Iridium 52 Satellite 'flare' as seen
from Grandview Campground in the White Mountains of California
on August 13, 1999. Photograph taken with a Zeiss Ikon 35mm camera with a Zeiss 135mm lens at f/4.
All photographs taken by James W. Young - W7FTT
(unless otherwise noted)
This page has links to astronomical photographs taken by the author, as well
as fellow associates working at JPL's Table Mountain Observatory. All
pictures have individual pages with full explanations of the photographic processes,
as well as the particular circumstances surrounding the events shown.
Nearly all pictures are in the public domain, and therefore may be used for non-
commercial, non-profit personal use. Regardless, credit all use by displaying the full
picture which includes the copyright owner and photographer on each picture. You
may copy and then print for your own personal display, or to show printed
copies at club/organizational meetings. Classroom use is encouraged, and may
be distributed to students and/or used in classroom projects.
However, none of the pictures may be used for any form of Web Page
enhancement or backgrounds without the written permission from W7FTT,
but, permission is granted to link to this page from your own.
Many of the color planetary images shown here were some of the
as Table Mountain and other facilities attempted color imaging for the first time in
This photo gallery collection of interesting and unusual photographs serves more as
an historical album of JPL's Table Mountain. During these early years, no one could
have visualized what CCD's, as well as the Hubble Space Telescope, now can image in
such detail, and with extremely short integrations (exposure times).
Click here for An HST picture of Saturn as an example...just click on 'back' to return to this page.
The Photographers - James W. Young/W7FTT
and Karen A. Young/N6PJL
Charles F. Capen, Jr.
I have worked at Table Mountain since November, 1962. Mr. Charles
F. Capen, Jr.,
was the then resident astronomer. It was Mr. Capen that started the extensive planetary
color photography. He retired from Table Mountain in 1970.
This new page is under construction, and will be changing from
time to time. I have the many
photographs listed under categories now, rather than just an open list! Some of the pictures can
be viewed as single individual higher resolution frames suitable for saving and/or printing. Not all
of the frames are that way, but anytime you find a colored border around the page pictures, you
can click on the picture and see a higher resolution picture, without the page details. If you wish
to save, print and/or distribute any copies of pictures found on this site, you must print the entire
frame including the copyright owner and photographer already imbedded onto the pictures.
NEW LINK to special German Web Site
I have added a special atmospheric phenomenon link from a
site in Germany. This is a
very good site to get additional information and numerous pictures in a variety of
categories, listed in an index format. It is bilingual (German/English), and I will be working
with them to help improve their English version. I highly recommend this link ! Check it out!!
Don't forget to come back to these pages, please.
Lightning Halos Lightning and Rain Over the Desert Atmospheric Halos Lightning Over Table Mountain Observatory Colored and Full Ring Halos Lightning Over Victorville, California Lightning Striking the Mojave Desert Sundogs Lightning Striking the Desert Floor Sun Dogs or 'Mock Suns' Nearby Lightning and Rain Storm Lightning Over the Mojave Desert Mountain Shadow Lightning Over El Mirage Dry Lake Mt. Whitney Casting Shadow Rainbows Clouds Northern Lights Rainbow Colors Whispy Clouds Aurora Over Table Mountain
Sunrise/Sunset Rocket Launches Moonrise at Table Mountain Echo II Launch from Vandenberg AFB Sunset Over Mt. Baden Powell Barium Cloud Launch from Nevada Sunrise On the 24-Inch Facility Missile Launches from Vandenberg AFB Sunrise Over the Mojave Desert Sunset Over the Pacific Ocean The Green Flash Phenomenon The Green Flash Seen Over the Ocean
Spacecraft/Satellites Meteors/Fireballs/Meteor Showers Apollo 13 CSLM and SLA Panels A Perseid Meteor Fireball Iridium Satellite Flash A Leonid Meteor Fireball NEAR Spacecraft The Great 1966 Leonid Meteor Shower Additional Perseid Meteors Lasers Laser Experiment Shooting the Moon Earthshine Table Mountain Laser from the Moon Earthshine Seen On the Moon LIDAR Atmospheric Studies Laser Laser Experiment to Hit the Galileo Spacecraft
The Solar System
Venus The Moon Venus, the Morning Star The Haemus Mountain Range The Crescent Venus The Bright Crater Aristarchus Venus at Inferior Conjunction Mare Nubium and the Straight Wall Plato, the Walled Plain Eclipses The Apennine Mountains Total Eclipse of the Moon The Lunar Crater Maurolycus Annular Eclipse of the Sun The Crater Julius Caesar Mars Planetary Conjunctions Mars Showing the Syrtis Major Planets Over the 16-Inch Facility Mars with Mare Acidalium Four Planets and the Moon Mars Showing Sinus Sabaeus Three Planets and the Moon Mars Occults a Star Three Planets and AFB Rocket Launch Jupiter Asteroids Jupiter and Her Satellites Asteroid 2874 - Jim Young Jupiter and the Great Red Spot Jupiter and Equatorial Festoons Saturn Jupiter's Red Spot - Drawing #1 Saturn with Her Rings Jupiter's Red Spot - Drawing #2 Saturn with Her Rings Edgewise Additional Jupiter Pictures Comets The Sun-Grazing Comet - Ikeya-Seki Comet Hale-Bopp and Bright Meteor Halley's Comet Hale-Bopp's Dust and Gas Tail A Close-Up View of Comet West The Fan-Shaped Tail of Comet West (more images yet to come!!!) Comet Hyakutake Visits the Earth - 1 Comet Hyakutake Visits the Earth - 2 Constellations The Long Tail of Comet Hyakutake Ursa Minor - The Little Dipper
Clusters/Nebulae/Galaxies The 1998 Leonid Meteor Shower The Pleiades - A Galactic Cluster Picture History from Near Blythe, California The Great Orion Nebula - M 42 The Extended Orion Nebula The North American Nebula The North American Nebula in Color The Faint California Nebula The Andromeda Galaxy - M 31
The Table Mountain Facility The Table Mountain Facility - 1 The Table Mountain Facility - 2 The Table Mountain Facility - 3 The Table Mountain Facility - 4 The Table Mountain Astronomers
(more pictures are really coming!)
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