Alaskan Aurora Frozen Beauty!
Pastel Aurora above John on 03-11-2023
Just waiting for our next 2023 Aurora Hunting Crew to Arrive on Tuesday.
and John S. and I set out to Checkout & prep our sites for their arrival.
temps were not bad, only hovering around -1F last night. Was a balmy 28F during the day.
The area received a lot of deep snow again this year…but at least its manageable…
and this means we should be able to see and photograph some Moose again this year as well as Aurora.
We saw a large moose on our way out to one of our sites last night.
The Aurora kicked up nicely around 10:00pm last night and we enjoyed a decent display(kp3)
Now that those high level cirrus clouds passed through it started to clear off enough to see the Aurora Borealis well.
In this self-portrait image I captured the Pastel Aurora covering the constellation of Auriga & Cassiopeia, Hyades, Pleiades, Mars, and even the faint glow of the great Andromeda galaxy.
Canon 6D DSLR, Tokina 16mm F2.8 Lens,
ISO 5000 for 8 second exposure.
Camera on a Tripod.
The Leo Galaxy Triplet on 02-14-2023
The Sun In Hydrogen Alpha Light on 02-26-2023
The Sun In Hydrogen Alpha Light on 02-26-2023 at 1859 UT
I waited two hour for the fast moving high cirrus clouds to leave a hole long enough for me to image the Sun, finally got a clearing hole that lasted about 15 minute.
My latest image shows the Sun’s full disk with 6 active Active Regions, AR3234, AR3235, AR3229, AR3237, AR3236, AR3230,
visible are Sunspots, Plagues, Filaments, and Prominences galore!
Captured from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio with my Lunt 60mm/50 HA filtered Scope, QHY5IIL Cmos Camera, 700 frames stacked in Registax 6,
Post processed in Adobe Raw CC 2023.
Sh2-240 (Simeis 147) The Spaghetti Nebula (SNR) in Taurus
Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF is now moving away from Mars 02/12/2023 UT
The Planet Mars & Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF
The Planet Mars & Comet c/2022 E3 ZTF on 02/11/2023 Centered on 04:05 UT. (22:54 to 23:18 LT 02/10/2023) A nice wide angle shot!
You can see the Comet approaching Mars and some of the Dark Dusty Nebulae Clouds of Taurus are also visible in the background.
This looked Awesome in my 10×70 Fujinon Binoculars, the color contrast was beautiful, and the comet’s glowing coma was so easy to see. Greg and I watched it for a while last night at JBSPO.
I captured this with a Samyang 135mm Lens @ F4, L-Pro Filter, ZWO AM5 Mount, ASI Air Plus, via Wi-Fi to my I-Pad, ZWO 294mc Cooled Cmos Camera, (12 x 2 minute subs) 24 minutes total integration time, from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF on 02/04/2023
NGC-4565 Edge on Spiral Galaxy – (short exposure)
Every year I have to take a shot of one of my favorite Galaxies, it is a Beautiful Edge on Spiral Galaxy, both visually and photographically.
NGC 4565 Edge on Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices, (also known as the Needle Galaxy or Caldwell 38)
is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 42 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices.
It lies close to the North Galactic Pole and has a visual magnitude of approximately 10.4.
It is known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile, the core of the galaxy contains 240 Globular star clusters,
more than the Milky Way. NGC 4565 is one of the brightest members of the Coma Galaxy Group.
I only captured 24 minutes of data on this one due to clouds rolling in and ending my imaging run, but it still looks decent enough to share.
Look carefully near the bottom of this image in the background is another needle like edge on Galaxy.
TPO 12″ F4 Newtonian telescope, Bisque ME Mount,
ZWO 294MC cooled Cmos Camera, L-Pro filter, Baader Coma Corrector,
ASI Air Plus, via Wi-Fi to I-Pad, 12 x 2 minute subs, 24 minute exposure total Integration time.
Calibrated & Stacked in ASTAP, Processed in Pixinsight, Adobe Raw CC 2023.
Captured from my Observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.