I managed to capture images of Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto on February 18, February 22, and March 3, 2019. Those were the last clear nights we've had. You can review a few comet images at the flickr account. https://www.flickr.com/photos/141833769@N05/albums/72157705534756011
We have a lunar eclipse coming up on January 20, 2018 that will be visible in North and South America.It will start the evening of the 20th and run overnight into the morning of the 21st. From Detroit, Michigan the Partial eclipse starts at about 10:33pm, with totality begining about 11:41pm on the 20th. Mid […]
We're just a couple of days from closest approach of Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Comet 46P/Wirtanen is a small short-period comet with a current orbital period of 5.4 years. This happens to be a favorable pass for us. If you get clear weather, get out and observe it with binoculars. December 13 to the end of the […]
We're heading into late fall and winter now, so the usual Michigan Nebula will be upon us for about 95% of the next 5 months. I hope we get more than a handful of clear nights during that time, but that is about what we usually get. A handful. In the meantime, we'll attempt to […]
In this post, I'll share my results using the Optolong L-eNhance filter for deep sky astrophotography in the city. The L-eNhance is a dual band pass filter that ignores artificial light, yet collects a strong signal emitted by certain nebulae. This light pollution filter was designed for color cameras, whether it's a DSLR (a modified […]
In my latest video, I captured a wide-field deep sky object using an impressive little star tracker, the iOptron SkyGuider Pro. Since 2017, I've captured several deep sky images with the SkyGuider Pro, with a DSLR camera attached to a camera or small telescope. In my latest adventures in the backyard, I've set up the […]
The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro is a computerized equatorial telescope mount with GoTo capabilities. This equatorial (EQ) mount is capable of providing precise, accurate tracking of the night sky, and is suitable for long-exposure astrophotography. The core specifications of this equatorial mount include having a built-in ST-4 autoguider port, a payload capacity of 44 pounds, and […]
NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, which will allow astronomers to discover, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most exotic astronomical objects in our universe.
NASA has awarded a contract to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland for the agency’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission Science Operations Center (SOC).
NASA has selected eight new research teams to collaborate on research into the intersection of space science and human space exploration as part of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).
Apollo 11 broke new ground for exploration, but along the way NASA squeezed as much science as it could out of this and subsequent missions landing on the Moon. From President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 mandate to the moment when Apollo 17 departed the Moon in 1972, Apollo was about geopolitics. Nevertheless, NASA squeezed out […]
Find the craters named for the three astronauts who flew the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The post Celebrate Apollo 11 with a Visit to Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins Craters appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma, a long-delayed and much-modified X-ray astronomy package, launched successfully from the Kazakh Steppe on Saturday. The post German-Russian Astronomy Satellite Launches appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
My own Hubble View! These galaxies lie between 10 to 50 million light years away. How many galaxies do you see?A pretty tricky part of the sky to image, really. You're utilizing almost your entire field of view with an 80mm scope, so dealing with all that comes with wide-field. This is the best iteration […]
A nice clear night last night until around 12:30 when clouds rolled in. Managed to get this image of the lovely M51 Whirlpool galaxy. It lies around 23 million light years away and it is interacting with a smaller galaxy (yellow~ish bulge to the left). Three supernova (star explosions) have been detected in this galaxy […]
The spring brings out some great galaxies. This is the first iteration of a long-term project I'll be working on with respect to these two galaxies.M81 is on the right, lies around 11.7 million light years away and harbors around 250 billion stars. M82, on the left, is also called the "Cigar Galaxy" lies at […]