M31Andromeda Core on 09-19-2014

M31 Andromeda Galaxy Core!

Into the Heart of the Beast! Ever wonder what is deep inside the bright Core of M31 The Andromeda Galaxy?
Here is my attempt to image past the overwhelming bright central glow of the Galaxy &  to peak into the core to see all those dusty lanes, stars, & gas Spiraling into the central 100 million solar mass Black Hole.
The double nucleus, recently discovered by Hubble, was found not to be two black holes as some first speculated. The double nucleus is actually an elliptical ring of old reddish stars in orbit around the black hole,
When the stars are at the farthest point in their orbit they move slower, like cars piled up on a crowded freeway. This gives the illusion of a second nucleus.
I took 60 minutes worth of various short exposures ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes and layered them in Adobe to cut through the bright light to try to see the details in the core. I’ve been working on this on and off since Sept of 2014, and finally finished the processing last weekend.
M31 is Our Sister Galaxy, Closest spiral to us at 2.5 Million Light years away & contains over 1 trillion stars. M31 Andromeda is visible to the unaided eye from a dark location. M31 The Andromeda Galaxy and our Milky Way Galaxy
will experience a Galactic Collision in about 4 billion years.
Attached is an Image I  captured with a QHY8 cooled Color CCD camera, and my Home-built 16″diameter Newtonian telescope, from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio 09/19/2014.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Comet Lovejoy Buzzes past the Pleiades M45!!!
The Bright Comet Lovejoy C/2104 Q2 was cruising past the Open Star Cluster M45 "Pleiades" aka  "The Seven Sisters" Star Cluster!
 
What a wonderful view last night, the comet was amazingly bright in Binoculars!  If you own Binoculars, get out and look at this bright comet!!!!
 
I watched & captured it on 01-15-2015 around 8:00pm from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
 
I captured this image with my Canon 6D DSLR & 105 mm Lens, F5.0, ISO 800, on a CG-4 Tracking Mount.

14 x 180 second exposures stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.
 42 minutes total.
 
Best Regards,
 
John Chumack
 
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Comet Lovejoy Q2 Buzzes Past M45 Pleiades!

Comet Lovejoy Buzzes past the Pleiades M45!!!
The Bright Comet Lovejoy C/2104 Q2 was cruising past the Open Star Cluster M45 “Pleiades” aka  “The Seven Sisters” Star Cluster!What a wonderful view last night, the comet was amazingly bright in Binoculars!  If you own Binoculars, get out and look at this bright comet!!!! Hurry  you only have about a week left before it is lost in the glare of the Sun, as the comet reaches Perihelion on January 31st, 2015.  Look to the upper right of The Seven Sisters or Pleiades.

I watched & captured it on 01-15-2015 around 8:00pm from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

I captured this image with my Canon 6D DSLR & 105 mm Lens, F5.0, ISO 800, on a CG-4 Tracking Mount.

14 x 180 second exposures stacked in Deep Sky Stacker.
42 minutes total.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

Hubble's Variable Nebula 0n 10-26-2014

NGC-2261 Hubble’s Variable Nebula

Although it may look like one, NGC-2261  is NOT a comet!!!!…. it is a very interesting and quite a different object! Here is my close-up photo of this cool object!

NGC 2261 (also known as Hubble’s Variable Nebula or Caldwell 46) is a variable nebula located in the constellation Monoceros. It is illuminated by the star R Monocerotis (R Mon), which is not directly visible itself.

NGC 2261 was originally imaged as Palomar Observatory’s Hale Telescope’s first light by Edwin Hubble on January 26, 1949.  Edwin Hubble studied this nebula at several other Observatories(Yerkes & Mount Wilson) as well….it is variable, changing in brightness and the dust clouds are occasionally blocking the light from R Monocerotis changing the appearance of the triangular shaped light you see in as little time as hours to as much as several weeks or even months.

It shines at about 9th magnitude in the constellation of Monoceros (The Unicorn) just East of Orion.  NGC2261 Hubble’s Variable Nebula is about 2,500 Light Years Away. You can just make out some the Variable dust clouds in this image.

