Category Archives: Constellations

Northern Hemisphere Morning Stars – September 19, 2017

A quick shot of the morning stars this morning, September 19, 2017 peaking out of the morning fog. The brighter stars have been highlighted.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM, single 25 second exposure, ISO 4000, f/4, 17mm, tripod mounted. Location: Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania.


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).


The Big Dipper Over the Dark Side Observatory

Here is a view of the Big Dipper asterism over the Dark Side Observatory (my observatory in waiting), photographed on the evening of August 13, 2017. The bright star on the left is Arcturus in the constellation Bootes.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Samyang 14mm lens, tripod mounted, ISO 3200, 10 seconds at f/2.8. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.


Sagittarius Teapot Over Seneca Rocks, WV

I recently had the opportunity to spend a few nights in the Seneca Rocks area of West Virginia. After 36-hours of non-stop rain, I was stunned by the crystal clear dark skies in this area! I think they rival the dark skies that I observed in Wyoming and Montana. The light wispy clouds add some depth to this image showing the teapot section of the constellation Sagittarius. Unfortunately, I was only equipped with a stationary tripod on this outing, but I’ll be back.

How many Messier objects can you find in this image? You can see the open clusters M6 and M7 just getting ready to go behind the trees in the lower right.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 10 seconds, 70mm, ISO 3200, star filter added for some diffraction spikes. Location: Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. Date: July 30, 2017.

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