IC-1396 & Mu Cephei – Samyang 135mm lens

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

IC1396 The Elephant’s Trunk Emission Nebula Complex in Cepheus with the Garnet Star Mu Cephei.

The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region,

IC 1396 Nebula Complex is about 2,400 light years away from Earth.

Mu Cephei,(the bright 4th magnitude star at top) also known as Herschel’s Garnet Star, Erakis, or HD 206936, is a red super-giant or hyper-giant and is a variable star in the constellation Cepheus. It appears garnet red and is located at the edge of the IC 1396 nebula.

I captured this wide field shot with a Samyang 135mm lens & ZWO 294MC cooled Cmos Camera, L-Enhance Filter, Bisque MyT Mount, 60 x 120sec subs exposures, for a total of 2 hours of exposure time,

from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio on 08-182-2012, using the ASI Air app, captured via my I-pad.

Best Regards,

John Chumack


The Entire Veil Nebula Complex – A Supernova Remnant in Cygnus.

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

The Entire Veil Nebula Complex – A Supernova Remnant in Cygnus. The glowing gaseous Remnants of a Supernova that occurred over 5,000 years ago.
Put this up full screen- A mind blowing very rich Star field in Cygnus and I captured the entire Veil Nebula Complex using a Wide angle 135 mm Samyang Lens(no telescope this time)
ZWO 294MC, 135mm Samyang Lens, F4, L-Enhance filter, ASI Air Plus capture via WiFi to my IPAD, EAF, 3D Printed Rings, 60 x 2 minute subs,
120 minute total Integration exposure time. Captured from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio USA (bortle8) on 08-18-2022.
Processed in DSS, Nebulosity, Pixinsight, Adobe CS 2022.
Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Eastern Veil Nebula or Caldwell 33

By |September 8th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Here is another Section of the Veil Nebula known as Caldwell 33 or the Eastern Veil NGC6992 and NGC 6995 and IC 1430 The Bat,
put it up full screen and check out the details.

The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus.

It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant, many portions of which have acquired their own individual names and catalogue identifiers.
The source supernova was a star 20 times more massive than the Sun which exploded between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago, this star would have been brighter than Venus at the time of
its explosion.

This spans about 100 light years across and is located at 1470 light years from Earth.

I captured this A Celestron 6 inch F5 Newtonian telescope, ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Camera, Coma Corrector, L-Enhance Filter, Bisque MYT mount, EAF, ASI Air app via WiFi to IPAD,
from my backyard in Dayton, Ohio (Bortle8). 21 x 120 second subs, 42 minutes total integration time on 08-24-2022.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

52 Cygni(bright star) and NGC-6960 The Veil Nebula – “The Witches Broom”

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

52 Cygni(bright star) and NGC-6960 The Veil Nebula – “The Witches Broom”
A Supernova Remnant in Cygnus, A massive star exploded about 5,000 years ago leaving this beautiful filamentary remnant amongst a star studded field of the Cygnus Milky Way.
The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus, its part of a much larger loop, 3 degrees in diameter of this SNR nebula, and it is
located about 2400 light years from Earth.
I will be posting close-ups of other sections of the Loop in the next few weeks.
A Celestron 6 inch F5 Newtonian telescope, ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Camera, Coma Corrector, L-Enhance Filter, Bisque MYT mount, EAF, ASI Air app via WiFi to IPAD, from my backyard in Dayton, Ohio (Bortle8)
Best Regards,
John Chumack

Saturn & Moon Dione on 08-27-2022

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

Here is My Best shot so far this season of Saturn,
A close-up of The Planet Saturn with its 10th magnitude moon Dione on 08-20-2022, Saturn just reach opposition earlier this month, and the Seeliger Effect was noticeable, back-scatter is occurring making the rings brighter. I can even see spokes in the Rings, and the well defined Cassini Division along with the A ring with Encke division, B, and C rings the darker inner Crepe ring noticeable.

