John Chumack

Astrophoto: Capturing Pluto with a Spoon

by Nancy Atkinson July 8, 2014

Last week, we encouraged those of you with a decent sized backyard telescope (and a little patience) to try and spot tiny dwarf planet Pluto, which was at opposition over this past weekend. One of our favorite astrophotographers, John Chumack, did just that using the “Sagittarius Spoon” to zero-in on Pluto’s location. “Most astronomers are […]

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Eye-Popping Aurora in Alaska

by Nancy Atkinson April 1, 2014

For the past several years, astrophotographer John Chumack has lead a tour to Alaska on how to photograph the northern lights and the night sky, and this year was a great success. “We experienced perfect weather this year: 10 clear nights in a row, with an aurora display every night,” John said via email. Last […]

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Amazing Aurora in Alaska, March 2014

by Nancy Atkinson March 24, 2014

Every year, our friend and astrophotographer extraordinaire John Chumack co-leads a tour to Alaska on how to photograph the northern lights and the night sky, and this year they hit paydirt. “Absolutely amazing aurora about 30 minutes outside Fairbanks, Alaska!!!!” John wrote via email. “I took over 450 photos of it, I watched it dance […]

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Astrophotos: An Amazing Rush from the Sun

by Nancy Atkinson February 8, 2013

“The Sun was amazing yesterday!” wrote John Chumack, one of our favorite astrophotographers, sending us these great shots of incredible prominences on the western limb, and one detached solar prominence, along with several filaments on the disk and 3 Sunspots! You might get a “rush” from the close-ups of the large prominences blasting from the […]

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4 Cool Views of the Hot, Loopy, Spotty Sun

by Nancy Atkinson January 8, 2013

A few sunspots are now ‘peppering” the surface of our Sun — lists about 12 different sunspot groups today. Yesterday (January 7, 2013), astrophotographer John Chumack stepped outside over his lunch break and captured some cool-looking views of the Sun from his observatory in Ohio, using different filters. See more below, plus the Solar […]

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