Photo GalleryEditors' Choice Archive
DateJanuary 16, 2009
EquipmentHap Griffin Baader Mod Canon 350D, Orion ED80 Refractor with WO 0.8 vII Reducer/Flattener, Astronomik CLS and Baader 7nm H Alpha Filters, A-P Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionRosette Nebula in Monoceros - an almost purely photographic object that is for all practical purposes invisible to direct observation but extremely bright to Hydrogen Alpha sensing chips. RGB - 33x360sec at iso 1600, Hydrogen Alpha - 12x600sec at iso 1600.
Date11-29-08 all night
EquipmentWilliam Optics Zenithstar 80FD with William Optics .8x flattener. Modified Canon 300D. Losmandy Titan.
DescriptionThis image shows the newborn stars, nebulosity and dust in the bright vertical area below Orion's Belt known as Orion's Sword. It contains the star cluster NGC1981, M42- (the Orion Nebula which also contains a group of stars known as the Trapezium), M43 and the diffuse nebula NGC1977(also called the Running Man Nebula).
Date1/4/2009 2AM, 3/2/2008
EquipmentMeade 12" LX200R on an Astro-Physics 900GTO mount. Lumenera SKYnyx2-0 camera with 1.5x barlow produced a focal length of 6096mm at f/20. Video was processed with ImagesPlus 3.5 to produce the final pictures.
DescriptionSaturn's rings now appear virtually edge-on as Earth passes through the ring plane this year.
LocationMt. Everest Base Camp, Tibet
EquipmentTripod-mounted Canon EOS 30D and a zoom lens at 17 mm. The exposure was 60 sec f/4 ISO 1000.
DescriptionOrion rise above Himalaya sky, as the Moon still illuminated Mt. Everest massif.
LocationFremont Peak, CA
DateMorning of 12/1/2008
EquipmentOrion 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt Astrograph & Orion StarShoot Pro Color CCD, mounted on the AP900GTO
DescriptionThe colorfully diverse Nebula Complex NGC 2264 contains the Cone Nebula, Foxfur Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster.
Locationnear Great Falls Montana
EquipmentNikon D300 and short tele
DescriptionThis image taken by my brother-in-law, Gordon Hill, while visiting in Montana.
EquipmentNikon D70s, 18-70 mm lens @ 18 mm
DescriptionA skygazer observe the fantastic Orion nebula with binoculars.
DateDecember 28, 2008
EquipmentBaader Mod Canon 350D, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 lens at 70mm f/3.2, Astronomik CLS Clip Filter, Baader 2" 7nm Ha Filter, Step Down Rings, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionBarnard's Loop (Sharpless 2-276) is an emission nebula in the constellation of Orion. It is part of a giant molecular cloud which also contains the bright Horsehead and Orion nebulae. The stars within the Orion Nebula are believed to be responsible for ionizing the loop. Color Data: 46x120sec at iso 1600 Astronomik CLS Clip Filter Hydrogen Alpha: 15x600sec at iso 1600 Baader 2 inch 7nm H alpha filter Step Down Rings
LocationYinna mountain, Meizhou, China
Date2008.11.20 & 11.30
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ106ED at F5, STL-11000M, Astrodon LRGB filter set, Takahashi EM-200
DescriptionThis is an exposure of 10.5 hours total which reveals the rich nebula around M45. It remind us that our space isn't empty and dark, but full of gas and dust.
LocationCabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Date12/13/2008 at aprox. 10:55pm
EquipmentKodak Z740 digital camera at F/2.8 for 8 secs at 400 asa.
DescriptionBy shielding the Moon's glare with the roof of the house, I was able to photograph this Geminid meteor gliding through Orion's belt.