The Planet Jupiter Last night, although Earth’s atmospheric seeing was rather poor, I noticed another Large Red Spot on Jupiter!!! The Great Red Spot (GRS) has been there for centuries, but It looks like Red Spot Junior (RSJ a smaller spot) is growing larger. In this Image the original GRS is on the lower left Limb, but the new one (RSJ to the right of the GRS) seems to be getting as large as the GRS. It always amazes me that we can see so much detail on Jupiter, which by the way is ~ 500 million miles away!!!!
The Waxing Crescent Moon & Earthshine shots on 03-03-2014
What is Earthshine you ask?
Earthshine is really reflected Sunlight, The Light is reflected off of the Earth. Basically, it is Sunlight bouncing off of the Earth and illuminating the darker normally unlit portion of the Moon. Earthshine is easily visible during the waxing & waning thin crescent phases of the Lunar Cycle.
I was just playing around in the brutally cold backyard Observatory with my 10″ diameter SCT Scope this past evening! I particularly like the tiny mountain peaks lit up on the left edge of the Earthshine image. Unfortunately the Focal length with reducer(1640mm) is a bit too long to fit the whole thing in. I took two shots, one Longer exposure showing Earthshine and one short exposure for the sunlit portion of the Moon to show craters and the Lunar surface.
I shot it through tree branches, and it still came out okay!
Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & 10″ SCT at F6.3, ISO 800,
2 Sec. Exp. Earthshine, 1/30 sec. Exp. for the crescent shot.
The Young Thin Crescent Moon with Earth-shine was hanging Low in the Western Sky during my drive down I-4 heading toward Tampa this past evening 03-02-2014!!!
By time I got back to my Cousin’s House The Moon was so low above his neighbors house, I just barely got it between the roof, trees, & power lines!!!
Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & 300mm Lens, F6.3, ISO 400, 6 second exposure.
This is what happens when I visit & stay with my friends or Family while on the road to or from my Astrophotography Exhibits!!!
I often shoot the sky above their Place,…Just saying!!!!!(Invite me and see!!)
Even at -30F in Iowa earlier this month, around Midnight on 02-10-2014
I captured this cool Winter sky Portrait from my good friends Farm in Iowa!!!
Here is Polaris the North Star with The Little Dipper & The Big Dipper above the Farm House in Dexter, Iowa.
“The Big Dipper & Little Dipper in Winter”
Dexter, Iowa, -30F, 02-10-2014
Canon Rebel Xsi & 8mm fisheye lens, CG-4Tracking Mount
ISO 400, 64 second exposure
Wow, a colorful Thumbnail Moonrise & Venus this Morning!!! Looking South East over my neighborhood in East Dayton, Ohio. I’m flying back to Florida today, hoping for some nice warm weather again for my next Show, The Blooming Arts Festival, March 1st & 2nd Saturday 10-6pm & Sunday 10-5pm in Bartow, FL. It is 45 minutes East of Tampa, so come visit me and see my Astrophotography Exhibit!!!
Details: Canon Rebel Xsi & 28mm lens, F6.3, ISO 400, 2 second exposure.
Venus and the Waning Crescent Moon on 02-26-2014 @ 6:30am
On my way into the Kettering Labs building this morning at the University of Dayton,
I noticed that the clouds were breaking up, showing the Waning Crescent Moon & the planet Venus above the University PAC Center and Parking lot C!
Sorry, All I had available was a point and shoot camera (not even mine)! I’m surprised it came out okay considering all the ambient light on Campus!!!!
Fujifilm Finepix S1000 point and shoot camera, no tripod, just camera sitting on top of a trash can!
ISO 100, 2 second exposure, F2.8
An International Space Station (ISS) Flyby on a cloudy night is possible!!! Yes, the ISS is bright enough to over come High Cirrus clouds….I just proved it, with this evenings pass over my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio on 02-22-2014 at 07:45pm E.S.T.
I created a short video clip from (4) 30 second still frames shots from my Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR and looped it so you can see the ISS and clouds rolling through!!! The Youtube video clip is at 1080P, so go full screen with it!
Saturday was my Sick day, and also my Sun – Day!!! Feeling like crap today, but I felt a little better when the Sky was clear and decent seeing for a change!!! The full disk Hydrogen Alpha Sun, I took a tad bit longer exposure than usual to show the fainter Solar prominences around the limb of the sun! The Giant Sunspot Groups AR1981 & AR1982 are now facing the Earth, we maybe get some x rays class flares in a the next few days!!! I noticed some long Solar Filaments crossing the Solar surface as well. It is really nice to see the sun again!!! I captured many images but am to weak to process them all, but here are a couple I whipped up, time for me to get some rest!
Details: Lunt 60mm/50F HA Solar Telescope & DMK 31Af04 Camera , 1/436 Second exposure.
Remember never look at the Sun, it could blind you instantly, it requires specialized equipment & Safe Solar Filters!!!