Comet McNaught C/2006 P1

Comet McNaught
Comet McNaught -C/2006 P1  Taken January 11, 2007 (Sunset)
Canon EOS 20D  1/60 sec.  Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8  1600 ISO  Tripod
Snow on the ground +10 degrees Fahrenheit  Hundreds of Canadian Geese in the air
Fern Ridge Reservoir, 7 miles from Eugene, Oregon

Comet McNaught C/2006 P1 was a great naked eye comet.  However in Oregon, it appeared while we had a snow storm in Eugene.  The above image was taken at Fern Ridge Reservoir with thousands of Canadian Geese flying about, some of them appear in this image.  The comet was very close to the sun at this latitude and very difficult to image.

Aurora, Leo, Jupiter and Iridium Flare

                                 Aurora, Leo, Jupiter,   Iridium Flare and Meteor ; June19,2004
Telescope / Lens 35mm  f/2 Canon at f/2.8
Mount Type Piggyback on Losmandy G11
Camera Canon F-1 with Bright Screen & Angle B magnifier
 Filters  UV
 Film  Kodak ED200 (Slide Film) Slide #05
 Exposure 120 seconds; manual guiding FS/78
 Processing Pushed, Scanned – 2400 dpi, Photoshop
 Date June 19, 2004
 Location Eagles Rest, south of Dexter, Oregon
 Conditions 2500′ magnitude 6 Skies; Clear, steady




Orion Rising in the East


Wide field image of Venus on left & Orion on right rising over trees.  
Telescope / Lens 50 f/1.4 Canon Lens at f/2.8
Mount Type Piggyback on Losmandy G11
Camera Canon F-1 with Bright Screen & Angle B magnifier
 Filters 52mm UV
 Film  Provia 400F (Slide Film) #10
 Exposure 15 minutes; manual guiding Takahashi FS/78
 Processing  Slide Scanned – 2400 dpi, Photoshop
 Date September 26, 2003
 Location Eagles Rest, south of Dexter, Oregon
 Conditions 2557′ magnitude 6 Skies; Clear, steady










M31 NGC224 Andromeda Galaxy

M31       NGC224        Andromeda Galaxy     ST10XME (SBIG) LRGB     3.5 Hour Exposure

M 31 (NGC224) Andromeda Galaxy
The Andromeda Galaxy is readily visible from a dark sky location as a fuzzy patch of light covering approximately 3+ degrees or 6 times the width of our moon. Andromeda is approximately 2.5 million light years from Earth and 220,000 light years across. Making it much larger than our own Milky Way galaxy at only 100,000 lights years across. In about 5 billion years both our Milky Way galaxy and Andromeda will collide and begin to coalesce, perhaps evolving into an even larger elliptical type galaxy. This image reveals much detail and numerous globular star clusters and nebulae are visible. Amazing for just a 3.2 diameter refractor, but Thomas Back (TMB) was a primer Telescope Maker and his designs live on.

Telescope / Lens TMB 80 mm f/6 with Tele-Vue .8 reducer f/4.8 384 mm
Mount Type Astrophysics 1200
 Filters Astrodon LRGB e-series  filters (generation 1)
 Film  CCD
 Exposure 210 minutes (3.5 Hours) LRGB (L=120 min (10 min. x 9 & 5 min. x 6) RGB= 1.5 Hours. (10 min. subs)
 Processing CCDSoft, CCDStack, AIP, Photoshop CS2
 Date  09/21/2009
 Location Snow Peak, S/E of Cottage Grove, Oregon 122° 52′ 35″ W, 43° 31′ 21″N
 Conditions 4658′ elevation, magnitude 6 Skies; Clear ; Humidity 65-80% 51 degrees, wind 0-3 M.P.H.