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Roper Mountain Astronomers

Mark Stanford Sr. 

Mark Stanford has had a fascination with Astronomy and Astrophotography for over 50 years. Having owned telescopes of all types and sizes, He currently photographs the heavens from his home observatory in Pickens, South Carolina. A member of Roper Mountain Astronomers since 2022, he has been involved with public outreach and other astronomy clubs for over 30 years.

Mark's work can be found at

24 photo(s) Updated on: May 08, 2024
  • The Diamond Ring effect at the 2024 eclipse. Carbondale Illinois
  • 2024 eclipse Carbondale Illinois. Totality and Bailey's Beads
  • Markarian's chain
  • The "Boogeyman" nebula
  • NGC 4565 about 50 million light years away
  • Comet 12P Pons Brooks
  • Thor's Helmet
  • The Rosette nebula
  • The Christmas Tree nebula, The Fox Fur nebula The Snowball Cluster, and The Cone nebula
  • The constellation Orion in Hydrogen Alpha, Sulfur II, Oxygen III and Hydrogen Beta gases. You will note Barnard's Loop and many other nebulas.
  • The Great Orion nebula, M42
  • Another look at M42 thru different filters
  • M78 in the Orion constellation
  • M31 The great Andromeda Galaxy
  • NGC891 in Andromeda
  • M33 in Triangulum. Our second closest neighbor galaxy next to M31 The Andromeda Galaxy
  • The Veil nebula complex. over 3 degrees wide in the sky, it is a supernova remnant
  • The Horsehead nebula in Orion
  • M45, The Pleiades Cluster.
  • The Great Orion Nebula in some detail
  • This is another look at the nebulous area of the Orion constellation. This one was taken with my 60 year old Nikon 135mm telephoto. 1 hour of exposures.
  • IC 5146 (also Caldwell 19, Sh 2-125, Barnard 168, and the Cocoon Nebula) is a reflection/emission nebula and Caldwell object in the constellation Cygnus. The NGC description refers to IC 5146 as a clu
  • The Angel Nebula, also known as NGC 2170, is a dusty nebula in the equatorial constellation Monoceros, about 2,700 light-years away. It reflects the light of nearby hot stars, and is surrounded by oth
  • M45, 1hour of exposures taken with a Nikon D750 @ 300mm from the driveway.
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