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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
A new bright nova discovered in Hercules at 8th magnitude briefly rose to naked-eye visibility. It's currently easily visible in a pair of binoculars. The post Bright Nova in Hercules on a Roller Coaster Ride appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
The CHIME telescope has released its first catalog with 492 unique sources of fast radio bursts, the brief flashes of radio waves that have been intriguing astronomers over the past decade. The post Number of Mysterious Radio Flashes Detected Quadruples appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
Sky & Telescope's annular-eclipse flight chased down the "ring of fire" eclipse in the skies above Canada for breathtaking views. The post Chasing the Sun at 39,000 Feet 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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