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Thank You NASA!!!! for featuring my 6 Planets photo as their "Earth Science Picture of the Day" today! USRA/NASA Goddard, don't forget to click the image at their site to get the Annotated version which will help you ID the planets!

http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2016/02/alignment-of-six-planets.html
Photographer: John Chumack Summary Author: John Chumack As shown above five planets are aligned across the morning sky, but since you have to count Earth too there are actually six planets nicely lined up. The waning gibbous Moon also joins...
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Everyone is talking about the 5 Planets Aligning in the Morning sky,
But I Captured 6 Planets!!! You have to count the Earth too! LOL!!! Earth provides us this perfect view of the Planets Aligning along the Ecliptic..
The Moon joined these Planets at Dawn last Saturday Morning 01-30-2016 at 6:13am E.S.T. from just outside of Warrenton, Virginia. I included the Earth #6 in this slightly cropped fish-eye Lens shot. Canon 6D DSLR & 8mm Fisheye Lens, ISO 800, 8 second exposure. Just before the clouds started interfering...
I included an illustrated view to help you all ID them, as well as 3 of the brightest stars. you may also recognize the Constellations of Scorpius, Virgo, Libra, and Corvus are easily visible too. Mercury is a challenge as you have to catch it just before dawn gets too bright! You can see Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, & Jupiter with your eyes only, no telescope needed, just use my diagram to help you find them over the next week or so. Look between 6:10am and 6:30am. Note: depending when you look this week, the moon may not be there or may not be in the same place, as it moves 12 degrees every day.
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Cold & Snowing here over the weekend!!! :(
So its Processing time on days like these!!!!
The Sword Region of Orion, M42 & M43 The Great Orion Nebula(Red), M43 is the Comma Shaped piece of Orion Nebula, also visible is NGC 1973-75-77 (3 part )Blue Reflection Nebula aka Running Man Nebula.
NGC-1981 is the Bright Blue Open Cluster near the Left edge. and the Brightest Star on the Right edge is Iota Orionis, a close Double Star, and above Iota is WDS 747 is another nice double star from the Washington Double Star Catalog. M42 & M43 is a Massive and Bright Stellar Nursery (Star Formation Region) in the Constellation of Orion. This image is of the Sword Region of Orion, which hangs down from Orion's Belt Stars for us Northern hemisphere observers. Beautiful View in any size amateur scope.
Modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & Modified 5.5" Newt. Reflector scope, ISO 1600, 60 minute exp., AVX Mount, and QHY5IIL Auto-guider + Burgess 90mm Guide scope. Captured in Canon Utility, 4 min subs x 15 images Calibrated & stacked in Nebulosity, and Processed in Adobe CS 2015.
Captured at my Observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio on 01--02-2016.

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What A pretty Lunar/Planetary conjunction this Morning!!!..01-06-2016 The Waning Crescent Moon(Top), The Planet Venus(middle) and Saturn (Bottom)was on my way to work, and had to stop to nab this over the house..it was a quick shot with my simple Point and shoot Canon SX50, 19.6mm Lens, F4.7, ISO 1600, 1 sec. exp.
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+Durval Menezes take longer exposures at high ISO and your Spikes will appear, the spikes are causes by the leaf Vein Iris in most cameras. Also the high the F-stop the more dramatic the effect.
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While Waiting For the Comet to Rise above the trees, I was killing time nabbing a few Frames of The M42 & M43 Orion Nebula Complex..always fun to image & always lots of details easily visible in this stellar Nursery even in a small 5.5 inch diameter telescope! I grab this 35 minute, 7 x 5min subs. I could have rotated the Camera to included the Blue Running Man Nebula(off the top edge), but was already focused & orientated for Shooting the Double Tail of Comet Catalina that I was about to shoot on the Morning of 12-20-2015.
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Do you Want a Comet For Christmas?
Well here is Comet Catalina C/2013 US10, A close-up tracking on the Comet's Nucleus for 60 minutes, you can see the several Ion Tails top, and the Bottom right the Dust tail. QHY8 Cooled Color CCD camera, my Homemade 16 Inch Diameter Fork Mounted Newt. Scope, 12 x 5 minute subs, tracking the comet's Nucleus. The comet is shining at about 5th magnitude, Easy Binocular object, look for the Green fuzzy ball between Bright Stars Arcturus & Spica all this week & Next. I observed it this morning with Binoculars at my Observatories.

