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John Chumack
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Thank you Dr. Nemiroff & NASA!!!!
NASA has Featured another one of my Images as  an APOD today.
See it here… http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150826.html
Be sure to place your mouse over the image!!!
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John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com
A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
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Binaries, Doubles, or Multiple Stars Systems showing components colors & separations. Some True Doubles and some simply Optical Doubles, All beautiful and interesting in their own way.
I will be slowly adding more examples & Information on each as I dig them out of my old film and CCD archives, or as I shoot new ones.

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Binaries, Doubles, or Multiple Stars Systems showing components colors & separations. Some True Doubles and some simply Optical Doubles, All beautiful and interesting in their own way. I will be slowly adding more examples & Information on each as I dig them out of my old film and CCD archives, or as I shoot new ones.
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Here are the final best Perseid Fireballs shot from all my DSLR Fish-eye Lens images,
My Observatories on the left & my Camera on the right!
Constellations of Cygnus to Perseus
08-12-2015 to 08-13-2015
Modified Canon Rebel Xsi, 8mm Fish-eye lens, F3.5, ISO 1600, 15 second subs
16 Perseid Meteors visible in this image.

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83 Amazing Perseid Meteors incoming!
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The Coathanger Cluster, or Collinder 399, or Brochii's Cluster! An Asterism
with 10 stars ranging magnitude 5th to 7th make up the familiar shape of the Coathanger, in the Constellation of Vulpecula!
Find Cygnus The Northern Cross, then Look 8 degrees Southeast of the Double Star Albireo to find the Coathanger cluster, a very easy Binocular object even in the city! I captured it with my 5.5 inch F5 Newtonian Reflector Scope & modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR, ISo 800, 30 minute exposure.
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Some of you may be familiar with the constellations or  have read Greek Mythology or even have seen the Movie “Clash of the Titans” The Great Warrior Perseus while Riding his “Winged Horse” Pegasus rescues his love Princess Andromeda from the Kracken!
 
I captured the Constellations of Andromeda & The Great Square of Pegasus. You can also see M31 The Andromeda galaxy & M33 Spiral galaxy at the bottom left. Also picked up some natural Air glow (Faint Green)(Not Aurora) through the Great Square.
I included an illustrated Version so you can see the names of the major constellation stars, and M31 the Andromeda Galaxy & M33 the Triangulum Spiral galaxy.
I captured these images on 07-25-2015 with my Canon 6D DSLR & 24mm Lens @ F4, for a 6 minute exp. on a tracking mount at my observatories in JBSPO, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
If you look East after 1:00am you can see these two Constellations just above the Eastern Horizon all this month.
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A Huge Faint Prominence was Erupting off the Sun's Eastern Limb on August 1st,...I had to over expose the Smaller Proms just to see the full extent of this Large but Faint Prom. The Magnetic loop fell apart "Minutes Later" and blasted that Suspended Plasma off into Space. It was really Cool to watch while it lasted! I used a black occulting disk to cover the disk of the sun to help you see the faint Prominences, I captured these shots from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, including a shot of my Hydrogen Alpha Solar setup.
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A Pair of Perseid Meteors -- Some Nice Fireballs this year!
Out of the 4,000 + DSLR images that I captured during the 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower,
These are my two brightest Perseid Meteors, the biggest one is a fireball that was at least -3 mag.
The pair of Perseid Meteors went ripping past bright star 88 - Gamma Pegasi, (blue star at top) in this close-up image.
Every year the Earth crosses the debris stream left by Comet Swift –Tuttle creating the Perseid Meteor Shower!
The grains of dust are hitting the top of Earth's atmosphere at 59+ km/s (130,000 mph).
The last few years I have seen lower meteor numbers (40 to 60 ZHR), combined with Poor transparency /weather conditions, but this year was very clear,
and many more (averaging about 80 ZHR) brighter Meteors or fireballs! 2015 Definitely was the Best Perseid Shower I’ve seen in over 10 years!
ZHR = Zenith Hourly Rate
Captured on 08-13-2015
Modified Canon Rebel Xsi, 8mm Fish-eye lens, F3.5, ISO 1600, 15 second exp.
At my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
My Automated Meteor Video Camera System Mounted on my home in Dayton, Ohio had captured over 160 Meteors just on the North Eastern camera alone, I will post the time lapse Video to my You-tube channel in the next few days! Enjoy!

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John Chumack
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Perseid Meteors, Polaris & Star Trails!!!
Earth's Natural Rotation in 5 hours.
Well last night was probably the Best Perseid Display I've seen in years.. I captured 161 Perseid Meteors last night on my Meteor Video camera network in Dayton, and another 2 dozen including 6 fireballs on my DSLR cameras out at my Observatories at JBSPO. Ron Whitehead & enjoyed the clear night! I setup 3 of my cameras and one of Ron's camera....It was a decent display..but dew was heavy, had my dew zappers on full blast!!!.
I will Post the other videos and pics next week when I return, I'm getting ready for a business trip in Lexington, KY this weekend. In the Meantime, here is a nice 5 hour time-lapse from 11:30pm until 4:30am this morning..08-13-2015
My Observatories on the left & my cameras on the right looking straight up, left of center the Vortex of the North Celestial pole...with at least 9 Perseid meteors in the image (look near the Horizons for the fainter ones) , and an Iridium Flare, and a couple of Aircraft trails. Modified Canon Rebel Xxsi DSLR & 8mm fish-eye Lens, ISO 1600, F3.5, 5 hour exposure.

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John Chumack
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2015 Perseid Meteors Incoming!
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The "W" Cluster - Asterism
An asterism of 20 stars, with the 5 brightest stars making a distinctive 'W' pattern 1/2 degree across in the constellation of Draco, captured at my Observatories in Yellow Springs, Ohio, 25 minute exposure, ISO 800, 5.5" F5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope, & Modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR.
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If you live in the Northern Hemisphere & look straight up between Midnight & 4am this month, you will see this portion  of the Milky Way with familiar Constellations of Cygnus - aka “The Northern Cross”  or “The Swan” Constellation,  Cepheus – Constellation of “The King”,  and Cassiopeia – “The Queen” Constellation. 
I included an illustrated version for those of you that are new to the Constellations of the night sky. 
On a clear night you must find a dark location far away from city lights, this will help you easily see the Milky Way and its Constellations.
I shot this with a Canon 6D DSLR & 24mm F4 Lens, ISO 640,  3 x 3 Minutes exp. on 07-25-2015 using a tracking mount at my Observatories in Yellow Springs, Ohio
 
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