Observatory and
Nature Center

Twentynine Palms

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The Basin Wide Foundation
"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; over head 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.
An affiliate of
The Basin Wide Foundation
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Steve Caron, Sky’s The Limit’s astronomer says these are some of the best photos he has taken over the past weeks. Steve says these are his first attempts in many years, so they will certainly get better over time.

Steve said they are not quite as vivid and realistic as what you would see in the eyepiece (in his opinion), but they are a good representation of what guests may expect to see with Sky’s The Limits 14" telescope.

All Photos were taken with a Celestron 14" Schmidt Cassegrain at F/7 with a focal reducer and a Canon 60Da camera. They are all single 30 second exposures at ISO 6400 or ISO 3200. Scope was donated to Sky’s The Limit by Celestron.
M8 - Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius, one the best and brightest diffuse nebula in the Milky Way.
M27 - Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula, largest and brightest planetary nebula in the sky.
M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy in Canis Venatici, best face on galaxy in the northern sky, first one to be identified as a spiral galaxy.
NGC 4631 - Large edge-on galaxy in Canis Venatici, resembling the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars flying through space, the small smudge to the right, is its companion galaxy.
NGC 5746 - Edge-on galaxy in Virgo, beautiful galaxy, right next to a bright star.
The Sun - this photo was taken two weeks ago on a high solar activity day. Large and spectacular Sun spots.