Comet 2014 E2 Jacques on 08-28-2014

Comet Jacques C/2014 E2 Putting on a Show!!!!

Here is my shot of Comet Jacques from last night 08-28-2014 from 05:19 U.T. to 05:42 U.T. Still very bright about 7th mag, looks good in Binoculars too! The Comet is up all night for us Northern observers.

It is currently moving through the Constellation Cassiopeia in to Cepheus and is Visible rising high in the North all night long now.


Comet Jacques C/2014 E2

08-28-2014 from 05:19 U.T. to 05:42 U.T. Taken at my Observatories & MVAS Dark Sky site In Yellow Springs, Ohio

20 x 1 minute subs, unmodified Canon 6D, ISO 3200, Prime Focus of my Homebuilt 16″ Diameter Newt. Scope. I’m working on the movie, but that will come later. The faint tail shows up much better in a long exposure Stack, after stretching the 16 bit data in Maxim DL. I used StarStax in Comet mode to make this 20 minute exposure stack.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Venus & Jupiter Morning Conjunction on 08-19-2014

Venus & Jupiter Rising!

Venus & Jupiter Rising! A really Low Morning Conjunction Urban Style!!! Jupiter is at Top, Venus Below! All kinds of obstacles when you live in a city, but I still try! If I waited until they cleared all the Obstacles then it would be daylight and not show up very well again the bright blue sky! Canon 6D & 70mm lens, F7.1, ISO 1250, 0.80 second exposure. From my Backyard in Dayton, Ohio on 08-19-2014.


Best Regards,

John Chumack


North American Nebula & Pelican Nebula 07-23-2014

The North American Nebula Complex

The North American Nebula Complex as it resembles the Continent of North America, this is one of the largest stellar Nurseries (Star Formation Regions) in the Northern Sky, visible to the unaided eye from a dark location, but looks much better in Binoculars! The Complex is about 1800 light years distance from Earth, and it spans ~ 50 light years across or ~300 trillion miles across.

Also visible in the image is the Pelican Nebula right, & the Bright Blue Star at the top right is Deneb or Alpha Cygni in the Constellation of Cygnus “The Northern Cross” or “The Swan”.

Another one of my telephoto only shots from Northern Michigan this past week, using just telephoto lenses on a CG-4 tracking mount. Baader Modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR, 75-300mm set to 180mm, F5.0, ISO 1600, 12 x 3 minute subs, total 36 minute exposure. 07-23-2014

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Milky Way in Sagittarius M8 Lagoon & M20 Trifid Nebula 07-23-201

M8 The Lagoon Nebula Complex & M20 The Trifid Nebula

A wide field view of a great Nebula region near the center of our Galaxy!!!
M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula Complex, this Great Nebula is visible to the unaided eye from a dark location,
but looks much better in binoculars or a small telescope.
The Lagoon Nebula M8 is a Massive & very active Stellar Nursery (Star Formation Region) with embedded bright Star Cluster NGC-6523

The Lagoon is Located 5,000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius in the direction of the Center of the Milky Way.
The Glowing Gas & Dust cloud spans well over 60 light years across (348 trillion miles)

Above M8 The Lagoon is the beautiful Trifid Emission/Blue Reflection Nebula known as M20, along with Open Star Cluster M21, and below the Lagoon Nebula is 7.5 magnitude NGC-6544 Globular Star Cluster.

To the left edge of the Lagoon you will see several fainter Blue Reflection Nebulae IC-4681, IC1275,IC-4685, and NGC-6559.

I captured this image with my modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & Canon 200mm lens from the Vacation Cabin in Northern, Michigan on 07-21-2014!
This  is a 21 minute exposure (7 x 3 minutes subs), ISO 1600, F5.0, tracking on a CG-4 mount.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Scutum Star Cloud on 06-29-2014

The Scutum Star Cloud

The Scutum Star Cloud
Looking along the Galactic Plane,  loaded with Stars
taken on 06-29-2014 from Dexter, Iowa
M11 The Wild Duck Star Cluster
M26 Globular Cluster
Dark Nebulae/dusty fingers are prominent throughout the region
Near bottom right is the well known
M16 The Eagle Nebula & M17 The Swan/Omega Nebula

Modified Canon 40D DSLR & 50mm Lens, F4, ISO 1600, CG-4 tracking Mount
4 minute exposure

Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Sagittarius & Galactic Center on 06-29-2014

Fantastic objects in The Milky Way

The Milky Way from Scutum to Serpens to Sagittarius…Deep Sky Objects Galore!!!
The Milky Way in Sagittarius, near our Galactic Center one of the richest areas of the sky loaded with deep sky objects…Many Messier & NGC catalog objects are visible here…
Emission Nebulae, Globular Star Clusters, Open Star Clusters, Star Clouds, & Dark Nebulae abound, simply put a “Fantastic” place to explore with a telescope or Binoculars!! Every Summer it is easily visible, and for us 40 degree + latitude Observers it is really low in the south …find a dark location away from city lights with a low Southern Horizon & look when there is no moon present in the sky! I posted them a little higher res than normal so you can zoom in a little, Enjoy!

