Archive for the Luna Category

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!!



A lunar Sentinel

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, weather on August 11, 2014 by Andrew

After seeing all the beautiful images of Sundays (Super moon),and getting some shots myself. I started thinking to myself (as I was sitting in my observatory listening to some Crosby Stills and Nash),about how the Full moon reminded me of a giant Sentinel in the sky. Watching over us as we gazed back.

Sinus Iridum and the Neximage 5

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on April 25, 2013 by Andrew

Here is a image of the moon from earlier in the week. It shows what is called the Sinus Iridum which is located on the lower left of the moon. The darker crater just North of Sinus iridum is called “Plato”. Most of the large craters seen in this image can easily be seen with binoculars. Plato is quite large at 61 miles across!.
This is without question the most detailed shot of the Sinus Iridum I have ever taken!!. 😀

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”

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

Wow…. I got a Thank you award! :)

Posted in astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Lunar eclipse, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Star, Sun, Technorati, Uncategorized on March 21, 2013 by Andrew

Thank you!


1. As usual a big thank you and a link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Mention 5 things you would like to do with your life, no matter how mad or tame.
3. Nominate six bloggers and say why they have left their mark on you. Hence the name “The Thank You Award”
4. let them know.

1. I am taking this opportunity to thank for giving me a Thank you award. I never knew awards such as these were being given.
2. Hmmm.. 5 things I would like to do with my life..

1) Spend a week (during summer) ,at the Arctic circle even though I hate
2) Break the world sky diving record. I think jumping at 130,000 feet would do it. I am not a fan of heights.
3) Teach Astronomy
4) Strike it rich panning for gold. One of my other passions !.
5) Invent a time machine. So I can do the things I love over and over again!. Oh, and go into the future,the return to warn myself about making stupid mistakes!

The 5 bloggers I nominate are:
1) I enjoy the “What is it” images. They cause me to think “What is that?”. Lots of fun!
2) Lots of interesting Astronomy articles!.
3) A blog with many scenic pictures and astrophotography images!.
4) Another blog very beautiful scenic images and star trails shots. Impressive!.
5) What can I say except..WOW!. Definitely a inspiring blog that feeds the viewer with a lot of ideas on different imaging techniques !.

And finally. Thank you to all my fellow bloggers near and far!

Theophilus crater

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on March 19, 2013 by Andrew

Well, good evening everyone!
We are in the middle of a snow storm. Which means no observing tonight. 😦
As I hunker down and stay out of the foul weather,
The Theophilus crater is a amazing structure that is estimated to have formed between 1-3 billion years ago.With prominent terraced walls.This crater measures 61 miles,and is approximately 14,000 ft deep. Contrasting it’s flat floor is a 4,000 ft tall central peak. The central peak is believed to have been formed by the bounce back of the bedrock during the initial impact. One of the best places to see the physics of large impacts is in slow-motion photographs of droplets splashing. Every major feature of impact is represented: formation of a transient crater, ejection of jets, and collapse of the transient crater. Following the collapse of the transient crater, the floor rebounds to produce a central jet.


Below is a image of a water droplet that I took about 3 years ago. Note the central peak,terraced walls as the water crater is first formed.

Water droplet

Image credit: Andrew

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