Friday, June 2, 2017

Taking Clear Skies When I Can Get Them

Tonight the Moon is a bit past first quarter, so I thought I might as well image it =)




So VERY photogenic!


Saturn and its pretty tipped rings <3



Using M92 to play around a bit with my autogider....


I was about ready to pack it up and the scope bumped up against the mount while I was photographing.  I think it's a very striking photo ;-)



Lunar Occultations versus the Clouds!

I seemed to "fight" the clouds for two recent occultations.  Not really sure if I "won" or not =)

Sunday, May 28; Lunar Occultation of 74 Gem.  These were taken through my 6" refractor.



Amidst the clouds I thought the Moon's looked pretty cool too.  Here's a closer look.



Then on Wednesday, May 31 I tried again to capture the Moon passing in front of 47 Leo.  It was so cloudy I decided not to take the time / energy to set up my scope, so here's what I captured using my camera on my Polarie.




Miscellaneous Pics and Videos....

School's finally out for summer and I'm enjoying a bit more "scope time" ~ in particular getting used to my new FeatherTouch focuser <3

I had never ever thought about imaging Polaris, but it's a double.... how fun!


Jupiter and it's moons


M51 (Again =)




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 4 Moon Occults Aldeberan

I wasn't real prepared.... but I was out at the Observatory and had my camera to capture this awesome occultation of Aldeberan by the Moon <3

Witte Observatory Complex =)

I haven't posted in a while..... but rest assured I'm getting closer to using the new Feather Touch Focuser I bought.  I'm working on getting a shoe so I can mount my Star Sense (I'm lost without it...) then I'll need some clear dark skies ;)

In the mean time, here's a link to our Witte Observatory new Facebook page =)

https://www.facebook.com/WitteObservatory/

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I've lived in southeastern Iowa all of my life, now with my wonderful family ~ husband and 3 children. 

I've been teaching science now at the local community college for over 10 year now.  I teach both in the class room and online settings.  I have a passion for ALL PHYSICAL SCIENCE! 

Sometimes I both drift off to sleep and wake up thinking of science.  Science ROCKS ~ but even more so the Creator whose imagination thought up this wonderful universe we call home ROCKS EVEN MORE!  lol