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Mostly clouded out for the 2017 total solar eclipse, but I got this great shot early on before the clouds became dominant (1:21 pm Eastern). There was a very nice set of sunspots as well!

The original image is in white light, so this is colorized a bit.

Image Details:

Esprit 80 Refractor @f/5
Baader Solar Film based filter
Canon EOS Rebel T3i @ ISO 100
1/2000 second exposure 

Solar System Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:23:22 -0400
Our Cosmic Neighbor (Solar System) Our Cosmic Neighbor

The full moon can be an excellent astrophotography target too, and almost anyone can take a photo like this! An off the shelf DSLR (and an old one at that) captured this in 1/60th of a second @ISO 100 using a 600mm telescope. Good focus, good exposure, and don't get carried away with trying to over sharpen it or over saturate it.

When full, the ray systems around the impact craters are the most prominent, and you often can capture some surface details in the shaded relief along the limb of the moon where the sunlight is just grazing the surface.

Image Details:

Takahashi FC-76 Refractor @f/7
ISO 100
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
1/60 second exposure 

Solar System Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:57:45 -0400
VenusJupiter2015 (Solar System) VenusJupiter2015Normally I can't get any astrophotography done in the summer months in Florida. Sometimes we do get clear skies for an hour or just just as the sungoes down, and luck was with me this year for the Jupiter-Venus Conjunction in June of 2015. I setup a 1000mm refractor in my front driveway on a Paramount MYT and shot with a Canon DSLR. No computer control other than an iPad to slew the mount. I was pretty pleased that not only could I see Jupiter and its mooons, but the GRS as well. Io and Europa were so close together, I thought when I saw them that camera shake had made one of the moons show up twice!]]> Solar System Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:29:43 -0400 Peek-a-boo Moon (Solar System) Peek-a-boo Moon

After a long hiatus from shooting the moon, I shot this on a whim. No computer, just the hand controller on a Paramount, and no computer controlled camera, just a DSLR with manual controls. Old School...

I call it peek-a-boo moon because at the bottom there are some mountains and crater peaks poking up out of the darkness to just catch the sunlight.

I was also pleased with the sublte color variations in the Maria that came out with this refractor. Some of the ray features are quie intricate as well.


SkyWatcher ESPRIT 150 ED APO
Canon 5D Mark III
ISO 200
1/320 second exposure 

Solar System Tue, 02 Dec 2014 22:26:27 -0500