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In the dawn sky, a thin Moon and Jupiter move closer and closer. Juptier, along with Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto close in on the moon during a rare occultation. Photographed through a 12.5 inch reflector at prime focus with Fuji 100 asa color slide film. 2 second exposure at f6.3. The clear blue mornig sky was evident in the photograph as was the Earthshine on most of the moon's surface.

One of the least observed meteor showers is The Quadrantids. One reason is the fact that it occurs during the first week of January and for much of North America this means cold, cloudy weather. From left to right, Vic Winter, Bob Pool and Nick Reuss took advantage of a clear night to observe the shower in 1991. Unfortunately, at about 4:30 a.m. a freezing fog settled over the site, coating everything with a white layer of frost. Many brigt blue meteors were counted before the fog covered the area.

A series of photographs of A Total Lunar Eclipse were combined to make image of a 1993 lunar eclipse. The images were shot on ASA 400 Color Slide Film with a 400 mm telephoto lens from Powell Observatory.

The colors visible in The Great Orion Nebula stand out in this 8 minute exposure at prime focus on Kodak Ektapress 1600 asa film. The nebula was photographed through the 30 inch reflector at Powell Observatory.

The summer Milky Way streams out of the southern sky and heads northward across the sky. Shot with a 50mm lens and Nikon F2 mounted on a guided reflector, this 10 minute exposure captures millions of stars, clusters and nebula. This photograph was made under the clear skies of west Texas during a Texas Star Party at the Prude Ranch.

A meteor from The Perseid Meteor Shower was shot in a parking lot on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park during the peak of the shower on August 11, 1994. This -8 magnitude Fireball was captured on Fuji Color Negative Film. The lens was an 8 mm on a Nikon F2. The exposure was 15 minutes with the camera mounted on a stationary tripod. This image is cropped from the much larger full all-sky image.

Halley's Comet was not what everybody expected but a few weeks after it was supposed to hit its best the comet's tail was visible from Powell Observatory, located near Louisburg, Kansas.

All Photographs (C)1986-1995 By Victor J. Winter.

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