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  • Image of total solar eclipse

    The 2017 total solar eclipse was a major event for most of the United States. This photo was taken from Ucon, Idaho!

  • Photo of Orion refractor

    There are many different types of scopes, each best suited for specific uses. Learn about which is best for you!

  • Photo of Orion Atlas mount

    Learn about different mounts and telescope configurations. Exchange ideas with fellow astronomy enthusiasts!

  • Photo of the International Space Station crossing disc of the sun

    In this image from Port Orchard, Washington, the International Space Station crosses the disc of the sun.

  • Image of Jovian transit

    Double transit of Jupiter: In this photo collage, you can see the moons (Io and Callisto) as they move across the Jovian surface. 

Lights in the night, burning bright

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Look out your window to the east the next couple of mornings and you will see this spectacular planetary array .... three bright planets plus the moon! Pluto is in the area and Uranus is near the rising sun but you won't be able to see those. Mercury, also, is in the vicinity. This is a beautiful sight just before sunrise and I wanted to share the beauty with you.

The moon looks washed out because I had to overexpose it in order to get the dimmer planets in the picture. Also, I was shooting through a very light cloud cover over my back yard. :)

M-51 Whirlpool Galaxy

Submitted by swingin

This is the Whirlpool Galaxy or M-51 in the E sky in April. This shot is about 40-30 second pictures. Also this is straight out of DeepSkyStacker, no editing at all, yet! Taken from my backyard in Gig Harbor WA, Enjoy! I reall like this one so I may do a whole night on this target tonight.

The Orion Nebula - M42

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I haven't been out in awhile due to the large number of hours I have to give to my employer, but I did get out under the Port Orchard, Washington skies at 2 a.m. this morning. The Meade 115 Series 6000 APO Triplet has barely been used since I purchased it some months ago, so I decided to give it some light. I also used my ASI 1600MM Pro camera. 

Andromeda Galaxy

Submitted by swingin

Two shots of Andromeda Galaxy using a Nikon D5200 and DSS. Darker pic was about 60- 30 second light frames, lighter image was about 30 light frames at 40 seconds each. My D5200 automatically takes dark frames on every picture I take, saves me some trouble! :) Shot from my backyard in Gig Harbor WA. Enjoy!Andromeda Galaxy  

Messier 101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy, as seen from Port Orchard, Washington through a Meade 115 Series 6000 APO Triplet refractor. This is 32 one-minute subs with nine darks, stacked with DeepSkyStacker. 

This time of year, the Pinwheel Galaxy is high overhead and to the west at nightfall, just "above" the Big Dipper.

I could have done much better with the processing and will try later. Trying to figure out PixInsight and not having much luck, so just ran it through DSS real quick.

First light with Meade 115 Series 6000 APO Triplet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This was my first night out with this new refractor. It took a while to get used to it. My alignment wasn't perfect so I had to limit subs to 30  seconds at ISO 1250. This image was stacked with Deep Sky Stacker and processed with Corel PaintShopPro. Three darks and 74 light frames, using a Canon 60D. 

This is NGC 6704, a rarely imaged open cluster in the constellation Scutum. It is very near other - more glamorous - celestial objects so it often goes overlooked. To really test out the new equipment, I wanted something with a dense starfield so this was what I picked out. Enjoy!