Phoenix Clear Sky Chart

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Betelgeuse using NexStar 8SE and Samsung Galaxy S5

On Tuesday November 1st, 2016 while surfing the sky for objects I saw a bright object through the branches of my backyard trees. It was rising in the East. I maneuvered my scope to it and was able to make out what I thought was a Nebula. I clicked on the detect option on the scope and it said it was McNeil's Nebula. In reality it was Betelgeuse. I used my Samgung Galaxy S5 phone to snap a few pictures. I processed these photos using Registax 6 and did the final processing with Paint Shop Pro 7 Ultimate. I zoomed into the object during processing. The seeing that night was excellent not a cloud in the sky. And I was not pointing in the direction of the city lights. My backyard is very dark no lights from the neighbors or street lights.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jupiter 4 Moons 02-12-2016

This picture was taken 02-12-2016 of Jupiter and its 4 moons. I was able to label the moons with Paint Shop Pro 7.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mars July 9th 2016

The night was incredible for observing the night sky.
Clouds: Clear
Transparency: Excellent
Seeing: Good

My Moon Pictures in Celebration of National Moon Day 2016

The close-up pictures were taken with a 8 inch telescope (NexStar 8SE) using NexImage 5 webcam. I used yellow and and green filter for 2 pictures. The Blood Moon, Blue Moon and the Moon showing clouds were taken with a Canon Powershot SX 20 IS camera. Used the auto settings.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Iridium 37, 07/14/2016

A flash from Iridium 37 will be visible from Peoria, on Thursday, July 14 22:23:30 Visible in the ENE (57°) Elevation: 20° Brightness: -6.2

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Saturn July 9th 2016

The night was incredible for observing the night sky.
Clouds: Clear
Transparency: Excellent
Seeing: Good

ISS View

The ISS will be visible from Glendale, on Wednesday, July 13 03:33:34 Starting in the NW (314°) Ending in the N (8°) at 03:36:17 Maximum elevation: 15° Brightness: -0.1

Friday, July 8, 2016


The ISS will be visible from Glendale, on Saturday, July 9 03:51:33 Starting in the SW (229°) Ending in the NE (46°) at 03:55:33 Maximum elevation: 88° Brightness: -0.5

Thursday, July 7, 2016

South Delta-Aquarids meteor shower

The South delta-Aquariids meteor shower is near its peak Meteor Shower Calendar App ( Click here: to learn more!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pisces Austin id's meteor shower

The Piscis Austrinids meteor shower is near its peak Meteor Shower Calendar App ( Click here: to learn more!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Iridium 57

A flash from Iridium 57 will be visible from Phoenix, on Wednesday, 29 Jun 22:00:40 Visible in the ENE (64°) Elevation: 32° Brightness: -4.0

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mars after sunset 5/15/2016

This image was take May 15th 2016. Mars was view-able most of the evening. It was not cloudy but it was windy so it was hard to get a clear image. But considering this is not bad. Going to wait for the winds to calm down then I will try again.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Detailed Moon craters image

This image of the Moon was taken on 03-24-2016 at 23-03-30 GMT. The yellow filter I used brings out more detail.

Jupiter and shadow of Moon

This image was taken on 02-16-2016 at 22-07-02 GMT. It You can see the show of one of Jupiter's moons.

Jupiter and 2 Moons

This image was taken with 8inch telescope and using NexImage 5 with 2x Barlow. I processed it with AS!2, Registax 6 and PaintShop Pro 7x. This image is the best I have taken showing some detail of Jupiters GRS and the storms.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Moon 3/24/2016

This image was taken with a NexStar 8se using a 2x Barlow and I attached NexImage 5 Webcam. I attached a yellow filter to the Webcam to get more detail. I processed the image with the following software: AS2, Register 6 and PaintShop Pro 7.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Jupiter taken 3/24/2016

The night was mostly clear skies and the atmosphere seemed stable. I used NexImage 5 webcam with a 2x Barlow.. The iCap software setting I used was 2x binning the gain was 14 and the exposure was set to 1/44. I then used AS2 and Registax 6 and Paintshop pro 7x.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Moon craters using 8inch telescope and webcam with 2x barlow

This image was taken on 2/16/2016 at 10:12:45pm in Peoria AZ from my backyard. I used my NexStar 8SE with NexImage 5 and 2x Barlow. The image was processed using AS2 and Registax 6 software.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Night Sky observing

Unknown to me my youngest daughter took a picture of me during my observing session. She is a pistol. ;) On this night I was able to view Jupiter and Galilean moons. Using a 2x barlow with my neximage 5 webcam I was able to take pictures of Jupiter and the Galilean moons, close ups of the moon and the Orion Nebula. Orion Nebula and the moon in the previous posts.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mercury taken just after sunrise 2/12/2016

I was able to take a picture of Mercury just before sunrise. This is the last planet I needed to have all 7 planets.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Orion Nebula

This picture was taken on 2/12/2016 @ 11:59 pm. It was taken using a Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope with the NexImage 5 Webcam. Never thought I would be able to do this with a unmodified webcam since all the Web forums say this is not possible. The night I took this picture seeing wss exelent and there were no clouds at all transparency was also excellent I'm sure if I was in a darker location and not near city lights this photo would have been a lot better. You really can do a lot with an 8 inch scope. I think this size scope is the sweet spot. Free applications are used to process was ist regi stacks and Paint Shop Pro 7.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mars early morning.

This is my first attempt taking a picture of Mars with my setup.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jupiter with Ganymede shadow

This picture was taken Last night. You can see Jutiper and three of its moons. You can see the moon Ganymede shadow on Jupiter. Europa is next to Jupiter. And you can see Calistoga at the bottom left corner.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Moon and Jupiter

Took this picture with a Canon SX20IS on Tuesday 1/26/2016 from my backyard in Peoria AZ. Seeing conditions was very good.