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PMO Opening Weekend

It’s that time of year again … Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) is about to begin its annual program of Friday and Saturday evening public tours, from Memorial Day weekend (May 22-23) until the end of September. The weather forecast shows at least some clearing for this opening weekend, ...

Messier Objects Part 8

And now part 8 of 10 of the Messier object photography project! This group, although dominated by galaxies, starts off with the lesser-known M78 nebula in Orion, and the lesser-known M79 and M80 globular star clusters in Lepus (below Orion) and Scorpius, respectively. Of the galaxies, the M81/M82 ...

Messier Objects Part 7

And now part 7 of 10 of the Messier object photography project! This group is dominated by star clusters (six globular, one open and one asterism or grouping of stars), but also contains two notable spiral galaxies – M74 in Pisces and M77 in Cetus, along with the “Little Dumbbell” ...

Messier Objects Part 6

Part 6 of 10 of the PMO Messier object photography project is now ready! (See previous posts from 2014 for more details and the first five composite photos.) Eight of the 11 M objects in this group are galaxies in the Leo/Virgo/Coma Berenices/Canes Venatici region of the sky, visible this time of ...

The Rosette Nebula

Next door to the well-known winter constellation of Orion lies the Rosette Nebula, which, although more than twice the apparent size of the full Moon, is too faint to see with the unaided eye. Even with binoculars or a small telescope, you would likely see the associated star cluster (catalog number ...

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2), the fifth comet discovered by Australian amateur Terry Lovejoy, is currently making a nice show in the northern skies, even in binoculars at about magnitude 4 to 5, although you’ll need a good telescope and dark skies to see its faint tail. The comet made its ...

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the staff and volunteers at Pine Mountain Observatory. We hope to see you during next summer’s tour season. Recommended holiday astronomy article: “Colliding Galaxies Spark a Stunning Holiday Light Show” And the bright light you might see low in the ...

A projected image of the partial solar eclipse

Here’s an image of the October 23, 2014 partial solar eclipse as seen from Bend, Oregon using the safe image projection method. In this case, the image was projected onto a white sheet of paper using a 60 mm spotting scope with a 20 power eyepiece, mounted on a tripod. The photo was taken at ...

Comet Siding Spring Photos

This is a composite of two photo sequences taken of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring at PMO on October 18, 2014, from about 7:25 to 7:55 p.m., 16 hours before the comet’s close encounter with Mars. (See the NASA JPL website page for this event.) The comet was very dim and low in the evening sky ...

October 8 lunar eclipse photos

Fortunately the weather for the total lunar eclipse turned out to be excellent, and here’s a composite of some photos taken with the “piggyback” setup on PMO’s 24-inch telescope. The four large photos in the composite were taken with an ATIK astro-camera attached to an 8-inch ...
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