Starry Vistas by Don J. McCrady

Amateur Astrophotography by Don McCrady

Latest News

September 5, 2011:  I have a new image of the Butterfly Nebula on my gallery.  While I've imaged this before, I've never given it the proper attention it deserves, without distractions from all the other (cool) stuff surrounding it.

September 2, 2011:  Finally an update to this site.  The summer has been pretty crummy with few opportunities to take any images, but I recently got to spend three solid days on a nebula called Sharpless 2-119, which is a rather under-imaged area of the sky.  I hope you like the result.

Recent Images

Crescent Nebula Crescent Nebula A bright shell of gas surrounding an energetic Wolf-Rayet star.
Butterfly Nebula Butterfly Nebula The Butterfly Nebula is a bright region of nebulosity near the star Sadr in Cygnus.
Sh2-119 Sh2-119 Sharpless 2-119 is a large region of emission nebulosity only a few degrees away from the North America Nebula.
NGC 2174 NGC 2174 NGC 2174 (also known as the Monkey Head Nebula) is a bright nebula near the border of Orion and Gemini, and is colocated with open cluster NGC 2175.
Rosette Nebula Rosette Nebula The Rosette Nebula is a very bright and very large emission complex in the constellation of Monoceros.
NGC 7380 NGC 7380 NGC 7380 in Cepheus is also known as the Wizard Nebula.
Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, more massive than all the other planets combined.
Dumbbell Nebula Dumbbell Nebula The gaseous remains of a dead star.
California Nebula California Nebula Huge nebula at the foot of Perseus.
IC 1396 IC 1396 This huge area of nebulosity in Cepheus contains the famous Elephant's Trunk nebula.