The Shady Crypt Observatory is relatively new, so we haven't had the opportunity to take many astrophotos just yet. But as time goes on, check back for new images.


The Bubble Nebula (also called NGC 7635, Sharpless 162, and Caldwell 11) is a emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia.

This image was taken over the course of many nights, although not all of the sub-frames were

used due to clouds, dew, airplanes, and equipment failure.


Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun.

The dark spot to the lower left is actually Ganymede's shadow cast on Jupiter as Ganymede transits.

Ganymede itself can be seen just to the right and a little below the shadow.

Ganymede is one of Jupiter's moons. It is the largest moon in the solar system.

Image was taken on an unusually clear night, given the local hazy conditions of the season.

(Post processed with Registax software.)


Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun.

Rhea is to the left, Titan is to the lower left, in this image.

Image was taken during the tail-end of Santa Ana conditions, just before cloud cover moved in.

(Post processed with Registax software.)



The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in bright nebula IC 434) is a dark nebula in the Orion constellation.


The Crab Nebula (catalogue designations M1, NGC 1952, Taurus A) is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula in the constellation of Taurus.

Taken over the course of 3 nights (late December, 2008), battling light pollution, extreme dew, fog, and some clouds. 



International Space Station over San Diego, 01-15-09