Archive for March, 2013

Neximage 5 and Saturn

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on March 31, 2013 by Andrew

Last night was a pretty good night for star gazing. The sky was clear ,and the transparency was good as well. I was close to calling it a early night,but in my better judgment took the opportunity to image Saturn with the new camera. Having great success with Jupiter,Moon,and our sun I couldn’t wait to unleash the cam on a new target. I have taken images of Saturn before. However,never have I taken images with such nice detail!. More Saturn to come in the future. Below is the result of shooting 140 avi frames. It was stacked with Registax 6 and processed with PS cs6 with levels, and curves.


Their’s a lot of black spots on the sun today…

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Sun, Sunspot, Technorati, Uncategorized on March 30, 2013 by Andrew

A large sunspot has appeared on the suns eastern limb today. I suspected their would be a rise in activity,after seeing a large fluctuation in the dynamic pressure a couple days ago. ,and a geomagnetic storm warning was issued ,but has since been cancelled as of 19:44 UTC.
We had some clear skies today and made it out to the observatory for some imaging.
The first image shows a close up of the large sunspot as it made it’s way around the eastern limb.





Our Sun in H-alpha

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Sun, Sunspot, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on March 29, 2013 by Andrew

As I have been telling . Keep a eye on the Sun this week. It looks like it is going to become more active. Multiple Sunspots have formed,and dynamic pressure is starting to increase. Remember: DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITH PROPER EYE PROTECTION!.
Below are a couple more images I took on March 27th.

Sunspot #1704

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Sun, Sunspot, Technorati, Uncategorized with tags on March 28, 2013 by Andrew

Sunspot # 1704 is slowly making it’s way across the Northern hemisphere.The sun is quite calm at the moment,with very little activity. This is not a typical solar maximum. Normally during a solar maximum ,the sun’s surface tends to be freckled with spots.As of yesterday,the sun only had two small active regions. The first,and largest is #1704 ,which is slightly larger than two Earths wide. The second area is south of #1704. That area actually didn’t have a designated number until yesterday afternoon,and is now sunspot #1705
From what I had seen yesterdays observations,the activity is going to start picking up in a few more days. On SOHO’s website,a much larger sunspot is coming into view on the sun’s eastern limb,and is located near the equator. If you have a solar filter I suggest taking a look. I know I will!!.

Some of the other indicators of increasing activity are from huge prominence’s I imaged.Also located on the eastern limb. One prominence resembles a extremely large mushroom cloud. Which,as of today has fanned out into a large canopy.

It is currently overcast here,but the cloud cover seems to be thinning a bit. I am hoping to get some current sun images today.

First full moon of Spring

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on March 27, 2013 by Andrew

Full Worm Moon – March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
I took this image last night. When I see a full moon ,I am always reminded of Frank Sinatra “Fly me to the moon”

Comet Panstarrs thank you very much!

Posted in astronomy, astrophotography, comets, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on March 25, 2013 by Andrew

It seems that Mother nature has been playing games with me?!. Our local weather forecasters have trouble getting anything right. It was to be sunny ,and warm yesterday.Unfortunately, they didn’t get it right…again!. Until last night,when the sky suddenly cleared ( for about a hour) ,and comet Panstarrs was high enough to image. I have been gunning for this comet since it became visible in the Northern hemisphere. Non stop clouds have thwarted any attempt at even seeing this freshly discovered comet. I finally got a shot with the DSLR,which is better than not at all!.
Yay me!!

Copernicus crater

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Lunar eclipse, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Sun, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on March 22, 2013 by Andrew

Now that Spring has sprung…well,not really!. We got lightly spanked with 7 Inches of snow a few days ago. With the Sun climbing ever higher each day.The snow we did get is slowly melting away. I did have to remove the snow from the observatory dome ,so I could get some imaging in.
I actually wasn’t going to do any imaging last night ,but the sky had cleared enough to do so. Can’t waste a clear sky,even if it is for a couple hours.
The temp was dropping ,and the transparency was pretty bad due to the low pressure system that have us the snow a few days ago. Yup…it is just slowly wandering away from the NE coast. If the stars are twinkling ,then I don’t bother to open the dome!. Last night was the exception. It makes it tough to grab images worthy of posting. The image below was a 500 frame AVI. All said and done,I could only use 30 frames. Why? may ask. Well,yes I could have stacked the whole file,but trying to get all the images to perfectly align at a 90-95% best frame value would have created a extremely fuzzy, muddled mess,and rendered the image unusable.
The Copernicus crater is a object that I have been wanting to image with the Neximage 5. Seems that clouds have been the center of attention since January.
The Copernicus crater offers a lot of detail and can easily be seen with a good pair of binoculars.
If you have a scope I highly suggest you give this crater a look. According to some sources.Copernicus was formed between 800 million and 1 billion years ago.
If you look at this crater you will notice the huge amount of regolith that surrounds the crater. More amazing is the fact that some of the rubble surrounding the crater are huge chunks of lunar bedrock that has been thrown from the crater at impact. Knowing that this crater is approximately 56 miles/95 Km’s across ,and judging from how far the debris extends from the crater.The impact must have been incredibly intense.

Image credit: Andrew

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