Flintstone Stargazing

April 16, 2014

Looking at Mars

Filed under: Observation Journal, Astrophotography, Planets, astronomy, Mars — Ed @ 10:51 pm

Mars is just about at opposition and I finally have gotten out with my scope again. While viewing wasn’t ideal, I did get a photo:

Mars on 4/16/14

 

September 7, 2013

M31-The Andromeda Galaxy on 9/6/13

Here’s the other thing I was imaging. Because of the low number of subs and lack of flat frames, there are quite a few dust donuts visible on this image. I may spring for an EL panel or something to do good flat frames… We’ll see.

Boy, it was nice to be out again. And the Cardinals won, so that was a bonus. :)

M8-The Lagoon Nebula on 9/6/13

It has been nearly a year since I really did some astrophotography. That has been for a number of reasons, mostly weather-related, but also because I’ve taken up model building and have just been really busy. Tonight was beautiful – a bit humid, but clear. I just had to get out and do some imaging. And I did. I took some nice shots of M8 and M31. With M8, in particular (shown above) I did shots at 1, 5, 15, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 360 seconds to use as a demonstration in my Barnard Astronomical League presentation next week.

September 20, 2012

M13 – Great Globular Cluster in Hercules on 9/20/12

This is the other Messier Object I imaged this evening.

M27 – Dumbbell Nebula Widefield on 9/20/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 11:11 pm

This is one of the widefield Messier Objects I imaged tonight.

The Moon on 9/20/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Ed @ 9:01 pm

I haven’t been blogging much – I’ve been busy and the weather hasn’t cooperated. Tonight is quite nice, however and I’m imaging a couple things – this is the Moon. :)

June 5, 2012

Venus Transit

At this point, Venus is completely in front of the Sun.

Venus Transit Teardrop

At a certain point, because of the atmosphere of Venus, there’s a kind of teardrop shape as it completely enters the Sun – this is at that moment.

The Transit of Venus has begun

This image is from the start of the Transit. More images soon.

April 19, 2012

Mars on 4/19/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 10:34 pm

Mars is shrinking quickly in the telescope, but I was still able to make out some detail and the camera was able to capture it. It’s about half the size it was a month ago.

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