Category Archives: Image Composition

Imaging Jupiter on May 20, 2017

My Meade telescope was setup in the driveway imaging Jupiter (brightest object in the background) on the evening of May 20, 2017 and I took the opportunity to capture a wide-field view.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D and Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 lens, tripod mounted, 13 second exposure at ISO 3200, f/3.5 and 5.8mm. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Photographed on May 20, 2017.


Teapot of Sagittarius

Here is a view of the teapot section of Sagittarius taken early this morning, May 8, 2017.  This is about as high as it will get in the skies of Carbon County, Pennsylvania.  Looking forward to capturing some nice deep space objects later this year.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 3200, 3 x 8 seconds, f/2.8, 70mm, tripod mounted. Date: May 8, 2017. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

On a side note, this is my first attempt at manual stacking in Photoshop.


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.


Morning Antares and Scorpius

Here is a view of Antares and the constellation Scorpius rising in the southern skies with a hint of clouds. If you zoom in on the photo, you can see the large globular cluster Messier 4, The Cat’s Eye, to the right of Antares.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D with a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens tripod mounted. Single 10 second exposure, ISO 3200, 73mm, f/2.8, Tiffen star filter. Imaging was done on March 3, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.


The Changing Face of Venus

Here is a collection of Venus images from December 2016 to February 2017 showing how the size and phase of Venus has changed as it starts to move between the Earth and the Sun. Eventually, Venus will pass between the Earth and Sun and emerge into the morning sky once again. has a nice animated solar system map that you can view online (

Imaging Tech Specs: Meade LX90 12” Telescope, ZWO ASI290MC camera at prime focus, each image was composed of the best 2,000 frames of 10,000 frames sampled. Taken from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Software included Sharpcap v2.9, AutoStakkert! Alpha Version, Registax, and Adobe Lightroom.

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