BillD's corner of the Universe
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Serenity is my backyard observatory. When I first got into astronomy, I knew I wanted to get into Astrophotography. However, setting up and packing up the gear each night, quickly became an excuse not to do it, so I decided to look into getting a permanent observatory in my backyard…and the Serenity Project was born.
While investigating my options, I discovered that while the ideal observatory is the classic dome shape, they are expensive to buy and very difficult to build. Back then the dome kits were rare and expensive and they were quite small and cramped. I decided to build a shed with a roof I could roll open. This was more like the standard square shape and was something I could build myself.
Further down this page you will find details on how I built the Serenity Observatory back in 2008.
The gallery below shows some of the images I have taken from the Serenity Observatory in my suburban backyard.
Short exposure of the Orion and Running Man nebula
Testing out the camera with a 40 minute exposure of Orion
IC 2944 Nebula
IC 2944 Nebula with QHY 268 camera I finally got a couple of clear nights so I was able to capture this nebula as well
Eta Carina Nebula 2021
Eta Carina Nebula with QHY 268 camera The Carina Nebula or Eta Carinae Nebula is a large, complex area of bright and dark nebulosity in
Gabriela Mistral Nebula – IC 2599, NGC 3324, NGC 3293
Gabriela Mistral Nebula – IC 2599, NGC 3324, NGC 3293 NGC 3324 is an open cluster in the southern constellation Carina, located northwest of the
Finally Imaged Tarantula Nebula-NGC2070
After many years away from the hobby I decided to upgrade the obs, and my gear and here is the first image with the new gear.
Solar Imaging Below you will find various images of our sun taken through a specifically designed solar telescope. Never look at the sun without the
During the once in a lifetime Venus Transit event, I was all setup with two solar telescopes HD recorders and other equipment. However the weather
Horse Head Nebula
I have tried in the past to get a reasonable image of the horse head nebula, but have never had much success due to the
My First Narrow-band Colour Image
Here is my First ever colour image in Narrow Band using the Hubble Palette (kind of).I am still learning how to process images taken through
Hydrogen-Alpha Filter vs Red Filter for Astro Imaging
Hydrogen Alpha Filters To add to my equipment list (as you do), I decided to get a more sensitive Monochrome camera and a set of
Building the Serenity Observatory
Constructing a Backyard Observatory
There are many types of backyard observatory designs. You can buy kits, prefab domes, or even convert existing sheds. I decided to build my own observatory from scratch. It is basically a 'Shed' design with a rolling roof.
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