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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 https://www.instagram.com/overthemoonastrophotography/

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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