Photo GalleryEditors' Choice Archive
DateJanuary 5, 2006 07:31UT
Equipment75-300mm zoom lens at 300mm f/5.6, ISO 100, Canon DSLR
DescriptionWhat a nice sight it is to see a comet early in the morning. I was lucky that the clouds went away right in time to be able to see and photograph Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1).
Equipment75 - 300mm zoom lens @ 300mm, f/5.6. Canon Digital Rebel XT on tripod Iso 100 Expo: 1/90s
DescriptionA lovely morning with a very thin and beautiful crescent Moon only 77.6 hours before new.
LocationQuimper, Bretagne, France
Date01/06 to 12/06
EquipmentOlympus Camedia 5060 bridge and Canon 350D DSLR + Barlow x2 + Williams Optics Megrez 80/480 on a simple tripod. 1/200 s at 200 ISO. From 20 to 80 pictures stacked for each individual Full Moon.
DescriptionThis composite shows the 12 consecutive Full Moons in 2006. You can easily see two phenomena: - the Moon's libration - the variation in diameter In my website, don't missed the animation (made from those pictures) available in that page: http://www.photoastronomique.net/photo_us.php?nom=0601-0612
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