ESCAMBIA AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS' ASSOCIATION

CLUB ACTIVITY PHOTOS AND ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY

This gallery of photos of club events and members' astrophotography is dedicated to the memory of long-time EAAA member, Jerry Kobi.  Those who knew him were aware of the incredible amount of time that he spent working on club projects, attending club activities, and helping wherever he could be of assistance.  His astrophotography skills were well-developed, and he produced some incredible images, some of which you will see here.  His presence made the club richer.  
                                              He is sorely missed. 


| Club Activities | General Gallery Images
| Sun and Moon Images | Comet Images | Meteors |

Images remain the property of the copyright holder, and may not be copied or distributed without permission of the owner.  If you need to contact any contributor, write dracoproductions@hotmail.com for the address.

Where information on the photo is available, a description will be listed for that photo.  This may include information regarding which film was used, which instruments were used to take the photograph, the focal length, and the duration of the exposure.   

After studying the film types listed by astrophotographers, you may find a preference in film background coloration or clarity as a reference if you want to engage in this rewarding hobby.  You might also make note of the various techniques used and the various optical instruments and accessories that are used to get various types of photos.

For more information visit Beginning Astrophotography.

  CLUB ACTIVITY PHOTOS

Astronomy Day Celebration

EAAA Members Set Up for Gaze

Multiple Sponsors for Astronomy Day Events

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Bartram Park was the scene for this Astronomy Day / Earth Day gathering.  EAAA members set up telescopes for solar viewing and Venus phase viewing, and brought an astrophoto display, a space exploration exhibit featuring a space shuttle tile, and numerous handouts for the public.

April 7, 1997....Ron Munion, Jerry Kobi, and Warren Jarvis (L to R), EAAA members, get set up for an observation session.  Photo by Mike Davey

Joining the EAAA in sponsorship for an Astronomy Day celebration held at the Pensacola Junior College Planetarium were members of Starfleet Continuum and the Klingon Assault Group.

Introducing costumed organizational representatives to the event added a new dimension to the celebration, and was readily accepted by the visiting public.

Starfleet/Klingon Symposium

Klingon Female

Klingon Male

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Members of Starfleet Continuum and the Klingon Assault Group presented information on the latest planet discoveries by dividing up the Universe, while describing each planet that they claimed.

This presentation made the scientific data more interesting and more understandable for the general public.

Members of the Continuum and KAG assisted in the celebration by providing security for the NASA Moon Rock display, as well as participating in an informational symposium and interacting with the public.

A Klingon warrior displays fighting techniques to impress Earthers.

 

Klingon Interacts with Earthers

KAG Warrior in Full Battle Dress

Poster Displays

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A Klingon warrior graciously poses for photos with an Earthling.

 

Imposing Klingons in full battle dress sparked the interest of the public, as well as providing service to the co-sponsored astronomy day event. 

 

Posters of various astronomical objects line the wall for visitors to view while waiting for their turn at viewing NASA Moon Rocks.

Outdoor Observing Session

Solar Observation

Comet Construction

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This outdoor viewing session was held on the pad of the Pensacola Junior College Planetarium.

Astrophotos by club members are displayed in the background as guests participate in supervised solar observation sessions. 

A safe Hydrogen-alpha solar filter was used for this session.

Dave Halupowski, of the EAAA, presents a comet construction demonstration.  His "dirty snowball" "outgasses" in the wind, just as comets do in the solar wind.. You can just see the plume below his shirt button, dissipating out over his pocket.

 

Moon Rocks from NASA

Girl Scouts View Moon Rocks

School Poster Contest Winners

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Local schools were invited to have students participate in the 2001 Astronomy Day Poster Contest--"Taking Astronomy to the People."  Winners received nice prizes for their posters, which were displayed for the public along with credits to the artists, their teacher, and their school.

Members of Starfleet Continuum get a chance to view the Moon Rocks during a break.  Continuum and the Klingon Assault Group provided continuous security for the Moon Rock display.

Members of Starfleet Continuum and the Klingon Assault Group look on as a visiting Girl Scout troop watches a slide presentation about the various types of moon rocks found by astronauts and brought back to Earth.

