 minutes total exposure time. NGC 1399
and NGC 1404 are in the middle of the field.
|Similar processing out of all 21 frames like in the image of the clusters
core. Very fine structures seems to be a bit more detailled. Slight crop for
centering the galaxy in the middle of the field.
In 2012 two nice star explosions in popular galaxies happened. In spring
the SN 2012aw in M95 reached more than 12mag. At March 28th I kept an eye on
it with the Bismarck telescope. By experimentation with frame editing two
versions have been created. In early fall I've tested the 8mm Fisheye lens
the first time at the starry sky and it got the opportunity to take a 16 minute
ride at the Bismarck telescope. Shortly after the ITT stargazing towards NGC
1365 with the supernova 2012fr, located deeply in the south, was possible. The
creation of an usable image was pretty difficult at the Allgaeu, the object had
an elevation of only 2 degrees. At November 21st I got more familiar with this
M95 with SN 2012aw - Version 1:
M95 with SN 2012aw - Registax:
Bismarck with summer milky way:
Fornax and NGC 1365 with SN 2012fr:
|Stack out of 10 frames 176secs each with Deep Sky Stacker. Correction of
guide errors after stacking with The Gimp and artificial flat.
|In this Version 11 frames have been stacked with Registax. The single
frames have been edited with The Gimp in advance. Total exposure time 30mins.
|Stack out of 8 frames 120secs each with Deep Sky Stacker. Piggyback at the
|Beside NGC 1365 with the supernova this image is showing the whole Fornax
galaxy cluster. It has been stacked with the 66mm f/6 refractor "Wilhelmine" out
of 10 frames completely manually with The Gimp. Total exposure time 9mins.
The creation of the Fornax picture was a bit adventurous. Due to the
position very close to the horizon only short single frames without guiding could
be made. Beside guide errors a strong gradient of the sky background was sadly a
fact. Only by using The Gimp a relatively acceptable result could be reached.
The form of a barred spiral can be guessed already. 16 galaxies of the Fornax
cluster could be identified, there are marked in
Additional an inverted black and white version has been done. It is optimal as a
finding chart of the
cluster, also as printable version because so close to the horizon the single
galaxies normally could be identified not so easily. Another interesting fact is
the comparison of this exposure of NGC 1365 with an image of this galaxy, taken
in the year 1994 at the chilenean Altiplano through
Pictures and supernovae from the year 2011:
This year two prominent galaxies showed up with supernovae: M101 and
M51. Both star explosions could be seen pretty well in medium telescopes and
looked relatively spectacular in Bismarck and Christina. The supernova 2011fe
in M101 has been observed at the Mt. Wendelstein one year long. Its maximum
brightness was about 9.25mag. At the page of the
Mt. Wendelstein Observatory under the point "actual" there are more
images and informations about this bright supernova. The images at the following
row have been created at the 27th. ITT at the Emberger Alm.
It is also interesting to compare them with older images from an earlier
ITT, the 15th wich happened in 1999:
M51 with SN 2011dh:
Helix nebula - NGC 7293:
M101 with SN 2011fe:
|At the date of the exposure the supernova still got 14.5 magnitudes. Stack
out of 5 frames, Christina focal shot with coma corrector. Total exposure
time 19m32s. Slight crop for better alignment of the object.
|The Helix nebula, a relatively southern object, shines pretty impressive at
the carinthian sky. Stack out of 4 frames, 27mins total exposure time.
Christina focal shot with coma corrector.
|Supernova with about 10mag in brightness, stack out of 4 frames, 17mins
total exposure time. Christina focal shot with coma corrector. Besides there
is another version
without marking of the supernova.
This M51, for a change withoud marked supernova, as well as further new
images from M51 and M57, from the Mt. Wendelstein also, you'll find at their own
M51 and M57 page. At September 21st 2011 I've take
a shot of M101 with the Bismarck also. At home the object stood already very low
so only a stack out of 5 frames with a complete exposure time of 15m42s could
be made. In addition the raw material had poor quality and I've done two version out
of the raw material wit the Deep Sky Stacker. For correcting guide failures The
Gimp was helpful:
M101 - Allstack version:
M101 - Jpeg stack:
|This version is stacked out of raw data guide failures have been corrected
after stacking. There is also a version with
from this image.
|Here the guiding failures have been edited prior stacking. Sadly this was
only possible by using Jpeg files.
A few more pictures from 2008 with Supernova
and also from 2009:
In spring 2008 beside the Supernova 2008ax the Siamese Twins
NGC 4567/68 and the dark nebula B72 "The Snake" also have been recorded.
