8/14/2020 The Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae in Narrowband

Friday evening was a good evening at the River Ridge Observatory. Other than continuous lightning in the east that turned into nothing but lasted until about 2 AM, the conditions were pretty good. I stayed and imaged until 4:30 Saturday morning. This will be the first of a few posts about my results.

I set up my 11″ Elf with the Hyperstar so I could shoot at f/1.9 and added an Optolong L-eNhance filter to the setup. This filter blocks most light but lets the reddish Hydrogen-alpha line, the blueish Hydrogen-beta line, and the greenish Oxygen III through so that your color camera can still do RGB photography. I used my ZWO ASI294MC Pro.

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M8 – The Lagoon Nebula and NGC 6544 The Starfish Cluster to the lower left.
M20 – The Trifid Nebula

12/7/2019 Rufous Hummingbird

There is currently a Rufous Hummingbird hanging out in North Little Rock, AR. First reported two of three weeks ago. I finally made it there this morning. Here’s a little video made from 14 shots of it.

3/10/2019 Allen’s Hummingbird

A rare Rufous Hummingbird was reported in Bryant yesterday. I went to see it this morning and was surprised to see what I believe is an Allen’s Hummingbird. These are west coast birds. They are occasionally seen in the east during migration, like now, but they have never been confirmed in Arkansas. An expert was consulted and she thinks it is an Allen’s. So Yay. State Bird Number 350. It was cloudy and only 30 minutes after sunrise so the picture is grainy. As of this writing, the bird has not been seen again.