Pennyrile Stargaze

The 2016 Pennyrile Stargaze will be held from October 1 to October 9. No preregistration is required, however, if you plan to attend please contact us on this FB page or at jsshirleysr@gmail.com telling us the number of days you plan to attend. This will help us with planning for the Porta Potties. Visitors are always welcome.... Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and friendly fellowship will be provided

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Pelican Nebula IC5070 9-4-16

William Optics FLT 98 F6.3, AVX mount, Nightscape 8300 CCD, 10 Frames @ 300 sec's (5 mins) each stacked

Saturday, September 3, 2016

M57 9-3-16


LX200 GPS 8inch F10, AVX mount, Nightscape 8300 CCD, 60 Frames @ 30 sec's each stacked

M15 9-3-16

LX200 GPS 8inch F10, AVX mount, Nightscape 8300 CCD, 40 Frames @ 30 sec's each stacked

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Saturn 7-16-16


LX200R 14inch F10, DSI III color CCD, 100 Frames stacked @ .0313 sec's each

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mars 5-22-16

LX200R14 F20, DSI III CCD, 100 Frames @ .0882 sec's each stacked

Saturn 5-22-16

LX200R14  F20, DSI III CCD, 100 Frames @ .1250 sec's each stacked

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Whale Galaxy NGC 4631+4627- Hockey Stick Galaxy NGC 4656 + 4657 4-9-16


William Optics FLT 98, WO Field Flattener, AVX mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 10 Frames stacked @ 480 sec's (8mins) each   The Hockey Stick galaxy has two NGC designation numbers. It is a pair of galaxies

Friday, February 19, 2016

M31 11-14-14 reprocessed

William Optics FLT 98, Celestron VX EQ mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 18 Frames @ 300 sec's (5mins) each stacked

Saturday, February 6, 2016

M81 2-6-16

LX200 GPS 8inch F10, AVX mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 18-300 sec's (5mins) frames stacked

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rosette Nebula 1-29-16

William Optics FLT 98 F6.3, AVX mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 8 Frames @ 300 sec's (5mins) each stacked

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Comet Catalina 1-2-16

William Optics FLT 98 F6.3- AVX mount-Nightscape 8300 CCD- 10-5min Frames stacked

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Otwell Library Newspaper Article 12-9-15

Otwell librarian Emily Willis assembled this display of books about space exploration and astronomy. The library has formed a partnership with Mark and Marcie Miller, who have photographed astronomical objects, as well as NASA lift-offs. Their photos are displayed at the Otwell Library and published on their Red n Blue Observatory channel on the Night Skies Network.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

M1 Crab Nebula 12-5-15

LX200 GPS 8inch F10, AVX mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 10 Frames @ 300 sec's (5min's) each stacked

Sunday, November 15, 2015

M42 11-14-15

William Optics FLT98 F6.3, WO Field Flattener, AVX mount, Nightscape 8300 CCD, 5 Frames @ 300 sec's (5 min's) stacked

Saturday, November 14, 2015

NGC 891 11-14-15


William Optics FLT 98 F6.3 WO Field Flattener AVX mount Nightscape 8300 CCD  12 Frames @ 300 sec's (5 mins) each stacked

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Northern Polar Field 11-3-15

Pentax K10D, ISO 1600, F8, 25min exp

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sun 10-22-15


Lunt LS60THaPT DS-AVX Mount-Samsung SBC2000N camera-1/120-1/60 sec exposures respectively

Monday, October 19, 2015

NGC 7331 10-17-15

LX200 8inch F10, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, WO Field Flattener, AVX mount, 8 Frames @ 300 sec's (5 mins) stacked

Sunday, October 18, 2015

NGC 7331 10-17-15

LX200 8inch F10, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, WO Field Flattener, AVX mount, 10 Frames @ 300 sec's (5 mins) stacked

Monday, September 28, 2015

Supermoon Eclipse 9-27-15

William Optics FLT98,.5 Focal Reducer, Samsung SBC2000N camera

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Astronomy Day 4-25-15



Cloud cover started off the day at the museum. Then by early afternoon the clouds broke up enough that we brought our equipment out front for some solar viewing for the public. All in all it turned out to be not a total loss. Just a guess that 20+ people were able to get some views through the scopes.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sun 4-23-15


Lunt LS60THaPT Double Stacked- AVX mount- SBC2000N camera- 1 Frame @ 1/1000 sec

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Saturn 4-4-15


LX200R 14inch F10-DSI III CCD- 1 Frame @ .0664 sec

Moon Pre-umbra eclipse 4-4-15

William Optics FLT 98-AVX mount-DSI III color CCD-1 Frame @ .0014 sec

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sun 3-21-15

Lunt LS60THaPT SBC2000N camera, AVX mount

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sun 2-7-15

Lunt  LS60THaPT, Celestron AVX mount, Meade DSI III color CCD, 1 frame @ .0156 sec's

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jupiter Triple Transit 1-23,24-15

Meade LX200R 14inch, F10, Meade DSI III color CCD, 1 Frame @ .0322 sec's

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jupiter and Io Transit 1-16-15

LX200R 14inch, Meade DSI III color CCD, 1 Frame @ .0443 sec

Friday, January 9, 2015

Thor's Helmet 1-9-15

William Optics FLT 98 F6.3, WO Field Flattener, Celestron VX EQ mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 15 Frames @ 300 sec's (5 min) each stacked

Comet Lovejoy 1-9-15

William Optics FLT 98 F6.3, WO Field Flattener, Celestron VX EQ mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 5 Frames stacked @ 300 sec's (5 mins) each

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Moon 12-31-14

William Optics FLT 98 F6.3, Celestron VX EQ mount, Meade DSI III imager, 1 frame @ .0044 sec

Friday, December 26, 2014

Sun 12-25-14

LS60THaDS, Celestron VX EQ mount, DSI III color imager

Saturday, November 15, 2014

IC 434 11-15-14

William Optics FLT 98  F6.3, WO Field Flattener, Celestron VX EQ mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD,  12 Frames @ 300 sec's (5mins) each stacked

Friday, November 14, 2014

M45 The Pleiades 11-14-14

William Optics FLT 98 F6.3, Celestron VX EQ mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 10 Frames @ 300 sec's (5 mins) each stacked

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Otwell Library

This was taken at the Otwell Library. Our local library has provided a table for us to display our astrophotographs. This is our latest picture of the Andromeda Galaxy. Next to the picture is a newspaper article from the Press Dispatch when in January we went to KSC to witness a satellite launch of the TDRS communications satellite. The ladies at the library presented the article alongside our astronomy photo.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

M31 11-1-14

William Optics FLT 98, Celestron VX EQ mount, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD, 18 Frames @ 300 sec's (5mins) each stacked