Phoenix Clear Sky Chart

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Jupiter and Galilean moons 15 04 01 21 22 29

This is a link to a short YouTube of a video I took of Jupiter and the 4 Galilean moons.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

My First YouTube Space Video

Here is a link to my YouTube Channel of a video created of some of the pictures I took over the past year.
Images of Jupiter Saturn Moon Rigel

Thursday, October 8, 2015

URANUS 9/7/2015

It was a very clear night, transparency was above average and seeing was 3/5.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Final of 4 Eclipse 9-27-2015

Here are two photo's of the Super Red Moon Eclipse. These photo's were take just before the full red mood.
The photo above was taken with a Celestron NexImage 8SE using the NexImage 5 webcam. It was process using AS2, Registac 6 and PaintShop Pro. X7.
This photo was take with Canon PowerShot SX20 IS and processed used PaintShop Pro. X7.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Neptune picture taken with NexStar 8SE and NexImage 5

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

Moon craters 5/25/2015

This was taken with my cell phone, 32mm eyepiece and 2X Barlow.

Saturn at Opposition 05/23/2015

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

Saturn a few days before Opposition

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

Moon craters

Close-up of Moon craters taken with my telescope on 4/27/2015

Venus 5/7/2015

This shot of Venus was taken on 5/7/2015 with a NexStar 8SE and NexImage 5 and iCap software. I processed the image using AS!2, RegiStax 6.1 and Corel PaintShop Pro 7.  It was very windy so I was lucky to get this photo.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Venus just before setting for the night

This photo was taken Monday 4/27/2015 with NexStar 8SE using NexImage 5 camera.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Blood Moon Close-up

This was taken with a NexStar 8SE using NexImage 5 during the Blood Moon on 4/4/2015.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blood Moon 4/4/2015

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

Jupiter's Galilean Moons

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015


This photo was taken just before dawn. I used the NexImage 5 webcam with NexStar 8SE. The video I processed was only 20 seconds.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jupiter color and detail

This image of Jupiter was taken on 3/26/15

Sirius the brightest star in the sky

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
Magnitude: -1.46
Surface temperature: 9,940 K
Mass: 4.018E30 kg (2.02 Solar mass)
 Luminosity: 25.4 L
 Constellation: Canis Major

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mintaka Star & Mintaka B

This photo was taken 3/24/15 22:00

Mintaka is a star some 916 light years distant[4] 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.[5] 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

Another attempt at Jupiter

I took a few videos of Jupiter in black and white in about 2 hours. The processing only took like 5 minutes for this image. Looks clear and shows a little more detail than the others.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Second Image of Jupiter from March 9th 2015

This is another image from March 9th 2015. I processed this image and tried to show more detail and brighter.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jupiter Image

It was a clear night so I tried to image Jupiter again and it looks better than the first time. You see some color.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rigel with companion star on its shoulder

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

Light seen in the NorthEast Sky from Peoria Arizona

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

My First image of Jupiter

This is my first try at imaging Jupiter. The seeing conditions were not very good so this was the best that I could do.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

HDR images Orion's Belt and the Moon

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.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Image Taken with Cell Phone

I took these photos with my cell phone in October. I was kind of anxious to take a photo. My next photos I will be using the NexImage 5 web cam.