Photo GalleryEditors' Choice Archive
LocationWest Chester, Ohio
Date4/22/2009, 9:59 AM EDT
EquipmentTMB 130 SS Canon Digital Rebel XTi operating at ISO 100
DescriptionThis is the Moon and Venus shortly after the Moon's grazing occultation (as seen from our location). This is a single 1/2000 second shot, processed in Photoshop to dim the bright sky background.
PhotographerCraig and Tammy Temple
DateApril 4, 2009
EquipmentCelestron C8 SCT with Celestron f/6.3 FR/FF on Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD, Guided; modified Canon 350D w/Astronomik EOS Clip IR filter + 2" Hutech IDAS LPS filter; Best 96/105 120s @ ISO 1600; Captured/Calibrated/Registered/Stacked/Initial processing in ImagesPlus; Post processed in Photoshop CS4
DescriptionM51 in Canes Venatici is a beautiful face-on spiral just 3 degrees NE of Alkaid, the last star in the handle of The Big Dipper. The small companion galaxy is NGC5195. This image is slightly over 3 hours total integration time taken on April 4, 2009. The temperature was about 60° F.
LocationCastleton, ON, Canada
Date2009 03 21, 1:56pm EDT
EquipmentCanon XSi, 10mm lens f/3.5, ISO 100, 1/1000sec.
DescriptionSingle Solar Halos are fairly common when the sun shines through high thin cloud layers. The second, outer halo is much less commonly seen due to lack of contrast with the clouds and is also more difficult to photograph due to its large angular extent which puts it outside all but the widest lenses. Notice that the 'rainbow' colour effect which can be faintly seen is reversed in the secondary halo due to the double refraction. Also it can be seen that there is more scattered sunlight between the two halos than inside our outside them.
LocationOn the coastal lava plain within Hawaii National Park
EquipmentCanon 10D on Tripod
DescriptionWhile hiking to a surface flow within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park under nearly a full moon, a brief shower moved through the area. I was able to capture the 'moonbow' over a lava flow. Image enhancement including the removal of thermal noise and CMOS sensor hot spots was performed with Photoshop.
PhotographerEfrain Morales Rivera
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
EquipmentLX200ACF 12 in. OTA, CGE mount, DMK21AF04 Ccd, PowerMate 2.5x, Astronomik LRGB filter set.
DescriptionSaturn on a very clear night in Puerto Rico, After a month of periodic rain showers. On the lower images oversaturated to show the very dim moons Tethys and Dione.
DateMarch 30, 2009
EquipmentSBIG ST-4000XCM APM/TMB 130/780 Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionM106 in Canes Venatici - 24x600sec, Imager Temp -20C. M106 (NGC 4258) is a Seyfert II galaxy in Canes Venatici. It lies at a distance of 22 to 25 million light years from earth and is receding at 537 km/sec. NGC 4217 is the bright edge-on spiral in the lower right of the frame, and may be a companion of M106. NGC 4248 is the small galaxy just to the upper right of M106.
Date27/3/2009 19:22 - 19:36 (UT +3)
EquipmentCanon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi 27/3/2009 19:22 - 19:36 (UT +3) Shutter Speed 0.5 sec Aperture Value 5.0 ISO 100 - 200 Lens Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM Focal Length 200.0 mm
DescriptionThe 2500 year old Parthenon and the New Moon (just over a day old). Good seeing and transparency conditions contributed to success in capturing the thin crescent from inside the heavily light polluted city of Athens. The photo is a composition of six stacked shots taken at 12 minute intervals. Note that the Moon hides behind the temple and then partially reapers just before it dives below the horizon. The shot is taken from the top of the Panathinaiko ancient stadium.
LocationEast Angus, Québec
EquipmentTaken with 200/1000 Newtonian on EQ6 pro, QHY5 camera nad red filter
DescriptionThis is an image of Clavius taken with my new QHY5 monochrome camera (First light) at F/d 15
Date3/242009, 16:58UT, 3/25/2009, 04:14 UT.
EquipmentCanon EOS 450D, Canon EF 70-200 F2.8, Canon 2x converter/ at 400mm F5.6.
DescriptionTo the left it is Venus as photographed last evening just after sundown. It had an altitude of only 6°at sunset (lat. 38° Ν) and was visible to the naked eye. This morning i tried to locate it again (altitude 5°at sunrise from my site). Managed to photograph it (right photo), but this time it wasn't visible to the naked eye due to haze. With better transparency conditions i am sure it could be located with the naked eye on both evening and morning. This evening and tomorrow morning there is a last chance to try again.
LocationTradate (VA), Italy
Date22 March 2009, 14.28 UT
EquipmentNewton 310mm f/5 plus barlow and webcam b/w. More info in the image
DescriptionVenus with a very thin phase near the inferior conjunction.