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The Road to Mars

The Road to Mars

Thanks to NASA for featuring another one of my image as their (APOD) “Astronomy Picture of the Day”.

Sometimes you just need to follow “The Road to Mars”!

Capture last May in Moab, Utah. The Road to Mars was beautiful, The Bright Red Planet Mars, as seen at the end of a road in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

Captured while looking south at 4:36am on 05-16-2018 and you can see the Milky Way in the upper right with Saturn just below the Milky Way as well. I used Low level lighting for the road & road side scenery. The Faint Green Glow on the Horizon just below Mars is called Natural Air Glow, The Amber glow on the Horizon in the lower right is the Light Pollution glow from the town of Moab, Utah.

Sony A7SII with a Sony E-mount to Canon lens adapter & Canon 16-35mm Lens set to F3.2, ISO 12,800, for a 13 second exposure, camera on a tripod.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

California Nebula

Inside the California Nebula Complex

Up Close & inside the California Nebula Complex.

The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the US State of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually.

The nearby energetic O7 star, xi Persei is responsible for the fluorescence of the nebula, due to excitation of the Hβ line. The California Nebula is also known as Sharpless 220 and is located about 1,000 light years from Earth. The California Nebula was discovered by E. E. Barnard in 1884.

This is my extreme close-up shot of it, literally looking inside near the center section the California Nebula Complex, you can also see the elusive black Jelly Fish, an opaque dark black molecular dust cloud near the bottom. A tremendous amount of details are visible within the California Nebula cloud..
I captured this image from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio over 3 nights 09-17, 09-21, & 09-22 of 2017 of light gathering for a total of 7 hours & 15 minutes of exposure time, using my 6 inch diameter F5, Newtonian Scope & a ZWO 174MM cooled Cmos camera in HA, S2, O3 lines Mapped out to RGB.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

 

The Bubble Nebula, Caldwell 11, Sharpless 162

The Bubble Nebula Complex in Cassiopeia

NGC7635 The Bubble Nebula

Certainly my best shot of the Bubble Nebula complex to date!
Lots of detail in this one!
It is an enormous bubble being blown into space by a super-hot massive star!
This was a 10 Hours of exposure through Astronomik 7nm & 6nm Narrow Band data Mapped out to RGB. Captured over 3 nights from my backyard observatory in Dayton. 6″ Celestron Newt.,Coma Corrector, & ZWO 174mm Cooled CMOS Camera, Nebulosity, Pixinsight, & Adobe CS.
NGC 7635, also called the Bubble Nebula, Sharpless 162, or Caldwell 11, is a H II region emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia, The “bubble” is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot, 8.7th magnitude young central star, SAO 20575.
The Bubble is located in front of the HII Emission Region. It is located about 7000 to 11000 light years from Earth.

Comet 41P/Tuttle–Giacobini–Kresák

Closest Approach of Comet 41P/Tuttle–Giacobini–Kresák at Magnitude 8.6 in the Constellation of Draco.

Comet 41P is still visible in Binoculars from a dark location, it is heading for Perihelion on the 12th of April.

On April 1st – 2nd, the comet passed by Earth at a distance of about 13 million miles (0.14 astronomical units), or 55 times the distance from Earth to the moon; An unusually closer approach for this Jupiter-family comet. Comets are frozen balls of Ice, Gas, & Dust that start to sublimate when heated by the sunlight as they approach the inner solar system.
The green color is the Comet P41 Spewing C2 Diatomic Carbon which glows green when lit by the sun in the Vacuum of Space!

Here is my shot of Comet 41P as it passed within 13 arc minutes of 4.58 Magnitude Star 10 Draconis, & 4.7 Magnitude Double Star WDS HJ 3342 (WDS = Washington Double star Catalog)

Taken with my Homemade 16 inch Diameter Newtonian Telescope and a Canon 6D DSLR,
20 frames x 30 second exposures (10 minutes) stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, comet Mode.
Captured from 08:26 U.T. to 08:46 U.T. at my Observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Yellow Springs Research Station, MPC #H66

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

M57 The Ring Nebula in Lyra

 

M57 The Ring Nebula in Lyra.

The nebula disk has an angular size of 1.5 × 1 arc-minutes, making it too small to be resolved with 10×50 binoculars, so it is best
viewed with a telescope and under some magnification. I find that 100x works well..

M57 is an example of the class of planetary nebulae known as bipolar nebulae.  The star at the Center is Blowing off its Outer atmosphere!

This will be the fate of our Sun in a few billion more years.

