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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, comets, Constellation, Luna, Nebula, Open cluster, Photo, photography, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on January 23, 2015 by Andrew

Hello everyone!. It seems that a lot of fellow enthusiast are in the Comet Lovejoy craze. I am no excluded from that statement!.

The Winter here in Vermont,USA has been kind of lack luster as far as serious snow is concerned. This does not dismiss our seemingly over the top, cold weather that we have had to endure.Oh,and just because we haven’t had much snow,doesn’t suggest that we have been free of cloudy skies. Our season has been met with endless days/weeks of clouds. The last stretch of clouds lasted most of December,with one night of clear skies,dominated by a full moon. January has also jumped the band wagon with clouds,with all but a few nights.

I ventured out twice in the last two weeks to get my own images of Comet Lovejoy,with below average results the first night. I was giving my new DSLR a workout…lol. My second try ( Tuesday Jan 20,2015) was much better.

Comet Lovejoy was quite high in the sky,and very bright in the eyepiece. Obviously,very little color could be seen,with only a light wisp of tail coming from the nucleus.The results of the raw images was astounding!!! WOOT!!!!

This comet will still be putting on a show for a while ,but is going to start fading soon. I am truly blessed to add another comet under my belt,Comet Lovejoy (the second comet I have imaged with the name Lovejoy in the 8 months) will make a return visit in about 8,000 years. Geesh,hope I live to see it again!!.

This image is a single shot taken with a Canon T3i. ISO-3200,1 minute exposure prime focus. The scope is a 10″ Meade LXD75 and Losmandy G11 mount.

Image credit Andrew a.k.a me!!



C/2014 E2 (Jacques)

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, comets, Constellation, Galaxy, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on September 6, 2014 by Andrew

Hmmmm, is it me or has our summer gone by way too fast?. Seems like it was just last week I was minding the garden. Now,between working and trying to get some home chores taken care of. Not much time has been dedicated to astronomy. It isn’t to say I haven’t gotten to the eye piece. It just means cloudy skies have thwarted my efforts.
A cold front will be sweeping through late tonight,and skies are suppose to clear for tomorrow. Maybe some scope time tomorrow night?!.
The night sky has a visitor that I am quite sure many of my fellow astronomers are aware of. That visitor is C/2014 E2 (Jacques). My first sighting was about a month ago. The comet was quite bright,but lacking the usual long tail. I would put the visual mag at +7.5,which is out of naked eye sight,but bright through a scope. As of this moment,it is located in the constellation Cygnus. Here is the live update for those of you with clear skies,and wanting to see this comet.

Below is a prime focus shot I took a month ago.
It is a single 5 minute exposure.
*Note the green color of this comet

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

Another Moon image and a comet sighting!

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on March 18, 2013 by Andrew

Having a small window of opportunity I trotted out to the observatory for some eye piece time. The sky was clear,but the transparency was up and down. I also became aware that with cold temps,my body throws off some obvious heat. This didn’t help imaging …lol
I grabbed some high resolution images of the Sun with the PST. I also trained the scope on the Moon. It looked like it was at a slow boil,but when shooting video I can remove any frames that don’t suit me. Below is a image that I processed with Registax 6 and tweaked in PS cs6.
Getting back to the story… I began to shiver from being cold so I shut down the scope and PC. I had a pair of bino’s handy and decided to look for the comet. Yaaaaay me!. I found it just above a nearby hill. I quickly ran into the warm house and,grabbed the DSLR. Being excited as a child at Christmas I ran back out to get a image. Horrified, it had sunk behind the hill 😦 . Oh well, I will have another chance soon?!!!.

Impact Moon part 2

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on March 2, 2013 by Andrew

The late and great Gene Shoemaker once said “The Moon is is this slate that nobody s been erasing. The record that were are seeing of bombardment ,,,all of those craters that we see on the Moon, of the flux,of the hail of bullets coming by that’s hitting both the Earth and the Moon. If we want to see what a very fresh,big impact looks like when it’s first formed. You look at the Moon.That guy up there! “.
I don’t think I could have said it any better!!.
Image credit : Me

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 .

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