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Sharing the Wonders of the Night Skies, an Amateur Astronomers endeavors to capture and share the Night Skies on Film and Digital Media.

Astronomy Clubs

Temecula Valley Astronomers (TVA)

Orange County Astronomers (OCA)    

Riverside Astronomical Society (RAS)

The Astronomical League   (Search for Clubs)

Mount Palomar Observatory – A private facility owned and operated by California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  The Facility has a great Visitors Center, and amenities.  It is one of the only Working Observatories  to offer Guided Tours .  If you live in or visit Southern California you must see The 200″ Hale Telescope .

Mars Images 09/05/2005

Mars - 9/05/2005 A, Celestron 11" SCT f/25Losmandy, G11 Mount & Phillips ToUcam
Mars A- 9/05/2005, Celestron 11″ SCT f/25Losmandy, G11 Mount & Phillips ToUcam
Mars - 9/05/2005 B , Celestron 11" SCT f/25 & ToUcam
Mars B- 9/05/2005 , Celestron 11″ SCT f/25 & ToUcam
Mars - 9/05/2005 C, Celestron 11" SCT f/25Losmandy, G11 Mount & Phillips ToUcam
Mars C- 9/05/2005, Celestron 11″ SCT f/25Losmandy, G11 Mount & Phillips ToUcam

I Mars Images 09/05/2005,captured using A Phillips ToUcam. The imaging platform consisted of a Celestron 11″ Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope and Losmandy G11 mount. The fourteen avi files (video clips) of Mars were finally captured after several hours of work. Registax was used to process the video avi files. Registax is able to select the best frames and because of this a sharper image of Mars is possible. The processing in Registax vastly increases the signal to noise level so sharper images are possible. This was my 1st attempt to image Mars with a Webcam. It is amazing how stacking images compensated for Earth’s turbulent atmosphere.

The Mars Images 09/05/2005, were taken from a Dark Site called “Eagles Rest”, South of Dexter, Or.; 2557′.

Mars orbits our Sun in 687 earth days at an average distance of 142 million miles. a day on mars lasts 24 hours 37 minutes. This fourth planet from the Sun has a diameter of only 4,220 miles thus having .375 the gravity of Earth. Mars more distant than Earth from the Sun because of this, it’s average surface temperature is -81 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mars offer the possibility of colonization, therefore NASA is vigorously exploring Mars.

Saturn

Saturn taken with ToUcam Celestron 11" SCT 3/12/2005
Saturn taken with ToUcam Celestron 11″ SCT 3/12/2005

Saturn video taken with a Phillips ToUcam through a Celestron 11″ SCT at f/25 on a Losmandy G11 mount. Dark Sky site South of Dexter, Oregon with 6+ magnitude skies at 2512′. Over 7000 frames processed in Registax, final image 413 frames. This was my 1st attempt at imaging Saturn with a Web Camera.

Orion Constellation

Orion Constellation, M42, M43, Horsehead Nebula,
Orion Constellation 03/12/2004 Film
Orion Constellation Wide Field labeled
Orion Constellation Wide Field labeled

The photo of Orion was taken with slide film from a Dark Sky location near Dexter, Oregon.   Canon F1 camera, 50mm f/1.4 lens with Elite Chrome 200 film for 8 minutes and pushed processed.  The Camera was piggybacked on a Losmandy G 11 Mount and manually guided through a telescope.

Orion is a constellation near the celestial equator and dominated by bright stars, it is certainly one of the most prominent and recognized constellations.   Orion depicts a Hunter from Greek Mythology with the two most noteworthy stars being Rigel (blue-white) & Betelgeuse (Red Giant).

Observations of Orion back to 32,000 years and probably further.  In Ancient Egypt, Orion was a God and certainly is prevalent in many cultures of the past.  Some theories suggest the pyramids were fashioned after the belt stars of Orion, likewise the Nile Rivers depicts the Milky Way.

Jupiter 03/12/2005

This image of Jupiter is the result of stacking images from an avi file. The video was captured with a Phillips ToUcam through a Celestron 11" SCT. The focal length was increased with a TeleVue 2.5x Barlow to yield a focal length of F/25 6985mm. A Losmandy G11 Equatorial mount was used to support the Telescope and equipment.
Jupiter taken 03/12/2005 with Celestron C11, Losmandy G11 & Phillips ToUcam

This image of Jupiter is the result of stacking images from an avi file. The video was captured with a Phillips ToUcam through a Celestron 11″ SCT. The focal length was increased with a TeleVue 2.5x Barlow to yield a focal length of F/25 6985mm. A Losmandy G11 Equatorial mount was used to support the Telescope and equipment.

Bubble Nebula NGC 7635 & Open Star Cluster M52

The Bubble Nebula NGC 7635 & Open Star Cluster M52
The Bubble Nebula NGC 7635 & Open Star Cluster M52
 The Bubble Nebula NGC 7635, Open Star Cluster M52 and NGC 7538 . Taken with 80mm telescope
The Bubble Nebula NGC 7635, Open Star Cluster M52 and NGC 7538
Telescope / LensTMB 80mm Refractor fl/384mm
Mount TypeAstro-Physics 1200
CameraSBIG ST10xme cfw9
 FiltersHa, LRGB Astrodon
 FilmCCD
 Exposure190 minutes Ha,LRGB
 ProcessingCCDStack, Photoshop CS2 & Picture Wind Pro
 DateImages taken 09/05/2008
 Location June Mountain 122° 43.528′ W, 43° 48.407′ N
22 miles S of Dexter, Oregon
Conditions3232′ clear calm skies magnitude 6

The Bubble Nebula NGC 7635 is also known as Caldwell 11. This is an emission nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia. The Bubble nebula was created from a massive young central star, because it is very hot, it has created a stellar wind. As a result, this stellar wind has formed a “Bubble.  Surrounding the nebula is a massive molecular cloud with dark clumps that consequently form new stars as the material condenses. The Bubble nebula NGC 7635, has a diameter of 7-9 light years and lies approximately 8,000 light years from earth.

M52 is located just above and to the left.  Open Star Cluster M52 (NGC 7654) is located in the Northern portion of the constellation Cassiopeia.  It is 19 light years in diameter, at a distance of  5,000 light years from earth

NGC 7538 is another nebula to the right of the Bubble nebula.  NGC 7538 is 9,100 light years away and reside in the Constellation Cepheus.  The largest protostar discovered so far is forming here. This protostar is 300 times the size of our solar system.  This nebula is also a very active star forming region.

A narrow band Ha filter was used to help capture the nebulosity made up of primarily Hydrogen.  LRGB filters were also used in a SBIG ST10XME CCD through a TMB 80mm f/6 refractor & TeleVue 0.08 field flattner/reducer.