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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.

…Tom

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.

…Tom

Antares and the Head of Scorpius

Seeing these stars rising in the east remind me that the days are getting longer and I will soon lose a lot of telescope time, not that the weather in Pennsylvania has been good the last two months anyway. You can see red Antares rising through the bare tress in my backyard, the Broad Mountain in the background.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D with a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens tripod mounted. Single 8 second exposure, ISO 3200, 70mm, f/2.8, Tiffen star filter. Imaging was done on February 3, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

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…Tom

Saturn, Mars and Antares in the Evening Sky

I snapped this view of Saturn, Mars and Antares last evening, August 7, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Sometimes the clouds add a unique view of the sky, last evening was one of those nights. Mars is the brightest object, Antares to the left of Mars and Saturn above Antares.

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

Saturn, Mars and Antares in the Evening Sky

Saturn, Mars and Antares in the Evening Sky

Clear skies!

…Tom

Messier 4 – The Cats’ Eye Globular Cluster in Scorpius

Another beautiful globular cluster that sits low on the southern horizon from Northern skies. Located very close to the star Antares. A few observational facts – did you know this was the first globular cluster to be resolved into individual stars? Did you know this cluster contains some of the oldest white dwarf stars in our galaxy – almost 13 billion years old (discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope)!

Messier 4

Messier 4

The image is composed of 10 x 15 second images at ISO 3200 and 10 x 15 second images at ISO 4000. Tech Info: Meade LX90 12” telescope, Antares Focal Reducer, and Canon 6D camera. Imaging was done on July 23, 2016.

Earthsky.org (http://earthsky.org/clusters-nebulae-galaxies/find-m4-a-globular-cluster-by-the-scorpions-heart)

The Messier Catalog (http://messier.seds.org/m/m004.html)

Clear skies!

…Tom

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