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Messier Object Images Album

NGC New general catalogue Object Images Album

2020

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

2020

Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3 Celestron C8 @ F1.9 Structure and striations in the dust & sodium tail visible off the nucleus
Striations in the dust and sodium gas tail
2020-07-26Satellite pass through an image.




2020-07-26

Astronomers Log for C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 2020

Weather opportunities have proven to be a real problem for me with comet NEOWISE. I have had three occasions to view the comet working around the Florida summer afternoon storms.
Using a new galaxy cell phone in night mode I captured a few interesting memories. using the observatories scope i was able to image the very bright nucleus, dust and gas tail @ f1.9.
It had been many years since my last memorable comet which was comet Hyakutake in 1996 so this is a real pleasure and opportunity to capture the memory with new equipment. I can only imaging in a decade what the home sky gazer will be using then.
The equiupment used for the telescopic view is as follows:
Lightning over Kissimmee Prairie preserve taken by friend and astronomer Richard Woodard
The great Orion nebula taken by friend and astronomer Richard Woodard
The great Orion nebula taken by friend and astronomer Richard Woodard

Comet C/2019 U6 (Lemmon)

2020





M3

M51

M57

M27

SN 2020 jfo Supernova

2020

Supernova SN 2020jfo

May 11 2020Located In the galaxy Messier 61 a member of the Virgo cluster. This galaxy is well known for events like this of which many have been observed and documented.

Plate Solve For SN 2020jfo


Center (RA, Dec):(185.495, 4.476)Center (RA, hms):12h 21m 58.701sCenter (Dec, dms):+04° 28' 33.948"Size:42.9 x 32.1 arcminRadius:0.446 degPixel scale:1.97 arcsec/pixelOrientation:Up is 266 degrees E of N

Astronomers Log for SN 2020JFO 2020


Comet 2017 T2 Panstarrs

2020

Comet 2017 T2 Panstarrs

May 5 2020

Plate solve 2017 T2
Center (RA, Dec):(102.789, 76.313)Center (RA, hms):06h 51m 09.453s
Center (Dec, dms):+76° 18' 48.173"Size:42.9 x 32.1 arcmin Radius:0.446 degPixel scale:1.97 arcsec/pixelOrientation Up is 266 degrees E of N

Asteroid 1998 OR2

2020

18 x Subs
Plate Solve for the field

Asteroid 1998 OR2

April 29 2020186 x 3.0 subs The line is the Asteroid moving during the expose stack. The galaxy NGC 3463 sis at 11 o'clock.Center (RA, Dec): (163.899, -26.069)Center (RA, hms):10h 55m 35.850sCenter (Dec, dms):-26° 04' 09.600"Size:42.9 x 32.1 arcminRadius:0.447 deg Pixel scale:1.97 arcsec/pixel Orientation:Up is 86 degrees E of NIn the Constellation Hydra
1998 OR2 Movie.mp4

Asteroid 1998 OR2

Video


April 29 2020

Made from 3.0 subs Approximately 23 Minuets of movement across the field.

Astronomers Log for Asteroid 1998 OR2


Recent images learning settings and histogram with the new ZWO ASI 224mc

March 11 2020

M 51
M 104
M 57



Comet Atlas 2019 Y4

2020

Comet Atlas 2019 Y4


May 5 2020
The Corona Comet!Breaking up but still going strong!

Atlas 2019Y4.mp4

Comet Atlas 2019Y4

Video

March 28 2020
The Corona Comet!
Distance Kilometers 156,771,172 or AU 1.047951Light Travel Time 8 minutes and 42.9323 seconds Estimated Magnitude (JPL) 14.02 Observed Magnitude (COBS )8.2 Coma Diameter (COBS) 11.0'
Video using a new CMOS camera ZWO ASI224MC. A new type of imaging for me with subsequent learning curve! Good success for a first light run.
This comet has the potential to become a naked eye object. It very well may breakup before that happens. Only time will tell.In human history Comets have always been associated with bad events. Even in These modern times I predict this will happen again with the coronavirus pandemic. It will be interesting to see if that history repeats itself.