Teacher:  Donna Governor
Class: Historical Motifs
School:  Brown Barge Middle School

3rd Place Winner

2nd Place Winner

1st Place Winner

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Jennifer McCombs
Brown Barge Middle School

Jeffrey Yee
Brown Barge Middle School

Katie Devereau
Brown Barge Middle School

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GENERAL PHOTO GALLERY

Coathanger Open Cluster

Lagoon Nebula

M 42 Trapezium

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Merry Edenton-Wooten

Jerry Kobi

Walter Behrens

This picture of the Coathanger Open Cluster was taken with a homemade "copier lens" telescope used as a telephoto lens with a 35mm Minolta camera.

This stunning image of the Lagoon Nebula (M 8) was taken prime focus as a guided exposure with a duration of 20 minutes. 

This photo was taken from the back yard of EAAA member Walter Behrens.  The insert is a close-up view of the central portion of his wide angle shot.

M 51 Whirlpool Galaxy

Double Cluster in Perseus

Sirius (Timed Exposure)

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Mike Davey

Mike Davey

Mike Davey

Photo taken Sunday, February 5, 1995 from a backyard setting with Fuji Super G 800 film through an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a 1280 mm focal length at f/6.3 for 45 minutes.

NGC 884 and NGC 869 (Double Cluster of Perseus)....Photo taken October 15, 1993 in a front yard setting with an off-axis guided 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at f/10.0 for 1 hour, using Kodak Gold 1600 film.

Photo taken October 15, 1993 in a front yard setting using an off-axis guided 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at f/10.0 for 30 minutes, using Kodak Gold 1600 film

M 42 Orion Nebula

Saturn

Jupiter

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Mike Davey

Mike Davey

Mike Davey

M 42--The Orion Nebula....Photo taken with an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a 1280 mm focal length at f/6.3 with Kodak Gold Ultra 400 film for 24 minutes, 10 seconds on October 26, 1994. The photo was taken from a front yard setting...weather conditions were low humidity with a temperature in the mid-40's (Fahrenheit).

Photo taken with an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at f/66 for 1 second, using Fuji 1600 Super HG film on September 24, 1993.

Photo taken with an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at f/71 for 2 seconds using Fuji 100 film on June 4, 1993.

Sagittarius and Milky Way

Orion Constellation

Composite (Moon/Jupiter/Saturn)

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Jerry Kobi

Mike Davey

Ed Magowan

Jerry Kobi used a Celestron 9.25" for the following images.  The picture was taken at the dark site at Munson on October 10, 1999 with Fuji 800 color print film.  This is a piggybacked image taken of Sagittarius with a 50 mm lens during a 15 minute exposure.

This photo was taken using a homemade Scotch Mount with help from the club.  The original photo was taken January 24, 1998 at the Munson site with a 58 mm f/2 lens and a cross screen filter, using Ektachrome P1600 slide film.  The image was then scanned to disk, and was computer manipulated with Adobe Photoshop 4.0 to bring out the nebulosity.

 

This composite photo includes the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn.  The moon photo was taken in March 1998 with an 8mm camcorder aimed through an 8" SCT with a 40mm Plossl eyepiece.  Jupiter and Saturn were taken in early October with a B/W microvideo camera at prime focus.  All images were captured to the computer with a Snappy.

 

Saturn (with Titan)

M-33 (Pinwheel Galaxy)

Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

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Jerry Kobi

Dale Lightfoot

Jerry Kobi

This image of Saturn with its moon, Titan, at about 11:00 at the top of the image was taken using a 17 mm eyepiece in a process called "eyepiece projection" for 1.5 seconds.  This means that the camera body didn't have a camera lens, but instead was married to the 17 mm eyepiece, which, in turn, was set (as usual) in the eyepiece cradle on the telescope.  This makes the telescope a huge telephoto camera lens with extra (higher) magnification than with prime focus.  This technique is ideal for planetary photography.

This shot of M33 (Messier catalogue number 33), the Pinwheel Galaxy, by prime focus (using the telescope as a giant telephoto lens) was taken using a home-built 8" f/6 Newtonian telescope. The exposure took 30 minutes using Kodak Tri-X film. It is worth noting that not only the telescope was home-built, but the mirror for the telescope was also home-built and ground and polished by hand.

