M22 Globular Star Cluster on 06-18-2022

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

Here is one of my latest shots captured with my TPO 12” F4 Newtonian Telescope, Bisque ME Mount, and HAP Modified Canon 6D DSLR Camera, ISO 800, 20 minute exposure on 06-18-2022 at my Observatories in JBSPO in  Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Messier 22 or M22, also known as NGC 6656, is an elliptical globular cluster of stars in the constellation Sagittarius,

near the Galactic bulge region. It is one of the brightest globulars visible in the night sky.


M22 can be seen with the naked eye from a dark location. The best time to observe the cluster is during July & August.

M22 is easily visible in Binoculars or a small telescope.


M22 has a diameter of about 100 light years, It is said to contain over 500,000 stars.

Located 10,000 light-years from Earth, the cluster’s relatively bright apparent magnitude of 5.1 makes it a popular target for today’s amateur astronomers.

You can find it  just above the top of the Teapot Asterism in Sagittarius.

Containing some of the oldest known stars, globular clusters are popular objects of study for astronomers.

This bright globular cluster sits amongst one of the richest of star fields near the central bulge of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Best Regards,

John Chumack


M20 The Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius

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

M20 The Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius
The Trifid Nebula (catalogued as Messier 20 or M20 and as NGC 6514) is an H II region in the north-west of Sagittarius in a star-forming region.
The Trifid is divided into three lobes of red Emission nebula, also it has a blue reflection nebula at the top, and the dark nebula are what divides the 3 red lobes. This is a fantastic combination of Emission, Reflection, and Dark nebula along with the associated star cluster.
It was discovered by Charles Messier on June 5, 1764.
This beautiful Nebula is 4,100 light years from Earth, and spans 42 light years across.
Captured at my Observatories in JBSPO on 06-18-2022 with my TPO 12” F4 Newtonian Reflector telescope, Bisque ME Mount, HAP Modified Canon 6D DSLR Camera, 30 min total exposure time. Processing in DSS, Nebulosity, and Adobe CS 2021.

Best Regards,

John Chumack


Comet C/2017 K2 PANSTARRS on 06-18-2022

By |June 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Comet C/2017 K2 PANSTARRS shining at 9.7 magnitude and sporting a little tail.

I captured this on 06-18-2022 while it was cruising through the Constellation Ophiuchus.

This comet began the month of June in Ophiuchus at magnitude 9.7. Look for a 6′ coma. It was easily visible in both a 6 inch Reflector and 8 inch SCT telescope from a dark location. The Comet should brighten by about 0.5 magnitudes by month’s end.

I used my TPO 12 Inch diameter F4 Newtonian Reflector Telescope, Bisque ME Mount, HAP Modified Canon 6D DSLR camera, 31 minute exposure while tracking on the Comet’s Nucleus. Captured at my observatories in JBSPO, Yellow Springs, Ohio USA.



Best Regards,
John Chumack

A Large Solar Filament on the the Sun 06-18-2022

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

Check out my recent shots of the Massive Solar Filament…it’s a long one for sure..

The Sun in Hydrogen Alpha light on 06-18-2022, it’s wonderful to see a very active Sun once again.

There were 9 active regions on the Sun along with many sunspots, as well as a Large Filament stretching at least 20 Earth diameters.

Note all of the Solar Prominence’s around the limb as well.

My Full Solar Disk shot was captured with my Lunt 60mm/ 50 HA filter, Single stack, B1200, , Bisque MyT Mount, QHY5IIL Cmos Camera, 64 ms exposure, 480 images stacked in Registax 6. Adobe RAW CS 2022.

I also Included this nice close-up shot of the Filament with Sunspots /Active Regions AR 3030 and AR 3032.

My Close-up shot of the Large Filament was taken with same scope & mount, but with a QHY290 Cmos Camera, 2.9 ms exposure, 750  images stacked in Registax 6,  Adobe RAW CS 2022.


Best Regards,

John Chumack

Wrinkle Ridges on the Lunar Surface

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

Wrinkle Ridges are positive-relief tectonic features found in the mare basalts of the Moon.

Wrinkle ridges formed through faulting and folding indicate compression type stress.

Check out these wrinkled ridges, it is located between Herigonius Crater (Left edge) and Lansberg (bottom edge) and Reinhold Craters (lower right edge)

or go to Lunar Coordinates 325 degrees East and 5 degrees South to find it.


I call this one the dancing Cricket, can you see it, follow the twisting Wrinkled Ridges.


Also note some of the surrounding mountain peaks casting long black shadows onto the Lunar Surface, at lunar sunrise.


Captured on 06-10-2022 with my old orange tube Celestron C8, Bisque MyT Mount, QHY290M un-cooled Cmos camera, 66.3ms exposure, C-Max 2x Barlow,

Fire-Capture Software, Autostakkert, Registax6, Adobe Raw CS 2022. 530 frames Stacked.


