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Mars Last night .06-21-2016..seeing had its moments, North is up in this image,
I capture Mars & Large Dark feature Syrtis Major Planum, The Dark Feature near center, below that toward the Southern Polar region notice the brighter patch which may easily be mistaken for a Southern Ice cap, but this is a Large bright feature on Mars known as Hellas Planitia, now go to near the top of the Globe(North) we can see Utopia Planitia.& Utopia Rupes.with Astapus Colles & some high blue limb clouds visible near the North polar region. there are many more features visible, this is why i love observing and capturing Mars the only planet that shows significant fine surface details from Earth.
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Yes, but the blue some atmospheric Dust & Some blue limbs clouds too.
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The Constellation of Sagittarius, The Teapot & Spoon near the Galactic Center of our Milky Way Galaxy...also visible above the Teapot is M22, M25, M8, M20, & M7 on the Right edge. i kept the exposure short, so I wouldn't blur the house too much while tracking.
The dotted line at the bottom is an aircraft flying over the ocean.
Captured above the beach house on Cape Cod, MA.
06-02-2016
Canon 6D DSLR, 50mm lens, ISO3200, 60 second exposure, tracking mount.
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The Planets Mars & Saturn & The Milky Way over the Beach House on Cape Cod, overlooking Nantucket Sound. I captured this shot with my Canon 6D DSLR, 14mm lens, F5, ISO 2500, 30 second exposure.
It was an interesting night, fighting strong winds, and had to hide between sand dunes to get a shot, Ticks everywhere, so you have to check yourself after being out there!
The Marine layer moisture started covering everything by 1:00am, moisture mixed with sand not fun on all my equipment! Seeing Mars & Saturn & the Milky Way was awesome...especially from these darker skies on the Cape than what we have in Ohio.  Captured while on Family Vacation on the Beach in Dennisport , Cape Cod, MA.
 
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Mars at Opposition for 2016!  Yes, Mars is that brightest  Orange/Red Star due South around Midnight, you can easily see it with your eyes.
It makes a Triangle right now with Antares & Saturn.
But Mars looks awesome through a telescope!

The Planet Mars on 05-23-2016. I captured it near Midnight on 05-23-2016 from my backyard Observatory in Dayton. We had
slightly above average seeing.
Every 26 Months Mars gets close to Earth and provides Awesome views of its surface through small telescopes.
Mars Reached Opposition on Sunday May 22, 2016 at 07:10 EDT, or 11:10 UTC, and it will be at its largest (18.4”) across for this Opposition.
The View of Mars last night Centered around Elysium Planitia & Elysium Fosse, & Phlegra Dorsa region.
North a south polar caps & blue limb clouds are visible. Elysium Mons is a Massive Volcanoe on Mars, although not the Largest,
that title goes to Olympus Mons, but still impressive in size.
Look for the two little dark patches near the upper center of the globe,
Elysium Mons Volcano is the lighter beige Patch just below the longer dark patch on the left.
Elysium Mons is a volcano on Mars located in the volcanic province Elysium, at 25.02°N 147.21°E, in the Martian eastern hemisphere.
It stands about 13.9 km (46,000 ft) above the surrounding lava plains, and about 16 km (52,000 ft) above the Martian datum.
Its diameter is about 240 km (150 mi), with a summit caldera about 14 km (8.7 mi) across. It is flanked by the smaller volcanoes Hecates
Tholus to the northeast, and Albor Tholus to the southeast.
Elysium Mons was discovered in 1972 in images returned by the Mariner 9 orbiter.
Captured from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, with my C8 Telescope & Qhy5IIL CCD Camera, 2x barlow, 3000 frames RGB stacked in Registax6, Aligned & balanced in Maxim DL, and final Processing in Adobe PS.

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Gorgeous, inspirational work.
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Copernicus is a lunar impact crater named after the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Copernicus Crater is visible using binoculars, and is 93km in Diameter & 3.8km deep, located slightly northwest of the center of the Moon's
Earth-facing hemisphere.
The circular rim has a discernible hexagonal form, with a terraced inner wall and a 30 km wide, sloping rampart that descends
nearly a kilometer to the surrounding mare. There are three distinct terraces visible, and arc-shaped landslides due to slumping
of the inner wall as the crater debris subsided.
The central peaks consist of three isolated mountainous rises climbing as high as 1.2 km above the floor.
These peaks are separated from each other by valleys, and they form a rough line along an east-west axis.
Infrared observations of these peaks during the 1980s determined that they were primarily composed of the mafic form of olivine.
I captured this image on 04-17-2016 from my back yard Observatory using my old Orange tube C8,(2000mm), Avx Mount, & QHy5IIL CCD camera,
& 400 avi frames stacked in Registax6.
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Another wide angle Milky Way shot from Libra/Scorpius all the way to Cygnus! This wide angle shot of the Milky Way with Planets Mars & Saturn, looking over the swamp rose bushes on the Sand dunes to the beach house at the top of the dune in Cape Cod..A marine Layer of Fog on the horizon coming in,..unfortunately Light Pollution in the lower left from a construction Crane & construction Site building new condos on the Beach!!! Kinda ruins the otherwise Pristine views of the Milky Way at that location. I used a Canon 6D & 14mm wide angle Lens at 3200 ISO @ F4 for 120 second exposure, tracking for a short period other wise too much blurring on the foreground. 06-02-2016
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The Planets Mars & Saturn visit Antares & M4 Globular Cluster , Rho Ophiuchi Nebula region, & The Dark Galactic Horse, The Pipe Dark Nebula, M6, & M7 Open clusters
Canon 6D DSLR, 47 mm lens, ISO 3200, 2 x 2 minutes,
captured over Cape Cod, Ma. on 06-02-2016

