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 […]
The Select and Mask Tool in Photoshop CC is a powerful way to edit selective areas of your astrophotography images. Whether you want to separate the stars from your deep sky target, or apply subtle noise reduction to the background sky of your image, the select and mask feature will get you there. Adobe Photoshop […]
As usual, I only scratched the surface of what NEAF has to offer. I attend the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) as an amateur astrophotography enthusiast looking to get an up close look at the latest and greatest gear, but NEAF is a lot more than just vendor and exhibitors booths. NEAF has been hosted by […]
The Celestron RASA 8 F/2 Astrograph is a modern astrophotography telescope with an optical design that allows you to collect deep sky images using short exposure times. Based on the popular 11" version, the 8” model is the most affordable RASA (Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph) in Celestron’s lineup. The RASA optical system presents a modern and […]
The Moon is shrinking as its interior cools, causing the brittle surface crust to break as the Moon shrinks, forming faults where one section of crust is pushed up over a neighboring part. A new analysis gives the first evidence that these faults are still active and likely producing moonquakes today.
Streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor, according to researchers using data from NASA’s LADEE spacecraft. The findings will help scientists understand the history of lunar water.
New research shows that our quiet, middle-aged galaxy used to be quite the firecracker — a couple billion years ago it was exploding with new stars. The post Our Quiet Galaxy Used to Burst with Stars appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
The annual International Space Station marathon viewing season begins later this week, when skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere can watch up to five successive ISS passes in one night. The post Watch International Space Station Flybys All Night Long appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
Exceptional new images of the LkCa 15 system, a young, Sun-like star thought to host infant gas giant planets, shows those planets don't exist. The post Solar System “Twin” Is Missing Its Baby Jupiters 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 […]