Young's Photo Gallery
James W. Young,
Astronomical - 2
Outside of the various camera equipment owned by the author over the
many of the astronomical pictures were taken with additional equipment,
as telescopes and tracking devices illustrated below. As
you scroll down the
image section, many will indicate which additional equipment was
They are as follows:
The 24-inch reflector at Table Mountain Observatory, circa 1966 -
This was a motor-driven analog instrument when set up in 1966, and had
and brakes to control slew, set, guide, and track motions for both RA
and Dec axes.
It is currently a computer controlled telescope with extremely accurate
This is the author's 10-inch home-brew reflector, with a G-8 Losmandy
on a modified heavy duty tripod for field operations. It is
pictured here at the
Grandview Campground in the White Mountains of California. Polar
extremely easy with Losmandy 'polar axis' finder. This current
mounting are housed in the author's home observatory located in
California. The author's wife, Karen, uses this instrument to
occultation observations for IOTA, as well as variable star
the AAVSO. This telescope, used since 2002, is easily transported
operations from its normal home location.
A completely new tracker
utilizing a second Losmandy G-8 mounting, with drive
assembly, was acquired to provide a separate system for a new Canon
telephoto lens. Some of the following images were taken with this
setup using the lens at four possible focal lengths;
400mm, 560mm, 800mm,
With the use of 1.4X and 2X extenders (and combinations of
of the two), images
were taken at f2.8, 4, 5.6, and 8.
In early 2012, my original Canon 20D was converted to better
by the removal of the factory IR cut-off filter, and the
of a new
Ha filter. Testing is underway, with a few images below showing
Using the 24-inch telescope at
Table Mountain, I discovered a supernova in the
small galaxy known as UGC 3053 on September 1, 2004. The original
on the left (the supernova indicated by the yellow arrow), with a
of the same region (on the right) taken by the Palomar Sky Survey
earlier. There is a bright star just off the image to the lower
the flare. This was a type II supernova, measured at about
The green flash over the Pacific Ocean as seen from Jalama Beach County
some 50 miles west of Santa Barbara, California on December 24, 2009.
Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin from Table Mountain Observatory on February 19,
The setting crescent moon (note the earthshine), with Venus to the
Mercury just below the moon,
from Cannon Beach, Oregon on April 15, 2010.
The constellation Lyra rising above the moving clouds over Monument
Arizona on May 23, 2010. West Mitten, East Mitten, and Merrick
seen from left to right here on May 23, 2010.
The constellation Lyra rises above one of the arches in Arches NP, Utah
The Milky Way beyond Delicate Arch in Arches NP, Utah on May 25, 2010.
Shiprock, New Mexico is seen here in moonlight, with Venus setting in
on the left on May 25, 2010.
Comet C/2009 R1 McNaught from Inspiration Point on the Angeles Crest
in California on June 8, 2010. NGC 891 is the edge-on galaxy near
The following 18 images were taken
from Grandview Campground in the White Mts
of California (east of Bishop) on
the dates indicated.
The Lagoon (M8 - lower) and Trifid (M20 - upper) nebulae in the
Sagittarius on August 10, 2010.
Galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici on August 10, 2010.
Note the satellite trail intersects the center of the galaxy!
The Lagoon (M8) and Trifid (M20) Nebulae on August 10, 2010.
The Omega Nebula (M17) in the constellation Sagittarius on August 10,
The Andromeda galaxy (M31) in the constellation Andromeda as seen on
10, 2010. NGC 205 (M110) is the small patch to the upper left of
M32 is the small round spot just to the right of center.
The spiral galaxy (M33) in the constellation Triangulum, also
August 10, 2010, and only a few degrees south of the Andromeda galaxy.
The North American Nebula (NGC 7000) in the constellation of Cygnus
also on August 10, 2010. The fainter nebula to the right is the
The Omega (M17 - lower) and Eagle (M16 - upper) nebulae seen here on
11, 2010. The Eagle Nebula is located in the constellation
A bright Perseid fireball (meteor) imaged on August 12, 2010.
The center of the Milky Way Galaxy on August 12, 2010.
Another very bright Perseid fireball (meteor) imaged on August 13, 2010.
The Milky Way on August 13, 2010 (with a faint meteor).
The Andromeda Galaxy, with NGC 205 (M110) and M32 on August 13, 2010.
Gamma Cygni, named Sadr, is seen here surrounded by dusty reflection
know as IC 1318, along with a small star cluster, NGC 6910 (in the
recorded on August 13, 2010.
Known as the 'Coathanger', a cluster of stars resembles an upside down
hanger, along with a star cluster (NGC 6802) to the left, in the
of Vulpecula on August 13, 2010.
Also in Vulpecula is the Dumbbell planetary nebula, M27, photographed
August 13, 2010.
The California Nebula in the constellation Perseus on August 13, 2010.
