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

Milky Way on 09-13-2014

The Milky Way Galaxy & Summer Triangle

The Milky Way Galaxy through The Summer Triangle.
The incredible Number of Stars is Amazing!
Just a test shot using the Canon 24mm to 105mm set to 24mm F4.5 on my Canon 6D DSLR, for this 90 second exposure, at ISO 3200 taken at My Observatories at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Saturday Night 09-13-2014.

I used my CG-4 Camera Tracking Mount. The 24mm Canon lens is very sharp, and Wide. I can’t believe I got this with all the Local Light Pollution, although it was very transparent last night, So much less ambient back-scatter than Normal!!!…Also caught a Meteor at top left of the Frame too!

Best Regards,
John Chumack

M27 The Dumbbell Nebula- dying Star 08-27-2014

M27 The Dumbell Nebula

M27 – A dying star
The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Apple Core Nebula, Messier 27, M 27, or NGC-6853) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years.

This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764. At its brightness of visual magnitude 7.5 and its diameter of about 8 arc-minutes, it is easily visible in binoculars, and a popular observing target in amateur telescopes.

The nebula was formed when an evolved, red giant star ejected its outer envelope near the end of its lifetime. The expanding cloud of gas becomes visible once the hot core of the star, visible near the center, is exposed and the high-energy, ultraviolet light from the core ionizes the cloud.

Unmodified Canon 6D DSLR at the Prime Focus of my Home-Built 16 inch Diameter Newtonian Telescope.
ISO 3200, a single 90 second exposure, at my observatories in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

NGC-253 in Sculptor on 08-28-2014

NGC-253 Spiral Galxy in Sculptor

NGC-253, A Bright Galaxy In The Constellation of Sculptor! This is the first light Test of a Deep Sky Space object using my unmodified Canon 6D. I’m very please with its performance…very Sensitive, clean at the Higher ISO it is great for Comets & Galaxies! This Galaxy sits very low in the south…so I was shooting through some hazy clouds for this shot.
I need to do more testing on Nebula, to see how well it records the Red end of the Spectrum! This was a single 4 minute exposure at ISO 2500, at the prime focus of my home-built 16″ Newt. Scope, taken at my Observatories  in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

NGC-253 is a relatively Nearby Galaxy, located at 11.4 Million Light Years away, it shines at ~ Magnitude 8, so is visible in Binocular from a dark location.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

NGC-246 Planetary Nebula in Cetus on 08-28-2014

NGC-246 Planetary Nebula – A Dying Star

NGC-246 A dying star!

This is a Sun like star that has blown off its Outer Atmosphere….
that was discovered by William Herschel in 1785,
NGC-246 is a planetary nebula in the constellation Cetus, also nicknamed the Skull nebula, . It lies approximately 6° north-northeast of the 2nd-magnitude star Beta Ceti and about 1.5° south-southeast of 4.8-magnitude Phi1 Ceti.

The nebula is relatively small and dim (~11th-magnitude). In a small telescope the nebula’s feeble light is almost overpowered by the foreground stars superimposed on it. Larger telescopes show the nebula more clearly, especially with an oxygen III filter.

NGC 246 and it’s central star (a white dwarf) is worth monitoring. In 1930, its photographic magnitude was as bright as 9th magnitude. In 1969 it dipped to 11.2 and today it shines at about 12th magnitude. This star is also is part of a binary pair.

The complex braided structure of NGC 246′s blue outer ring, visible in my 90 second image are caused by high-velocity gases pushing outward from the hot (~200,000 K) central star which contributes to the visible chaos.

Distance is 1600 light years,
4.6 x 4.1 arc-minutes  in size,
Visual Magnitude is  10.9

Details: Unmodified Canon 6D DSLR & at the Prime Focus of my Home-Built 16″ Diameter Newtonian Scope,
a single 90 second test exposure, at ISO 3200.  No filters

Best Regards,
John Chumack

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