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

Venus in Ultra-Violet Light on 05-02-2015

The Planet Venus in Ultra-Violet Light!

The Planet Venus – Digging out details from Earth’s Evil Twin!
In the telescope Venus appears as a “Bright” featureless planet except for its ever changing Crescent to Gibbous Phases. Venus is shrouded by a dense cloud layer of sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid that reflects most sunlight back into space, which creates a ‘greenhouse effect’ and hampers direct observation of the planet’s surface. So when I look through my telescope unlike Jupiter or Saturn, I can’t make out any features in the Cloud tops, until I tried an Ultra-Violet filter!
Venus’ clouds have markings that are light and dark in the ultraviolet range. Venus has a 800F + surface temp, so the UV stripes are likely from Volcanoes pumping a chemical high into the upper atmosphere, this chemical absorbs UV light making for dark and light patches on the Cloud tops.
Now I can see football stripes – cloud features on Venus. Seeing wasn’t the best but I got some details in the cloud tops! At its farthest, Venus lies 162 million miles (261 million kilometers) away. It makes its closest approach to Earth about once every 584 days, when Venus & Earth catch up to one another. On average, it is 25 million miles (40 million km) away at that point.
C8 Telescope(2000mm) 2x barlow, QHY5IIL CCD Camera, Astrodon UV filter, 114 frames stacked in Registax 6.
Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com
Aurora Lasso

Aurora Borealis Lasso

An Aurora Borealis Lasso, the Northern Lights Lasso worked pretty well as it roped me into taking a shot of it while on top of Charlie Dome, at Chena Hot Springs, Alaska, during our Annual Aurora Workshop!!!! The foreground was lit by partial Moonlight, but the Aurora raged on despite moonlit skies.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

 

 

 

Earth-shine crescent Moon

The Crescent Moon with Earth-shine

Okay,  here is a little something for all you Moon Lovers out there!!!
The Thin Waxing Crescent Moon with Earth-shine and the Star above the Moon is 5th magnitude star 110 Omicron Piscium, the moon was moving through the Constellation of Pisces just before setting below the Mountain top on 03-21-2015, Sorry Mars had already set by the time I grabbed this shot..Earth-shine is the normally unlit portion of the moon, in this case Earth is reflecting light and illuminating the backside or non Sunlit portion of the Moon, you can even make out the Maria or Features on the Earth-shine portion of the Moon.

Canon 6D DSLR & 60 to 300mm lens set to 225mm, 1 second exp. Chena Hot Springs Alaska

Purple, Red Green Aurora above snow covered Trees, brutally cold night  -24F

Alaska Aurora on 03-15-2015

Okay first Night we had snow, but the second night it cleared off and -24F!!!, a bit brutal!

We were treated to a very Nice Kp-3 Aurora Display  outside of Fairbanks Alaska! We experience 6 + hours of colors, some purples & Greens, and occasional streamer of red, over the freshly snow covered trees.  here is one of my shots as the Aurora Display erupted over our newly scouted location!!! It was a grueling treacherous drive on ice & snow covered roads for an hour, with our 4×4 was no problem, it was worth the drive, the new site is Pristine & Fantastic, some very nice views!!!

Can’t wait for our 2015 participants to Arrive today, as more activity is in the Forecast all week! They will be amazed!!!

Is the Aurora Borealis-Northern Lights  on your Bucket List?

Would you like to Join us in March 2016?

You can sign up for our 2016 Photo Tour/Workshop, click the Galactic Trips link on  my website!!!

Oh BTW, Canon 6D DSLR and 24mm F1.4 Lens, 14mm F2.8 lens, & 8mm Fish-eye Lens, typically set all at F2 to F2.8, and ISO 2000 to 3200, for 5 seconds to 10 second exposures!

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com