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John Chumack
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The "Eye of God" a wide field shot!
The Helix Nebula, aka " The Eye of God" also known as The Helix, or NGC 7293, is a large planetary nebula (PN) located in the constellation Aquarius.
Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, likely before 1824, this object is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae.
This is a dying star blowing off its outer atmosphere!
Based on recent measured expansion rates this Planetary Nebula is about 10,600 years old.
The central star is destined to become a white dwarf.
The estimated distance is about 215 parsecs (700 light-years). It is similar in appearance to the Cat's Eye Nebula and the Ring Nebula, whose size,
age, and physical characteristics are similar to the Dumbbell Nebula, varying only in its relative proximity and the appearance from the equatorial
viewing angle.
Baader Modified Canon Rebel Xsi & 5.5 inch Newtonian Reflector, ISO 1600, for a 180 minute(3 hour)exposure, 45 x 4 minute subs.
Calibrated & Stacked in Nebulosity, Processed in Maxim DL & PS Camera Raw 2015..
it’s not too bad for a 5.5" scope and sitting so low on the Horizon for us in Ohio.

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The Sun on 09-05-2016!
Sunspots 2585 & 2587 are large but not really that active, but there is a very faint long Filament Visible nearby, pleasantly surprised at how clean it came out considering how hazy it was out there! Lunt HA Scope & ASI 174MM,
750 frames stacked in Astrostakert this time.....Registax crashes on the Larger file sizes...
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Star Trails, Perseid Meteor, & 10 Aircraft Trails over my backyard Observatory Dome on 08-11-2016. 47 minute exposure...Canon 6D DSLR, 24mm lens
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90+ Perseid Meteors captured on my North East Meteor video Camera Network at my Backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio, there are a couple of Aircraft as well & the curve meteor trail is actually a firefly.....Despite the threat of T-storms,  Haze, & clouds, I took a chance that it would not rain & let the cameras run,  my north East camera caught over 90 Perseid Meteors on the Night of August 11th into the Morning of August 12th, 2016.  This is a time lapse that I have this played back at 5 frames per second to keep the video short!  The gaps in each of the meteors are from my PC not buffering to the hard-drive fast enough, forgot to turn off my anti-virus software last night , it tends to slow the old PC down...while running my capture software. Enjoy! 

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Our Annual Aurora Workshop in Alaska, this was our 2016 Group, Real troopers....braving the cold & they were rewarded with a great Aurora display after the clouds moved out over the background mountains! I love teaching everyone the sky & how to shoot the Aurora...so if you want to learn & experience the Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights) join us in March 2017. Here is a fish-eye Lens shot I captured of our Group under the Aurora last March! sign up & check out more images at http://www.galacticimages.com/galactic_trips.html
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M52 & The Bubble Nebula Complex!

The Open Cluster M52 is 5,000 light years in the Constellation of Cassiopeia, The Open Cluster contains over a 1,000 member stars.

The Bubble is Embedded in a complex of interstellar dust and gas and blown by the winds from a single, massive O-type star, the Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is a mere 10 light-years wide, and sits at a distance of 11,000 light years away.

Baader Modified Canon Rebel Xsi, 5.5 F5 Newtonian Scope, ISO 1600, 9 x 10 min subs, 90 Minutes total exposure time.
09/04/16

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Another Quick test with the ZWO 174MM cooled Mono Cmos Camera , this time using my old C8 @F10& Astronomik RGB filters on M57 The Ring Planetary Nebula, (A dying Star - The Star at the center has blown off it's outer atmosphere) seeing and transparency were poor but it turned out okay. 300 second exp.RGB from my backyard in Dayton. Using Fire-capture software.. I'll have to try the single shot color ZWO 224MC camera next on the C8, this should get me a bit closer up on the Ring. It be interesting to see the difference in image scale & image quality. the 174 MM is not bad for just a poking around from the backyard in the city...but so far the 174MM is best suited for my C6 Newtonian Reflector Scope..as far as image scale and the sensitivity I'm looking for. 
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Testing out a new Monochrome camera from my backyard Observatory in the city,  last weekend.
 
While my Meteor cameras were running all week/weekend clouds and T-storm interfered a lot this year, so I did a quick tests on...M57, M27, M13, & Moon Test!
I Finally got to Tested out my new ZWO 174MM CMOS Cooled Astronomy Camera, it does double duty, I bought it for its High frame rate for Solar, Lunar, & planetary imaging, but the chip is large enough and Sensitive enough to do Deep Sky work as well....nice dynamic range...and Plus TE cooler with super low noise!!! I attached it to my little Celestron 6 inch diameter Newtonian Reflector scope at Prime Focus.  The ZWO 174MM Camera is the Red cylinder attached to my C6 telescope in the photo.
In Fact these are straight out of the Camera through that setup, No bias, no darks, No flats, no filters...and these were all shot in my backyard in Dayton, Ohio,
no Auto-guiding, 2 to 3 minutes worth of 10 to 20 second exposures captured with Fire-capture Software saved as Fits files and stacked in "Nebulosity".
I captured the 15.5 magnitude Galaxy(IC1296) Near M57 The ring Nebula, it showed up easily in this 200 second stacked exposure with a 6 inch F5 Newt. scope! I included a crop from the original M57 field to show the Galaxy better.
I'm very happy to have this one versatile Camera to do all my Solar, Lunar, Planetary & Deep Sky imaging for my backyard Observatory in the City.
I'm very impressed with its Sensitivity & Noise-free results, and No Amp glow so far!
For my Non Astronomer friends & Family M57 The Ring Nebula and M27 The Dumbbell Nebula are both Dying Stars blowing off their outer Atmospheres...
And M13 is a Globular Star Cluster..roughly 500,000 stars in a Ball...and it too has a faint background Galaxy (NGC6207) visible in its field as well.
I grabbed a shot of the Waxing Gibbous Moon Sunday night through clouds, it barely fit in my FOV, but managed to nab a still image & video of clouds passing by…watch that video here.. https://youtu.be/-gR76kjoT0E
Overall I’m happy with the sensitivity & very low noise of the camera…it is not super high megapixels, but it does the job at capturing the objects quickly & cleanly…especially if your imaging from in the city! Using Fire-capture software you can capture AVI video files, BMP, FITS, or SER files.  And the ZWO 174MM CMOS cooled Camera works equally well for Solar, Lunar,  Planetary & Deep Sky objects, a Great overall performer!
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Saturn & moon Tethys
Tethys is a mid-sized moon of Saturn about 1,060 km (660 mi) across. It was discovered by G. D. Cassini in 1684 and is named after the titan Tethys of Greek mythology.
Here is my latest Shot of Saturn with one of it's Moons Tethys from last night in my backyard observatory in Dayton, they were calling for thunderstorms...but it cleared off ...so I gave the new camera a test drive...
taken with the New ZWO 174 MM Cooled Camera..The 174 Camera can be used for Deep Sky as well as Planetary imaging, Its very low noise... I used my C8 & 3x Barlow, Astronomik RGB, 3000 frames Stacked in Registax6. I am pleased with the results... looking forward to doing some Deep sky shots with it as well...
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Thanks NASA Goddard & USRA EPOD for featuring my Saturn shot as the Earth Science Picture of the Day today!!!
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2016/07/saturn-and-its-rings-in-july-2016.html
Photographer: John Chumack Summary Author: John Chumack Shown above is Saturn as captured from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio. Saturn has the most extensive planetary ring system of any planet in the Solar System. The rings consist of countless...
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