Photo GalleryEditors' Choice Archive
Date6-09-09 about 5:30 EDT
EquipmentTEC 200 refractor on a AP 1200 Mount. The camera was a SkyNyx color model. F- 25.
DescriptionThe transit on both Ganymede's and Io's shadow with Io in transit on the disk of Jupiter.
Date1:00am May 24 2009
EquipmentCanon 40D and Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens
DescriptionThe Milky Way is starting to appear here in Saskatoon. As I was imaging, I was treated to an Aurora with a beautiful Violet tinge just above the usual green.
LocationFort Davis, TX
DateMay 25, 2009
EquipmentPiggybacked on top of 12" LX200GPS using a Canon Rebel Xsi.
DescriptionThe galactic core of our home in the Universe, the Milky Way.
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.