Sometimes you get lucky

Planetary image processing has never been my thing, as I mentioned in a recent blog entry. There are lots of examples of amateur astronomers producing great planetary results all over the web. I like looking at planets but the processing part has always seemed tedious. And in case you haven’t noticed – I’m a Mac […]

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Annular Eclipse

Overlooking Lake Champlain from a vantage point just south of Plattsburgh, NY., the 2021 annular eclipse reached a maximum obscuration of nearly 78% at 5:38 AM on June 10th. I caught a few shots through persistent high clouds around that time. I took these through my CPC-800 telescope, a Canon T5i, and using an ƒ6.3 […]

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2021 Annular Eclipse Preview

I’m not a morning person! Camping out and preparing the night before was the only way I’d be up to catch this sight. Even so, I didn’t get much sleep. Here’s a preview until I recover. Early morning distant clouds added an eerie air to this photo of the annular eclipse as viewed from a […]

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Galaxies of the Hunting Dogs

Some of my favorite astronomical images are collections of galaxies, and my best efforts to find even two fitting within my telescopes field of view has been Bodes and the Cigar galaxies. But maybe I need to spend more time galaxy hunting? My recent capture of C/2019 Y4 (Atlas) with its accidental bonus galaxy inspired […]

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Adirondack Stargazing

At the Keene Valley library summer lecture series finale, I presented slides and demonstrated telescope equipment before an eager audience. Local astronomers Kevin and Chris participated, each showing off their telescopes outside the Keene Valley and Keene Town libraries immediately following the presentation. The clouds held off just long enough to see views of Jupiter […]

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Duck Cluster/Dumbbell

Another summer night at the Cemetery with friends, surrounded by the surreal sound of owl calls. Occasional meteors flashed overhead. These images were taken with my Canon T5i camera, and processed from RAW images using only iPhoto (the Dumbbell has a vignette effect applied). The Dumbbell was taken just as the moon was rising. The […]

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More time at the Lagoon

I thought I’d make a more concerted effort at M8 as the waxing moon is becoming a hindrance to deep sky photography. So I took a series of five, five-minute exposures just after the moon set at about 11:30 on July 7th. It was a beautiful night, but the first shot had suffered a bit […]

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A moonless night spent with M8 predicted above average transparency tonight, a rarity for us here in the Adirondack mountains. So I decided head out on this night of the new moon and the day when a solar eclipse had been visible in South America! The transparency was good, and so was the seeing. I was Joined by Jim and […]

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