This is the Christmas Tree Cluster which is a combination emission and reflection nebula. About 11 hours of exposure time total. It is taken with a 140mm f7 apochromatic triplet refractor on a KAF 8300 chip using LRGB filters, calibrated and processed in Pixinsight. The red is from emission of hydrogen alpha, and the blue is reflection from the stars in the background.
I am also a banjo player, but my favorite band of all time is Caravan—decidedly not a bluegrass band. Their best album is For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night, but their most well known is In the Land of Grey and Pink. My favorite song, though, is off of Blind Dog at St. Dunstans. My second favorite song is off of Paradise Filter, their latest album.
I also like intelligent Dutch prog metal like Ayreon. Ayreon’s best album is Theory of Everything, a metal album about the search for the Grand Unification Theory that unites quantum mechanics and general relativity. My favorite Beethoven is movement 2 of Symphony #7. My favorite Shostakovich string quartet is #8. My favorite short piano piece is Bartok Allegro Barbaro. The greatest bluegrass song in the world is Dark Hollow. There is no argument here.
I am a geek in every sense of the word, although I do manage to maintain a relatively normal life between Dungeons and Dragons games.
My profession is overrated. Those of you who know me know I don’t talk about it much.