Now with everything collimated pretty well, autofocusing operational and polar alignment done I believe we are ready for our first project. I never had an opportunity to image the Crab before and it is the only supernova remnant of the classic 110 deep sky objects catalogued by Charles Messier. One of my gifts for Xmas was this amazing reference book called “Atlas of the Messier Objects” complete with details on the discoveries, the astrophysics and of course the full resolution large format images…NOT all taken by Dr Gendler. In fact there are only a couple of his. The rest are by authors I have not even heard of! Anyway if you don’t have this book, please get it! A couple of interesting facts regarding the Crab: the collapsed core of the star that caused the supernova is still visible as a 16th magnitude star in the center of the nebula and this type of star which is a rapidly spinning neutron star or pulsar, is the first of it’s kind to be visible optically. Now we are going to be able to see that in our images!