M 51 the whirlpool galaxy


first light trials March 28 2020C8" fastar F1.9ZWO ASI224MC

M 100

first light trials March 28 2020C8" fastar F1.9ZWO ASI224MC
February 2020Recent images from an Satellite imaging experimentation project with PhD student David Zuehlke and advisor Dr. Henderson Of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Aerospace engineering department Daytona Florida. Specifically the project involves Multi-site observations using photometry and Astrometry for orbit estimation of satellites using affordableoff the shelf equipment.David is teaching and working on his dissertation research involving imaging, tracking and orbit estimation of satellites.He is also an amature astornomer enjoying astrophotgrapywhile pursuing dark skies.

GOES 16 Geostationary Satellite Norad ID 41866 01/29/2020

David ZuehlkeGOES 16.2 exp raw Fits converted for web viewing.
.2 exp raw Fits converted for web viewing.SIMPLE = T / file does conform to FITS standard BITPIX = 16 / number of bits per data pixel NAXIS = 2 / number of data axes NAXIS1 = 1164 / length of data axis 1 NAXIS2 = 880 / length of data axis 2 EXTEND = T / FITS dataset may contain extensions COMMENT FITS (Flexible Image Transport System) format is defined in 'AstronomyCOMMENT and Astrophysics', volume 376, page 359; bibcode: 2001A&A...376..359H BZERO = 32768 / offset data range to that of unsigned short BSCALE = 1 / default scaling factor OBJECT = '41866_unity_gain_try2' / The name of Object Imaged INSTRUME= 'ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool' / The model Camera used DATE-OBS= '2020-01-29T04:57:32' / The UTC date and time at the start of the expoHIERARCH CAMERA-DATE-OBS = '2020-01-29T04:57:32' / The UTC date and time at the EXPTIME = 0.2 / The total exposure time in seconds CCD-TEMP= 15.1 / Temperature of CCD when exposure taken XPIXSZ = 15.2 / Pixel width in microns (after binning) YPIXSZ = 15.2 / Pixel height in microns (after binning) XBINNING= 4 / Binning factor in width YBINNING= 4 / Binning factor in height XORGSUBF= 0 / Sub frame X position
Plate solve



Center (RA, Dec): (127.684, -4.780)Center (RA, hms): 08h 30m 44.206sCenter (Dec, dms) :-04° 46' 48.838"Size: 1.59 x 1.2 degRadius: 0.998 degPixel scale: 4.92 arcsec/pixelOrientation: Up is -103 degrees E of N
David ZuehlkeGOES 16.2 exp raw Fits converted for web viewing.
David ZuehlkeGOES 16.2 exp raw Fits converted for web viewing.SIMPLE = T / file does conform to FITS standard BITPIX = 16 / number of bits per data pixel NAXIS = 2 / number of data axes NAXIS1 = 1164 / length of data axis 1 NAXIS2 = 880 / length of data axis 2 EXTEND = T / FITS dataset may contain extensions COMMENT FITS (Flexible Image Transport System) format is defined in 'AstronomyCOMMENT and Astrophysics', volume 376, page 359; bibcode: 2001A&A...376..359H BZERO = 32768 / offset data range to that of unsigned short BSCALE = 1 / default scaling factor OBJECT = '41866_unity_gain_try2' / The name of Object Imaged INSTRUME= 'ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool' / The model Camera used DATE-OBS= '2020-01-29T04:58:37' / The UTC date and time at the start of the expoHIERARCH CAMERA-DATE-OBS = '2020-01-29T04:58:37' / The UTC date and time at the EXPTIME = 0.2 / The total exposure time in seconds CCD-TEMP= 15.7 / Temperature of CCD when exposure taken XPIXSZ = 15.2 / Pixel width in microns (after binning) YPIXSZ = 15.2 / Pixel height in microns (after binning) XBINNING= 4 / Binning factor in width YBINNING= 4 / Binning factor in height XORGSUBF= 0 / Sub frame X position
Plate solve



