Tag Archives: Scorpius

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

Mars and Saturn in the Early July Skies

Here is an image I captured in the early evening of July 6, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. It shows Mars in the constellation Libra and Saturn in the constellation Ophiuchus (where it will stay until February 2017). Mars is the brightest object in the top right corner and Saturn in the top left corner. This is a two image composite image spliced together to capture both planets in the same view.

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Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, iOptron Skytracker, 20 second exposure at ISO 1000, f/2.8 and 70mm.

Clear skies!

…Tom

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