NGC-1973, NGC-1975, NGC-1977  0n 10-26-2014

NGC-1973-75-77 Reflection Nebula Complex

NGC-1973, NGC-1975, NGC-1977 Reflection Nebula Complex,
Nicknamed the Running Man Nebula,
It is located ~ 1460 light years away in the Constellation of Orion.

The Cloud is complex as there is a Red Emission region directly behind the dominant Blue Reflection Nebula,
the Nebula is reflecting Light from these young hot blue stars.
The region is abound with gas & dust clouds…NGC1973-75-77 is located 30 arc-minutes north of M42/M43 The Great Orion Nebula
NGC-1973, NGC-1975, NGC-1977 are the designations given for the 3 main parts of the Reflection nebula.

I captured this image on 10-26-2014 from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Canon 6 D DSLR & Home-built 16″ F4.5 Newt scope,
ISO 3200, for a 32 minute exposure, 8 x 240 second subs)

Best Regards,
John Chumack

M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula0n 10-26-2014

M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula Complex

M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula, an Awesome Stellar Nursery – Star Formation Region!  One of the most amazing objects to see through a telescope!  Who would like to explore this gaseous Cloud with me???
I pulled an all-nighter at my observatory using my Canon 6D DSLR attached to my 16″ scope ..and took lots of Data on many objects.
I’ll be processing images for weeks to come, but this one of M42/M43 in Orion was a two exposures stacked, one at 4 minutes for the outer regions and 1 at 30 seconds for the trapezium region.   ISO-3200, 10-26-2014 3:06am
and still working out my coma corrector configuration, also still a tad bit of vignette near corners with the large chip for this setup, but
I was amazed at what my new Unmodified Full Frame Canon 6D pulled out in less than 5 minutes through my Home-built 16″ Diameter F4.5 Fork Mounted Newt. Telescope. The camera seems to be more green blue sensitive than others, yet still able to record the red nebula regions well, and at higher ISO seems a lot cleaner (less noise) than previous DSLRs.
Although it did take me about 4 hours to carefully process it though!! Thanks to my winning the National Science Foundation/Discover Magazine/Astronomy Mag’s International Comet ISON Photo Contest, with the 1st place Award money I was able to buy this new camera a bit sooner than I had thought! ..Now I’m looking forward to many more quick and painless captures of the sky!Best Regards,
John Chumack

A Sunspot Larger than Jupiter

A Gigantic Sunspot Group

Here is a Gigantic sized Sunspot,  as large as Jupiter.

I captured this image yesterday before the Partial Eclipse and clouds rolled in.

The Massive Sunspot AR2192  is now facing the Earth, here it is on 10-23-2014

According to NASA’s Space Weather…
Solar activity is very high. Since the beginning of the week, giant sunspot AR2192 has produced no less than 27 C-class solar flares, 9 M-class flares, and 2 X-flares.

Canon 6D DSLR & 6inch diameter Cave Astrola Newtonian telescope, Baader Solar Filter, ISO 400, 1/2000 sec from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

Constellations from your backyard

Constellations from my Backyard

The Constellations from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio, looking South this is what I had seen early this morning
before the F$%^&* Clouds rolled in again!!!

For those who are wondering what your seeing in the early morning sky!
Starting on the left.South East .and moving to the top right West-South West!!!

Puppis – The Poop Deck, sailors will know this…too much to explain here…
Wikipedia it for more interesting info.

Canis Major is Orion’s Big Hunting Dog(The Big Dog) & Contains the Brightest Star in the Sky Sirius(The Dog Star), Sirius The Big Dog always follows his master Orion!

Monoceros the Unicorn, fainter stars make up this constellation, but it contains the awesome Rosette Nebula!!! Always just to the left of Orion.

The Constellation of Lepus the Hare, at Orion’s feet

The Constellation of Orion, The Hunter, Two brightest stars are Betelgeuse(Red Giant Star) upper left shoulder, and Rigel (Blue-White Super-Giant Star) his right Knee at Bottom.

The Belt of Orion (3 stars in a row) and the Sword hanging down from his belt contains one of the most Famous and Studied Stellar Nurseries(Star Formation Regions) The Great Orion Nebula!!!!

The Constellation of Taurus the Bull!
Hyades Star Cluster in Taurus (The Horns of the Bull) with Bright Orange Giant (Orange star) Aldebaran. Above the Tree!

Pleiades Star Cluster also in Taurus (The Seven Sisters Cluster) an Awesome sight in Binoculars! M45 Pleiades is in the far upper right of this image.

Canon 6D DSLR, 24mm lens F16,
ISO 6400, 20 second exposure

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Lunar Eclipse Sequence on 10-08-2014

The Blood Moon – Total Lunar Eclipse 10-08-2014

Blood Moon

Total Lunar Eclipse

October 08, 2014

Only during a Full moon can a Total Lunar Eclipse occur. This happens when the Earth’s shadow covers the moon, thus a perfect alignment of the Earth between the Moon and the Sun is needed. When this alignment occurs the moon can become deep red/orange during the totality part of the eclipse. The light from the sun enters earth’s atmosphere and bends around the curvature of the earth scattering all the blue light, but passing the red wavelengths of light which illuminate the moon during lunar totality. This Eclipse was second eclipse of 2014, part of a rare Tetrad,  4 Lunar Eclipses in two years. We will have two more Lunar Eclipses in 2015.