Center (RA, Dec): (127.956, -4.779)Center (RA, hms): 08h 31m 49.332sCenter (Dec, dms) : -04° 46' 45.928"Size: 1.59 x 1.2 degRadius: 0.998 degPixel scale: 4.92 arcsec/pixelOrientation: Up is -103 degrees E of N
David is using a 11" Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph {RASA} on an Equatorial mount with a ZWO ASI 1600mm imager. Exposures of .2 secondsImages have been converted from FITS file type to a format for this website.
Terry MEOGOES16 passing through orion
05_38_01Z.avi
Video of GOES 16 with mount tracking off. GOES 16 is just left of center following another Satellite.
05_48_47Z.avi
Video of GOES 16 with mount tracking off. GOES 16 is just left of center following another Satellite.
Terry MEOGOES16 passing through orion
I am using a Stellacam II video camera using sharpcap.

Click here for the history of Satellite observing with amateur astronomers.

The history of satellite observing goes way back to "Operation Moonwatch" an amature science project initiated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in 1956. Its initial goal was to enlist the aid of amateur astronomers and other citizens all over the world who would help professional scientists spot the first artificial satellites. Until professionally manned optical tracking stations came on-line in 1958, this network of amateur scientists and other interested citizens played a critical role in providing crucial information regarding the world's first satellites.

Amateurs continue to make their sightings and analysis public on the internet via electronic mailing list such as SeeSat-L just as they have since those early days of the first artificial satellites.

Mercury Solar Transit

November 11, 2019


This was a very enjoyable morning event that I broadcast live to the internet so many people weathered in could watch. There was allot of guys snowed in.The weather was not great here as well with many periods of clouds moving through, The third and fourth contact was just obtained with a rouge cloud attempting to block! I was saying a few words and juggling setting with the camera at that time. One person said it looked like i was playing a piano with the camera keypad. Pretty pictures was not obtained but I believe good data was with timing and contact.The sequence of events can be seen below.
The history of planetary transits and their importance go back.


Asteroid 1999KW4 66931

A near Earth object flyby of Earth May 26 2019
Binary asteroid oblate shaped primary rock just under 1 mile wide with a companion moon 1.6 miles away @ .3 miles wide with a 16 day orbit.Aten type earth crossing rock orbit 188 days around the suntraveling at Approximately 48.123 MPH or 13 miles a secondApproximately 3,000,000.000 distance from earth or 13.5 times the earth moon distancemagnitude +12.551.7% illuminated moving through the constellation HydraIt had just passed the galaxy NGC 2935 next closer encounter will be May 25 2036Imaged with a 8" sct at F1.9 and Stellacam II
Asteroid 1999KW4 is a “double asteroid” about 1.3 km wide, and does not pose any risk to Earth. In fact, astronomers know its orbit well, so the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) was able to predict this fly-by, to make sure that astronomers were ready and that telescopes were trained on it. The two components of the asteroid are separated by around 2.6 km.
This video is approx 30 minutes of travel compiled into 25 seconds.You will see an satellite zip through the image which is becoming a big problem for astrophotography.
This object was an Interesting challenge to image. I prepared for the brief opportunity to find and image this fast moving Asteroid and had excellent weather but encountered a mount problem at the worse time. Overcoming the probably self inducted technical issue. I was able to locate the Asteroid just moving past the Galaxy Ngc 2935 in the background which is just outside the image. If you use your mind's Eye and imagine the size, speed orbit as it swings past Earth that moving dot is a very interesting thing.

Supernova 2019ein


2019-05-21 2.26 UT
Type SNIa red shift 0.007755 in the galaxy NGC 5353 at a distance of 110 million light years in the Hickson Compact Group 68 Constellation Canes Venatici first discovered by ATLAS "Asteroid Terrestrial impact last alert system" in Hawaii 2019-05-01 at mag 18.194My estimated visual mag 14.1 At 2019-05-21 2.26 UT satellite sneaking through the frame at right side. Mind's Eye Observatory.Stellacam II, C8 Hyperstar, 256 frames unprocessed.