Photo GalleryEditors' Choice Archive
DateMay 17, 2009
EquipmentSBIG ST-4000XCM, Celestron 9.25 reduced 0.63, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionDraco Trio of galaxies. SBIG ST-4000XCM, 24x600sec,imager Temp -20C, 40% Crop. A beautiful, if faint, trio in the constellation Draco is comprised of from left to right, face on spiral NGC 5985, elliptical galaxy NGC 5982, and edge-on spiral NGC 5981. Distance from earth is about 100 million light years.
DateApril 22, 2009 6:08:13 AM
EquipmentOrion 100 ED, Canon 30d prime focus.
DescriptionVenus reemerging from behind the moon. About 100th of a second shutter speed made the blue sky dark.
Date13 clear nights in March and April 2009
EquipmentCanon 350D(self-modded), 10" Newton (254/1200mm) on EQ6-PRO mount with auto-guiding. Astrodon 6nm H-alpha filter. Baader 8nm O-III filter.
DescriptionThis image was taken during March and April 2009. 13 clear nights. Light-polluted urban sky (visual limit 4.0m)
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateApril 23, 25 & 26, 2009
EquipmentCelestron C8 SCT with Celestron f/6.3 FR/FF; Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD, Guided; Canon 350D (self-modified) w/Astronomik EOS Clip IR filter + 2" Hutech IDAS LPS filter; Best 67/90 180s & best 59/62 150s @ ISO 1600
DescriptionDespite its magnitude of 8.5, M101 is a difficult target due to it's low surface brightness. At 170,000 ly across, The Pinwheel is a large face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major covering almost 1/2 degree of the sky. Pierre Mechain discovered this galaxy in 1781, and Charles Messier verified its position. He then added it to his catalog as one of his final entries.
Location10M SE of Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Date4/27/09 8:40 PM EDT
EquipmentCanon EOS Rebel w/ 100-300mm Canon zoom lens @approx 200mm setting on fixed tripod. Camera was used in programmable auto mode w/ ISO400 selected as film speed. All that and a LOT of luck
Description2 Photos to be considered: One shows the Moon, Mercury, and Pleiades as a wide shot w/ trees on the horizon to provide context. Second image is a tightest possible shot of the 3 with the exposure better suited to showing the whole scence (and particularly the moon) to much better effect. First image is perhaps more "aesthetically appealing" but the 2nd image is much better technically. In either event I think they're good examples of the kind of photo opportunity that your magazine informs amateurs about and that's a good thing. Sending photo #1 now - please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want the other image because it's too large to send at a decent resolution. Speaking of which, do you folks have any facility for accepting 3-4 Mb full resolution files??
LocationLos Altos, CA, USA
DateApril 26, 2009 9:30pm PDT
EquipmentCanon XTi Rebel with 200mm F2.8 lens.
DescriptionWaxing crescent Moon with very bright Earthshine above the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) which are also above the bright planet Mercury. Below Mercury is the very red variable star AS Arietis.
LocationApartment balcony in Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada
DateApril 26,2009 at 9:30pm
EquipmentTripod mounetd Canon Rebel 350D with 18-55mm lens set at 55mm with a 10 second exposure at f/5.6, 400 ISO.
DescriptionImage of cresent Moon with Pleiades (M45) and Mercury over Halifax.
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.