Last Days…

September 2021



Welcome!  This web site is a combination of astrophotography and inspirational Christian messages.  The images within this site were taken from a variety of locations over the years, through a variety of telescopes.  My current astrophotography efforts center on using CCD (charge-coupled-device) technology to capture the faint light in our universe.  I conduct CCD Imaging activity from two locations – both of which are configured as remote robotic observatories. These are the Sagrada Observatory and the JMSM Observatory – both located in the darks skies of southern New Mexico.

Click on the AstroPhotography links to the left to view various astro-images of my previous CCD Imaging efforts with Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters, and other imaging categories.  As this site is updated, more images will be added.  In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy viewing the various images contained on this site.  As the weather permits, I will add to this collection of God’s Light – presented to you as “technical artistry”.

The current image result is shown here.  Feel free to post a comment below.    Enjoy!        – Mike Sherick

  Tribute to Neil Armstrong  1930 – 2012

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing


Featured Images from the Sagrada Observatory

“First Light” Image with the FSQ-106N and Apogee U16M/50-7S

I recently received my new Apogee U16M-HC and 50-7S filterwheel.  What a beautiful piece of engineering!  After populating the filterwheel with a set of Astrodon Gen2 LRGB 3nm Ha,SII, OIII filters, I looked around the shop to determine what kind of scope I could interface with this instrumentation.    I settled on using an existing FSQ-106N.  I machined an adapter, and after some additional setup, I came up with the scope configuration shown below, which is mounted to a Paramount Me.  I used an ST402 with an E-Finder for the guiding function.
Shown below is the “First Light” image with this camera setup, taken from my Sagrada Observatory here in Las Cruces, NM (Click Sagrada for a look at this observatory).  The “high-cooling” efficiency of the U16M is great for imaging during the summer heat here in southern New Mexico.   The target for the first light image was the Veil Nebula.  The image shown below represents an image sequence of 30 x 600 seconds binned 2×2 at -25C.  Data acquistion was done with CCD Commander, with initial calibration done in CCDStack2 and final processing done in PhotoShop CS4.
The U16M is intended to be installed on a 24″ f8 RC, now under construction.  In the meantime, I’m looking forward to doing more narrowband imaging with this setup while the construction of a custom 24″ f8 RC  draws near completion.   Anyway, I hope you enjoy this first light result.   Click on the image for full size.




  • Joan & Dean

    Absolutely *magnificent* and stunning image again, Mike & Carol! Thanks ever so much for sharing this and all your many *beautiful* celestial phenomena, created at the beginning of time by God–which we mere humans, especially His children, find so awestriking and inspirational! Truly, the words of Psalm 19:1 declare it eloquently: “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork”! It’s such a spectacular blessing that we, your visitors, can enjoy and wonder at the *spectacular* work of your observatories and God’s creation!

    Happy Resurrection 2010 and God bless–He is risen!
    Joan & Dean

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