Thursday, December 3, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Here are two photo's of the Super Red Moon Eclipse. These photo's were take just before the full red mood.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
These 2 pictures are of Neptune. The image on the top was created by processing one 2 minute video. The picture on the bottom was created by combining 12 15 second videos. Neptune will be close to the earth on Sept. 1st.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
It was a clear night and I could see many objects to bad I don't have the camera needed to photograph galaxies but Saturn came out great. I took a few 2 minute videos and stacked the best frames and the result is what you see here. Not bad for an 8 inch telescope.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
It was a beautiful Arizona Monday night (5/18/2015) and its the New Moon it is located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. So I decided to take a crack at Saturn before its at Opposition on Saturday May 23rd. Tonight the wind variable to 10 mph, seeing was very good and it was after 9pm so it was dark enough to see faint objects also. I took a look at my first Galaxy which was M67. It is a cluster and it was a perfect night to see it. I'm going to try and take a video of it with my Canon SX20 IS next time. As for Saturn I was able to take a really nice shot with the NexImage 5 web cam. If you want to leave leave comments please do so.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
This photo was taken Saturday morning. The full moon nearly always appears coppery red during a total lunar eclipse. That’s because the dispersed light from all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of the moon at mid-eclipse. Thus the term blood moon can be and probably is applied to any and all total lunar eclipses.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
I took this photo using the NexStar 8SE telescope along with the NexImage 5. The software used was iCap and I configured it to use 4x binning. Using 4x binning gives a larger capture view when recording the video. The photo shows all 4 Galilean Moons. The moons starting out from Jupiter are Europa, Ganymede, Callisto and IO. Galileo Galilei discovered the moons in 1610 and were the first objects found to orbit a body that was neither Earth nor the Sun.
Jupiter's Moons locator chart
Jupiter's Moons locator chart
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Sirius is the brightest star in the Earth's night sky. With a visual apparent magnitude of −1.46, it is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star. The name "Sirius" is derived from the Ancient Greek: Σείριος Seirios. Sirius is one of the nearest stars to us after the sun.
Distance to Earth: 8.611 light years
Surface temperature: 9,940 K
Mass: 4.018E30 kg (2.02 Solar mass)
Luminosity: 25.4 L☉
Constellation: Canis Major
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
This photo was taken 3/24/15 22:00
Mintaka is a star some 916 light years distant in the constellation Orion. It has a Bayer designation of Delta Orionis (δ Ori) and a Flamsteed designation of 34 Orionis. The name Mintaka comes from منطقة manṭaqa, which means "the belt" in Arabic. Together with Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) and Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis), the three stars make up the belt of Orion, known by many names among ancient cultures. When Orion is close to the meridian, Mintaka is the right-most of the belt's stars as seen by an observer in the Northern Hemisphere facing south.
Mintaka B is the bright star you see above Mintaka it is a Spectral class: B4 and its Visual magnitude is 6.8
Monday, March 23, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
It was a really clear night but I was to tired to setup my scope so I just sat in my back yard with my camera and took a few shots. This one came out the best considering it was a full worm moon. Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear. This picture shows Rigel and a companion star on its left shoulder.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I took this shot from my backyard on the morning of 02/25/15 at exactly 6am. Just found out this was due to military testing. Reports starting to appear in the news.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
It was a clear night and the moon was full so I decided to just use my canon PowerShot SX20IS to take 3 different exposures and create an HDR photo. I used PaintShop Pro X7 to merge the images and create it. The following are the results of taking 3 different sets, 2 of the moon and 1 of Orion's Belt.