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The Pleiades

YCAS president Butch Kimmel photographed the above image of the Pleiades from Hanover, Pennsylvania on October 18, 2014. The Pleiades are thought to be 120 parsecs away, the young stars in this open cluster illuminate an unassociated gas cloud in the interstellar medium. These stars will stick together for another galactic year (~250 million Earth years), then grow apart through gravitational interaction. Eighteen 10-minute light frames combined with an hour of darks and a set of 12 flat field frames. Shot with modified Canon 600D at ISO 1600 with light pollution filter on the eight-inch Schmidt-Newtonian telescope, 812mm, f/4. 



Image below of planet Jupiter by YCAS member Mike Wenz on November 8, 2013 showing the Great Red Spot. 

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Jupiter imaged on 11/9/13 at 4:24 am through a 10 inch Newtonian telescope. A DMK21af CCD camera was used with a Wratten #38A filter.

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YCAS Member Discovers Asteroids

YCAS member John Sachs discovered two new unknown asteroids. For more information of discovery and animations see: Discovery


Observing The Moon

Mike and the Moon

Below is an image of the lunar crater Schiller taken by YCAS member Mike Wenz. It was taken at the YCAS observatory at John Rudy Park in York, PA using the York County's LX-200 telescope and his  DMK21AF04 CCD camera. The images were stacked using around 1000 exposures out of 1500 exposures and processed using Registax. See: Lunar images


Imaging The Moon

Below images by Michelle Wenz showing sunrise on the Lunar surface. Animation was made from Michelle's images. See More here: Lunar Sunrise

York County, Adams County, Pennsylvania Astronomy The Scout Merit Badge Program

I stood and stared; the sky was lit,
The sky was stars all over it,
I stood, I knew not why,
Without a wish, without a will,
I stood upon that silent hill
And stared into the sky until
My eyes were blind with stars and still
I stared into the sky. --Ralph Hodgson (1913)

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