Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

My wife and I went to Pigeon Forge, TN in mid-September 2010.  We stayed in a cabin in the hills about 5 miles out of town.  The air was clear, the daily walks were invigorating and just as important to an amateur astronomer, the skies were moderately dark.

I battled a waxing half-Moon, but in clear, unpolluted skies, the sky glow was bearable. 

Taking astro photos in Pigeon Forge gave me an opportunity to image several deep space Milky Way objects that I cannot see at home because of light pollution. Without further ado, here are some of the pictures that I took.




Lagoon Nebula (Messier Object - M8)






Eagle Nebula (Messier Object - M16)
 



Swan Nebula (Messier Object - M17)




Trifid Nebula (Messier Object - M20)
 



Andromeda Galaxy (Messier Object - M31)

 



The Pleiades (The Seven Sisters Star Cluster) (Messier Object - M45)
 



North America Nebula (NGC-7000)



 
Harvest Moon (September 21st, 2010 )
 

That's all for now.  I hope to capture images of other deep space objects on a clear weekend night very soon.  Check back often for updates.


Starpilot.


2 comments:

Jacki said...

My favorite is the Andromeda Galaxy...that is awesome!

Mike Farid said...

wow, nice picture,,,i'm stunned dude,,,very sharp res....please refer to my article and blog about low budget astrophotography:
http://astromic.blogspot.com/2010/05/low-budget-astrophotography.html