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.
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 […]
Have you ever looked at a brightly lit building or street light in your neighborhood and thought it was excessive? You know, light shining in all directions or perhaps in your bedroom window, rather than only lighting up the intended area. That is light pollution. Light pollution is misdirected excess/obtrusive outdoor artificial light in a […]
The ZWO ASI2600MM Pro mono is the much anticipated monochrome version of ZWO's popular ZWO ASI2600MC Pro dedicated astronomy camera. It houses a 26 Megapixel Sony IMX571 back-illuminated sensor, and some seriously impressive specs. This camera uses a highly sensitive, cooled, monochrome CMOS sensor in the APS-C format. The size and resolution of this sensor […]
Nightscape photography involves capturing a landscape style image, at night. It can include the beautiful Milky Way, a starry sky, or your favorite constellation. This is a type of astrophotography, where long exposure images are taken to reveal the beautiful light of a seemingly 'dark' sky. Star photography requires quality optics, and some camera lenses […]
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization, and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission.
On May 10, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will say farewell to asteroid Bennu and begin its journey back to Earth.
We beat a path through a forest of stars to find the first variable star ever discovered in a globular star cluster. The post Hunting Barnard's Variable in the Globular Cluster M3 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
The Crab Nebula pulsar has sporadically bursted for decades. Now, astronomers have found these mysterious bursts release even more energy than thought. The post Crab Pulsar's Mystery Bursts Are Even More Powerful Than We Thought 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 […]
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