 

The Globular Cluster (M 22) in Sagittarius was taken using prime focus (using the telescope as a huge telephoto lens for the camera) through the Celestron.  This was a 10 minute duration guided exposure, using the Fuji 800 color print film.

 

M-57 (Ring Nebula)

Omega Centauri

Andromeda

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Walter Behrens

Mike Davey

Barry Knight

This photo of the Ring Nebula was taken on 7-5-2000 at 2:30am in Gulf Breeze, FL in a moderately light polluted front yard. Walter used a Meade 12"LX200 at f6.3, with a Meade Narrowband Nebular Filter, SBIG STV CCD Video Camera, in Track & Accumulate Mode 8 X for a 60-second Exposure.

 

For this shot of Omega Centauri NGC5139, Mike Davey used an 8 inch Schmidt Cassegrain operating at 2000 mm f10 and exposed for 45 minutes on Ektachrome 200 film.

 

This photo of M31 was taken on August 28, 2003.  As the camera's field of view could not capture the entire galaxy, this photo is a mosaic of four separate photos.  One 3 minute unguided photo was taken of each quadrant around the galaxy's center.  The four photos were then stitched together in Photoshop.  The photos were taken with a Canon EOS D60 digital camera at ISO 1000 through a 10" Schmidt-Newtonian at F4.  The temperature was about 75 degrees and the sky was slightly hazy.  Significant processing in Photoshop was done to remove the skyglow caused by the haze.

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THE SUN AND MOON GALLERY

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse

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Ed Magowan

Gary Wiseman

Michael Wooten

This partial lunar eclipse was photographed on March 23, 1997 with ASA 400 film in a 10 second exposure through a Celestron 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

This partial lunar eclipse was photographed on March 23, 1997 with ASA 400 film in a 10 second exposure through a Celestron 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

This total lunar eclipse was photographed on August 16, 1989 at 10:00 P.M. as a 5 second exposure on 400 ASA film using prime focus through an 8" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

Sunspot Band

Partial Solar Eclipse

Annular Solar Eclipse

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Merry Edenton-Wooten

Merry Edenton-Wooten

Merry Edenton-Wooten

If searched carefully, a latitudinal belt can be tracked just below the sun's equator. The larger sunspot lies almost directly on the sun's equatorial belt, while the row of sunspots below show an unusual amount of solar magnetic storm activity.

This example of a partial solar eclipse (the most common type of solar eclipse) was the midpoint of the May 30, 1984 annular eclipse. The moon's shadow takes a bite out of one of the sun's magnetic storms--a sunspot larger than Earth itself.

The annular solar eclipse of May 30, 1984 was unusual in that it was not only a rare annular eclipse, but a "broken" annular eclipse. This, the rarest type of eclipse, only happens when the moon is positioned close enough to the Earth to block out most but not all of the sun's face.

H-Alpha Filter Solar Prominences

Total Solar Eclipse Baja

Total Solar Eclipse Mazatlan

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Jerry Kobi

Judy Anderson

Wayne Wooten

Solar prominences photographed using a Hydrogen-alpha filter during Earth Day/Astronomy Day celebrations of November 26, 1990.

This total eclipse displays reddish prominences erupting out of the photosphere, and the pearly corona just emerging.

A total solar eclipse photograph taken July 11, 1991 from just south of Mazatlan, Mexico with a 400 mm Copier Lens Telescope used as a telephoto lens.

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THE COMET GALLERY


Hyakutake

March 23, 1996

March 24, 1996

March 26, 1996

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Jerry Kobi

Mike Davey

Scott Gottily

Jerry Kobi turned in this entry in November of 1998.   This photo was taken on March 23, 1996.

This is an 8-minute exposure taken with a 58 mm f/2.8 lens.

The dark skies of Arizona forms the backdrop for this shot taken with Kodacolor 1000 film using a 135 mm at f/2.8 in a 5-minute exposure.

March 26, 1996

 

April 10, 1996

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Scott Gottily

 

Merry Edenton-Wooten

This is another 5-minute exposure taken under dark skies in Arizona. Kodacolor 1000 film was used with a 50 mm lens at f/1.8 in a 5-minute exposure.

