Flintstone Stargazing

June 5, 2012

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.

March 25, 2012

Mars on 3/25/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 10:45 pm

I’m not willing to stay up until past 2 to try to image the recent Mars “anomaly”. (Which is probably just a high altitude storm) I did take this quick shot this evening, though.

The Moon on 3/25/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Ed @ 10:42 pm

The Moon is a nice crescent tonight between Jupiter below and Venus above. I also got a decent shot of Earthshine on the moon:

March 9, 2012

Mars on 3/9/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 11:37 pm

Tonight was pretty nice for viewing and I was able to get a decent shot of Mars once it rose significantly above my roof. While not quite as clear as Monday’s image, I think this still shows off the red planet pretty nicely.

March 6, 2012

The Moon on 3/6/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Ed @ 12:04 am

The Moon dominated the night sky tonight – no deep sky images for me tonight – but it’s also a nice target to image as well.

March 5, 2012

Mars on 3/5/12

Filed under: astronomy, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 11:50 pm
Mars on 3/5/12
Mars on 3/5/12

Tonight was chilly but clear and once Mars rose above my house and moved away from the heat shimmers near the roof, it was possible to get it in very precise focus. I was able to visually see most of the details evident in this image (the polar cap, the dark regions and the clouds as well) in the eyepiece and they came through on the camera as well.

March 4, 2012

Mars at Opposition on 3/4/12

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Ed @ 4:32 am

I got up early (3:15) to capture Mars at its largest for the year. It was reasonably clear, but windy and a fair amount of haze, but I got a decent image anyway. I hope to have a really good night for viewing soon – I’d like to get a really good image.

March 2, 2012

Big storm moving through

Filed under: Clouds — Tags: , — Ed @ 7:38 pm

There’s a large storm moving through the area right now.

March 1, 2012

Moon on 3/1/12 – super detailed

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Ed @ 9:51 pm

Even as the night got cloudier, I was able to get a very decent lunar image – actually 100 of them that I stacked the best 51 of to produce this image. If you look at the Full Image on flickr, you’ll see a tremendous amount of detail.

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