Monday, January 21, 2019

2019 Lunar Eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon

The January 20-21, 2019 Lunar Eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon occurred almost at the zenith from my house in New Jersey. It also was a bitterly cold night of 13°F and wind chill of 3°F!
My goal was to get shots through the eclipse but my poor hands made me rethink that!
Here's the series of shots and exposures taken until my fingers warned me that if they fall off they will shatter, ending any further plans I may have of ever using them again in the future.
So I stopped at 23:50 20 Jan 2019.

This is an excellent shot (below) taken by Al Ernst of the same eclipse from his backyard using a 400mm Takumar lens and Canon 6d camera.

Thanks Al,
Keith
Another Tim Schott image. Well Done! I'm looking forward to more images taken from your new home observatory....
Keith

M82 - The Cigar Galaxy   10" Third Planet Optics RC Truss - Nikon d810a - Losmandy g11 - 
Easton, Pennsylvania USA - January 14, 2019
Here's another image by Tim Schott, also using Backyard Nikon
NGC 2841 - Tiger's Eye Galaxy  10" Third Planet Optics RC Truss - Nikon d810a - Losmandy g11 - Easton, Pennsylvania USA - January 05, 2019

Tim Schott has been racing to get his favorite astro-objects imaged and here are a few taken over the last month or so. This a beautiful image taken with Backyard Nikon.

m1 - Crab Nebula  10" Third Planet Optics RC Truss - Nikon d810a - Losmandy g11 - 
Easton, Pennsylvania USA - December 04, 2018

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Sunil's Andromeda First Image

I see Sunil Abrol has begun his astrophotography endeavor. Last Nov 3rd 2018 he took this image of Andromeda using a Nikon5300 and a 300mm lens at f5.6 on a Celestron. But he was having a lot of computer issues which caused his delay in sending the image to us.
Apparently he had to change some equipment to get the processing speed he needed, so he added memory 4 gigs more to his MacBook Pro, giving him 8 Gigs total. However that wasn't enough so he replaced his HD with a 500Gb SSD.  Then he got started again on the image and sent it to us.
He thanks Max Pike and the Research Group for helping him get started and Vlad Alexandrov for mentoring him through the scope-guidance process.
It's a big step for everyone to get their first image under their belt ~ nice photo Sunil, we're looking forward to some more clear skies so you can add to your skills.



M42 Using an Atik Color Camera

Mathew Ray and his father were at the observatory in New Year's night getting in some beginning-of-the-the-year astrophotography.
He got this beautiful shot of M42 "right as the clouds rolled in" on him, he said.
He used an Atik Horizon color camera with a IDAS LPS-P2 48mm filter on his 8" EdgeHD with Hyperstar.
He did 19x60sec lights, then processed them with Astro Pixel Procesor and PixInsight.
He said it gives him 2.0 arcsec/pixel image scale and that he's just starting to experiment with dithering + drizzle.

Nice job Mathew, we're looking forward to seeing more of your work as you progress.