CCAS Original Photography

CCAS Astrophotography
Here are photographs taken by our members. If you have original photographs that you would like posted on our site, please contact us!

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The Lagoon Nebula
by Pete LaFrance
Hues of red and blue swirl around to coagulate into newborn stars in the Lagoon Nebula. This Nebula is divided by a dark rift, the so-called lagoon, giving the object its name. Telescopes of 3" or greater are needed to show this well. The full complexity of the Lagoon Nebula and its pinkish-red color are brought out only in photographs.

The Rosette Nebula
by Pete LaFrance
The Rosette Nebula is a faint loop of gas surrounding the star cluster NGC 2244 in Monoceros. A very large telescope is needed to see any nebulous qualities.

The Swan Nebula
by Pete LaFrance
Named for its apparent shape, the Swan Nebula is a splendid deep sky object. Other names include, Horseshoe and Omega Nebula.

The Horsehead Nebula
by Pete LaFrance
The Horsehead Nebula and the Flame Nebula are visually highly elusive in even the largest amateur telescopes. The Horsehead itself is all but invisible, so enjoy the picture.

by Pete LaFrance
Jupiter in the summer Milky Way Galaxy.

The Moon
by Pete LaFrance
Pete captured a very thin crescent moon on May 18, 2007 from his backyard observatory.