Mike Melwiki's Astrophotography

Horsehead & Flame Nebula Taken on October 4, 2022. Equipment includes a William Optics FLT-132 APO triplet refractor (with a 0.72× flattener/reducer) on a Celestron CGX EQ mount. It is...
Horsehead & Flame Nebula
Andromeda Galaxy (M31) Taken on the night July 26, 2022. Equipment used includes a William Optics FLT-132 refractor on a Celestron CGX German equatorial mount. This is a 47-minute...
Andromeda Galaxy (M31)
Triangulum Galaxy (M33) Taken on August 23, 2018 using a William Optics FLT-132 refractor on a Celestron CGX German equatorial mount. Total integration time is just over 3 hours (37 ×...
Triangulum Galaxy (M33)
Orion Nebula (M42) This is only 96-second image (4 × 24-seconds) of the Orion Nebula. It reveals how much detail this famed emission nebula can reveal in a short amount of time....
Orion Nebula (M42)
Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) Acquired on September 15, 2018 with a William Optics FLT-132 refractor and ZWO ASI294MC Pro CMOS camera on a Celestron CGX German equatorial mount. Total...
Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
Leo Triplet Mike captured this wide-field image of the Leo Triplet region on April 3, 2021. Galaxies M66 and M65 are below edge-on NGC 3628. At least 10 other fainter...
Leo Triplet
M81 & M82 M82, at left, is an edge-on starburst galaxy while neighboring M81 is a grand design spiral galaxy. Captured on May 13, 2021. Total integration time is...
M81 & M82
M109 This barred-spiral galaxy is found in Ursa Major, The bright star is Alkaid, at the end of the Big Dipper's handle. Equipment includes a William Optics FLT-132...
M109
Silver Sliver Galaxy NGC 891 is a well-known edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Andromeda. This image was captured on the night of September 15, 2018. Equipment includes a...
Silver Sliver Galaxy
Rosette Nebula The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is an HII region located in the constellation Monoceros. The nebula region includes the open cluster NGC 2244....
Rosette Nebula
Lobster Claw Nebula The Lobster Claw Nebula (Sharpless 157) dominates the upper left of this image. The Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) is on the upper right. All this nebulosity is found...
Lobster Claw Nebula