Thursday, July 18, 2019

ISS Lunar Transit ~ July 18 2019 =)

I wasn't exactly sure if I would be able to see the Moon for this morning ISS transit from my house ~ but everything worked out fine!

The pass was at 5:34 AM, so the skies were pretty light.  And the Moon was relatively low on the horizon, so the Earth's atmosphere added a bit of play to the image.  But ISS transits seem few and far between ~ so I was pretty happy with it =)

Real-time speed:

Slowed to 0.5 speed:

Some still images.... ZERO detail for the ISS

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trying a Barlow...

Trying something new with my ZWO ASI 120 ~ a 3X Barlow lens =)

Processed using Autostakkert….

Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Light Show Out at the Witte Observatory

Though we were hoping for clear skies out a the Witte Observatory, what we got was a nice little light show from a distant thunderstorm.  I've been wanting to image lightning, but had not yet thought about how pretty lightning in the distance can be!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Trying Different Things =)

I'm playing around with prime focus photography through our 1937 Clark & Sons 12" Refractor.  It is, as with all of what I do, a work in progress =)

Jupiter video taped 5/30/2019 using my ZWO ASI 120 C CCD.  Images were stacked using AutoStakkert

The Moon (notice the narrow field of view...) using my Canon Ti5 DSLR.  It's on my list of things to do to get better at naming features on the Moon's surface ~ Thus my first attempts at adding names ;-)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Ah! New (FASTER) Labtop AND Dark Skies!

I had a sense that the Infinity Software for the Atik Horizons camera I purchased this summer was taxing our four-year old laptop.....  But when the temperatures dropped to about 20 F, it became PAINFULLY slow!  We were due for a new laptop anyway =)

In looking for what best to buy, we wanted something that will be used both for astrophotography and also as our family laptop <3  AND - we didn't want to spend a lot of $$ ;-)  The parameters I ended up focusing on was: 1) Solid State Drive and 2) tested against MIL-STD 180G specifically for humidity, and temperature extremes.  After a fair bit of looking, I finally ordered an HP ProBook directly from HP.  So far ~ so good :-)

I took advantage of clear skies, relatively warm temperatures ( ~ 30 F), and a moonless night January 4, 2019 and set up in our  driveway to image.  Instead of imaging only 3 objects in about 4 hours, I imaged NINE wonderful objects in about 4 hours!  The overall operating speed is CRAZY IMPROVED!!!

Here are some shots I took

I couldn't decide which image I liked best of the Orion Nebula <3

M82, Cigar Nebula

M81, Bode's Nebula

Not at all like the photos I see online ~ but can you see a Horsehead in these images?