Photo GalleryEditors' Choice Archive
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateNovember 5, 11 & 12, 2009
EquipmentTelescope: Astro Tech AT8IN 8” f/4 Newtonian Accessories: Baader MPCC Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G controlled by EQMOD Guiding: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider on William Optics ZS66 Camera: Self-modified Canon Digital Rebel XT Acquisition: ImagesPlus 3.75 Camera Control
DescriptionThe Wizard Nebula is a large, diffuse HII region in Cepheus associated with the star cluster NGC7380. It is ionized by the binary star DH Cephei. Stewart Sharpless cataloged this as object 142 in his 1959 catalog. This image is a composite of 6 hours of RGB color data combined with 3 hours of Hydrogen-Alpha data.
DateNovember 12, 2009
EquipmentCelestron 9.25 reduced 0.63, SBIG ST-4000XCM, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO
DescriptionJones-Emberson 1 (PK164+31.1) in Lynx, 16x10min, Imager Temp -20C, 50% Crop. Coordinates: 07h 57m 30s; +53º 25 ’ 30’’. Jones-Emberson 1 (PK164+31.1) is a 14th magnitude planetary nebula in the constellation Lynx at a distance of 1600 light years. It is a larger planetary with low surface brightness. The 16.8-magnitude central star is very blue white dwarf. Discovered in 1939 by R. Jones and R. Emberson, it's "PK" designation comes from the names of Czechoslovakian astronomers Perek and Kohoutek, who in 1967 created an extensive catalog of all of the planetary nebulas known in the Milky Way as of 1964.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
DateOctober 18, 19, 2009
EquipmentAstro Tech AT8IN 8” f/4 Newtonian with Baader MPCC, guided; Orion Atlas EQ-G; Modified Canon Digital Rebel XT; Astronomik CLS-CCD EOS Clip; 98 x 240s @ ISO 800; ImagesPlus 3.75, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Gradient XTerminator, Noise Ninja, Noel Carboni's Tools
DescriptionM33 is a magnitude 6.27 spiral galaxy lying about 3 million light-years away in the constellation Triangulum. It was cataloged by Charles Messier in 1784, but was possibly discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna in 1654. The Triangulum Galaxy is known to contain many huge H-II regions - one being the largest known.
LocationMidland Park, NJ
Date9.19 & 9.25.2008
EquipmentSelf modified 400d, Borg 76ED + Astro-Tech FF 50 by 360 second ISO800 exposures Astronomik CLS Clip and Baader UV-IR Cut Filters Atlas EQ-G + EQMOD, Takahashi FS-60C + DSI Pro I Guided Maxim DL v5 : Pulse Guiding, Acquisition, Calibration [30D|30B|30F] and SD Mask Combine Processed in PSCS2 + GXT & Noel Carboni's
DescriptionAt an apparent magnitude of 4.4, the Andromeda Galaxy is notable for being one of the brightest Messier objects, making it easily visible to the naked eye even when viewed from areas with moderate light pollution. Although it appears more than six times as wide as the full moon when photographed through a larger telescope, only the brighter central region is visible with the naked eye.
LocationSharbot Lake, Ontario, Canada
DateSeptember 12, 2009 @ 10:00pm
EquipmentCanon Rebel XT with Sigma 17-70 @ 17mm, F2.8, ISO 800, 30 seconds, Sherpa Tripod. I used a low power flashlight to "paint" the dock.
DescriptionWhile photographing summer skyscapes, a very bright meteor appeared near the horizon. It was short lived but extremely intense.
LocationPowder Springs, GA
Date09 August 2009 3:01am
EquipmentCelestron C-14, Celestron CGE Mount, DMK 21 AF04 Camera.
DescriptionJupiter showing the GRS, Callisto, Europa and the Impact site at upper right hand.
LocationKathleen, Georgia, USA
Date708 UT August 9, 2009
EquipmentA TEC 200 at F-32 with a color SkyNyx camera on an AP 1200 Mount.
DescriptionThe impact under high contrast appears to have broken into four dark spots with two spots close side by side.
LocationNear Chongqing, China
DateJul 22, 2009, about 01:15 UT
Equipment* Skywatcher ED80 f/7.5 refractor riding on a Vixen GP mount * Canon EOS 350D @ ISO 200, RAW mode * Computer-controlled image acquisition with DSLR Remote Pro
DescriptionDigital composite of the solar corona from 28 frames. A total of seven 11-stop sequences (from 1/500 to 2s) were acquired during totality, of which only the best four (exp. times 1/15s, 1/8s, 1/4s, 1/2s) were used in the composite. In spite of the presence of high cirrus clouds, the wispy details of the inner corona are clearly visibile.
DateJuly 22, 2009
EquipmentBorg 77mm ED f/6.5 refractor Kenko SkyMemo mount Nikon D300
DescriptionA composite image of the corona combining 12 exposures ranging from 1/1000 to 2 seconds, taken through thin clouds.
LocationBucegi Mts., Romania
DateJune 19th, 2009
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D and Canon EF 17-40 f/4L, 30s exposure at f/4.5, ISO 3200.
DescriptionMilky Way above the Sphinx in Bucegi. The Sphinx is a famous geomorphological structure in Bucegi mountains. Some people think it was carved by the Dacians and is an astronomy related monument.