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Date12/15/2010 5:00 AM
EquipmentCanon EOS 50D + Grip Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Slik 400 Pro Tripod Giga T Pro Hannel Rimote
DescriptionVenus is classified as a terrestrial planet and it is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" due to the similar size, gravity, and bulk composition. Venus is covered with an opaque layer of highly reflective clouds of sulfuric acid, preventing its surface from being seen from space in visible light
Date8 Dec. 2.12 UTC
EquipmentC11 celestron + DMK21AU04. AS
DescriptionFirst image to detect the new storm on 8 December.
LocationEast of De Soto, Kansas, USA.
Date12-06-10 23:40 UT
EquipmentCanon Rebel XTi (Hutech modified) with a 300mm NIKKOR lens @ f/8; 2 second exposure at ISO 100.
DescriptionAfter making the image of the Moon and Mars setting on the treeline, I quickly moved to higher ground and caught the pair close to one of the water towers in De Soto, Kansas.
PhotographerHoward H Bower
EquipmentImaging Telescope; Takahashi FSQ106ED Guide Scope: Takahashi FS60CB Autoguider: SBIG SG-4 Mounting: AP Mach 1 GTO Camera: QSI583w Astrodon NB 5nm Filters Ha: 4 Hours unbinned OIII & SII : 2 Hours binned 2x2 All sub exposures were 20 minutes
DescriptionThe nebula itself is known as IC 410, and is home to a pair of intriguing structures commonly known as the "tadpoles." These are made of gas and dust left over from the formation of the cluster, and are likely forming new stars within them. It is found in the Constellation Auriga 12000 light years away.
LocationBuena Vista, GA
Date11-14-10 2:27 UT
EquipmentC14@f/28 AP 1200 PGR Flea 3
DescriptionThe outbreak of the SEB is prominent in this image taken under good seeing.
Date14 Nov. 2010 0253UT
Equipment254mm f/9 APM-LZOS apo refractor @f/36 AP 3600GTO mount Luminera SKYnyx 2-0M camera Astronomik RGB filters
DescriptionSouth is up in this RGB image showing the recent outbreak, near Jupiter's central meridian, marking the beginning of the revival of the South Equatorial Belt. Two bright plumes are resolved with elongated dark material following to the upper right as it is being swept into the retrograding SEBs jetstream.
LocationEnvirons of Kermanshah, Iran
Date2010/04/16 about 8:00 pm
EquipmentCanon 30D DSLR
DescriptionConjunction of moon and Bright Venus several minutes after sunset.
EquipmentCelestron C6-N Celestron CG-5 ASGT Mount Canon XSi modified + IDAS LPS-P2 filter Celestron 9x50 finder + DSI for guiding
DescriptionImage of Comet 103P/Hartley 2 passing by the Double Cluster. Background of the Double Cluster was taken on 10/6. 47 x 5 minute exposures @ ISO 800 were stacked. For the comet, 100 x 2 minute exposures were taken @ ISO800. Images were stacked in DSS and combined in Photoshop. A video of the individual comet captures can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY85SS893TQ
DateOctober, 2, 2010 21:00 EDT
EquipmentPentax 67 camera with 105mm lens piggyback mounted atop Meade 8" SCT. Two 60 minute exposures combined in this mosaic.
DescriptionThe Milky Way plows through the Summer Triangle on a cool October evening. The field of view is filled with star clouds, dark and bright nebulae along the Great Rift.
LocationMt. Pinos, California
EquipmentSTL-11K CCD Camera through 13" classical cassegrain at F/7.4 (2440mm)
DescriptionComet Hartley 2 LRGB image of 280:260:2240:260 sec exposure(s) Processed to show pinpoint stars and tracked comet