5 Planets Alignment & The Moon 01-30-2016, 06:13am EST
outside of Warrenton, Virginia 
Canon 6D DSLR, 8mm fisheye Lens, Slightly Cropped  ISO 800, 8 second exposure,

6 Planets Align & Moon

Everyone is talking about the 5 Planets Aligning in the Morning sky,
But I Captured 6 Planets!!! You have to count the Earth too! LOL!!! Earth provides us this perfect view of the Planets Aligning along the Ecliptic..
The Moon joined these Planets at Dawn last Saturday Morning 01-30-2016 at 6:13am E.S.T. from just outside of Warrenton, Virginia. I included the Earth #6 in this slightly cropped fish-eye Lens shot. Canon 6D DSLR & 8mm Fish-eye Lens, ISO 800, 8 second exposure. Just before the clouds started interfering…

I included an illustrated view to help you all ID them, as well as 3 of the brightest stars. you may also recognize the Constellations of Scorpius, Virgo, Libra, and Corvus are easily visible too. Mercury is a challenge as you have to catch it just before dawn gets too bright! You can see Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, & Jupiter with your eyes only, no telescope needed, just use my diagram to help you find them over the next week or so. Look between 6:00am and 6:45am.

Note: depending when you look the next 2 weeks, the moon will not be there or may not be in the same place, as it moves 12 degrees every day.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Comet Catalina

Comet Catalina c/2013 US10, A Long Exposure

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 on 1-02-2016
Dust & Ion Tails Captured in this 144 minute Long exposure from my observatories in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Last Quarter Moonlight Present, but I used a CLS filter to help knock down the Moonlight a bit.
Baader Modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR Camera, 5.5inch diameter Newt. telescope, 2 hours & 24 minute exp., 48 x 3 minute subs, ISO 1600 Tracking on the Nucleus of Comet Catalina. 09:00 U.T. to 11:24 U.T. on 01-02-2016
Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Orion Nebula

M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula Complex

While Waiting For the Comet to Rise above the trees, I was killing time nabbing a few Frames of The M42 & M43 Orion Nebula Complex..always fun to image & always lots of details easily visible in this stellar Nursery even in a small 5.5 inch diameter telescope! I grab this 35 minute, 7 x 5min subs. I could have rotated the Camera to included the Blue Running Man Nebula(off the top edge), but was already focused & orientated for Shooting the Double Tail of Comet Catalina that I was about to shoot on the Morning of 12-20-2015.
Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Comet Catalina

Want a Comet for Christmas?

Do you Want a Comet For Christmas?
Well here is Comet Catalina C/2013 US10, A close-up tracking on the Comet’s Nucleus for 60 minutes, you can see the several Ion Tails top, and the Bottom right the Dust tail. QHY8 Cooled Color CCD camera, my Homemade 16 Inch Diameter Fork Mounted Newt. Scope, 12 x 5 minute subs, tracking the comet’s Nucleus. The comet is shining at about 5th magnitude, Easy Binocular object, look for the Green fuzzy ball between Bright Stars Arcturus & Spica all this week & Next.

I captured this Early Sunday Morning 12-20-2015 from 10:22 U.T. to 11:22 U.T., Cold 27 F & Perfectly clear all night, then at 5:00am when the comet was high enough to see in the SouthEast, this high cloudy crap came in, forcing me to shoot through terrible High thick cirrus clouds. Dogging Clouds, by pausing auto guiding, until they passed. Its not my best, but I managed to clean it up somewhat, Also took some wider field shots through the 5.5 inch Newt. & DSLR’s Lenses too, those will come later this week.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Venus at Dawn

The Planet Venus at Dawn

The Planet Venus & Tree Silhouette at Dawn! I captured this on my drive back from Maryland, at Sideling Hill early Monday morning 11-23-2015!!! I just love the Beautiful colors of Dawn! Keep watching each morning as Venus sinks lower and lower toward the Horizon as the Month goes on.
I know that the new  comet Catalina is in there somewhere as well, lost in the glow of Dawn, but it will be emerging into darker skies, and will be visible in binoculars in the next couple of Months under the darker early morning skies look South East with binoculars over the next month to get a glimpse of it…As soon as I Capture it you will all get to see the photos.

More details on this new comet will come later..

Canon 6D DSLR, 24mm, F4, ISO 1250, 1/400 sec. exp., Hand held! It was cold out, I did not want to mess with setting up tripod, 19F out this morning! Burr, but was worth the hand held shot!
I’m Wishing you all a great time with your families this holiday season!
Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula Complex in Sagittarius with open star cluster NGC - 6530 in front of the Nebula, also globular Star cluster, bottom left corner is NGC 6544 Globular STar cluster, and upper left of center is a small blue wisp of Nebuloosity called IC-4678 reflection nebula.

5.5 inch  F5 Newtonian Reflector Scope & modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR, ISo 1600, 72 minute exposure.

M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula

M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula Complex in Sagittarius, located just above the spout of the Teapot, it is easily visible as a bright glowing patch of light to the human eye from a dark location, looks great in binoculars too!

