Observatory and
Nature Center

Twentynine Palms

"What more do you need? A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to dream. At one's feet that which can be cultivated and plucked; overhead that which one can study and meditate upon: some flowers on earth and all the stars in the sky. "

From Victor Hugo
Les Misérables
Sky’s the Limit is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities for the people of and visitors to the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities.
We provide a place where the honest pursuit of knowledge enriches the lives of all willing to participate, whether to view the smallest objects on the Earth, or observe the colossal displays in the sky.
The above photos are a selection of showcase objects from the autumn and winter sky. Guests attending our star parties will be viewing these deep sky wonders at Sky's the Limit, November through March.

Steve Caron, Sky's The Limit's astronomer took these deep sky photographs with a Canon 60Da camera through an Orion 80mm f/6.5 ED refractor on a Losmandy G11 mount. These photos are single shot, unguided exposures of six minutes.

Remember, these photographs do not present an accurate representation of what guests should expect to see through the eyepiece any telescope. One will never see the vivid range of colors of a photograph through the eyepiece, even in the largest of telescopes.

On the other hand, photos lack the realism and subtle detail that you will see through the eyepiece. Viewed through the eyepiece, all of these objects (particularly galaxies and nebulae) take on a shade of silver-green, silver-blue or grey and are very diffuse in nature.

These photos are an example of simple, snapshot astrophotography, achievable with modest amateur equipment from a dark sky location.

More photos:
M42 - Great Orion Nebula, stellar nursery
NGC 869 & 884 - Double Cluster in Perseus
M31 - Andromeda Galaxy, nearest spiral galaxy
NGC 2244 - Rosette Nebula - Emission Nebula
M33 - Triangulum Galaxy - local group spiral
M45 - The Pleiades - brilliant open star cluster
M78 & NGC 2071 - reflection nebula in Orion
M37 - rich open star cluster in Auriga
NGC 253 - Sculptor Galaxy - edge-on spiral galaxy
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