Phoenix Clear Sky Chart

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.