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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

19 photo(s) Updated on: March 25, 2024
  • 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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