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

Fantastic objects in The Milky Way

The Milky Way from Scutum to Serpens to Sagittarius…Deep Sky Objects Galore!!!
The Milky Way in Sagittarius, near our Galactic Center one of the richest areas of the sky loaded with deep sky objects…Many Messier & NGC catalog objects are visible here…
Emission Nebulae, Globular Star Clusters, Open Star Clusters, Star Clouds, & Dark Nebulae abound, simply put a “Fantastic” place to explore with a telescope or Binoculars!! Every Summer it is easily visible, and for us 40 degree + latitude Observers it is really low in the south …find a dark location away from city lights with a low Southern Horizon & look when there is no moon present in the sky! I posted them a little higher res than normal so you can zoom in a little, Enjoy!

The Sagittarius Region near Galactic Center on 06-29-2014 at Dexter, Iowa.
M24 The Sagittarius Star Cloud,
M8 The Lagoon Nebula,
M16 The Eagle Nebula,
M17 The Omega/Swan Nebula,
M18 Open Cluster,
M20 The Trifid Nebula,
M21 Open Cluster,
M25 Open Cluster,
M23 Open Cluster,
M22 Globular Star Cluster,
M26 Open Cluster,
and dozens of Barnard’s Dark Nebulae.
Canon 40D DSLR & 50mm Lens, F4, ISO 1600,
A single 4 minute exposure

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Giant Sunspots in Hydrogen Alpha & White Light

Many Giant Sunspots on the Sun on 07-08-2014, no less than 11 Sunspots groups are now visible & they are still there today, with 70% chance of M Class flares & 15% chance of X-ray class Flares…One Flare just erupted out of another new spot coming around the eastern limb too! Here are my two shots late yesterday afternoon, one in Hydrogen Alpha Light with my Lunt Hydrogen Alpha telescope, DMK31AF04 Camera, 1/387 sec exp. and the White Light photo (6” Baader Film Filter) on a 6″ F8 Cave Reflector telescope, Canon Rebel Xsi, ISO 200, 1/1250 sec exposure.

Remember: You should Never Look at the Sun without proper Solar Filters, and NO a Pop Tart wrapper is not a safe filter!!!! LOL!!!

Always Buy your proper Solar filters from Astronomical /Solar Telescope dealers like Lunt Solar or Baader Planetarium, these are Approved Filters and are Safe for your Eyes & Cameras!

Best Regards,
John Chumack


Catching Pluto with a Spoon!!!!

The Sagittarius Spoon with Dwarf Planet Pluto (14.1 Mag) crossing the star fields of Sagittarius.

The arrow points to the location of Pluto at the time of this photo.

Most astronomers are familiar with the Great Tea Pot of Sagittarius, just above the Teapot’s Handle is the Sagittarius Spoon or Ladel!

Also in the FOV are some very familiar deep sky objects, like….

Globular Clusters M22, M28, NGC-6717,

Open Star Clusters M25, M18

Emission Nebulae M17 The Swan or Omega Nebula

& M16 The Eagle Nebula

M24 The Sagittarius Star Cloud, also awesome in binoculars!!

Modified Canon 40D DSLR & 50mm lens @F5.6, ISO 1600

for a Single 4 minute exposure

while tracking on a CG-4 Mount.
Dark frame applied via DSS.
I Captured this image at my Friends Farm in Dexter, Iowa on June 29, 2014 around 3:50am

Note: NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft is now less than a year

from Pluto, this time next year we all should be seeing our

very first close-up views of the Dwarf Planet Pluto!!

Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Constellation of Capricorn

The Constellation of Capricorn is one of the 12  Zodiac Constellations.
Its name is Latin for “horned goat” or “goat horn”, and it is commonly represented in the form of a sea-goat: a mythical creature that is half goat, half fish.

Capricornus is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy.

The Constellation of Capricorn is the 2nd faintest constellation (Cancer is the faintest), it can be a challenge to record well as its brightest Star is only 2.9 magnitude, most of its pattern stars range from 3.1 to 5.5 The brightest star in Capricornus is d Capricorni, also called Deneb Algedi, with a magnitude of 2.9, 39 light-years from Earth. It also marks the Tail of the Fish/Goat.

Despite its faintness, Capricornus has one of the oldest mythological associations, having been consistently represented as a hybrid of a goat and a fish since the Middle Bronze Age.

The Bright & Popular M30 Globular Star Cluster resides in the Constellation of Capricorn. The Bright Beta Star Dabih is a nice double star!

This is one of my best shots of the Constellation of Capricorn to date, since it sits so low on the Horizon for us Northern Hemisphere observers, often Humidity, haze, scintillation, as well as smog and light pollution interference make it a tough Constellations to capture well.

I captured this 4 minute exposure between T-storms at my Friends Farm in Iowa last weekend(Dark Skies)!

Canon 40D Modified & Canon 33mm lens, F5.5, ISO 1600, CG-4 Tracking mount.

Watch for the Wonderful Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower visible July 15th through about August 10th, they are not many but the mere 4-9 meteors per hour can sometimes be big and burn up bright!!! The radiant point is around Alpha Star Algedi.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way Galaxy over my friends Farm in Dexter, Iowa on 06-29-2014!
Canon Rebel Xsi, 8mm Fisheye, ISO 1600, F4, 4 minute exposure on a CG-4 Tracking Mount. The camera picked up some faint Airglow (Green – Excited Oxygen Molecules) near the Southern horizon, Although the Milky Way looked great, but the faint green Air glow was not visible to the eye.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Planet Venus at Dawn!

Hi Everyone,

Just returned from my Art Exhibit, and visiting my friend Meridith at her Farm in Iowa! Some Really Nice skies when it clears!!!
After the thunderstorms and clouds in Iowa last Friday & Saturday nights…around 2:00am it would clear off until 6:00am ..

So I did do some shooting of the Milky Way, but I will post those later…but come Dawn I had seen this beautiful site…

Here is a Shot of The Planet Venus rising in the East at Dawn above the Large Grain Silos in Dexter, Iowa! The wind was howling a bit as the storm just blew through a few hours earlier, but at least the skies were clear for a while each night!!!! Go out in the early morning sky to see The Planet Venus right now!

Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & 66mm Lens, F7.1, ISO 400, 5 second exposure

Best Regards,
John Chumack