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NGC 2903 Barred Spiral Galaxy in Leo – A Close-up

By |November 30th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here is my latest close-up view of this wonderful Galaxy

NGC 2903 is an isolated barred spiral galaxy in the equatorial constellation of Leo,

located about 1.5° due south of Lambda Leonis.

It was discovered by German-born astronomer William Herschel, who cataloged it on November 16, 1784.

It’s one of my favorite Galaxies to hunt down and take a peek at each year! Shining at 9th magnitude,

and is located about 33 million light years away from Earth. It spans about 100,000 light years across.

Note the several smaller background galaxies in the region as well.

 

TPO 12 inch F4 Newtonian reflector telescope, Baader Coma Corrector, Bisque ME Mount, ZWO 294MC cooled Cmos Camera, L-Pro Filter,

ASI Air, via Wi-Fi to my I-pad, 37 x 2 minute sub exposures, 74 minutes total integration time, from my observatories at JBSPO,

in Yellow Springs, Ohio on 11-25-2022.

 

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

B33 The Horsehead Nebula in Orion – ZWO 294MC Test

By |November 28th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33) is a small dark nebula in the constellation Orion. One of the most popular Nebula regions in the sky.
The nebula is located just to the south of Alnitak, the easternmost star of Orion’s Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion molecular cloud complex.
The dark Horsehead nebula itself is B33, or Barnard Dark nebula # 33 and red background gas is known as IC434 Emission nebula.
Just below and slightly left is the Blue reflection Nebula NGC2023,
and to the far lower left just below Alnitak(Zeta Orionis) is NGC2024 (Maple Leaf Nebula).
Capture Details:
Celestron C6 F5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope, Celestron Coma Corrector, Software Bisque MyT Mount, ZWO 294mc Cooled Cmos Camera, L-Enhance Filter,
ASI Air Plus via Wi-Fi to my I-pad, 25 x 2 minute subs, 50 minute total integration time from my backyard Observatory(bortle8) in Dayton, Ohio on 09-16-2022.
This image was just a quick test shot from back in September just before clouds rolled in and dawn was brightening up the sky.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

M27 The Dumbbell Nebula with its faint outer wings!!

By |November 27th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

M27 The Dumbbell Nebula with its faint outer wings!!
This is a dying star in the constellation Vulpecula, it is blowing off its outer atmosphere, and it is located about 900 light years away from Earth.
M27 is a wonderful object to view in any size telescope, as it is easily visible through the telescope from any dark location.
This was a shot I captured back in Sept. 2022, and I just got around to processing the data, my recent image shows the Dumbbell’s faint outer wings, sadly clouds rolled in to kill my imaging session, but was happy with what I did capture data wise from my backyard in Dayton.
C6 F5 Newtonian reflector telescope, Baader Coma Corrector, Bisque MyT Mount, ZWO 294MC cooled Cmos Camera, L-Enhance Filter,
ASI Air, via Wi-Fi to my Ipad, 33 x 2 minute sub exposures, 66 minutes total integration time, from my backyard observatory(bortle8) in Dayton, Ohio.
Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Mars on 11-22-2022

By |November 23rd, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mars on 11-22-2022 at 09:23 U.T.
A mere 17 arc-seconds across, and currently located 82.537 million km (51.26 million miles) from Earth.

Mars is getting closer and brighter!
C-11 SCT Telescope, Televue 5x Barlow, Bisque MYT mount, QHY462C Cmos Camera, Fire-capture SER Video File, best 20% of 14,000 frames. Stacked in Autostakkert & Registax6, Adobe Raw CC 2023.
Taken from my Backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio, seeing was just average 5 out of 10.

Martian Surface details: Valles Marineris: the largest Canyon in the Solar System
Tharsis Montes (volcanoes); Olympus Mons(largest Volcano);
Tempe Terra; Solis Planum, Lunae Planum
North Polar Hood,
Some Blue Limb Clouds

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

 

The Great Wall in Cygnus

By |November 20th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sh2-117 or The Great Wall in the constellation Cygnus, A close-up view. SH2-117 is part of NGC 7000, the Lower portion of “The North American Nebula”.
This is a massive star formation region with large amounts of gas & dust visible in this image. The Great Wall is located approximately 2,200 light years away from Earth.
Capture details:
Celestron C6 F5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope, Celestron Coma Corrector, Bisque MyT Mount, ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Camera, L-Enhance Filter, ASI Air Plus via Wi-Fi to my I-pad, 45 x 2 minute subs, 90 minute total integration time from my backyard observatory(bortle8) in Dayton, Ohio on 09-16-2022.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

 

The Total Lunar Eclipse from the city of Boston, MA. on 11-08-2022.

