Join us for an open observing night, at the home of club vice president, Tom Large. A telescope is not required, but of course you are welcome to bring your own. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at Open Observing.
Social distancing due to Covid 19 will be observed.
I've been using a 300mm f/4 prime lens that I'm borrowing for a bit, with my ZWO asi071mc pro camera.Some interesting resultshttps://www.flickr.com/photos/141833769@N05/51251172481/in/datetaken/The Trifid and Lagoon Nebulas. 2 hours of data taken on June 15-16, 2021 at the Northern Cross Observatory
November 8, 2020 Comet C/2020 M3 (ATLAS) near closest approach to Earth.http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/141833769@N05/50580247627/in/datetaken/45 x 30 second frames, stacked on the core of the comet.In addition, a short video.http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lujbOb0ZjE
While at the Boon Hill Observatory I setup to take images of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)Data taken on 7/23, 2020Location: Boon Hill ObservatoryProcessed 7/26, 2020. First stack of 9 x 90 second frames (cropped)Stacked on the core only so there are trailing stars.No darks, so there is a lot of noise.Canon T3i, 75mm @ f/4.5, […]
Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) is coming north right now in May 2020. Here is a video of it's path from May 12 - 30, 2020 in the morning sky.It will also be visible in the Evening sky after the 25th of May as it moves north. This is f rom Michigan skies, i.e. 42+ degrees […]
My latest photo of the Andromeda Galaxy is my best effort yet. I have been taking deep-sky astrophotography images for over 10 years now, and this might be my favorite photo of space I've ever taken. This detailed image was captured using a small refractor telescope, with a mirrorless camera attached. The image reveals the […]
In this article, I'll explain why I built a backyard observatory, and how the entire project took shape this spring. Officially named "Black Dog Observatory" this structure will become the epicenter of my astrophotography operations in the backyard. Below, is a photo of me standing in my new SkySked POD XL5 observatory. I expect many […]
In this post, I will share the techniques and equipment I used to take a picture of the stunning Sunflower Galaxy. With the world largely shut down for me, deep-space astrophotography in the backyard has been a welcome escape. Cataloged as Messier 63, this stunning galaxy is about 25 million light-years away from Earth in […]
After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.
NASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.
Asteroids of different sizes crashing on Earth originated from different parts of the main asteroid belt, researchers say; the finding has implications for how often such collisions happen. The post How Often Do Chicxulub-level Asteroids Hit Earth? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
Astronomers have made the first clear detection of a dusty disk surrounding an exoplanet, which could eventually go on to form moons. The post Astronomers Detect Potential Moon-forming Disk around an Exoplanet appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
Saturn and Jupiter shine in the southeast by late evening. The bright Moon passes them on the 24th through 26th. Venus continues to sit patiently, changelessly, low in the west in twilight. Bootes and the Big Dipper mark the western sky after dark; the Summer Triangle emblazons the east. The post This Week's Sky at […]
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 […]
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