Phoenix Clear Sky Chart

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.