I processed this image to show structure in the nebula…
Taken from my backyard in Dayton, Ohio with my old C8 telescope & ZWO 174mm Monochrome Camera shot through RGB filters + Luminance channel,
16 minutes exposure total.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

 

M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula Complex

M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula, an Awesome Stellar Nursery – Star Formation Region!  One of the most amazing objects to see through a telescope!  Who would like to explore this gaseous Cloud with me???
I pulled an all-nighter at my observatory using my Canon 6D DSLR attached to my 16″ scope ..and took lots of Data on many objects.
I’ll be processing images for weeks to come, but this one of M42/M43 in Orion was a two exposures stacked, one at 4 minutes for the outer regions and 1 at 30 seconds for the trapezium region.   ISO-3200, 10-26-2014 3:06am
and still working out my coma corrector configuration, also still a tad bit of vignette near corners with the large chip for this setup, but
I was amazed at what my new Unmodified Full Frame Canon 6D pulled out in less than 5 minutes through my Home-built 16″ Diameter F4.5 Fork Mounted Newt. Telescope. The camera seems to be more green blue sensitive than others, yet still able to record the red nebula regions well, and at higher ISO seems a lot cleaner (less noise) than previous DSLRs.
Although it did take me about 4 hours to carefully process it though!! Thanks to my winning the National Science Foundation/Discover Magazine/Astronomy Mag’s International Comet ISON Photo Contest, with the 1st place Award money I was able to buy this new camera a bit sooner than I had thought! ..Now I’m looking forward to many more quick and painless captures of the sky!Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Constellations from my Backyard

The Constellations from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio, looking South this is what I had seen early this morning
before the F$%^&* Clouds rolled in again!!!

For those who are wondering what your seeing in the early morning sky!
Starting on the left.South East .and moving to the top right West-South West!!!

Puppis – The Poop Deck, sailors will know this…too much to explain here…
Wikipedia it for more interesting info.

Canis Major is Orion’s Big Hunting Dog(The Big Dog) & Contains the Brightest Star in the Sky Sirius(The Dog Star), Sirius The Big Dog always follows his master Orion!

Monoceros the Unicorn, fainter stars make up this constellation, but it contains the awesome Rosette Nebula!!! Always just to the left of Orion.

The Constellation of Lepus the Hare, at Orion’s feet

The Constellation of Orion, The Hunter, Two brightest stars are Betelgeuse(Red Giant Star) upper left shoulder, and Rigel (Blue-White Super-Giant Star) his right Knee at Bottom.

The Belt of Orion (3 stars in a row) and the Sword hanging down from his belt contains one of the most Famous and Studied Stellar Nurseries(Star Formation Regions) The Great Orion Nebula!!!!

The Constellation of Taurus the Bull!
Hyades Star Cluster in Taurus (The Horns of the Bull) with Bright Orange Giant (Orange star) Aldebaran. Above the Tree!

Pleiades Star Cluster also in Taurus (The Seven Sisters Cluster) an Awesome sight in Binoculars! M45 Pleiades is in the far upper right of this image.

Canon 6D DSLR, 24mm lens F16,
ISO 6400, 20 second exposure

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

NGC-253 Spiral Galxy in Sculptor

NGC-253, A Bright Galaxy In The Constellation of Sculptor! This is the first light Test of a Deep Sky Space object using my unmodified Canon 6D. I’m very please with its performance…very Sensitive, clean at the Higher ISO it is great for Comets & Galaxies! This Galaxy sits very low in the south…so I was shooting through some hazy clouds for this shot.
I need to do more testing on Nebula, to see how well it records the Red end of the Spectrum! This was a single 4 minute exposure at ISO 2500, at the prime focus of my home-built 16″ Newt. Scope, taken at my Observatories  in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

NGC-253 is a relatively Nearby Galaxy, located at 11.4 Million Light Years away, it shines at ~ Magnitude 8, so is visible in Binocular from a dark location.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

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
www.galacticimages.com

Comet C/2012 K1 PANSTARRS

Comet C/2012 K1 PANSTARRS as seen last Saturday night through some high thin haze..but it came out okay…this 8th Magnitude Comet looked great visually through an 18″ Obsession Scope while observing with my good friends Ron, Kristie, & Justin on 05-31-2014.
I captured this 15 minute exposure with my Homemade 16″ Newt. Scope & QHY8 CCD Camera while Tracking on the Comets Nucleus!
Its still near the legs of Ursa Major..so go have a look if you get clear skies!

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com