Jupiter and Spica – April 26, 2017

Beautiful Jupiter and Spica rising over my backyard trees which are still struggling to push out spring leaves. Captured last evening while I was imaging Jupiter with my Meade telescope.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 3200, 8 seconds, f/2.8, 70mm, tripod mounted. Date: April 26, 2017. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

Northern Bog Violet – Lehigh Gorge State Park

During a recent bicycle ride in Lehigh Gorge State Park in Pennsylvania we spotted the seasons first wildflowers sprouting up, the Northern Bog Violet. These tiny little flowers were found right on the side of the trail and near wet areas formed from the spring runoff.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, ISO 1250, 1/320, f/20. Date: April 23, 2017 near Penn Haven Junction is LGSP.

Globular Cluster Messier 3 (M3)

Messier 3 (also known as M3 or NGC 5272) is a globular cluster found in the northern constellation of Canes Venatici. M3 is one of the three brightest globular clusters in the Northern hemisphere (along with M13 and M5).

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 8 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 4 x 60 second darks and 4 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Guided using a Canon 400mm lens and ZWO ASI290MC camera. Imaging was done on April 14, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

SEDS (http://messier.seds.org/m/m003.html)

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_3)

…Tom

Trail Side Cascade Waterfall LGSP

A beautiful intermittent cascade waterfall in Lehigh Gorge State Park in Pennsylvania – this one only shows up after heavy rains in during the spring thaw, located right on the side of the main trail between Rock Port and Sandy Run.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, tripod mounted, 1 and 2.5 second exposures at ISO 100, f/16 and 17mm. Photographed on April 1, 2017.

…Tom

Globular Cluster Messier 53 (M53)

Messier 53 (also known as M53 or NGC 5024) is a globular cluster in the Coma Berenices constellation and is one of the more outlying globular clusters. It is roughly 60,000 light-years away from our solar system.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 10 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 4 x 60 second darks and 4 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Guided using a Canon 400mm lens and ZWO ASI290MC camera. Imaging was done on April 14, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

SEDS (http://messier.seds.org/m/m053.html)

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_53)

…Tom

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