Aurora Borealis 1991-2001 10 Years of Color

I’m leaving to lead our tour in Alaska for the Northern Lights, and the World Championship Ice Sculpting Competitions!!

Here are 16 of my best Aurora from 1991 to 2001, 10 years of colorful Aurora Borealis from the Dayton, Ohio Area, Yes Aurora have gone as far south as Florida over the years. All these were Film shots!!!

Lets hope the sun throws lots of flares our way over the next two weeks!!!
I’m still working on the 2002 to 2012 Series. When I return from Alaska in April I should have a new series from AK.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Planet Jupiter with two Large Red Spots!

The Planet Jupiter Last night, although Earth’s  atmospheric seeing was rather poor, I noticed another Large Red Spot on Jupiter!!! The Great Red Spot (GRS) has been there for centuries, but It looks like Red Spot Junior (RSJ a smaller spot) is growing larger. In this Image the original GRS is on the lower left Limb, but the new one (RSJ to the right of the GRS) seems to be getting as large as the GRS. It always amazes me that we can see so much detail on Jupiter, which by the way is ~ 500 million miles away!!!!

Details: DMK 21AF04 Fire-wire Camera, 2x Barlow, & 10″ SCT.
900 frames stacked.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Waxing Crescent Moon with Earthshine Close-up!

The Waxing Crescent Moon & Earthshine shots on 03-03-2014
What is Earthshine you ask?
Earthshine is really reflected Sunlight, The Light is reflected off of the Earth. Basically, it is Sunlight bouncing off of the Earth and illuminating the darker normally unlit portion of the Moon. Earthshine is easily visible during the waxing & waning thin crescent phases of the Lunar Cycle.

I was just playing around in the brutally cold backyard Observatory with my 10″ diameter SCT Scope this past evening! I particularly like the tiny mountain peaks lit up on the left edge of the Earthshine image. Unfortunately the Focal length with reducer(1640mm) is a bit too long to fit the whole thing in. I took two shots, one Longer exposure showing Earthshine and one short exposure for the sunlit portion of the Moon to show craters and the Lunar surface.

I shot it through tree branches, and it still came out okay!

Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & 10″ SCT at F6.3, ISO 800,
2 Sec. Exp. Earthshine, 1/30 sec. Exp. for the crescent shot.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Young Thin Crescent Moon with Earthshine!!

The Young Thin Crescent Moon with Earth-shine was hanging Low in the Western Sky during my drive down I-4 heading toward Tampa this past evening 03-02-2014!!!
By time I got back to my Cousin’s House The Moon was so low above his neighbors house, I just barely got it between the roof, trees, & power lines!!!

Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & 300mm Lens, F6.3, ISO 400, 6 second exposure.

Best Regards,
John Chumack