M104 Sombrero Galaxy

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Beautiful Comet Lovejoy observed from the Southern Hemisphere and the International Space Station

Merry Christmas with this Extraordinary Sun Grazer !!

 More images by Rob McNaught at:
Many thanks to All Observers for their wonderful images

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SDSS project for Colegio de Ciencias y Humanidades Plantel Sur UNAM #1
Prof. Fis. Arturo Garcia Cole

Exercise: Obtain finding image of an object in SDSS

For example M104 the Sombrero galaxy:

Obtain coordinates from the Space Telescope Science Institute page:

Place the coordinates in the SDSS chart page:

Save the image

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

JD Maddy's beautiful image of Comet Garradd and M15

JD has given me the pleasure of posting his beautiful photograph.

It was taken with his Celestron 11", fork mount (alt-az), Hyperstar and a Canon XSI. It's a stack of 10 images using Deep Sky Stacker and Gimp 2 for processing. He took it from his observatory in Clarkdale Arizona, at about 3am on Aug 4th. SQM readings were 21.1.

Please click image for a 1024 by 668 pixel enlargement

Monday, August 8, 2011

Comet Garradd 2009 P1

Many thanks for the images from:
I hope we can image it, starting in September, with the Pueblo High School, Tucson Arizona, and University of Mexico (CCH-Sur UNAM) Tzec Maun Teams.

Orbital Elements

Epoch 2011 Dec. 25.0 TT = JDT 2455920.5
T 2011 Dec. 23.67587 TT                                 MPC
q   1.5505337            (2000.0)            P               Q
z  -0.0006873      Peri.   90.74737     -0.16660816     -0.82691209
 +/-0.0000006      Node   325.99768     -0.58719864     +0.52078381
e   1.0010658      Incl.  106.17747     +0.79211077     +0.21213351
From 1392 observations 2009 Aug. 13-2011 July 29, mean residual 0".4.

Observations and more orbital elements