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.