Now that Saturn is past Opposition you can see the Planet’s shadow cast on to the rings in the back left side, Also you can see the Shadow of the Rings being cast onto the planets disk in the front as well. The top of the Planet shows the North Polar Hexagon and also visible are the subtle colors of the Equatorial Belts And Zones on the planets disk itself. Seeing was very good at moments 1:00 am local time, but it didn’t get stable until it reached the Meridian it still sits very low for me here in Ohio,
only 33.9 degrees off the Southern Horizon in Capricorn. So I have to wait until it clears my neighbors trees.
Dione is a moon of Saturn.

It was discovered by Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1684. It is named after the Titaness Dione of Greek mythology.
The mid-sized Moon Dione (Titan is the Largest in the Saturnian System) Dione is about ~700 miles in diameter and completes an orbit around Saturn every 66 hours(2.74 days).
Target=Saturn, Date: 270822, Time: 053239 UT, Magnitude: 0.34, Diameter: 18.63″, Resolution: 0.08″, Az: 192.58, Alt: 33.59, Phase: 1.00, CM: CMI=241.0° CMIII=33.9°, Best 25% of 15,372 SER frames, Fire-Capture, Autostakkert, Registax6, WinJupos, Adobe Raw CC 2022.
Camera: QHY5III462C Cmos, Scope: C-11 SCT, C-Max Barlow, ADC, FL: 7500mm, F-ratio: 26, Bisque MyT Mount.
Observer: John Chumack, Location: My backyard Observatory, Dayton, Ohio, Comment:Seeing: 8/10 pretty good.

Best Regards,

John Chumack


My best Jupiter Close-up so far this year on 08-25-2022

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

I’m so glad I finally got one good Stable night of Seeing here in the Midwest.

Here is my best close-up of Jupiter so far this season.

My jaw dropped when I finished processing my most recent data on 08-25-2022!

Finally!!!, it’s such a wonderful feeling when you can pull a decent image through all that muck in the sky, especially at 4:00am

when you are still half asleep and typically fighting our boiling atmosphere.

Target=Jupiter, Date: 250822, Time: 080813 UT, Mag: -2.83, Diameter: 48.04″, Resolution: 0.08″, Az: 186.72, Alt: 51.60,

Phase: 1.00, CM: CMI=145.5° CMII=7.8° CMIII=289.7°

Camera: QHY5III462C CMOS, Scope: Old Orange Tube C-11, FL: 7100mm,C-Max Barlow, ZWO ADC, F-ratio: 25,

Bisque MyT Mount.

Fire-Capture Software – The Best 25% of 16,484 frames, 186 FPS, SER video file

Post processing in Autostakkert, Registax6, WinJupos De-rotation, Adobe Raw CC 2022.

Observer: John Chumack, Location: Dayton, Ohio, Comment: Seeing: 8/10

pretty darn good for the Midwest.

As most of you know, I’m always trying to push the limits with my gear here in Ohio.

I hope you like it, and have a great weekend everyone!

Best Regards,

John Chumack

Jupiter’s Cloud Tops on 08-19-2022

By |August 24th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sorry its not JWST, but it is my most detailed shot of Jupiter yet this season.
We don’t get many good Stable Air (seeing) here in the Midwest, but it doesn’t keep me from trying, I was shocked that it turned out,
as most of my imaging Session was like looking a pot of Boiling water, but there were moments that Jupiter popped right in with nice Cloud Top details.

Now the planets have cleared my neighbors trees by early morning, I can start capturing more images.
I’m using my old Orange tube Celestron C-11 Telescope (30+ years old), and it still produces nice views.

Target=Jupiter, Date: 190822, Time: 081117 UT, Mag: -2.79, Diameter: 47.38, Res: 0.08″, Az: 177.68, Alt: 51.97, Phase: 1.00,
CM: CMI=279.2° CMII=187.3° CMIII=107.6°

Camera: QHY5III462C, Scope: C-11 SCT, C-Max Barlow, ADC, FL: 7100mm, F-ratio: 25, Bisque MyT mount,
Best 5800 frames captured in Fire-Capture Software, Autostakkert, Registax6, Adobe Raw CC 2022.

