Phoenix Clear Sky Chart

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AUGUST 21st 2017 Solar Eclipse

With the use of solar glasses lensover the lens of a Canon PowerShot SX20IS on a tripod. These pictures were taken from Peoria AZ from my backyard.
Observation:
The first few pictures where take of just the Sun approximatly two hours before the partial Solar Eclipse. The close-up of the eclipse were taken by zooming in 20x.




















Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pink Full Moon 2017

These picture were taken at the Grand Canyon at Sunset on April 2017. Used Canon Powershot SX20IS to take these pictures..

April's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don't expect it to look particularly pink. It is named after pink flowers called wild ground phlox, which bloom in early spring and become widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada this time of year. In fact, the April full moon is the first full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere (it's the first fall season full moon in the Southern Hemisphere).



Friday, May 12, 2017

Saturn 16-07-09 22-09-05

Location: Peoria AZ
Clouds: Clear
Transparency: 4/5
Seeing: 3/5

Not a bad night for observing the stars and Planets. Not much of a wind so I was able to get a real good shot of Saturn.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Sun and ???

I shot this picture of the sun in Peoria Arizona at 8:09am on 3/20/2017. I then processed the photo to try and bring out some details. The picture on the top is the original and the one on the bottom is processed. I used PaintShop pro x7 to process. I increased the shadows and decreased the highlight. Is that a solar flare? I don't know.
I asked this question on the Clody Nights forum and these are the answers I received. > https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/570704-sun-and/

 



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mintaka Double Star

This image was taken on 1/17/2017 from Peoria AZ from my backyard.Transparency was above average, seeing was 4/5, 0 clouds and city lights were not a factor. I used AS!2 to stack the best frames. Used RegiStax to adjust the Histogram and gamma. Further adjusted the final image using PaintShop Po 7 Ultimate.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

M42 Trapezium Cluster with NexImage 5mp

This is my first attempt with taking an image of a DSO using my NexStar 8SE and NexImage 5mp webcam. This image was take on 1/17/2017. The location was Peoria AZ. Seeing was 4/5, Transparency was above average, no clouds. City light pollution was not a factor. I took a 1minute video with the webcam. I then processed the image with AS!2 to stack the best images. Registax 6 was used to adjust the Histogram, Gamma and RGB Balance. While the norm would be to use PhotoShop I used PaintShop Pro7 Ultimate to further adjust the image to bring out the color. After many tries with different adjustments This is the final out come.  I will try again with different exposure settings to see what works best. I know that this webcam is not the best for DSO but this did not come out as bad as I thought.

Mars on 7/9/2016

This picture of Mars was taken on July 9th 2016 at 10;04 pm from my back yard. Here is the reason why Mars looks blue in this picture.
On Earth, blue light from the Sun is scattered by air molecules and spreads around the sky to create a blue canopy. Mars has less the 1% of Earth's atmosphere, so we only notice the blue when looking through the greatest thickness of the Martian air (and dust) around the time of sunset and sunrise