The Astronomy Club 

Andromeda Galaxy


The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light years from Earth.  At a magnitude of 3.4, it is one of brightest objects in the sky and can be seen with the naked eye in the Andromeda constellation.  This was photographed by Ken Spencer.  The image was captured using a Canon DSLR Camera.  Taken on November 19, 2012, at 6:07 PM MST, imaged at the prime focus of a Meade 8"  2080 SCT (f/6.3), 210 sec exposure at  ISO-800 with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i in Verrado.  Unguided and processed with Adobe Photoshop CS5.   See Andromeda Galaxy for more information

Venus Transit


Photograph by Ken Spencer of the transit of the planet Venus taken in Verrado on June 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM AZ Time with a Canon T2i  imaged at the prime focus of an 8" Meade 2080 SCT unguided with an Orion glass solar filter.  This event will not occur again until December 2117, more than 100 years from now.  The round object in the photograph is the planet Venus and the spots on the yellow disk are sun spots on the sun.   For more information see: Transit of Venus

Lunar Conjunction


Photograph by Ken Spencer of the conjunction of the planet Jupiter within 30-40 arc seconds of the moon.  Taken at 6:20 PM MST, imaged at the prime focus of a Meade 6000 series 115mm, apochromatic triplet refractor (f/7), 1/250 exposure at ISO-200 with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i in Verrado on January 21, 2013.   Unguided and unprocessed.  These two objects were the brightest objects in the sky that night here in Verrado.  It is actually an optical illusion.  The moon is around 400,000 km from the Earth and Jupiter is 680 million km from the earth.  The round object in the upper left hand corner of the photograph is Jupiter.   See Conjunctions

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Orion Nebula


Photograph by Ken Spencer of M42, the Orion Nebula and NGC 1977, the Running Man Nebula using a Canon DSLR Camera.  Taken on December 11, 2012, imaged at the prime focus of a Meade 8"  2080 SCT (f/6.3), 180 sec exposure at  ISO-1600 with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i in Verrado.  Unguided and processed with Adobe Photoshop CS5.   See M42 for more  information.

Jupiter


Photograph by John Suscavage of the planet Jupiter taken in Verrado , imaged  at the prime focus of a Celestron, 8 inch SCT  with a DSLR camera ,  stacked with Registax .  Unguided .  For more information on Jupiter, click here:  Jupiter Information