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The Markarian Chain - The heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies.
I converted my image to B&W & included a Negative image for ease of seeing the fainter galaxies, with ID's.
Some are as faint as 18th magnitude, The Virgo Cluster is a cluster of galaxies whose center is 53.8 Million Light years away (16.5 Mpc) away in the constellation Virgo.
Comprising approximately 1300 (and possibly up to 2000) member galaxies, the cluster forms the heart of the larger Virgo Supercluster, of which the Local Group is an outlying member, which includes our own Milky Way & The Andromeda Galaxy.
Markarian's Chain is a stretch of galaxies that forms part of the Virgo Cluster. It is called a chain because, when viewed from Earth, the galaxies lie along a smoothly curved line. It was named after the Armenian astrophysicist, B. E. Markarian, who discovered their common motion in the early 1960s.
Member galaxies include M84 (NGC 4374), M86 (NGC 4406), NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435 and many other PGC & IC Galaxies. Sorry but I did not have time to label them all, but Zoom in to see some of the smaller fainter ones!
It is located at RA 12h 27m and Dec +13° 10'.
At least seven galaxies in the chain appear to move coherently, although others appear to be superposed by chance.
What does M, NGC, IC, & PGC refer to you ask??
M - Messier Object Number
The Messier objects are a set of 110 astronomical objects first listed by French astronomer Charles Messier in 1771. Messier was a comet hunter, and was frustrated by objects which resembled but were not comets, so he compiled a list of them.
NGC- New General Catalog
The New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars (abbreviated as NGC) is a well-known catalogue of deep-sky
objects compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 as a new version of John Herschel's General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars.
The NGC contains 7,840 objects, known as the NGC objects. It is one of the largest comprehensive catalogues, as it includes all types of deep space objects and is not confined to, for example, galaxies.
IC - Index Catalog
Dreyer also published two supplements to the NGC in 1895 and 1908,
known as the Index Catalogues, describing a further 5,386 astronomical objects.
PGC - Principal Galaxies
The Catalogue of Principal Galaxies (PGC) is an astronomical catalog published in 1989 that lists B1950 and J2000
equatorial coordinates and cross-identifications for 73,197 galaxies.
back in April..2016
While waiting for the Comet to rise...
I captured this 72 minute exposure(4 min subs x 18) using a Baader Modified Canon Rebel Xsi, & 5.5 inch F5 Newt. Reflector at my Observatories in Yellow Springs, Ohio on 04-12-2016. The Line in the image is a satellite trail as it passed through the Field of View, this happens a lot in long exposures! 
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Congrats on the picture, +John Chumack, and thanks for the info on the catalogs (I was aware of M, IC and NGC, but did not know about PGC).
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Thank You NASA Goddard & USRA for featuring my Jupiter Photo as the "Earth Science Picture of the Day" !!!

http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2016/05/jupiter-the-giant-gas-planet.html
Photographer: John Chumack Summary Author: John Chumack Jupiter has a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun but two and a half times that of all of the other planets in the Solar System combined. Basically, you can fit each of...
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Mercury Transit 2016
Here is one of my cleanest close-up shots of Tiny Mercury during the Transit last Monday 05-09-2016, as it approached active Sunspot # 2543, I'm still amazed that we made that last minute mad dash rush drive & still got good images through that high haze on Lake Erie. Lunt 60mm/50F HA scope & QHY5IIL CCD camera, 2x barlow.
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Thanks Durval, It could be an optical artifact, or Light from the Sun simply bending around Mercury, I also had it around my Venus Transit shots too!
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It was Cloudy and Raining in Dayton, Ohio…so it was time to drive somewhere,…..seems I had to do the same thing back in 2006 for the last Mercury Transit(Indiana).
 
Success!!! The 2016 Mercury Transit was Awesome!!!
 
The Planet Mercury Crossed the face of the Sun yesterday 05-09-2016 from our perspective,
it was cool to watch for 7+ hours, and it is tiny compared to the Sun… in fact there were  some sunspots & Active regions visible that were bigger than Mercury!
Finally back in Dayton, after that mad late night rush drive to Lake Erie, settled on Presque Isle State Park in PA. the only clear place I could find within driving distance...5 Hours!!!...despite the High cirrus clouds that plagued us most of the Morning, I was able to nab a few good ones...will post the rest later (20GB of data) , Thanks to Fellow MVAS Astronomy Club member Greg Grierson, for pumping me full of coffee, helping me setup my equipment and most importantly keeping me awake while driving to Lake Erie & back for second time this weekend(went Fishing the First Time). Thanks to Connie Post for posting my Live Shots & Messages on Channel 7 during the event!!! I also got to show many Joggers and Cyclists the Mercury Transit (their first ever) as they passed by our setup at the State Park! Here is a close-up & Full Disk shot in Hydrogen Alpha Light of Mercury in front of the Sun...more images & video to come after I get some much needed sleep!
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Great pics +John Chumack! Got it all cloudy here and could not drive out, so all I could to was to observe it vicariously through the Internet from other people's telescopes... :-/
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