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Observatory Blog

Eyes on the Ozarks Skies

Astrophotography

Capture the cosmos with Richard Harris at Ozark Hills Observatory! Specializing in astrophotography, Richard unveils the mysteries of the night sky, revealing breathtaking galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. Explore the universe through his lens and discover the celestial wonders hidden in the Ozark Hills. Whether you're an astronomy enthusiast or simply star-struck, Richard's astrophotography is sure to ignite your imagination and inspire awe. Join us for a cosmic journey and witness the captivating beauty of the cosmos!

Upgrade in the dome to the Software Bisque MX mount

Upgrade in the dome to the Software Bisque MX mount

Ozark Hills Observatory upgrades from an LX850 to the advanced Software Bisque Paramount MX+ mount, enhancing precision and stability for astronomical observations. Experience superior tracking and imaging capabilities with this state-of-the-art equipment. Stay tuned for more stellar updates!
Posted 6/2/2024
NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula captured with Takahashi FSQ-106EDEX4

NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula captured with Takahashi FSQ-106EDEX4

Discover the stunning NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula captured with the Takahashi FSQ-106EDEX4 by Richard Harris. This remarkable image showcases the intricate details and vibrant colors of this celestial wonder, making it a must-see for astrophotography enthusiasts and stargazers alike.
Posted 5/31/2024
Northern lights aurora in Missouri

Northern lights aurora in Missouri

Because of a massive solar storm recently, folks in the Ozarks were able to experience the Northern Lights.
Posted 5/11/2024
NGC 5353 HCG 68 Hickson Group 68 Galaxies TEC 180 FL APO180FL

NGC 5353 HCG 68 Hickson Group 68 Galaxies TEC 180 FL APO180FL

We explore the majestic NGC 5353 and its surrounding galaxy group, Hickson Group 68 (HCG 68) using our TEC 180 FL telescope. A rarely photographed object, we captured NGC 5353, its interaction with neighboring galaxies, and what these phenomena reveal about the universe's vast, intricate tapestry.
Posted 4/30/2024
Experiencing the 2024 Solar Eclipse in the Ozarks

Experiencing the 2024 Solar Eclipse in the Ozarks

The solar eclipse in April 2024 gave us the opportunity to see the moon eclipse over the sun while we ran time-lapse photos on our ZWO SeeStar, and Askar FRA600.
Posted 4/9/2024
The Rosette Nebula astrophoto taken with the Sharpstar 61EDPH III in SHO data only

The Rosette Nebula astrophoto taken with the Sharpstar 61EDPH III in SHO data only

We captured the awe-inspiring Rosette Nebula through the lens of the Sharpstar 61EDPH III telescope from the heart of the Ozarks in Missouri.
Posted 3/15/2024
M81 and M82 galaxies astrophoto through a TEC APO180FL telescope

M81 and M82 galaxies astrophoto through a TEC APO180FL telescope

A relatively brief observation, lasting just 3 hours, captured two galaxies nestled together: M81 (also known as Bode's Galaxy) and M82, utilizing our prized telescope, the TEC APO180FL telescope and ZWO 6200MM.
Posted 2/10/2024
M45 Pleiades astrophoto with the Sharpstar 61EDPH III refractor

M45 Pleiades astrophoto with the Sharpstar 61EDPH III refractor

Shooting the popular M45 cluster using a Sharpstar 61EDPH III refractor and the ZWO 2600 camera in just one hour.
Posted 1/3/2024
A year of deep sky imaging in pictures: 2023 at a glance

A year of deep sky imaging in pictures: 2023 at a glance

Explore the stunning 2023 astrophotos by Richard Harris at Ozark Hills Observatory, showcasing breathtaking celestial wonders with unparalleled clarity and beauty.
Posted 12/31/2023
The Statue of Liberty Nebula NGC 3576 with the biggest stars in the Milky Way

The Statue of Liberty Nebula NGC 3576 with the biggest stars in the Milky Way

The Statue of Liberty Nebula NGC 3576 is a stunning emission nebula located in the Carina constellation. This awe-inspiring celestial wonder, situated approximately 9,000 light-years away from Earth, and almost the size of the full moon offers a vivid spectacle in the night sky.
Posted 12/25/2023