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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.


Morning Stars – September 13, 2017

Here is a view from the morning of September 13, 2017 showing the moon and the winter stars shining more prominently in the morning skies. How many of the brighter stars can you name in this image? Venus is hidden in the clouds on the lower left.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, three image composite with each image being 8 seconds at ISO 3200, f/4, 17mm. Images pieced together using Microsoft Image Composite Editor (Microsoft ICE). Date: September 13, 2017 Location: Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania.


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).


Early Morning Antares and Scorpius

What do you do at 2 AM in the morning? If I wake up and see bright stars, I head out to take some photos (especially since the weather has been crappy for months). Here is a view of Antares and Scorpius about an hour past their highest elevation over Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Some light clouds were just heading in from the west.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, Tiffen star filter, ISO 6400, 10 seconds, tripod mounted, f/2.8, 70mm. Image Date: May 27, 2017 (2:41 AM). 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.


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