The Sagittarius Region near Galactic Center on 06-29-2014 at Dexter, Iowa.
M24 The Sagittarius Star Cloud,
M8 The Lagoon Nebula,
M16 The Eagle Nebula,
M17 The Omega/Swan Nebula,
M18 Open Cluster,
M20 The Trifid Nebula,
M21 Open Cluster,
M25 Open Cluster,
M23 Open Cluster,
M22 Globular Star Cluster,
M26 Open Cluster,
and dozens of Barnard’s Dark Nebulae.
Canon 40D DSLR & 50mm Lens, F4, ISO 1600,
A single 4 minute exposure

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Many Large Sunspots  in White Light on 07-08-2014

Giant Sunspots in Hydrogen Alpha & White Light

Many Giant Sunspots on the Sun on 07-08-2014, no less than 11 Sunspots groups are now visible & they are still there today, with 70% chance of M Class flares & 15% chance of X-ray class Flares…One Flare just erupted out of another new spot coming around the eastern limb too! Here are my two shots late yesterday afternoon, one in Hydrogen Alpha Light with my Lunt Hydrogen Alpha telescope, DMK31AF04 Camera, 1/387 sec exp. and the White Light photo (6” Baader Film Filter) on a 6″ F8 Cave Reflector telescope, Canon Rebel Xsi, ISO 200, 1/1250 sec exposure.

Remember: You should Never Look at the Sun without proper Solar Filters, and NO a Pop Tart wrapper is not a safe filter!!!! LOL!!!

Always Buy your proper Solar filters from Astronomical /Solar Telescope dealers like Lunt Solar or Baader Planetarium, these are Approved Filters and are Safe for your Eyes & Cameras!

Best Regards,
John Chumack


The Sagittarius Spoon & Pluto on 06-29-2014

Catching Pluto with a Spoon!!!!

The Sagittarius Spoon with Dwarf Planet Pluto (14.1 Mag) crossing the star fields of Sagittarius.

The arrow points to the location of Pluto at the time of this photo.

Most astronomers are familiar with the Great Tea Pot of Sagittarius, just above the Teapot’s Handle is the Sagittarius Spoon or Ladel!

Also in the FOV are some very familiar deep sky objects, like….

Globular Clusters M22, M28, NGC-6717,

Open Star Clusters M25, M18

Emission Nebulae M17 The Swan or Omega Nebula

& M16 The Eagle Nebula

M24 The Sagittarius Star Cloud, also awesome in binoculars!!

Modified Canon 40D DSLR & 50mm lens @F5.6, ISO 1600

for a Single 4 minute exposure

while tracking on a CG-4 Mount.
Dark frame applied via DSS.
I Captured this image at my Friends Farm in Dexter, Iowa on June 29, 2014 around 3:50am

Note: NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft is now less than a year

from Pluto, this time next year we all should be seeing our

very first close-up views of the Dwarf Planet Pluto!!

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Constellation of Capricornus on 06-29-2014

The Constellation of Capricorn

The Constellation of Capricorn is one of the 12  Zodiac Constellations.
Its name is Latin for “horned goat” or “goat horn”, and it is commonly represented in the form of a sea-goat: a mythical creature that is half goat, half fish.

Capricornus is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy.

The Constellation of Capricorn is the 2nd faintest constellation (Cancer is the faintest), it can be a challenge to record well as its brightest Star is only 2.9 magnitude, most of its pattern stars range from 3.1 to 5.5 The brightest star in Capricornus is d Capricorni, also called Deneb Algedi, with a magnitude of 2.9, 39 light-years from Earth. It also marks the Tail of the Fish/Goat.

Despite its faintness, Capricornus has one of the oldest mythological associations, having been consistently represented as a hybrid of a goat and a fish since the Middle Bronze Age.

The Bright & Popular M30 Globular Star Cluster resides in the Constellation of Capricorn. The Bright Beta Star Dabih is a nice double star!

This is one of my best shots of the Constellation of Capricorn to date, since it sits so low on the Horizon for us Northern Hemisphere observers, often Humidity, haze, scintillation, as well as smog and light pollution interference make it a tough Constellations to capture well.

I captured this 4 minute exposure between T-storms at my Friends Farm in Iowa last weekend(Dark Skies)!

Canon 40D Modified & Canon 33mm lens, F5.5, ISO 1600, CG-4 Tracking mount.

Watch for the Wonderful Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower visible July 15th through about August 10th, they are not many but the mere 4-9 meteors per hour can sometimes be big and burn up bright!!! The radiant point is around Alpha Star Algedi.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Milky Way on 06-29-2014

The Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way Galaxy over my friends Farm in Dexter, Iowa on 06-29-2014!
Canon Rebel Xsi, 8mm Fisheye, ISO 1600, F4, 4 minute exposure on a CG-4 Tracking Mount. The camera picked up some faint Airglow (Green – Excited Oxygen Molecules) near the Southern horizon, Although the Milky Way looked great, but the faint green Air glow was not visible to the eye.

Best Regards,
John Chumack