At the old Bismarck location B72 is found pretty low inside the straw light of
the southbound located industrial zone and I tried it in an extraordinary clear
night. Sometimes it is possible to create the one or another pretty picture like
the edge on galaxy NGC 4565 beside the scientific programme with the 16 inch
Cassegrain of the Mt. Wendelstein Observatory:
NGC 4490 and 4485 with SN 2008ax:
Siamese Twins and NGC 4564:
B72 - The Snake:
NGC 4565 - The Needle:
|Focal shot of the Cocoon galaxy with Bismarck, stacked out of 7 frames,
total exposure time 24mins.
|Focal shot of the pair NGC 4567/68 with NGC 4564 through Bismarck, stacked
out of 8 single frames, total exposure time 28mins, light crop.
|Focal shot from B72 with Bismarck, stacked
out of 6 single frames, total exposure time 15mins.
|Image with the 16 inch Cassegrain of the Mt. Wendelstein Observatory, f=4m.
composite out of 12 shots in r g B with the ST10 camera mounted there, 300
respectively 400secs each.
All images of this row have been stacked with Registax and edited with
The Gimp. Especially at The Snake, very southern located, wich needs usually
very good sky a strong reddish tinge caused by the light pollution has to be
corrected. At the old and new comparison there is another
version of the Cocoon galaxy with not marked Supernova.
Miky way panoramic view, taken at Mt. Wendelstein in
Rising summer Milky way:
|Panoramic view of the rising summer Milky way, seen from Mt. Wendelstein
towards the Inn valley with its light pollution. An impressive view.
|Extract from the panorama with the already risen nova Scorpii with a
brightness of ca 3mags. The bright object in the middle is Jupiter.
The bulge of our own galaxy, the Milkyway, rises spectacular in the
early morning of a late winter night behind the summits of the central alps.
From Scorpius to Cygnus the star clouds are dwelling over the horizon. Only on
remote places such an impressive view can be seen. Though Mt. Wendelstein is
pretty remote the light pollution has also reached this area. Bright lights
from the Inn valley illuminate the mountains and the light domes from cities
more than 100km away, e.g. Salzburg at left, are clearly visible. The panorama
has been created from two stacks of three images each. The movement of the
stars had also to be corrected as well as the horizon line had to be processed
for a natural view. This image was shot with the Canon 350D "Photonensack"
again and has been processed with Gimp.
Messier81 and 82, Holmberg IX, exposed with
Bismarck early 2008:
For making of the above panoramic view four single four minute shots of
everey single object had to be done. These have been stacked and merged with
Gimp to a complete panoramic view. By coincidence the dwarf galaxy Holmberg
IX, an interesting object, looking tiny beside the giant galaxies, appeared at
the M81 frames. The next row of images is showing the single frames of the
panorama and the 100% crop of Holmberg IX from the M81 shot:
|Single frame of M81 the giant spiral galaxy.
|Holmberg IX lies eastwards, not far from M81, an unimpressive nebular
spot, it had to be enhancend in contrast.
|Single frame of M82 the Galaxis with spectacular structures full of
In August 2007 two more interesting exposures
of the summer sky have been made, both done with Bismarck and stacked with
|the most impressive globular cluster visible from middle Europe, M 22
in the constellation of Sagittarius, taken with Bismarck, stacked out
of 9 single frames 120sec each.
|NGC 6960 the storm bird, also called "the Claw" by myself, taken
with Bismarck, stacked out of 7 single frames 240sec each.
Supernovae 2007, taken at Bismarck
|There was at the end of 2007 again a pretty bright Supernova in the
rat tail galaxies NGC4038/39.
|NGC4036 with SN 2007gi, in the telescope also a nice
In this row an additional comparison image from the Mt.
Wendelstein Observatory of NGC 5584:
SN 2007af in...
|The Supernova in NGC 5584 was visually good visible in spring.
|For comparison a 3 colour composite with the Mt. Wendelstein camera
|The Supernova in NGC 7721 is a crop of a 8x30secs stack.
A collection of images, done with old and new
technology, starting with the Lagoon nebula M8 one of the most beautyful
gaseaous nebula of the summer sky. The older image was one of the first
pictures, done with Schdoffal in Spain in the year
2000. At left is always the old, at right the new image:
Lagoon nebula M8:
M8 in summer 2008:
|The Lagoon Nebula belongs to the most awesome nebulas in the heart of
the Milky Way. Image taken on film, focal through Schdoffal.
|M8 focal shot with Bismarck in two consecutive nights. Stacked out of
15 single frames, total exposure time about 28mins.
NGC 4490 and 4485:
Cocoon Galaxy NGC 4490 with SN 2008ax:
|The Cocoon galaxy, pretty impressive in the 10" scope. Five images
|In the Bismarck telescope the interacting pair of galaxies looks more
impressive than only one year before. Stack out of 6 Frames 240secs each.
