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

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


Sunspot AR 2297 Erupting with M-class flares

Yes!!! Solar Activity, Just what I needed, a Sea Turtle head or a #3 on the Sun!
Here is my shot of the Sun on 03-08-2015 a close-up of Erupting Sunspot 2297…I captured it from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio  with my Lunt 60mm/50F HA scope & QHY5IIL CCD Camera.

Emerging sunspot AR2297 has erupted again, producing its strongest flare yet: an M9-class explosion on March 7th at 22:22 UT. According to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, it captured the extreme ultraviolet flash: and It ionized Earth’s Upper atmosphere causing radio Blackouts!!! I hope it keeps erupting for the next few weeks, as I will be in Alaska the rest of the Month for our Annual Aurora Photo Tour/Workshop!!!!

Best Regards,

John Chumack