Category Archives: Milky Way

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.

…Tom

The Winter Milky Way in the Early Morning

The rain clouds were already starting to roll into Pennsylvania this morning (November 3, 2016) but allowed just enough time to capture this view of the winter Milky Way hovering above the trees. How many constellations can you spot? See if you can find Gemini, Auriga, Taurus and Perseus.

wintermilkyway

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, tripod mounted, ISO 6400, 13 seonds, f/4, and a Tiffen star filter. Location: Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania.

Carpe noctem!

…Tom

Mars Approaching the Teapot in Sagittarius

Mars is fast approaching the teapot of Sagittarius over the next several days. This is a view from the evening of September 25, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania with a light hazy cloud cover adding to the wide-field view.

Mars and the Teapot

Mars and the Teapot

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 3200, 8 seconds, f/2.8, 73mm, tripod mounted, and a star filter.

Clear skies!

…Tom

A Visitor in the Morning Skies – Sirius

I snapped this image on the morning of August 31, 2016 showing a new visitor in the Southeastern morning skies in Pennsylvania, the star Sirius. The winter constellations are all edging closer to our evening skies – in about three months you will start seeing these stars in the evening skies (in Northern latitudes).

You can learn more about this star at http://www.leisurelyscientist.com/?p=204

Sirius over the trees.

Sirius over the trees.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, ISO 2500, 10 second exposure, f/4, 17mm, star filter added the diffraction spikes.

Other sources of information:

EarthSky.org (http://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/sirius-the-brightest-star)

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

Space.com (http://www.space.com/21702-sirius-brightest-star.html)

Clear skies!

…Tom

Saturn, Mars and Antares on August 7, 2016

Here is another view of Saturn, Mars and Antares from August 7, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. I probably snapped about 40-50 mixed images using different trees for borders. Mars is the brightest object on the right, Antares to the left of Mars and Saturn at the top of the image.

Planetary view from August 7, 2016.

Planetary view from August 7, 2016.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, star filter added the diffraction spikes.

Clear skies!

…Tom

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