I captured this Early Sunday Morning 12-20-2015 from 10:22 U.T. to 11:22 U.T., Cold 27 F & Perfectly clear all night, then at 5:00am when the comet was high enough to see in the South East, this high cloudy crap came in, forcing me to shoot through terrible High thick cirrus clouds. Dogging Clouds, by pausing auto guiding, until they passed. Its not my best, but I managed to clean it up somewhat, Also took some wider field shots through the 5.5 inch Newt. & DSLR's Lenses too, those will come later this week.

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Here is another Quick Shot of Comet Catalina wide angle when it was next to the Planet Venus last Friday Morning 12-11-2015. Despite the light Pollution of Washington D.C. I captured it with my Canon 6d DSLR, portable Star Adventurer Mount, & 88mm lens, F6.3, ISO 640, 1 minute exposure. Look for the Green Glowing fuzzy star with two tails.... upper left of center
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The First Full Moon of 2016 or should I say The Full Jonas Blizzard Moon for my Friends & Family on the East Coast...here is the First Full Moon of the New Year just for you, while you wait out the snow storm!!! It finally cleared off here in Ohio...the storm just brushed south of us! This Full Moon is not helping you all very much, as it is causing higher tides, combined with Offshore winds, during this storm making for bigger storm Surges and creating some serious flooding issues! Stay safe my friends & family!!!!
The Full Moon on 01-23-2016,
Canon 6D DSLR, & Celestron C8 Telescope (2000mm),
ISO 400, 1/800 second exp.
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Two mornings in a row!
Here is another great view this morning 01-07-2015 as the Moon Moved further East over the last 24 hours…Now you have The Waning Crescent Moon with some Nice Earthshine(Left), then The Planet Saturn(Middle) and The Planet Venus(right). Canon 6D DSLR, 58mm, ISO 400, 4 seconds… 6:55am

if you had been wondering what those two bright stars were near the Moon, now you know that they were planets Saturn & Venus!
Hope you all got to see it!

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Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 on 1-02-2016
Dust & Ion Tails Captured in this 144 minute Long exposure from my observatories in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Last Quarter Moonlight Present, but I used a CLS filter to help knock down the Moonlight a bit.   Baader Modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR Camera, 5.5inch diameter Newt. telescope, 2 hours & 24 minute exp., 48 x 3 minute subs, ISO 1600 Tracking on the Nucleus of Comet Catalina. 09:00 U.T. to 11:24 U.T. on 01-02-2016
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Look who is Inbound tonight!!!! This time riding on Comet, Sorry Rudolph! LOL!!! Merry Christmas to all my Friends & Family worldwide!!!!
I captured Comet Catalina last Sunday Morning with my modified 5.5" Newt. reflector for 24 minutes exp. ISO 1600, Modified DSLR, tracking & stacking the Nucleus, unfortunately the high cirrus clouds messed with my Auto-guiding, hence the hairy looking star trails! Have a Great Holiday with your families!!!!
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I Finally Got to see & Capture Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 last Friday Morning at 5:00am before the clouds rolled in at 6:10am. It was a bit tough due to looking straight over Washington D.C. in the East from Warrenton, VA., but I managed to capture some images sporting Both Ion & Dust tails using my portable tracking mount, & Canon 6D DSLR, 250mm lens,(cropped) F6.3, ISO 800, 3 minute exposure.
It is an easy find in Binoculars..looking to the upper left of Venus .

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