The Veil Nebula in the constellation of Cygnus has three specific
areas that are
believed to be the remnants of a ancient supernova. To the left
is NGC 6995,
6992, and IC 1340. To the right is NGC 6960, also known as the
Nebula. This was imaged on August 13, 2010.
A close-up of the Filamentary Nebula (NGC 6960), and the bright star,
52 Cygni, seen also here on August 13, 2010.
The full moon from Wrightwood, California on September 22, 2010.
The following 9 images were taken
from Dantes View in Death Valley NP, CA
on October 10, 2010.
The crescent moon setting in the west.
The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus (NGC 884 - bottom, and
869 - top)
Comet 103P, Hartley 2, imaged here in the constellation Perseus.
The Pleiades star cluster (M45), in the
constellation Taurus, with considerable
several of the stars.
The gegenschein, the very faint patch of light left center, appears
sun along the plane of the ecliptic. This is likely the
reflection of sunlight off
interplanetary dust in the solar system. Bright planet Jupiter is
to the right.
The Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237/8), along with the bright star cluster
2244) in the very center, are in the constellation of Monoceros.
The famous Orion Nebula (M42) in the constellation of Orion. The
'pointed' extention from the main bright area, is M43. Above
these two, is
the smaller nebula, NGC 1977. Note the three faint
trails to the right center, as recorded during this exposure.
The Horsehead Nebula in the constellation of Orion. The red area
is known as
IC 434 (with the horse's head, the dark area). The bright flare
nebula to the
top left is NGC 2024. The Horeshead itself is catalogued as
The bright galaxies, M81 (center right) and M82 (top) in the
Major are seen here, along with NGC 3077 in the lower left corner.
The bright Milky Way galaxy seen from Big Bend NP in Texas on April 7,
Several clouds can be seen in this image.
The same as above, but with a telephoto lens looking at the center.
The Milky Way photographed from 9000 feet elevation on the southern
Mt. Graham, Arizona on May 12, 2011. Two satellite trails are to
A planetary conjunction at dawn on the morning of May 12, 2011, also
Graham, Arizona. The brighter planet Venus, is at right center,
above, and Mars (the fainter one) to the lower right. Mercury is
left edge next to the tree top, and quite faint.
Grand Canyon National Park on May
The Milky Way from Grand Canyon NP, Arizona.
The center of the Milky Way, also as above.
The same planetary conjunction imaged from Mt. Graham the morning
is imaged here from the south rim of Grand Canyon
NP. Mercury is on the
original image, but does not show here very well (at the left edge, and
to the right of the flat rim).
Sunset into the Pacific Ocean from Ecola Park, Oregon on October 25,
Orion, and the winter Milky Way from Tolavana Park, Oregon (south of
Beach) on November 2, 2011. Three satellite trails show here, but
additional trails were detected on the original.
Jupiter setting over the Pacific Ocean from Tolavana Park, Oregon on
The nearly full moon, and Jupiter (just below the moon, and faint) set
west on November 10, 2011 from Tolavana Park, Oregon.
The partially eclipsed moon from Dantes View in Death Valley NP,
on December 10, 2011 at 5:20 AM local time.
The fully eclipsed moon, at 6:11 AM local time, as noted above.
camera/tracker/mounting/lens system setup at 9600 feet on the
northwest slope of Mt. Graham,
Arizona. The following 9 images were
recorded on February 10,
2012. The first tests with the modified 20D
camera were made here, and a few
results are noted below.
The Losmandy tracker, with the Canon 400mm telephoto lens.
The Orion Nebula with the modified Canon 20D camera. Note the
of a geosynchronous satellite on the right edge.
The Horsehead Nebula with the Canon 20D.
The Rosette Nebula with the Canon 20D.
The Horsehead Nebula with the (unmodified) Canon 1Ds Mark III.
The Pleiades star cluster with the 1Ds Mark III
The bright star, Canopus, seen low in the south over the small city of
Arizona (left center), and the glow from the larger communities of
Douglas further in the
The full moon, as seen from Wrightwood, California on May 5, 2012.
The moment of central annular eclipse of the sun, photographed from
Arizona on May 20, 2012.
The progression of the May 20th eclipse, from upper left, to lower
The much awaited transit of Venus, imaged from Wrightwood on June 5,
The progression of the transit of Venus from first contact (upper
taken every minute until Venus was fully over the sun's disk (lower
The green flash imaged here with 5 exposures spanning 7 seconds of time
June 24, 2012, as the sun set into the Pacific Ocean from Seaside,
The green flash photographed the following day from Cannon Beach,
expecting this event to occur, I managed only one image, hand held as
blue color was very evident to the unaided eye during the end of this
A large X-flare unleashed from the sun on July 12, 2012 created bright
across the northern United States (and elsewhere). It
was cloudy on the coast
of Oregon until July 15, 2012, so with clearing skies that evening I
detect the faint pink sky colors of the last of this display.
The International Space Station streaks across the skies above
August 7, 2012. In this 2 minute exposure, the stars are trailed,
Virginis (Spica) to the left center, with
Mars above and Saturn closer to the