Phoenix Clear Sky Chart

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.