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Kepler-90 Solar System – December 19, 2017

Kepler-90 Solar System – December 19, 2017

The inconspicuous dot in the top image shows the star known as Kepler-90 (2,545 light-years away) which now boasts eight planets (that are currently known) and ties with our solar system for the largest number of planets. In my image, the brightest star shown is magnitude 7.43, Kepler-90 is magnitude 14.05 and can be found in the constellation Draco. The image size is roughly 23 x 15 arcminutes.

The bottom photo is credited to NASA/Ames Research Center/Wendy Stenzel and is an artists representation of how Kepler-90 compares to our solar system.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, Antares focal reducer, ISO 3200, 3 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS, guided using an Orion 60mm scope with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: December 19, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

…Tom

Morning Stars from Pennsylvania – August 30, 2017

Here is a single shot of the morning stars looking to the East/Southeast from Pennsylvania. I’ve added some labels to help you identify some of the brighter objects on your morning commute!

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM, tripod mounted, 3.2 second shot, ISO 3200, f/4 and 24mm. Date: August 30, 2017 Location: 41.048399, -75.747473 (cut and paste into Google).

…Tom

Moon, Aldebaran, Capella and Venus – August 16, 2017

I captured this foggy view this morning, August 16, 2017, while driving through Hickory Run State Park here in Pennsylvania. Venus is low on the horizon, Aldebaran just to the upper right of the moon and Capella in the upper left.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM, tripod, ISO 800, 1 second exposure at f/4 and 17mm.

…Tom

Moons of Saturn – July 31, 2017

Here is an over-exposed view of the planet Saturn in order to try and capture some of the planet’s moons. In this view I managed to capture Rhea, Hyperion, Titan, Dione, Enceladus )a small bump on the edge of the over-exposed Saturn), Tethys and Iapetus.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D, single 15-second exposure at ISO 3200 using Backyard EOS. Photographed on July 31, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

The Planet Saturn – July 31, 2017

The planet Saturn imaged on the evening of July 31, 2017 under below average conditions.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI290MC, Televue 2.5x Powermate, best 1000 of 2000 frames, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), FireCapture v2.5.10 x64 and Registax v6. Photographed on July 31, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

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