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 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


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

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!
ThisĀ  is a 21 minute exposure (7 x 3 minutes subs), ISO 1600, F5.0, tracking on a CG-4 mount.

Best Regards,
John Chumack