The Sharpless Catalog The Sharpless Catalog project is my effort to capture the detail of the Sharpless Catalog using hydrogen-alpha, oxygen III, sulfur II, and normal color filters.
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Wednesday April 26, 2017                                                  New Date:

Locations: Tucson, Arizona       Latitude 32N       Longitude 110.9W

Sunrise 5:42 AM
Sunset 7:00 PM
Distance 93,593,357 Miles
Angular Size 31.80 Min. of Arc
Position 2hr 04min 13° 39'
Constellation Aries
Julian Date 2457869.958
Moonrise 6:06 AM
Moonset 7:29 PM
Distance 232,816 Miles
Angular Size 32 Min. of Arc
Position 2hr 52min 9° 05'
Constellation Aries
Phase 0.47%
Lunar Phases
New4/26/201712 16 UT
1st Qtr5/3/20172 47 UT
Full5/10/201721 42 UT
3rd Qtr5/19/20170 33 UT
New5/25/201719 44 UT
1st Qtr6/1/201712 42 UT
Full6/9/201713 10 UT
My name is Dean Salman and I have over 45 years of experience in photography with my main emphasis in astronomy and nature.  I also work for Kitt Peak Visitor Center as the nighttime program coordinator.  I have created and maintained this Web site for others to enjoy and am always updating it.  My Web site also has information on CCD imaging which includes CCD equipment that is required, how to use a CCD camera with the telescope, and how to post-process your CCD Images.  I sell my images on this site for the low cost of only $10 each. For this price you will receive a high resolution image to print anywhere you wish.  You may also publish any images from this Web site as long as you give credit to Dean Salman –

I became interested in astronomy in 1969 when my parents gave me a 60mm refractor telescope for my 12th birthday.  However, I was not seeing the wonderful color displayed in the books I was reading, so I started taking photographs of constellations in 1973.  I took my first photographs of the constellations with a simple film camera by taking 30 second exposure of constellations.  In 1975 I used a 4-inch reflector and installed a clock drive for long exposures using just a camera.  Finally, in 1976, I started taking photographs through the telescope using an 8-inch F/7 and continued film photography until 2001.  I mainly did astrophotography with Hyper 2145 film for black & white and Kodak slide film for color.

In 2001, Rockett Crawford got me started CCD imaging with a SBIG ST-7E CCD Camera.  Today, I am still going strong with CCD imaging and currently own a GSO RC 10-inch F/5.5 with a reducer and a QSI 583 WSG CCD.  In 2005, I learned about remote observatories from my friend Mike Sherick's site in New Mexico, so I built my own backyard observatory and began using it remotely.  Today my telescope is located in southwest Colorado at my friend’s observatory at 7,000 feet in very dark skies, and I control it remotely from Arizona.

My Web site is designed so that you can customize it for your location to get statistical information on the sun, moon, and planets.  This includes lunar phases up to 2035, rise and set times, magnitudes, phases, RA and DEC positions, distances, and much more.

My Tutorial Channel

I am also the Night Program Coordinator at Kitt Peak Visitor Center. They offer public telescope observing program and astrophotography programs including workshops.
New: Programs available to get ready for the 2017 Total Eclpise.