Galaxy NGC 891:
NGC 891, Januar 2008:
|A popular edge on in autumn sky in Andromeda, seen here through
Bismarck's optics. An image from 2003.
|Composite from 4x4mins with Bismarck. Beside the spectacular galaxy
a few faint galaxies can be seen.
Dumbbell nebula M27:
M27, July 2007:
|The famous Dumbbell Nebula seen here through the eye of Schdoffal
during the voyage to Southern Spain in spring 2000.
|Composite image from 3x4min with Bismarck. During the last frame dawn
Messier 104, the Sombrero galaxy:
Sombrero galaxy M104:
M104, March 2007:
|M 104, here at the maximum focal length of 2.7 metres of the Bismarck
|Schdoffal's field of view with the Photonensack shows a similar field
at 12mins total exposure time.
Messier 17, the Omega nebula, gladly named as Sphinx
Omega nebula M17
M17, July 2007:
M17, August 2007:
|The Omega Nebula is located north of the Lagoon Nebula and is coequal
to it in its splendor.
|Only two 4mins frames have been stacked here, during the 2nd exposure
obstruction by the forest occured.
|A few weeks later, with excellent conditions a 4 x 4mins shot could be
done. The quality is already obviously better.
|This crop has been generated from all six single shots of this summer
and shows again an improvement in quality.
Because the 2nd series of M17 was taken a few days later, the camera
was mounted a bit twisted compared to the first time. To do a stack of all
images it was necessary to work with a crop containing all details of the
image and led to the last image in row.
The Antennae galaxies NGC 4038, also known as rat tail galaxies:
Antennae Galaxies with SN2004gt
NGC 4038, March 2007, Andalusia:
NGC 4038, January 2008, Bismarck:
|The Antennae galaxies in fall 2004. The inset shows the position of
|Instead the pretty short exposure time in Schdoffals focal plane of only
5x90secs it is possible to detect the rat tails.
|The Antennae or rat tail galaxies, again with a new Supernova! Also with
more Details and done with the Bismarck telescope.
Messier 83, a gorgeous southern sky galaxy:
M83, March 2007:
M83, April 2008:
|At home the southern galaxy is a real challenge. This picture is a
two focal analog shot composit.
|Problems occured during the exposure with Schdoffal in Andalusia, so
exposure time was only ca 4mins.
|Again with Bismarck, 12 x 2mins with intern dark. Remarkable, because it
stood only 10 degrees above the horizon. The atmospheric refraction had to be
compensated also. At the end of the exposure series the object plunged into
bushes at the horizon!
Images at the Bismarck Observatory from February
2007. First tests with the new Canon EOS 350D "Photonensack":
M46 - NGC 2438:
|The first astronomical image with "Photonensack", M1 stacked from 6
shots 30 secs each.
|The globular cluster M 3 is the second object und stacked out of 8
shots 30 secs each.
|The Planetary Nebula NGC 2438 is located inside the Open Cluster M 46.
Stack out of 11 frames, 30secs each with Registax.
Images from late summer 2006:
M13 Canon Ixus:
Eskimo Nebula digitally:
|The Saturn nebula in a stacked afocal exposure done with Bismarck
from 34 exposures, 15 sec each. (Cutout enlargement)
|The famous Black Eye Galaxy an image from 2004.
|The globular cluster M 13 has been stacked from 16 exposures, 15
|NGC 2392, the Eskimo nebula, stacked from 25x15secs frames with Ixus!
Bismarck focally and eyepiece projection.
|Gorgeous impression of the faint Cocoon Nebula IC 5144. Exposure
time 16 min.
|During 15th ITT this 12 mins image of M1 was taken.
Variations of the theme Orion Nebula:
Orion Nebula 400 Tele:
Orion Nebula Bismarck:
Orion Nebula digitally:
Orion Nebula new version:
Orionnebel 135er Tele:
The first image has been exposed 20 mins through an 400 mm
telelens. The 2nd image is a gorgeous focal shot from the year 1998. The
3rd image is a first composite from 2007 out of Bismarck focal shots ranging
from 8 to 30 secs at 800 and 1600 ASA with the new Canon Photonensack. The 4th
image is a new edition of the 3rd one. The image at far right is done with the
Canon and the old 135mm Telelens at the Emberger Alm. A
stack out of 5 images 180secs each.
A few galaktic nebula:
The Cat Paw nebula
Plejades and NGC 1499
|With the help of a 300 mm tele lens I've taken this shot of the nice
Cat Paw Nebula from the island of La Reunion. It is located in the
constellation of Scorpius.
|The Rosette Nebula in the constellation of Monoceros is photographed
with a 300 mm f/5 tele lens in the mountains.
|A nice shot from my beginner days as astrophotographer: Plejades and
the California Nebula NGC 1499.
