Cluster in cassiopeia_0783_q
                                                                            NJMC Photo by John Rusher
    The William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park reopens
for public viewing tonight from 7 to 10 p.m.
   The above image, of  a star cluster close to Cassiopeia, was taken recently through the observatory's 20-inch-diameter scope. None of these stars can be seen with the naked eye.
The observatory is open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays for viewing sessions at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. 

  For more on the observatory, click here and here.

   For more photos, click "Continue reading … " immediately below.

Orion nebula 0795_HA_q
                                                                         NJMC PHOTO BY JOHN RUSHER  
   This is the Orion Nebula, below and to the right of Orion's belt. A hydrogen alpha filter was used for this image.

H & chi 0777_q
                                                              NJMC PHOTO BY JOHN RUSHER      
      This is the star cluster h & chi persei. It can't be seen very well with the naked eye.

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