M8 is approximately 5000 light years away, and roughly 130 light years across in the longer dimension. Composed primarily of hydrogen, much of it ionized (heated or energized) by radiation from the nearby superstar Herschel 36, M8 is known as an emission nebula or star-forming region, often called a stellar nursery.

There is an open star cluster, NGC 6530, of young hot, blue stars probably only a few million years old. In addition to these young stars, there are also many dark nebulae visible or “Bok” globules of condensing gas and dust on their way to becoming “proto-stars” and eventually full-fledged stars like those already formed nearby.
In this image that I captured Saturday night 09-05-2015 you can see
M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula Complex in Sagittarius with open star cluster NGC 6530 in front of the Nebula, also a globular Star cluster, bottom left corner is NGC 6544, and upper left of center is a small blue wisp of Nebulosity called IC 4678 reflection nebula.  If you look near the brightest star on the Lagoon Nebula, you will see the tiny Hour Glass Nebula, so named for its distinctive shape.  The Hourglass Nebula has its shape because of matter propelled by Star Herschel 36, look for the tiny star next to the tiny Hour Glass.

5.5 inch F5 Newtonian Reflector Scope & modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR, ISO 1600, 72 minute exposure at my Observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Constellations of Pegaus & Andromeda 
Canon 6D DSLR & 24mm F1.4 Lens, ISO 650, 6 minutes exposure,

Andromeda & Pegasus

Some of you may be familiar with the constellations or  have read Greek Mythology or even have seen the Movie “Clash of the Titans” The Great Warrior Perseus while Riding his “Winged Horse” Pegasus rescues his love Princess Andromeda from the Kracken!

I captured the Constellations of Andromeda & The Great Square of Pegasus. You can also see M31 The Andromeda galaxy & M33 Spiral galaxy at the bottom left. Also picked up some natural Air glow (Faint Green)(Not Aurora) through the Great Square.

I included an illustrated Version so you can see the names of the major constellation stars, and M31 the Andromeda Galaxy & M33 the Triangulum Spiral galaxy.
I captured these images on 07-25-2015 with my Canon 6D DSLR & 24mm Lens @ F4, for a 6 minute exp. on a tracking mount at my observatories in JBSPO, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

If you look East after 1:00am you can see these two Constellations just above the Eastern Horizon all this month.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

The Planet Saturn

Saturn on 07-10-2015

Saturn on 07-10-2015 from my backyard in Dayton, Ohio. Right now Saturn is about 857 Million miles from Earth, or 9.22 Au, or 1.28 light hours away.
After rain & clouds for months…Actually the worst Spring/Summer I can remember as far as lack of clear skies…plus with Wildfires in Canada making the sky really not clear, even when there are no obvious clouds, I did finally get a couple of hours of clear skies after the front moved through! I noticed the seeing was decent, so I decided to cranked up the power with a Televue 5x Barlow, with my old orange tube C8 Scope & Qhy5IIL CCD camera, LRGB, 3200 frames stacked in Registax 6.

It is not as clean as I would like, but considering our usual poor seeing in the Midwest, it has nice color, & now that we are past opposition you can see the Saturn’s shadow starting to fall on the rings at top left, so I will take it while hoping for another good stable clear night soon!
Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

The Tropical Dippers - The Big Dipper in Ursa Major & The  Little Dipper in Ursa Minor from Sanibel Island, Florida.
Canon 6D DSLR & 24mm F1.4 Lens, ISO 1250, 10 seconds exposure,

The Tropical Dippers!

The Tropical Dippers!

I have just returned from some R&R with my Family!
Despite the bright moonlight,
I simply could not resist shooting the night sky while on vacation.
Here is a shot of what I call the Tropical Dippers!
I’m so used to seeing the Dippers nice and high in Ohio, It seemed strange to see them so low,
but was pleasantly surprised to be able see both dippers without obstruction from this far South (26 degrees).
Luckily the Island has no real high obstructions, and with perfect timing when most of the clouds cleared off,
I was able to grab this shot from the beach in front of our condo on Sanibel Island, Florida.
Looking North…
You can see Both “The Big Dipper” in Ursa Major  & “The Little Dipper” in Ursa Minor.
Also known as the Big Bear & Little Bear.
I illustrated the image to help you find Polaris “The North Star” & The Little Dipper by using the two front stars in the Bowl of The Big Dipper to point the way.

Canon 6D DSLR & 24mm F1.4 Lens, ISO 1250, 10 second exposure.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

The Planet Saturn near Opposition

The Planet Saturn on 05-28-2015

The Planet Saturn reached opposition last week, weather had kept me from imaging it then.  I managed to grab a shot between T-Storms last night…the Atmosphere was boiling….considering the Poor seeing Conditions, It turned out okay! Look for Saturn between the Constellations of Scorpius & Libra, near Delta Scorpii, High in the South East by Midnight. Any small telescope with at least 30x power will show you Saturn’s Rings.  Now is a great time to Observe Saturn!!!
20cm SCT Scope & Qhy5IIL CCD, 3600 frames Stacked in Registax6. Captured from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio on 05-28-2015.

 

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com