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NGC-288 Globular Star Cluster in Sculptor. – taken at the Okie -Tex Star Party in Western Oklahoma on 09-27-2016
The stars within globular clusters form at about the same time from the same cloud of gas, making these close families of stars. However, astronomers think that the stellar siblings in low-concentration globular clusters such as NGC 288, which are not so tightly bound together by gravity as richer and denser clusters, may eventually disperse and go their separate ways.
NGC 288 is found within the southern constellation of Sculptor, at a distance of about 30 000 light-years. This constellation also contains NGC 253, more commonly called the Sculptor Galaxy due to its location, and these two deep sky objects are close enough together on the sky to be observed in the same binocular field of view. Go have a look!
William Herschel first spotted NGC 288 in 1785 and also recognized that it was a globular cluster that could be resolved into stars in his telescope.
Captured with my 5.5 F5 Newt. & modified Canon Rebel XSi, ISO 1600, a single 5 minute exp. only keeper due to high winds that night!
I included a cropped close-up from the original wide field image.
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Take a look at the Planet Jupiter Above Spica…Jupiter is the Brightest point of light in this image, shining at -2.0 magnitude.
If you look due South at 6:30am to 7:00am over the next few weeks you will see The Planet Jupiter above the Brightest Star in Virgo – Spica,
Over the next few months the pair stay nearby each other. This can be easily seen, even in the city., so go take a look!
It was so nice to See Jupiter near Spica in Virgo early this morning (12-27-2016) looking due South over my neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio. Visible are the Constellations of Virgo, Libra, Corvus, & Crater.

I was pleasantly surprised at how transparently clear it was all the way to the southern Horizon this morning. I could see a couple of the Stars in the Southern constellation of Centaurus, usually they are buried in the Light pollution & muck on the Horizon, but were clearly visible.

I also included an illustrated version to help you ID the Planet Jupiter along with the constellations and their brighter stars.

Canon 6D,(Full Frame) 24mm Lens , F4, ISO 1250, 3.2 second exp., on a tripod.

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John Chumack
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WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! I'm honored that 5 of my images made "The 100 Best Space Photos of 2016"
#8 The Helix Nebula, #23 Tycho Crater, # 37 Barnard 72 The Snake Nebula, #51 Aurora Borealis In Alaska, #59 The Heart on the Sun! A nice representation of different aspects of Astronomy.

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John Chumack
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All 100 are really amazing images here,
http://www.space.com/34907-100-best-space-photos-of-2016-gallery.html
These 100 images are our editors' choices for the best night sky photos of the year!
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Your very welcome sir keep up the dam fine work 
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The Super Moon Close-up and in full color using my C8 Telescope 2000mm & Canon 6D DSLR (Full Frame), ISO 100, 1/320 second Exposure, from my backyard Observatory last night. The second image was at 4:37am this morning 11-14-2016


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Waning Crescent Moon with Earth-shine & Occultation - the Reappearance of 4.4 magnitude Star 31 Leonis. I noticed this Bright star reappear from behind the Moon while I was imaging Earth Shine. 6" Celestron scope & ZWO 174MM Camera, Capture via Fire-capture Software. 03:51 UT on 10-25-2016
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+Eric Whitehead Thanks, bring the image full screen, look above Mare Crisium, look for the star just above the Moons limb at 2 Oclock
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After 36 hours of driving round trip out to the Okie-Tex Star Party, The Okie-Tex is definitely the darkest Location I have ever photographed and observed from, it is in the Oklahoma Panhandle, near Black Mesa! Was totally worth the drive!!! Practically every bright M object / deep space object is naked eye! 1000;s of stars were visible to the eye and all the way to the horizon, natural air glow also visible.
Here is a shot from my first night there over looking the observing field right after dark, you can see Mars in Sagittarius near the Center of the Milky Way, & Saturn along the ridge, this is only a 2 minute exposure with my Canon 6D DLSR, 24mm lens, F4, ISO 3200, My friends at the Oklahoma City Club host this event each year...The Best & Darkest Sky Star Party on the Planet! Period!!! I took tons of images...so more to come over the coming months!


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The Draco Galaxy Triplet, 100 Million Light Years Away in the Constellation of Draco!
If you explore the wide field image you will see several other distant NGC & PGC galaxies. I included a Cropped Version as well.

The Draco Triplet from Top to bottom are NGC-5985 Seyfert type Face on Spiral Galaxy, NGC-5982 Elliptical Galaxy, & NGC-5981 Edge on Spiral Galaxy.
5.5 inch Newt. Scope & Modified Canon Rebel Xsi, ISO 1600, 24 x 5 minute subs stacked = 2 hour exposure total.
Captured at the Okie-Tex Star Party near Kenton, Oklahoma on 09-27-2016.
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John Chumack
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Just a heads-up, but prepare to catch a possible red nova in 2022 [ https://guidebook.com/guide/85338/event/14967463/ ]!
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How many of you got to see Jupiter & the Waning Crescent Moon this morning? Unfortunately I looked at it through thick clouds, with occasional thin areas, so it did look kind of cool that way...
Jupiter is the bright spot below the Moon at the edge of the light ring of clouds, it was 8.5 degrees from the Moon at the time...Shot on my way to work early this morning, shot with a Canon Powershot SX50, AP, 24.3mm lens @ F5, ISO 200, 1 second exp.

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Aurora Borealis Spiral in Alaska! Sure looks like a barred Spiral in the sky!
Here is my shot of 12 of our Aurora Hunters from March 30, 2016.

Do you want to be part of the next 12 Aurora Hunters in March 2017?

...Then sign up for our 2017 Trip, a 7 Day/Night Aurora Expedition/Photo Workshop in Alaska!

Alaska is hand down the Best place to watch and capture the Aurora Borealis!

And yes we take Beginners to Pros, so all are welcome! Only 4 spots left!
Come join us from March 19-25th of 2017….

http://www.sphotography.com/photo-tours-workshops/alaska-northern-lights-aurora-photo-tour

http://www.galacticimages.com/galactic_trips.html


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John Chumack
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Thank you NASA Goddard for Featuring my Zodiacal Light Photo taken at the Okie -Tex Star Party last month. The Image is their "Earth Science Picture of the Day" today! http://epod.usra.edu/

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The Earth Science Picture of the Day highlights the diverse processes and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives. EPOD will collect and archive photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. The community is invited to contribute digital imagery, short captions and relevant links. EPOD is a service of Universities Space Research Association.
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+Margot Larsen
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One of the advantages of staying up all night until Morning at the Okie-Tex Star Party, you can see to the horizon in the East as well as what is rising at dawn, in this case the Oldest Waning Crescent Moon I have ever captured 2.2% lit, showing Earth-shine, also making an Appearance was the Planet Mercury in Leo less than 2 degrees away from the Moon that morning of 09-29-2016. The fainter star to the left of Mercury is 4th magnitude star 77 -Sigma Leonis.
this was captured with my Canon 6D DSLR, 300mm lens, F5.6, 1/15 sec exposure.

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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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Wahahaha very very very hot omg 😂 
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