Images captured  at Huffman Dam,  Dayton, Ohio.

Canon 6D & 80mm telescope, ISO 800 to 6400, 1/400 sec to 2 sec exposures, to capture all these eclipse phases.

The moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and the nearest celestial body in space.
© 2014 John Chumack

Antares & Mars in the Southwestern Sky

Mars & Antares, A Celestial Pairing in the Southwestern sky !

Mars & Antares, A Celestial Pairing in the Southwestern sky !

Go out and look to your Southwest at Dusk to see Planet Mars & Bright Red Giant Star Antares, aka Alpha Scorpio.  You need a low unobstructed view to see them.    They look very similar in color , a red orange. Mars is the one that is  higher in the sky.   They are only up for a short period of time, so go out after sunset, but before it gets dark,  Take a look all weekend between 8:30pm and 9:00pm E.S.T.  I captured this shot on 09-25-2014 above my Observatory Dome in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Canon 6D  DSLR & 75mm lens, F7.1, ISO 6400, 3.2 second exposure

Camera on a tripod.

Best Regards,

John Chumack


Ursa Minor - The Little Dipper & Polaris

Ursa Minor – The Little Dipper

Ursae Minoris – The Little Bear, The Little Dipper

Ursa Minor is Latin for Little Bear, Ursa Minor is a constellation in the northern sky. The tail of the Little Bear may also be seen as the handle of a ladle, hence the name Little Dipper.

It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Ursa Minor is notable as the location of the north celestial pole, although this will change after some centuries due to the precession of the equinoxes.

Polaris, also known as the North Star is the brightest star in the constellation, Polaris is a yellow-white super-giant and brightest Cepheid variable star, ranging from apparent magnitude 1.97 to 2.00.

Beta Ursae Minoris is only slightly fainter, with its apparent magnitude of 2.08.  Also known as Kochab, it is an orange giant star, 16 degrees from Polaris. Kochab and magnitude 3 Gamma Ursae Minoris have been called the ‘guardians of the pole star’.

I have included an illustrated version to I.D. the Stars & magnitudes (brightness), using the Little Dipper as practice you can learn how to judge a Star’s magnitude in the night sky!

Interesting Fact :  Four stellar systems have been discovered to contain planets.

Photo Details:

Ursa Minor – The Little Dipper & Polaris

Canon 6D DSLR & 58mm Lens, F4.0, ISO 1250, CG-4 Tracking Mount, a 48 second exposure captured at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio on 09-22-2014.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

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M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula Complex

M42 &M43 The Great Orion Nebula _ A stellar Nursery the closest to Earth. This star birth region is 1, 344 light years away
and is about 24 light years across.
The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky!!
My first Test of an Emission Nebula with my unmodified Canon 6D DSLR at the Prime Focus of my Home-built 16″ Diameter F4.5 Newt. telescope.
This is a quick 97 second exposure,
actually two shots layer Masked, to prevent over exposure!  A 7 second exposure for the center Trapezium region and a 90 second exposure for the full nebula is all it took to record this.
ISO was set at 3200. The Canon 6D tends to be a little more Blue/Green sensitive…a little noise in this image at 70F, but it does the trick if you need a quick image before the clouds roll in!!!
Transparency was not the best Friday night…but now I know it is easily capable of recording bright red Emission Nebula quickly!
Pretty impressive & sensitive for an unmodified DSLR.

This was just a test under poor sky conditions, so the next clear night I will go back and do a longer exposure & fully glory shot!

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Waning Cresent Moon on 09-19-2014

Waning Crescent Moon 09-19-2014

The Waning Crescent Moon this Morning…..I saw Jupiter nearby as well!!!
The sky was Crystal Clear & good seeing this morning!!!!! I captured this image with my 10″ @F6.3 SCT from my backyard in Dayton, Canon 6D DSLR, ISO 400, 1/80 second exp.

Best Regards,

John Chumack


The Andromeda Galaxy & Beta Andromeda on 09-13-2014

Super Wide Field of The Great Andromeda Galaxy!

A super Wide Angle View of our Sister Galaxy The Great Andromeda Spiral Galaxy. M31. M32, M110 Testing the Lens out at 105mm.. We are looking through millions of our own Milky Way stars to see another whole Island of Stars(Andromeda Galaxy)off in the distance 2.2 Million light years away!
The Bright Orange Star near Bottom is Mirach aka Beta Andromeda,
just above that is Mu Andromeda, and just below the Galaxy is Nu Andromeda. Surprisingly with the 105mm lens I was able to pick up the Ghost of Mirach, the bright little Elliptical Galaxy NGC-404.

Canon 6D DSLR & 105mm Lens, F5.6, ISO 1600, 247 second exposure.

Best Regards,
John Chumack