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LocationGeorge Washington National Forest
Date11/25/2006 7:22 UTC
EquipmentTelescope: StellarVue SV80S 80 mm refractor at f4.7 on a Losmandy G11 German equatorial mount, autoguided with an SBIG ST402ME CCD camera and e-finder attachment. Camera: Canon EOS 20Da
DescriptionPhoto shows five geosynchronous satellites drifting accross the star field during a single four minute exposure. The satellites were in the field of view for the entire imaging period (about 45 minutes). I thought I had escaped the light pollution by driving 3 hours to the national forest. I am in the process of identifying the satellites if that is of interest. At least a couple are TV satellites as far as I can tell so far.
LocationWest Chester, OH
DateAug 4 - Sep 15, 2006
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ-106 refractor on a Takahashi EM200 Temma-2 Mount, SBIG STL-6303 CCD camera Astrodon H-alpha, S-II, O-III filters
DescriptionThis is a narrow-band e-liine mapped color of IC 1805 in Cassiopeia. The colors were mapped according to the Hubble Palette (SII=Red, H-alpha=Green, OIII=Blue) Total exposure time: 13.5 hours (4.5 H-alpha, 4 SII, 5 OIII)
EquipmentMeade LXD75 AR6 refractor with a Meade LSI webcam. Baader Solar Filter material.
DescriptionMercury transit on November 8, 2006
LocationCimini Observatory, Italy
DateOctober 25, 2006 17:15 UT
EquipmentNikon 800 millimeter ED-IF lens at f/5.6, SBIG STL6303E CCD camera binned 2x2. 8 minute total exposures.
DescriptionComet Swan in outburst!
LocationUludag, near Bursa, Turkey
DateOctober 21, 2006
EquipmentCanon EOS300D digital SLR camera at ISO1600, 10-22 mm zoom lens at 10 mm, f/3.5.
DescriptionThis is the "sky-full-of-bullets" image of the meteor shower as seen near Kirazli village. I made this composite image using 18 pictures containing 18 Orionids, one more possible Orionid and a sporadic meteor.
LocationDanbury, New Hampshire
DateOctober 14, 2006, 8:15 p.m. EDT
EquipmentTele Vue-85 apo refractor @ f/5.6 and Canon 20Da digital SLR camera piggybacked on a pier mounted Meade 14-inch RCX400 with Milburn wedge.
DescriptionComet SWAN low in the northwest. This is a stack of five 5-minute exposures processed by my colleague Sean Walker.
LocationPalo Duro Canyon State Park
EquipmentTakahashi Epsilon 180ED astrograph with an SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera equipped with an Astrodon Hydrogen-alpha filter on an Astro-Physics 900 GTO German equatorial mount.
DescriptionThis is a 4-frame mosaic of the Orion area, including the famous Horse Head Nebula (B 33), the Orion Nebula M 42), as well as the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024). A special narrow band Hydrogen-alpha filter was used to create this panoramic view. This image really needs to be displayed at a larger image scale to really show off the fascinating structure. I have included a direct link to the image on my website thank you darrell crofford http://www.galaxies.com/darrellccd.aspx?photoid=81
DateAugust 11, 2006
EquipmentTakahashi FS-102NSV refractor on a Takahashi EM-200 German equatorial mount, Atik ATK-16HR CCD camera. True Technology SupaSlim Filter Wheel Astronomik S-II, H-alpha and O-III filters.
Description"The Pacman Nebula" NGC 281 in Cassiopeia with narrowband emission line filters. The red color represents ionized sulphur (S-II), green is ionized hydrogen (H-alpha), and the blue is doubly ionized oxygen (O-III). The total exposure time is 3 hours.
LocationMonts d'Arrée, Bretagne, France
EquipmentCanon 350D DSLR camera and Sigma 10-20 mm lens at 10 mm f/4.0. 2 minute exposure at ISO 800 in RAW mode.
DescriptionJust at dawn, the zodiacal light is almost vertical when viewed from France. Above, the horizon, it extend from Leo into Gemini. Saturn is at upper right, near M 44, the Beehive cluster. See an animation of the rising zodiacal light in this page: http://www.photoastronomique.net/photo_us.php?nom=060926_2168
DescriptionThe photo was taken the night before the major eruption of 18-08-2006 that destroyed villages on the western slopes of the Volcano.