Young's Photo Gallery
James W. Young,
Death Valley NP trip to Dante's View -
October 10-11, 2010
On October 10, Karen and I departed
for Dante's View, on the eastern edge
of Death Valley National Park on the crest of the Black
Mountains. We set up
our photographic tracking systems to image the night sky with our
The first image was taken with a 24mm
f/1.4 lens, with the various night sky
images taken with a 400mm f/2.8 (set at f/4 or f/5.6).
From Dante's View, at an elevation
of 5475 feet, this image is looking to the
northwest out over the park, with Devel's Golf Course left center, some
feet below (since that area is around 282 feet below sea level). Well
right are the lights of Furnace Creek, the park headquarters.
The crescent moon low in the southwest
Jupiter and her four satellites: left to right, Callisto,
JUPITER, Europa, Io,
Comet Hartley 2 (103P) was favorably placed in the northeastern skies
The double cluster h and x Persei
The Pleiades Cluster
The gegenschein (left center) is a slight brightening at the antisolar
the ecliptic (directly opposite the sun). This faint difficult
area to photograph
is the result of sunlight falling onto small material in the solar
in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
While photographing the gegenschein, over 70 geosynchronous satellites
in one image. The above picture is of an area containing 17 such
are artificial earth satellites placed into orbit above the equator,
and many are
various forms of communications satellites.
The nebulosity in the constellation Orion: The Horsehead on the left,
famous Orion Nebula on the right.
The Orion Nebula: Messier 42 is the large 'bubble' right center; M43 is
small pointed area almost in the center, while NGC 1977 is to the left.
The Horsehead Nebula (center), with NGC 2024 in the lower left (below
The Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237) in the constellation of Monoceros,
the bright star cluster NGC 2244
Another view of the Orion Nebula showing two geosynchronous satellites
west to east (as the earth rotates) near the bottom
The bright galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major, M81 (upper center),
M82 to the left, and NGC 3077 to the lower right
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