Best Regards,

John Chumack


Impact Craters Tycho & Clavius 10-June-2022

By |June 13th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here is a nice Close-up of Tycho(top) & Clavius (bottom) captured on 06-10-2022 from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio.

Tycho & Clavius Impact Craters are located on the Moon in the Lunar Southern Highlands.

The diameter of Tycho is 85 km (53.4 miles) and the depth is 4.8 km (2.98 miles)

Clavius is large and well known for its curved multiple impact crater-lets within the crater itself.

The diameter of Clavius is 231 km (144 miles) and the depth is 3.5 km (2.2 miles)

Captured with my old Orange tube Celestron C8 SCT Telescope, Bisque MyT Mount, & QHY290M uncooled Cmos Camera, C-Max 2X Barlow, 19.3ms exposure, Fire-Capture, 600 frames stacked in Autostakkert, Registax6 wavelets, Adobe RAW  CS 2022.


Best Regards,

John Chumack

Jupiter & Mars Conjunction and Meteor Shower this Memorial Day weekend

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

Jupiter & Mars Conjunction this morning and through the Holiday weekend, yes this is an easy one to see, just look with your eyes.

The planet Jupiter is the brighter of the two, and the planet Mars will look more red to your eyes.

Also a Spectacular Meteor shower possible this weekend as well!

Here is a quick shot done with my I-phone using the hood of my Truck to rest my hands while taking this shot, just as rain clouds started to clear.

0.5 second exposure, hand held, 26mm lens, ISO 1600, I-Phone 11, Dayton, Ohio USA

Just a quick grab on my way to work…note all the rain drops on the hood of my truck, finally rain clouds moved out for me to see the pairing this morning at 4:50am .  Keep looking each Morning this weekend between 4:45am and 5:30am EST …until dawn wipes them out.

See NASA’s detail on this Conjunction of the Planets

Link to details on the Meteor shower

A Spectacular Meteor Shower Might Hit Us This Weekend. Here’s What to Expect (

Best Regards,

John Chumack

Aurora Borealis – Tarantula in the Alaskan Sky

By |May 26th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Aurora Tarantula in Alaska,  The Magnetic fields were twisting and turning into many shapes. One of my favorite shots from this 2022 trip.

White Mountains of Alaska on 03-30-2022. Canon 6D DSLR, 16mm Tokina Lens F2.8, ISO 3200 10 second exposure.



Best Regards,

John Chumack

Waxing Gibbous Moon and Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse May 15th 2022

By |May 13th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Since the transparency was terrible during the early evening last night, I didn’t bother with any Deep sky objects. Just the moon this time.
Another warm night, this time with a little bit of Fire smoke haze and humidity(moisture), so the moon is not as sharp as it could be, but I grabbed a shot anyway. 6 Inch Newt. Reflector telescope, Bisque MyT mount, QHY183MM Cooled Cmos Camera, 32ms exposure.

Don’t forget the Total Lunar Eclipse this Sunday Night May 15th into Monday early Am May 16th 2022.
For those of us on the Eastern half of the USA “EDT” we will get a great view of the whole event if we have clear skies.

Watch the full moon turn dark, then deep Copper/Orange, see time table for your time zone.

Eclipse Event               UT      ADT            EDT            CDT             MDT              PDT        AKDT
Penumbra first visible 2:00   11:00 p.m.    10:00 p.m.  9:00 p.m.    — — —
Partial eclipse begins 2:28   11:28 p.m.    10:28 p.m.   9:28 p.m.    8:28 p.m.        — —
Total eclipse begins    3:29   12:29 a.m.   11:29 p.m.   10:29 p.m.  9:29 p.m.      8:29 p.m.       —
Mid-eclipse                4:12    1:12 a.m.    12:12 a.m. 11:12 p.m.   10:12 p.m.    9:12 p.m.        —
Total eclipse ends       4:54    1:54 a.m.   12:54 a.m.  11:54 p.m.   10:54 p.m.    9:54 p.m.        —
Partial eclipse end       5:56   2:56 a.m.   1:56 a.m.    12:56 a.m.   11:56 p.m.    10:56 p.m.  9:56 p.m.
Penumbra last visible   6:30   3:30 a.m.    2:30 a.m.    1:30 a.m.     12:30 a.m.   11:30 p.m.  10:30 p.m.

Wishing you Clear Skies and Good Luck,
Best Regards,
John Chumack

Aurora Borealis In Alaska NCC-1701 The Enterprise

By |May 10th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here is one for all you Star Trek Fans!!!!
Aurora Borealis In Alaska was shaping up to look like NCC-1701 The Enterprise Starship,
I captured this one, and the first thing that came to mind was WOW, that looks like the Enterprise.
Chena Recreational Area, White Mountains of Alaska, Canon 6D DSLR camera, Tokina 16mm Lens, F2.8, ISO 3200, 8 Second exposure
Best Regards,
John Chumack