Archive for February, 2013

Impact Moon

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on February 28, 2013 by Andrew

We, have had what seems to be a non stop cloud cover for almost 2 weeks. Everyday their is a new coating of snow,and it is beginning to run my nerves thin!. Thankfully, Spring is right around the corner,and mud season will begin in a couple weeks. UGH!!!!.
The cloudiness has been a blessing in a strange sort of way. Their is a full Moon (or just past it) right now,so I would have been able to get in any eye piece time anyway. My observatory needs to be shoveled free from the grips of old man Winter. I will shovel around it in a couple days .Lol…I need to because,I am running out of images to publish! 😉
I have seen some of the other bloggers astro work and must say “I am impressed” !. Both with the fact that they are able to get out ,and observe.Also,they provide images of their adventure!.
I am on the same road ,but manage to hit snow banks during the Winter season.
Below is a image of the Moon I shot a couple weeks ago using a Neximage 5. At the beginning of the imaging session.The sky was quite calm, but the transparency/seeing began to go down hill not long after I began. The image shows the Sinus medii region,and the area where Surveyor 4 crashed in 1967. NASA had lost signal to the craft with just over 2 minutes left on it’s decent.Speculation at NASA ,is a solid fuel rocket may have exploded .


Another image of the Moon with the Neximage 5

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on February 20, 2013 by Andrew

I am quite impressed with the new camera . .lol “yes I know, I keep saying that!”.
Here is a different view taken with the Neximage 5. The image is slightly North of the image in my previous post.
The large crater near the top of center is Aristoteles. It was named for after the 4th century BC Greek philosopher Aristote.
The crater Aristoteles is a massive crater measuring 54 miles/90 Km’s in diameter,and it’s walls are approximately 11,200 ft high.
Using a from Purdue University,I roughly calculated the size of the asteroid that created this crater. As I said, it was just a rough calculation targeted for the Earth and NOT the Moon. I also drew the conclusion that our atmosphere would have zero effect on the incoming asteroid given it’s size and velocity.
If the calculations are correct. The size of the crater was caused by a asteroid measuring a little under 4.5 miles in diameter.

Neximage 5 and our Moon

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Lunar eclipse, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Uncategorized on February 19, 2013 by Andrew

The new Neximage 5 has been busy taking images of either our Sun or ,of Jupiter. Any chances of getting an image of the moon has been thwarted by clouds, cold,or the fact that it has been full when the sky has been clear. My chance to get out ,and capture images with the new camera came yesterday. We had a bright blue sky,but the wind was really cold . Being in the observatory made observing/imaging tolerable.The sky,even though it was clear,was pretty turbulent,and looking at the Sun was like looking at a paved road on a very hot day.
This is the first time I have ever used this imager to capture shots of the Moon. I was quite impressed with the detail I was able to see on the monitor. I shot 12 short video’s ,but haven’t had much time processing with Registax 6.
Below is a shot of the Moon,and the Apennine mountains. This mountain range is quite close to the Apollo 15 landing site.

Image credit : Me

Neximage 5 Moon

Jupiter and great red spot

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, comets, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on February 12, 2013 by Andrew

Jupiter a.k.a Jove is not only the Roman God of thunder, but is also like the bodyguard for our solar system. Commonly deflecting or absorbing bullets known as comets and asteroids. It has taken the brunt of many massive impacts including the infamous Shoemaker/Levy 9, an asteroid that was captured by Jupiter’s intense gravity broke up, and caused major damage on the Jovian planet.

One of the features worth taking a look at is, Jupiter’s great red spot. Very much like a hurricane/typhoon on our planet. It does have it’s differences as it has been churning for more than 300 years. Their have been a few wanna be spots that have formed, but were short lived, or absorbed into the red spot.

Below is an image that I took in Fall of 2011. The skies were nice,and clean with only a hint of humidity. The image was shot using a 10″ Meade Schmidt Newtonian and a Meade LPI. I believe it is a stack of 250 sub frames,and processed with PS elements.

Clear skies!.

Solar prominence 2/07/13

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Sun, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on February 9, 2013 by Andrew

Well, we weathered the snow storm quite well considering it was predicted to be far worse. So, thank you Mother nature!. We received 10 inches of the white stuff while my friends on the New England coast have upwards of 3 feet in areas and it is still coming down!. Good luck guys!.
The sun is now peeking through the clouds and is forecast to be clear by the end of the day. The wind is blowing quite hard out of the north gusting to 25 mph and temps are slowly rising from a low of 12 F this morning. Looks like I have some shoveling to do around the observatory so,no observing/imaging today!. :(….well, maybe not !.
The suns activity has been slow to organize into Solar maximum and I predict it will this early summer. This does not mean that the hasn’t been throwing tantrums. It just means that the tantrums have been mild and less than constant . The increasing activity is a bonus for my Coronado PST and I have seen some wonderful sights with it. Starting from almost the get go of buying it,I was astounded by the activity,even from 4 years ago.
Here is a image of a looping prominence imaged on Feb 7,2013
The orientation of the image is not correct ( note to myself,be sure to orient the camera next time ) and area of the prominence is actually on the eastern limb on the the Northern hemisphere.
This prominence,while appearing rather small is still large enough to accommodate several Earths inside the plasma loop.
Prominence 2/7/13

A not quite real Solar eclipse

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Star, Sun, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on February 8, 2013 by Andrew

Like I said in my last post, I was out imaging the sun with the Neximage 5 planetary imager. I wanted  to get as much solar limb activity as my cam would allow.I purposely over exposed the image below and then inverted the solar disk to create a better contrast of a huge prominence.

Image credit : Andrew Dumont

Above the cloud Observatory


Neximage 5 and Coronado PST

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by Andrew

Been a long while since I have posted on my blog. LMAO…glad I still remember my password!.
Anyway….life as of late has been up and down. I lost my dad last April. It has been tough not having him around! 😦
On the good side of life,I have a wee bit more time at the moment for star gazing. Albeit cold, I HATE the cold!.
Santa was very giving to me this past Christmas and I found a brand new Neximage 5 in my stocking!. It is a nice 5 Mega pixel that has much higher resolution than the Meade LPI that I was using. *Funny story time!*…. I asked Santa for a new imager because, the LPI I have been using got zapped by static electricity. I was sitting on a plastic chair in the observatory when I suddenly stood up to adjust the ccd imager. All of a sudden, I felt and heard a snap coming from my hand. I looked over at the monitor and the live image of the sun that I had just been watching,had suddenly gone from a crisp image to a live screen with multi colored lines. In disgust,I left the camera for dead and made a Christmas plea.. After getting the new cam, I was about to junk the LPI when I decided to give the crippled cam one more college try. hey…it worked!. Only after I tweaked the video settings. Some how the static shock scrambled the settings! Hmm, live and learn I guess?!. One nice aspect of the new Neximage 5 and it’s higher resolution is,I can see waaaay more detail on the suns surface than ever before!.
So, as I have poured over the web,it is supposedly not possible to get the PST to focus with a Neximage 5. I had tried about everything I could think of when it suddenly hit me. Why not use the lens I got with the MaxDSLR adaptor I bought 5 years ago. Voila, it worked!!!!!!…Yaaaaay!
Just in time because, solar activity has really picked up in the past couple months.
I will be posting some older images of the sun in a few days.
I will however post a few shots I took this early afternoon.
I set my sights on the sun once again today, and WOW…their is some really serious activity going on.
I noticed a huge prominence on the suns eastern limb and a smaller looping prominence on the the western limb.
Huge prominence

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