 

Kodacolor 400 film was used with a 50 mm lens at f/1.4 for 30 seconds for this photo taken from a northeast Pensacola neighborhood.

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Hale-Bopp

March 6, 1997

March 6, 1997

March 8, 1997

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Trevor Wooten

Wayne Wooten

William Robbins

Kodacolor 400 film was used with a 50 mm lens at f/1.4 for 30 seconds for this photo taken from a northeast Pensacola neighborhood.

This photo, taken from a northeast Pensacola neighborhood, shows you just how bright this comet is! Kodacolor 400 film was used with a 28 mm wide-angle lens at f/2.8 for one minute.

Dark skies at Munson, Florida, an EAAA observing site, were the backdrop for this photo taken with a 160 mm, f/3.5 in a 12-minute exposure.

March 8, 1997

March 13, 1997

March 14, 1997

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Jerry Kobi

Wayne Wooten

Dennis Hausch

Another example of what you can do from the club's favorite dark sky site--Munson, Florida! This photo was taken using Fuji 800 film with a 50 mm f/2.0 lens in a 6-minute exposure.

An early morning photo taken from the bluffs overlooking Escambia Bay. Note Cassiopeia just rising to the lower left of the comet. Compare the comet's position in this photo to that of the March 27th evening shot.

Using a 50mm lens at f/2.8 in a 3-minute exposure, the photographer also got a "guest shot." A ghostly observer's image appeared on the film--someone was using binoculars to view the comet during the exposure.

March 16, 1997

March 27, 1997

April 1, 1997

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Dennis Hausch

Merry Edenton-Wooten

Mike Davey

This shot, taken in Valparaiso, Florida, is another example of how Comet Hale-Bopp conquered light pollution to give us all a good look. A 50 mm lens at f/2.8 was used to take this 30 second shot.

Comet Hale-Bopp was photographed in dark twilight over a field of fireflies west of Pensacola. This shot gives some perspective regarding how the comet looked as a naked-eye object--quite impressive! Casseiopeia is visible just to the right of the comet as a "W" that has been set on its side with its arms extended to the right.

This photo was taken with Fuji 800 film with a 135 mm at f/2.8 for a three-minute exposure.  It has been digitally enhanced (Draco) to provide greater contrast with a darker background.

April 2, 1997

April 6, 1997

April 7, 1997

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John VeDepo

Jerry Kobi

Barbara Dickey

This shot was taken during the annual Mid-South Mississippi Stargaze held at the Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, Mississippi. A Canon SLR was mounted "piggyback" onto a Meade 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. A 70 -210 mm telephoto lens set at approximately 100 mm at f/4 was used with Fuji Gold 800 film for a 5-minute exposure. This picture was taken just after sunset under clear to slightly hazy skies.

A 20-minute exposure from the same dark sky site (Munson, Florida) as his other Hale-Bopp photo....this one was taken using Fuji 800 film with a 200 mm at f/4.5.

This 10-second exposure was taken with a 210 mm lens set at f/3.5 by a Pensacola Junior College astronomy student who joined the EAAA.

 

May 8, 1997

 

 

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Jerry Kobi

 

 

Jerry Kobi turned in this entry in November of 1998.   He thought that it might be better than his April 7th image.    One-upsmanship of oneself...what's next?!!  This image was taken at 8:35 PM with Fuji 800 film using a 200mm f/4.5 for 5 minutes.

 

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THE METEOR GALLERY

Leonid Meteors and Satellite

Orionid Meteor

Perseid Meteor 

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T. Dragon

Warren Jarvis

Dave Halupowski

This photo was taken the morning of 11-18-2001 at Open Pond in the Conecuh National Forest. 

This was an unguided photo taken on Fuji 400 speed film using a Pentax ME with 50mm lens at f2.0.  This was approximately 5:05 AM, and is about a 6 min. exposure.  Two meteor trails are visible as well as the trails of two satellites.  The satellite with the longest trail was noted visually, but the other was not.

This is an Orionid meteor streaking toward Aldebaran.

This photo of a Perseid meteor was taken on Thursday, August 12, at 0300 AM at the dark sky site in Munson.  Notice that you can see the Pleiades, Double Cluster, and Casseiopeia (the wide "W" above the meteor) when you click on the image to get the full photo.

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