Andromeda was taken from the South rim of the Grand Canyon. A 45 minute exposure using 400 speed film.
The eclipse shot was taken from Signal Hill In Long Beach.
The others were all taken from the desert. Some from Joshua Tree and others from Wild Horse Canyon about 30 miles from Needles, CA
If you want to see a shitload of astrogeeks. Go to the top of Mt. Pinos near Gorman. On a new moon, weekend night, there will be at least a hundred scopes. Kill the headlights before you enter the parking lot or you will be burned at the stake. Put some red tail light tape over your flashlight too. Just about everybody there will let you look through their scope.
What is the easiest to see (closest) Galaxy to us. And how powerful a telescope is required to see it?
Andromeda is the easiest to see and the closest spiral galaxy. You can see with the naked eye. It looks like a fuzzy smudge.
This object is also visible with the naked eye. Binoculars are always better:
This is M42, the Orion Nebula. It's actually a star nursery. Stars being born. Once you learn how to locate deep sky objects it adds a little to a camping trip. Most of this stuff is not visible from the city.
Cool thanks man. I live out in a rural part of Riverside (10 mi from Temecula) been out here about 20 years. When I first moved out (from Garden Grove) I was amazed. In GG we could see like a hand full of stars on a good night and usually one of those was the our own moon, one a street light, another was likely a police helecopter,j pretty sad. Out here it was so clear and dark that the sky lit up with thousands of stars. I even noticed a long grayish strip of cloud that I understand is the milky way? Over the years the towns of Temecula, Murrieta and Hemet have grown quite a bit. Even though I have a small range of hills that surround me and block much of the light from the cities I still do see a brownish glow in the sky from the cities and it has really compromised the night sky..... From my front gate I can see the dome at Palomar (about 16 miles away as the crow flys)
Ive gone to that sight (Heavens Above I think it was called) and found the times that satellites come by. Thats fun too. In fact I can walk out side most any night and if I spend 5 minutes looking straight up Im often rewarded seeing some man made object screaming across the sky.