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Early Morning Planets – Saturn and Mars on May 14, 2016

In honor of astronomy day, I captured this image early this morning, May 14, 2016 at 2:30 AM (local time) from my backyard in Weatherly, Pennsylvania. It shows Saturn (upper left corner), Mars (upper right corner), and the star Antares (in the middle). This is a four image composition using 15 second exposures at ISO 2000, f/2.8 and 70mm using a Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, both mounted on an iOptron Skytracker. Mars is quickly moving to the west toward the constellation Libra.

Mars and Saturn

Mars and Saturn

Clear skies!

…Tom

Comet Jacques (C/2015 F4) Observation

Comet C/2015 F4 (Jacques) Observation on July 24, 2015. This short video was assembled from 66 individual 30-second exposures using a Canon 6D and Celestron C6-A SCT mounted on an iOptron ZEQ25GT mount. The only processing performed was the removal of hot/cold pixels in the images. Magnitude of the comet was approx. 12.2 (based on information I found online) and it was moving through the constellation Vulpecula.

You can check this LINK for a nice finder chart for the comet from In-The-Sky.org by Dominic Ford.

Enjoy!

…Tom

Broken Astrophotography

The Leisurely Scientist is looking for astronomical photographs that have been ruined by planes, objects, lighting, etc. to compile an album of ruined astronomical images called “Broken Astrophotography”.

Do you have an image of a plane flying through a Messier object? Please submit it! Please include a brief description, what was being imaged, and a link to your Facebook or personal web/blog for image credit/links. Images may be submitted to:  tom@leisurelyscientist.com

You can also upload them to our Facebook page, Leisurely Scientist.

I will be compiling the best of the broken images into an upcoming gallery here in the blog. Thanks for sending them!

My image is a plane flying through a sub-frame of Messier 51, still makes a pretty image.

Plane through M51 image.

Plane through M51 image.

FAE – June 30, 2015 – Jupiter and Venus Conjunction

Future Astronomical Events (FAE) Report #10.

This FAE Report is for the upcoming June 30, 2015 close conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Venus in the constellation Leo. It should make for a nice photo opportunity right after sunset. This is sure to be THE conjunction of 2015.

What is a CONJUNCTION?

OBSERVATION NOTES – Observations/maps are for 40-degrees North Latitude.

The finder chart below is for the nights of June 30, 2015 after sunset (at 9:30 PM Eastern Time).  Look to the West and see the two bright planets almost touching.

Jupiter and Venus close conjunction.

Jupiter and Venus close conjunction.

 

Here is a wide field view to show the constellation location looking west.

Wide field view looking West after sunet on June 30, 2015.

Wide field view looking West after sunet on June 30, 2015.

 

Good luck!  I hope to see your images online!

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Clear skies!

…Tom

Milky Way Morning

“Milky Way Morning”, a composite image looking toward the center of the Milky Way in the Sagittarius and Scorpius region. Photos taken on May 14, 2015 (0400 HRS local time) using a Canon 6D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 10-second exposure at ISO 3200 using an iOptron Skytracker mount.

"Milky Way Morning" by Tom Wildoner.

“Milky Way Morning” by Tom Wildoner.

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