Best Regards,

John Chumack


The Heart & Soul Nebula in Cassiopeia

By |August 19th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Heart & Soul Nebula!
The Heart Nebula, IC 1805, Sharpless 2-190, is some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia.
It was discovered by William Herschel on 3 November 1787. It is an emission nebula showing glowing ionized hydrogen gas and darker dust lanes.
At the center of the heart is open cluster of stars, known as Collinder 26 or Mellotte 15, contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, and many more dim stars that are
only a fraction of our Sun’s mass. At the very bottom of the Heart is the Fish-head Nebula, separately classified as NGC 896, because it was the first part of the nebula to be discovered.
W5 or the Soul nebula (aka Baby Nebula)
Westerhout 5 (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667, Soul Nebula) is an emission nebula located in Cassiopeia. Several small open clusters are embedded in the nebula:
CR 34, 632, and 634 (in the head) and IC 1848 (in the body). The object is more commonly called by the cluster designation IC 1848.
Small emission nebula IC 1871 is present just above the top of the head, and small emission nebulae 670 and 669 are just below the lower back area.
W5 is a radio source within the nebula, spans an area of sky equivalent to four full moons and is about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
Like other massive star-forming regions, W5 contains large cavities that were carved out by radiation and winds from the region’s most massive stars.
Samyang 135mm F2 Lens, set to F4, EOS Lens Adapter, L-Enhance Filter, 3D printed Ring System, to ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Color Camera, Bisque MyT Mount, ASI Air Wi-Fi to my Ipad,
44 x 120 sec. Subs, Calibrated all in DSS, Stretched and processed in Adobe Raw CC 2022. Captured a total of 88 minutes of integration time from my backyard in the City of Dayton, Ohio (bortle8) on 08-12-2022, under strong moonlight while I watched the Perseid Meteor shower.
Best Regards,
John Chumack

The Jovian Cloud Tops on 08-03-2022

By |August 16th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This time a closer look at the Jovian cloud tops.
The Planet Jupiter & The Great Red Spot on 08-03-2022 at 09:21 U.T. from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio

Using Winjupos I measured The Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt(SEB)at 15,618 km (9,704 miles) across.
right below the Great Red Spot there are two small white ovals visible as well, measuring 5-6km (3,278 miles) across each.

There is a large Arch feature(festoon) in the North Equatorial Belt (NEB) and I measured it at 19,715 km (12,250 miles) across

C-11 SCT Telescope at F20, 2x Barlow, ADC, Bisque MyT mount, QHY462 Color Cmos Planetary Camera, 10.5 ms exposure,
Fire-Capture Software, best 75% of 25,000 images stacked in Autostakkert, Wavelets in Registax6, Winjupos measurements & de-rotation.


Best Regards,

John Chumack


The North American Nebula & Pelican Nebula Complex (Wide)

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

The North American Nebula (NGC 7000 or Caldwell 20) & Pelican Nebulae Complex (IC 5070 and IC 5067), an ultra wide shot.
The bright star on the right is Deneb, the Brightest Star in Cygnus a guide post for finding the North American Nebula. The North America Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, close to Deneb. The shape of the nebula resembles that of the continent of North America, complete with a prominent Gulf of Mexico. It is located 2,200 light years from Earth, and is about 100 light years across.
Off the Eastern Coast of the North American Nebula you will find the Pelican Nebula Complex, named for its resemblance to a Pelican. There are also many faint patches of Nebulae in the surrounding area in this ultra wide field shot.
Samyang 135mm Lens, ZWO ASI Air Via Wi-Fi, ZWO 294MC Cooled Cmos Camera, L-Enhance Filter, Bisque MyT Mount,
30 x 2 minute subs taken under strong full moonlight on 08-11-2022 from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio, (Bortle8), 60 minute exposure total.
Best Regards,
John Chumack


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