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

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