By |November 14th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Total Lunar Eclipse from the city of Boston, MA. on 11-08-2022.

I was at the 2022 International Digital Image Correlation (I-DIC) Conference on business travel for the University and had to take some shots from downtown Boston.

The 1st shot of Moon was intentionally over exposed to help properly expose the City buildings for my foreground, the following Sequence was captured individually with my Canon 6D DSLR using 24mm-105mm, lens set to 105mm, F7, ISO 400, ranging from 1/2000 sec to 1.3 sec., mirror lock up, live view mode, wireless remote switch, properly exposing the moon during the partial eclipse phases and totality. After aligning & scaling both images they were combined to show the Eclipse Sequence and path as seen from my hotel in Downtown Boston.

Sometimes you just need a chair, trash cans, and sock!

The tripod ii was planning to use, was already in use at our Conference, so I had to come up with a last minute makeshift tripod using one of the hotel’s chairs, two trash cans, and a sock to prop & align the camera for the DSLR sequence, aiming it out the sliding door of my balcony in the hotel.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

NGC 7741 is a Barred Spiral Galaxy in Pegasus

By |November 2nd, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

NGC 7741 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Pegasus. It is located at a distance of ~40 million light years from Earth,

which, given its apparent dimensions, means that NGC 7741 is about 50,000 light years across.

It was discovered by William Herschel on September 10, 1784.

 

NGC 7741 has a strong bar and two spiral arms. The spiral arms are patchy and diffuse with a (red) HII region visible in this image.

There are a lot of smaller background galaxies visible in the image as well.

 

TPO 12 inch F4 Newtonian Scope, Baader Coma Corrector, L-Pro Filter, Bisque ME Mount, ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Camera,

ASI Air captured via Wi-Fi to I-Pad for a 30 minute total integrated exposure time

from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio on 10-23-2022.

 

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

M42 -M43 The Sword of Orion and The Running Man NGC-1973-75-77

By |November 1st, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

M42 & M43 The Great Orion Emission Nebula & NGC1973-75-77 Running Man Reflection Nebula(Blue on the left)
This massive stellar Nursery (Star Formation Region) never gets old…
Being one of the brightest and most beautiful Nebula to view Visually and capture Photographically, every year around the Autumnal Equinox, in the early morning sky just before dawn, and when it finally clears my neighbors trees,
I need to snap at least one image set of this great sword region of Orion.
If nothing else a reminder to me of how beautiful our universe truly is and also a reminder that winter is coming!
Capture details:
Celestron C6 F5 Newtonian telescope, Baader Coma Corrector, Bisque MyT Mount, ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Camera, L-enhance Filter,
ASI Air Plus, via Wi-Fi to my IPAD, 61 x 60 second Subs, 60 minute total integration exposure time from my backyard Observatory
in Dayton, Ohio on 09-21-2022.
Best Regards,
John  Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

NGC-253 Spiral Galaxy with 12 Inch + ZWO294MC

By |October 25th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

NGC-253 Spiral Galaxy
NGC-253, A Bright Galaxy In The Constellation of Sculptor.
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.
I only got 31 minutes of data before high cirrus clouds came in on me…I’m surprised at how well it turned out considering it sits very low in the sky and I was shooting through a lots of hazy muck on the horizons that night.
I almost did not bother processing it, but glad I gave it a go anyway, picked up some nice dusty details too!

12 inch F4 TPO Newtonian telescope, Baader Coma Corrector, Bisque ME Mount, ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Camera, L-Pro Filter,
ASI Air via WiFi to Ipad, 31 x 1 minute subs, 31 minutes total integration exposure time on 10-21-2022 taken from my Observatories at JBSPO in yellow Springs, Ohio.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

NGC-7772 The Cluster that once was!

By |October 18th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Often overlooked, but not forgotten…I really like this little gem of a chance alignment of a stars, just sitting out here all by itself.

NGC 7772 is a tiny collection of stars, spanning 3 arc minutes in the constellation Pegasus that were once thought to be an open cluster.

The stars were first recorded on 7 October 1825 by the British astronomer John Herschel.

It is located 4,900 light years away from Earth.

Recent Gaia Satellite data shows the stars in the area are unrelated.

Celestron C6 Newtonian Reflector, Baader Coma Corrector, Bisque MyT Mount, ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Camera, 10 x 120sec subs, 20 minutes total exposure integration time.

Captured on 09-20-2022 from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

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