Selected Posts of Interest
Posted October 8, 2016
Zientara, Angel Fire, NM
The reason I'm sending so many images lately is I recently got access to an Atik Infinity camera.
I'm pleased with how easy it is to get quality deep space images with its near real time simple imaging software.
This is how the Atik Imaging Software looks on my laptop computer showing near real time imaging.
Software is intuitive and hardware is easy to set up (two wires from camera...
one power cord to a 12 volt battery and one USB 2.0 connector to laptop).
An example is NGC 253 (the Silver Dollar Galaxy in Sculptor) which I imaged last night through a 4" APO refractor (40 stacked 20 second exposures). We've also been enjoying excellent clear dark skies here in NM for almost a week so far.
The two following images I took at Mount Sangre Observatory Angel Fire NM last Sunday. Telescope: Meade 14" LX600. Camera: Atik Infinity. Exposures: Stephan's Quintet (Plus One) Sixty 20 second exposures stacked using Atik software that came with camera. Dumbbell Forty Five 5 second stacked exposures,
Stephan's Quintet (Plus One) with NGC 7320 in foreground (lower center right) at 39 million light years and NGC 7319, 7318A, 7318B, 7317, and 7320C in the background ranging from 210 to 340 million light years away. Note the thin gossamer tidal tail extending from NGC 7319 and seeming to connect with NGC 7320C.
Dumbbell Nebula. "Dead" star with white dwarf remnant about the size of Earth but almost as massive as our Sun. It's radiating enough energy to make the star's convulsive ejected former atmosphere glow.
Posted September 6, 2017
Zientara, Angel Fire, NM:
"This happened because of up flow from hurricane over Baha Mexico."
Posted July 17, 2016
Indian Dunes Stargazing with Larry Silvestri
12inch F6 New Astronomer
inch F6 Pleiades/Hayedes by Chuck Flores
|12inch F6 Pottawattamie Park Winter||Dunes
State Park Persieds
Chocolate and Orion
September 27, 2015
Total Lunar Eclipse!!
Members and Friends of the Chicago Astronomical Society assisted the Adler Planetarium
in showing and explaining the Lunar Eclipse to hundreds of people. ŻŻ
Joe Guzman & Audrey Fischer
Joe Guzman, Claire & Bob Gadbois
Our member-at-large, Gary
Zientara, from Angel Fire, NM published an article in the local newspaper
and viewed the eclipse from his observatory. ŻŻ
December 13, 2014
Members of the Chicago Astronomical Astronomical Society enjoyed a feast and lots of camaraderie at the annual holiday dinner at Klas Bohemian Restaurant in Cicero, Illinois. Music and images were displayed by members on a big screen. Much discussion among old and new friends made for a stimulating evening. There was even a short tour of the hidden prohibition era speakeasy room. A good time was had by all.
Images by Claire & Bob Gadbois
October 23, 2014
"Rich Wagner (iSkywatch.com), got 3 photos of the eclipse from the Adler.