onsdag 24 december 2014

Another night with Aurora

Another night in Vallentuna with Aurora Borealis and this time also some Nacreous clouds. And earlier I enjoyed the thin crescent moon with earthshine, a great session the night before Christmas.
Happy Holidays!

måndag 22 december 2014

Norrsken i Vallentuna

Ett svagt men synligt norrsken igår kväll så långt söderut som Vallentuna.

Fain Northern lights in Vallentuna last night.

måndag 15 december 2014

Geminids 2014

It started with clouds but the forecast showed clear skies after midnight. So me and my father took the car and went towards the clear skies and ended upp in Skepptuna. As soon as the clouds dissapeared we saw meteors. Not so many strong ones by at least 10 really bright ones and maybe 50-60 fainter ones.
I did this composite photo showing 11 meteors exactly where they ended up in my photos, so this is not a single photo.
Faint Aurora in the beginning of the night too and later on moonlight, a nice session!

söndag 23 november 2014

Capture Aurora Borealis at Rensjön

TWAN friend Yuichi Takasaka went to Abisko to photograph the Northern lights so me and my father took a long drive to Kiruna to meet him and also capture the Aurora. Such a beautiful place this Sami village, frost all around, - 16 degree C  and a very low sun. We had three nights to do this and we got three clear nights with Aurora every night, full pott! Around 300GB with photos. We also captured some Leonids and a proton arc.
Here is a little timelapse of a turbulent atmosphere..

360 Aurora Borealis at Rensjön Kiruna from P-M Hedén on Vimeo.

måndag 6 oktober 2014

M57 The Ring Nebula

Despite moonlight I tried to photograph the Ring Nebula M57, a planetary nebula in Lyra. This dying star is located about 2500ly away and spans 2ly in diameter. About the Ring Nebula Photo taken with my Celestron NexStar11 GPS @2800mm and Canon 600D (modded).

fredag 3 oktober 2014

Galaxy NGC 891

Maybe someone out there is looking at our galaxy Milkyway like this..
NGC 891 lies in the constellation of Andromeda and the distance are around 30 million ly away.
Photo taken with a Celestron NexStar11 GPS @ 2800mm and Canon 600D in Carpe Noctem Observatory, guiding through Orion 100ED and Lacerta Stand Alone Guider.
Expos at iso 800 1600 3200 and 6min each, totlally around 90min.

torsdag 2 oktober 2014

The bright star Merope with nebulosity

Nebulosity around the bright star Merope in the open cluster M45, Plejades. You can also see the little gascloud IC349 just below the star. Photo taken with Celestron Nexstar 11 GPS @ 2800mm and Canon 600D. 

måndag 29 september 2014

Stargazing weekend

What a great weekend by the cabin, lovely nightsky with faint Aurora Borealis and meteors, great Milkyway and great company, my family went along and joined me.
My children looked at M31, M45 and the double cluster with binoculars and it was a great view.

söndag 21 september 2014

torsdag 18 september 2014

Perseus Galaxy Cluster

In a galaxy far far away...amazing, every dim dot in the photo are a galaxy 267 million lightyears away! The Perseus Galaxy Cluster.
How did Earth look like 267 million years ago when the light started its travel to Carpe Noctem Observatory..
90min exposure with a Celestron NexStar11 GPS 2800mm f/10 and Canon 600D modded.

söndag 14 september 2014

Aurora friday

Very nice Aurora Borealis display in Uppsala Sweden last friday. Two CME hit the atmosphere and created some nice Northern lights as far south as Uppsala.
We were standing on Kings Hills from the time of the vikings.

måndag 1 september 2014

Family stargazing and comet meet nebula

Clear nights at the cabin by the river. A great night with campfire and the starry sky above. The same night comet Jacques met the great nebula IC1396 in the sky, of course far away from each other in space. Also faint Aurora Borealis in the north but a very nice Milkyway in the sky.

onsdag 27 augusti 2014


It was a long time ago I tried to photograph M27 a planetary nebula.
I used my old C11 @ 2800mm and a modded Canon 600D.

måndag 25 augusti 2014

Comet Jacques @1764mm

A closer look at comet Jacques from Carpe Noctem Observatory, taken with a C11 @1764mm.
You can faintly see a little tail, the comet moved really fast at this focallenght..

Comet Jacques

The little green dot in the sky is comet Jacques. Beautiful in the telescope and easily visible with my Vixen binoculars. At the moment the comet lies beside the Cassiopeia constellation and the photo is taken with a 85mm lens and Canon 6D in my backyard in Vallentuna.

torsdag 21 augusti 2014

Comet Jacques from Carpe Noctem Observatory

So first session in the observatory after the summer nights. I enjoyed comet Jacques which was really nice through my C11 at 2800mm. The comet is moving really fast towards Cassiopeia, it is impossible to see without optics, a small telescope or great binoculars are needed.

tisdag 19 augusti 2014

Morning planets

Jupiter and Venus together in the morning sky, I managed to capture them between clouds this morning 04.00 local time.

torsdag 31 juli 2014

Todays APOD and some more NLCs

I´m honored with todays Nasa APOD showing my panorama photo of strong NLCs at the island of Gotland. Last couple of nights it has been some more clear nights with NLCs I submit some more photos from these nights.

torsdag 24 juli 2014

Strings of NLCs

At last a really great show of NLCs, this time by the Dalriver outside Hedesunda Sweden. My children went along a we witnessed a really nice show with allsky NLCs at 23.30 local time. The submitted photos were taken around 01.30 local time.