Welcome to
Deep Sky

Perhaps this is relevant when you consider that deep space images of the same subject by different photographers always appear dissimilar.  Beyond the obvious variances of equipment, weather conditions and processing, it suggests every astronomical picture is a summer’s midnight dream, toned by the mind of its creator, that celebrates this simple fact of life: We see what we believe.. and feel.

From: A Summer’s Midnight Dream, R. Jay GaBany



Zuni High School, is located on the Zuni Indian Reservation approximately 40 miles south of Gallup, NM.  As such it is in one of the prime locations for observing the night skies.  The school is fortunate to have staff in the Science Department who offer astronomy curriculum at the high school and college level at this location.  The department has recently received funding from the Skulnic foundation in order to provide this high school with a CPC Celestron 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.  The Celestron telescope has been made HyperStar Compatable by Starzonia based out of Tucson, AZ.   The HyperStar unit is a multiple-lense corrector that replaces the secondary mirror on the telescope allowing it to take extremely fast CCD imaging.  The imaging on our telescope is done using a Starlight Xpress color CCD camera that our astronomy instructor purchased.  

With the above equipment along with a donated laptop, we feel that we are the best equipped high school astronomy section in the state.  We will be publishing our images below throughout the upcoming school year.  These first images are from the astronomy instructor and technology teacher as we become familiar with the equipment.  The school year will see the Zuni High School students work posted  below as well.  We hope you will return often to see us get better as we scan the deep sky!

A special thanks to the Skolnick Foundation, and to Dean Koenig, Starzonia, for all his encouragement and patience.  If you would like to read more about deep sky imaging with Starizona's HyperStar, the article by Greg Parker is linked here.

Internet connection here in Zuni is iffy at best, especially since the school district makes it difficult to use their connection.  Glenn's bakery in Gallup,NM have been very supportive, for our efforts by providing us with reliable internet access.  They are good people, and have the best bakery in town, do support them when you are in Gallup.

Most of the information under our images is from Wikipedia.  Thank you!

Notes for me.

These images will take a little bit of time to download, as we get better and find the best rate they should get faster.  Additional Pages:

Messier Catalogue

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9 M10
M11 M12 M13 M14 M15 M16 M17 M18 M19 M20
M21 M22 M23 M24 M25 M26 M27 M28 M29 30
M31  M32  M33 M34 M35 M36 M37 M38 M39 M40
M41 M42 M43 M44 M45 M46 M47 M48 M49 M50
M51 M52 M53 M54 M55 M56 M57
M58 M59 M60
M61 M62 M63 M64 M65 M66 M67 M68 M69 70
M71 72 73 M74 75 M76 M77 M78 M79 M80
M81 M82
M81-82
M83 M84 M85 M86 M87 M88 M89 M90
M91 M92 M93 M94 M95 M96 M97 M98 M99 M100
M101 M102 M103 M104 M105 M106 M107 M108 M109 M110


2011
Rosette NGC0896 Horsehead NGC6960
Veil Nebula
Flame Great Orion Nebula
NGC7538 NGC1788 NGC2903 NGC7788 2-199 NGC1499
NGC7635 Beehive
Cluster M44

Bill's
Moon

NGC7788/90 NGC7027 NGC2903
NGC7635
Bubble Nebula







2012
M96
Galaxy
NGC189
Open Cluster
NGC225
Open Cluster
NGC281
Open Cluster
NGC0381
Open Cluster
NGC0457
Open Cluster
NGC0637
Open Cluster
NGC0695
Open Cluster
M41
Open Cluster
Thor's Helmet
NGC2359
NGC2301
Open Cluster
NGC2362
Open Cluster
NGC2244
Open Cluster / Nebula
NGC264
Cone Nebula
M40
Double Star
M67
Open Cluster
NGC1893
Nebula
NGC2302
Open Cluster
NGC2281
Open Cluster
NGC2392
Eskimo Nebula
NGC1999
Reflection Nebula
NGC2215
Open Cluster
NGC2232
Open Cluster
NGC2266
Open Cluster
NGC2438
M46
M35
Open Cluster
M37
Open Cluster
M66 M65
Galaxies
NGC2421
Open Cluster
NGC3729
Open Cluster
M53
Globular Cluster
M95
Galaxy
M63
Galaxy
NGC093
Open Cluster
M35
NGC2158
NGC1545
Open Cluster
NGC1496
Open Cluster
NGC957
Open Cluster
M105
Eliptical Galaxy
NGC1582 NGC2174
NGC2259
NGC2261 NGC4856 NGC4902 NGC7822 NGC5897
NGC4490-4485
NGC5694 NGC6124 NGC6144 NGC6139 NGC6611
Eagle Nebula
NGC6618
Omega Nebula
NGC40
Bow Tie
NGC6405 NGC6475 NGC6402 NGC7078 NGC6611
NGC7160 NGC7023 NGC40 NGC6826 NGC6992 NGC7380
NGC5979
NGC7027 NGC246-247 NGC7009

2013
M3
Globular Cluster
M36
Open Cluster
M38
Open Cluster
M46
Open Cluster
M47
Open Cluster
M48
Open Cluster
M50
Open Cluster
M52
Galactic Cluster
M76
Little Dumbbell Nebula
M79
Extragalactic Globular
M93
Open Cluster
M94
Spiral galaxy
M102
Spiral galaxy
M106
Spiral galaxy
M108
Barred spiral galaxy
M109
Barred spiral galaxy
Rigel
Star
M54
Globular Cluster
M55
Globular Cluster
M60
Elliptical Galaxy
M64
Spiral Galaxy
M65
Intermediate spiral galaxy
M68
Globular Cluster
M69
Globular Cluster
NGC869/884
Open Clusters
NGC2477
Open Cluster
NGC6334
Cats Paw Nebula
NGC6357
War and Peace Nebula
M85
Lenticular /elliptical galaxy
M86
Lenticular galaxy
M92
Globular Cluster
NGC3242
Planet Nebula
NGC4697/
 NGC4731

Elliptical galaxies
NGC 4303
Galaxy
NGC4374
Galaxy
NGC4501
Galaxy
NGC3587
Planet Nebula
Betelgeuse
Star

 
In order to show the reader the power of the equipment, the staff visited Mr. Koenig after having our equipment and hardware prepared or HyperStar.  We were disappointed in that the evening  not clear.  In addition to the city lights there was a high overcast so that we could not make out many stars.  Mr. Koenig said we should try anyway and proceeded to point to the Orion Nebula.  After taking several pictures, stacking them, this is the image..... Through the clouds.




The following images were taken from 2010 to 2013 at Zuni Pueblo, NM.  The images are:
  • 5,10 & 20 seconds ea.
  • Stacked
  • Software:  Maxim DL 5 & Photoshop Elements

Mr Voss wanted you all to understand that no biologist were harmed in the imaging here in Zuni.  Verbally abused yes, but not harmed!