The Ring Nebula M57 and the galaxy M51 kept
me photographically busy during years. Under
this link or by clicking at one of both next images one can follow
the evolution during the years. There are now new images at this section:
Our first voyage to the southern hemisphere was done in 1992 towards
the island of La Reunion, located inmidst the Indian Ocean. On top of a
mountain at more than 2000 metres altitude we "spechtled" with an 8 inch
telescope mounted at the M1 mount. At this time Christina was still under
construction and saw first light one year later.
Center of Milky Way
The Magellanic Clouds
Small Magellanic Cloud
|The center of our Galaxy in zenith! Only at the southern hemisphere
you get this feature.
|This mosaic of two telephoto images shows the Magellanic Clouds,
dwarf galaxies, accompanying our Milky Way .
|This is the Small Magellanic Cloud. The bright spot close to the
galaxy is the mighty globular cluster 47 Tucanae.
M44 with background galaxies in spring 2002: A click in
the first image of this row or here leads to
further informations. The image in the middle is taken at the same time. The
right exposure shows also a few of the background galaxies.
|A focal image of this cluster. It leads to the M44 page with
observation informations about the background galaxies.
|NGC 3495 and NGC 3496, on the right hand the galaxies NGC 3430 and
|An additional shot, taken with barlow lens and 2.7m focal length.
NGC 2643, NGC 2637 and IC 2388 are visible.
The next twelve images are astrophotographic
highlights from southern sky expeditions:
Helix Nebula NGC 7293
Trifid Nebula M20
Silver Dollar NGC 253
|The gorgeous view of the Helix Nebula is taken as focal shot with
Christina 1994 in Chile close to the La Silla mountain.
|This image is taken in the same night and with the same optics like
|This charming image of the most impressive of all clobular clusters
is taken 1996 in Namibia with Christina.
|The focal shot with barlow lens through the eye of Christina was
exposed at the Edelweißhöhe, Austria.
Eta Carina Nebula
Centaurus A NGC 5128
Stars above the tropics
|One shot with an 300 mm lens, taken from the chilean Altiplano at a
height of 4300 metres.
|I´ve shot this view with Christina at the area of the Cuno
Hoffmeister Observatory in Namibia.
|This nice overview with pearls of the Southern sky is photographed
with a normal lens.
|The Southern Cross rises just now above the lagoon of Tahaa.
Eta Carina nebula
Eagle nebula M16
|The most gigantic of all gaseous nebula, seen
at the splendid night sky of Namibia with Christinas optics.
|At Parque Nacional Lauca NGC 1365 stood
together with the Fornax Cluster in Zenit.
|The so called Shark Galaxy is located close to NGC 5128
|In southern countries the Eagle nebula is flaunting much more
brilliant then at home!
The rows with southern sky images are mostly from the nineties,
done mostly during two expeditions with Christina towards Chile and Namibia
after the installation of The Bismark Observatory.
The ULT Schdoffal has been inaugurated in the
Year 2000 in southern Spain. March 2007 there was another travel to this place.
Many images from Schdoffal, also from this "spechtling" campaigns can be
watched at the Christina and ULT page . Landscape
imaging not only from there can be watched by now
M65 and M66
Milky Way above Spain
Hickson 61, The Box:
|M65, M66 and NGC 3628 have been shot at the mountain Los Reales. 3 frames
at 2min each.
|The summer Milky Way has risen above the bright lights of the
|The king of globular clusters rises in Andalusia only five degrees above
the horizon. 6 frames at 30sec each.
|If all four galaxies of Hickson 61 can be viewed the visual
transparency is pretty good. 5 frames at 3mins each.
Our space was located far enough inside the country to have an
acceptable sky. A few very clear and cold nights presented us a good
transparency, so a
time lapse movie of the
rise of the Milky Way could be created. (ca 1Mb) The image on the right
shows a few exotic galaxies, exposed behind our rental finca.
The next row of pictures shows extracts of the
world of Galaxies:
This line of images shows a few nice galaxy shots taken with
Christina and Bismarck:
|Christina shot of this exquisit edge on galaxy in the constellation
of Coma Berenice.
|You can find this beautiful galaxy already with smaller scopes in
Lion. Another Christina shot.
|A pretty new image of the galaxy group Hickson 44 around NGC 3190
in the constellation of Lion.
|This is a remarkable galaxy at the spring sky. Another newer Bismarck
Row of older images from The Bismarck Observatory, It shows the summer
milky way at the old observatory location at good conditions but also the
light pollution at that place:
NGC 7332 and 7339
M13 and NGC 6207
Summer Milky Way
|You can find this nice pair nearby to the legendary Stephan's
Quintet. Focal shot with Bismarck at 1.5 metres focal length.
|A historic but pretty good image of the famous M13 together with the
galaxy NGC6207, created at the end of the eighties.
|The Milky Way at Bismarck Observatory, seen in April 2007. Due to the
horizon widenings more can be seen also from the light pollution.