ASTRONOMY GALLERY - Star, Planetary & Deep Sky Images

Star, Planetary & Deep Sky Images 

These images were captured using Saddleback Observatory instruments by students and staff or as otherwise noted.  See bottom of page for other links.

12/21/2020 - Great Conjunction Jupiter & Saturn TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus 12/21/2020 - Great Conjuntion Jupiter & Saturn TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus
 11/11/19 Mercury Transit of Sun - TEC 10" D850 Prime Focus 1/160 sec, ISO 80 (see next image for detail)  11/11/19 Mercury Transit of Sun Detail - TEC 10" D850 Prime Focus 1/160 sec, ISO 80
08/19/2019 Saturn (B/W Enhanced) - TEC 10" w/ 3x Barlow Nikon D850 1/13sec, ISO640 11/09/20 Mars near Opposition - TEC 10" 2x Powermate D850 1/80sec, ISO 100
07/31/18 Jupiter - Meade 16" Nikon D850 17mm Eyepiece Projection 1/25sec, ISO640   05/24/19 M13 Globular Cluster - TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus 5sec, ISO 6400
 07/26/2017 Saturn - Meade 16" Nikon D750 17mm eyepiece projection + 50mm Nikkor f/1.8 1/5sec, ISO400   20/05/15 M42 - Orion Nebula Wide Field View - Pentax K-50 22sec, ISO600 Zeiss-Jena f/3.5 135mm lens
 10/11/17 Altair Showing Background Stars to ~Mag 14.5 - Meade 16" STX-16803 10sec  Epsilon Lyra Double-Double w Separations at 2.6"/2.3" - TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus 1/2sec, ISO400
 01/23/19 M42 Orion Nebula - TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus 5sec, ISO3200   01/23/19 M42 Orion Nebula (Negative Image) - TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus 5sec, ISO3200 
03/31/16 M51 Whirlpool Galaxy (Extreme Crop) - Pentax K-50 Zeiss 135mm f/3.5, 43sec ISO1600  01/23/19 M42 Orion Nebula Trapezium Detail - TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus 3sec, ISO800 
 04/07/17 M51 Whirlpool Galaxy (Green Filter) Stacked - Meade 8" SCT Canon 60Da Prime Focus 6sec, ISO5000 05/27/18 Jupiter - Takahashi 4" APO Nikon D850 11mm Eyepiece Projection 1/8 sec ISO100
 02/10/18 Wide Field Near Constellation Lyra - Nikon D850 50mm 2.5sec, f/1.4, ISO1600 11/22/17 Neptune & Moon Triton - Meade 16" Nikon D740 Prime Focus 6sec, ISO3200 
 04/07/17 M51 Whirlpool Galaxy (Green Filter) Stacked - Meade 8" SCT Canon 60Da Prime Focus 6sec, ISO5000 07/22/17 Milky Way in Sagittarius - Anza-Borrego State Park - Nikon D810  
 09/14/18 Mars Showing Polar Cap (During Global Duststorm) - TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus 1/30sec, ISO800  09/14/18 Saturn - Meade 16" Nikon D850 26mm Eyepiece Projection 1/30sec, ISO800
05/28/19 M13 Globular Cluster - TEC 10" Nikon D850 Prime Focus 6sec, ISO10000   08/13/15 Pleiades Open Cluster - Pentax K-50 Zeiss-Jena 135mm f3.5 22sec, ISO800 
01/18/18 Pleiades Open Cluster Wide Field - Nikon D850 135 Nikkor  1sec, f/2, ISO1600 07/31/19 Jupiter - TEC 10" Nikon D850 26mm Eyepiece Projection 1/30sec ISO400 
07/01/19 Jupiter Showing Great Red Spot - TEC 10" Nikon D850 15mm Eyepiece Projection 1/20sec, ISO400   08/12/18 Milky Way in Cygnus - Nikon D850 28mm Nikkor f/2.8, 4 sec, ISO3200 (View on large screen in dark room.)
11/24/18 Double Star Alberio (Cygnus) Showing Color Difference - TEC 10" Dikon D850 1.6sec, ISO400  06/29/19 Jupiter Showing Great Red Spot - TEC 10" Nikon D850 26mm Eyepiece Projection 1/30sec, ISO200
07/08/15 Milky Way in Sagittarius -  Anza-Borrego State Park - Pentax K-50 50mm f/2 30sec, ISO3200 07/08/15 Milky Way in Sagittarius -  Anza-Borrego State Park - Pentax K-50 50mm f/2 35sec, ISO800
08/04/18  Way in Sagittarius -  Anza-Borrego State Park - Nikon D850 (Lens Unknown) 6sec, ISO4000 10/10/15 Moon, Jupiter, Mars Venus - Pentax K-50 28mm f/4, 2.5sec, ISO400
March 1996 Comet Hyakytake (film) - Photograph Paul Pitsker - Nikon w/50mm Fixed Tripod 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp (film) - Photograph Paul Pitsker - Nikon w/50mm Fixed Tripod
Betelgeuse Extreme Crop Showing Faint Background Stars - Meade 16" STX-16803 11sec Satellite Tracking with Meade 16" and Sbig STX-16803
Star Field (Unknown)  

 

Older Images

These deep sky images were captured by students and staff using both 35mm film and CCD camera digital imaging formats.

Saddleback-College-Astronomy M57 (Ring Nebula) CCD Digital image (B. Sackett).

Saddleback-College-Astronomy M36 (open cluster) 35mm film (J.Robinson).

Saddleback-College-Astronomy NGC6822 CCD Digital image (B.Sackett).

Saddleback-College-Astronomy NGC6951 CCD Digital image (B.Sackett).

Saddleback-College-Astronomy M42 (Orion Nebula) 35mm film (S.Reinoehl).

Saddleback-College-Astronomy M45 (Pleiades) 35mm film (J.Robinson).

Saddleback-College-Astronomy Sagittarius star cloud 35mm film (S.Reinoehl).

Saddleback-College-Astronomy M57 (Ring Nebula) 35mm film (S.Reinoehl).

Saddleback-College-Astronomy Taurus w/ Jupiter/Pleiades 35mm film.

 Links

Link to Interactive Sky Map

Link to The Sky Live - Real-time images, positions, velocities and distances of planets, comets, etc.

Link to NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day.

Link to a dated Archive for Astronomy Photo of the Day.

Link to current Astronomy News provided by Sky & Telescope Magazine.