This is a single 5 minute exposure at ISO 3200 with my Canon 6D DSLR, and my Homebuilt 16” diameter telescope from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

Jupiter with moon Callisto on 11-18-14 @ 11:30 U.T.

Jupiter & moon Callisto

Jupiter & Callisto on 11-18-2014…@ 11:30 U.T.
After De-icing the Observatory Dome last evening,..I was hoping the Dome shutter would stay free of ice and snow through morning…and Yeah it did!! Here is Jupiter early this morning! I put on my Arctic -40F Gear this morning to take a crack at Jupiter and its Moon Callisto, the other moons were out of the FOV. The Great Red Spot (GRS) is a persistent anticyclonic storm, 22° south of Jupiter’s equator; observations from Earth establish a minimum storm lifetime between 300 and 400 years. You can see the Great Red Spot(a 400+ mile per hour storm) heading out around the Western Limb.(lower right). The Great Red Spot has been visible on the planet since the Invention of the telescope..over 400 years!

But it never fails, clouds started to plague me right after I got aligned and ready to image around 5:30am, so extreme patience in the brutal cold was the key! Finally got a clear spot long enough to snap off this RGB set around 6:30am!

Captured with the QHY5IIL Mono CCD camera, Optec Intelligent Filter wheel, Astronomiks RGB filters, 2x Barlow, & 10″ SCT scope. Total of 3588 RGB AVI frames stacked in Registax 6. Captured from my backyard observatory in Dayton at 6:30am this morning. BRRRRRR!!!

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Lunar Impact  Crater Clavius & Lunar Highlands on 11-02-2014

The Lunar Edge – The Southern Highlands

On the Lunar Edge!

Edge of the Southern Lunar Highlands,
Clavius Crater at Bottom…
One of my Sharpest Southern Highlands shots to date!
Craterlets galore! Zoom in a bit to see the tiny craterlets!

The Southern Highlands terrain has many craters larger than 45 km in diameter.
Back in the 1970’s counts have been made of small (km sized) crater
number densities in limited areas of the southern lunar highlands,
in order to investigate the nature of the anomaly for large craters in this area. The anomaly is found to be detectable in this size range also,
supporting the hypothesis of it being of a cometary impact origin.

Lunar Highlands are very different from Maria in more ways than visually obvious.
Radioactive dating of lunar samples of both types of surface tell the same tale as the cratering record: rocks from the highlands are mostly around 4 billion years old, with the oldest being about 4.4 billion years, while maria rocks date
from 3.1 to 3.8 billion years old, about the same as the oldest terrestrial (Earth) rocks.

Captured from my backyard in Dayton on 11-02-2014
QHY5IIL Camera, Prime @ F6.3, 10″ SCT scope
5.6 ms exposures/15 FPS Full Res 1280×960 (3.7micron Pixels)
Best 65% of 600 frames Stacked in Registax 6.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Lunar Impact Crater Tycho & Clavius on 11-02-2014

Impact Craters Tycho & Clavius

COLO has been busy!!!
The Chumack Observatory Lunar Orbiter…LOL!!! Okay not really an orbiter, but I can get very close-up detailed shots!
My backyard Observatory has made another pass over the Lunar Terrain, this time closing in on Tycho & Clavius (multiple impacts within the crater itself)!!!
I’m always looking for nights were I can improve on the resolution from the previous shots!
This week I will be posting some of my Sharpest images of the Lunar surface taken just this past Sunday evening from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio!!!
Dodging Contrails and High Cirrus clouds…shooting in the clear spots.
Details:
Lunar Impact Crater Tycho & Clavius on 11-02-2014 @18:56.21 E.S.T.
QHY5IIL Camera, Prime @ F6.3, 10″ SCT scope
5.6 ms exposures/15 FPS Full res 1280×960 (3.7micron Pixels)
Best 65% of 400 frames Stacked in Registax 6.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

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
www.galacticimages.com

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
www.galacticimages.com

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

www.galacticimages.com

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
www.galacticimages.com